Heading away camping for our birthdays has quickly become a bit of a tradition, and this weekend it was time to celebrate Laurence’s birthday, at Swansea Lakeside Caravan Park. A quick weekend getaway that’s only 40 minutes from home, oh yeah how awesome is that !There really isn’t anything too much better than when we get to get away in the van for the weekend.
We’d never been to the park before, and boy is it big! The park is located on Lake Macquarie and you can walk to the lake from your campsite. It’s also a reasonable walk, or a quick ride/drive to the town centre if you needs supplies etc. The park has some of the best facilities that we’ve come across. Lots of little covered BBQ areas, an indoor camp kitchen with undercover seating, a putt putt golf course, tennis course, large pool, kids playground and even three RV dump points LOL.
We made a quick Friday afternoon getaway from work and with only a 40 minute drive we setup with a cold one in had before we knew it.
We had a lovely dinner and cake to celebrate the birthday boy getting older, and even got a little bit of a lightning show to finish the night off.
We started the morning off with a swim before a hearty cooked breaky.
By this time it was quite warm and time to head for the lake for a swim. You can tell i was quite relaxed and chilled out as i was filming but pretty much forgot to take any photos!
The afternoon included a game of putt putt golf with the kids and a sunset fly with the drone , where i found ‘sports’ mode! Lets just say this Maverick needs a few more lessons LOL
After our droning we talk a drive and wander around the point before heading back for a feed of chicken wings.
I think its safe to say that we will be back … here’s a quick video of our weekend …..
After a great weekend away in the city over the long weekend, we were keen for another getaway, and Camp on Allyn is the perfect location for us. Its about an hour away from home (depending on traffic) so that makes it possible to getaway after work on Friday night without arriving at our destination at midnight!
We opted for the quick awning as we were only staying two nights and (hopefully) no rain forecast.
So it wasn’t too long before we were standing around this talking trash.
It was a bit of a chilly night and morning so we all had a lovely Saturday morning sleep in before an awesome cook up for breakfast.
Paper Plan Competition
In order to keep the kids occupied we had a paper plane throwing competition, after a somewhat challenging build segment – these things were high tech paper planes let me tell you !
Exploring the River
The kids had been out exploring the river and took us all on a river trip – the river height was heaps higher than our last visit, i was quite surprised how high it actually was.
Watching the kids (and Laurence) try to get those air filled lounges filled was pretty amusing.
I put the drone up again, the view of the camp is pretty cool, next visit i’m going to follow the river.
After a very lazy afternoon, the girls decided to take a walk to the top gate and back before settling down for the night with a yummy roast dinner and fire. The farm is stunning and the walk was just what we needed. The farm is just beautiful
We woke up to cloudy skies and a little bit of rain. When the rain passed us by we cooked up some breakfast, packed up the camper and started to make our way towards the coast – Woody Point to be specific.
Bells Caravan Park
Having arrived on the coast and located a park we wandered over to the caravan park. We had been calling for most of the morning and hadn’t been able to get anyone on the phone. We had also forgotten it was QLD school holidays, as NSW isn’t on holidays for another couple of weeks so the parks were both looking very full. Thankfully there was someone at the office when we wandered over and there were still a few sites left. We collected the car and trailer and set up on our site at the Bells Caravan Park.
The park is along the main drag into Clontaff and Woody Point and across the road from Bells Beach. We grabbed a bite to eat for lunch and wandered along the waterfront in front of the park.
We spent the afternoon unpacking and packing the trailer, ready to hand our gear over to our mates, and try to pack the rest of it into the truck for the journey home, then it was time to head to the pub for a sunset drink and dinner.
Dinner at Belvedere
Dinner was at the Belvedere and dinner was pretty delicious.
Sunday morning, we finalised the last of the unpacking and packing and rearranging before heading to our mates for the final exchange of gear, a bite to eat and a little bit of exploring of the northern side of the peninsula.
After such a scrumptious (and filling) lunch we opted for a bit a walk along the esplanade.
We then went for a little drive around the new canals and found a pretty darn impressive boat!
Our last night
Unfortunately, it was time to say our goodbyes and hit the road for our final destination for this trip – Brisbane Gateway Resort, located only a few km’s from the factory for a quick (and early) departure in the morning. The park has all the bells and whistles but my gosh its expensive – $53 per night (powered). That has to be the most we’ve paid for a site and i think that includes Vegas !!
With an early start on Monday morning we dropped Leeroy off into the safe hands of the Lifestyle boys before heading home via some family at Tweed Heads and Lismore.
We left Allora and Dalrymple Creek Park behind after spending a bit of time trying to work out where we were going next. We were a little under-prepared for this part of the trip. We need to be in Brisbane on Monday (its Friday) for the trailer to go back to the factory for some repairs and work. We are heading to some mates north of Brisbane for Saturday/Sunday as they have kindly agreed to hold some of our stuff that we need to remove from the trailer whilst its at the factory, but hadn’t anticipated being this efficient in our travels LOL so we essentially now have a day spare and no idea where to go.
After a bit of map searching we opted to head towards the Glass House Mountains. We haven’t been there before and after looking at Wikicamps (if you like to camp and don’t have it seriously go to the App Store pay and download it, its so worth it) the options were somewhat limited and the available options didn’t have glowing recommendations, so we were taking a bit of a punt on a caravan park in the glass house mountains.
We stopped for a stretch break at Esk and headed into the Visitor Centre to grab some info on the mountains – there wasn’t any. This probably should have a been sign.
With the Caravan Park loaded into the GPS we headed towards the mountains and more dark clouds hanging around. We found the caravan park, drove in and essentially drove straight back out. The wikicamp comments were well lets say on point!
Landsborough Pines Caravan Park
So after some more searching, we found a park about 15km up the road at Landsborough, and as it turns out not too far from Australia Zoo. We headed to Landsborough Pines Caravan Park, set up the trailer and decided to try and beat the weather and go for a look see of the mountains.
We headed down along the Old Gympie Road towards the main Glass House Mountains National Park lookout. These mountains and the surrounding plains are the ancestral home of the Jinibara people and Kabi Kabi people.
According to Jinibara peoples’ lore and custom, Beerwah is the ancestral pregnant mother and Tibrogargan is the father with his faithful dingo, Ngungun, lying at his feet. Around the parents are their children—Coonowrin the eldest, Beerburrum, Coochin, Elimbah, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai, Tunbubudla and the youngest known today as Wild Horse Mountain.
We pulled into a few lookouts along the way.
There are many stories from the indigenous peoples of the land in relation to the mountains however the main story seems to go – Coonowrin is said to be the son of Tibrogargan and Beerwah. During a violent storm, Tibrogargan commanded his son Coonowrin to take his mother Beerwah and his siblings and help them move to safety. Being scared of the storm, Coonowrin instead ran off and when his father found him he hit him on the back of the head, resulting in Coonowrin’s crooked neck. Tibrogargan was so ashamed of his son’s cowardice that to this day he sits with his back to Coonowrin.
We stopped at the trail head to check out the walks, discovering most are 3km or over. So given the time of day and impending weather walking appeared to be off the list.
From here we headed to the main lookout. The lookout is about 10km from the Glass House Mountains township, in Beerburrum West State Forest and apparently offers panoramic views of the mountain peaks, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Moreton Island, just not today LOL.
10" x 20" Photo Print of Mt Cogee, Mt Tibrogargan and Mt Beerburrum
With storm on approach we left the lookout and started to make our way back to the park. We stopped at the Tibrogargan trail head carpark to check out the walks.
With the rain holding out, we opted to quickly head up the Mountain View Lookout trail.
With the rain now well and truly coming down we headed back to the camp to dry out the chairs and settle in for the evening.