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Easter on the Water

Another Easter done and dusted. Oh well they say time flies when you’re having fun. So we must have had a good time because it was back to reality in a blink of an eye.

For Easter this year we camped up at Wuruma Dam out of Eidsvold (towards Monto) in Central QLD. It was a beautifully scenic drive across from Taroom via the back route. It was less than a 3 hour drive for us which was the perfect distance not too close to home but not too far away creating a holiday where you spend more time in the car than in the camp.

Wuruma Dam is operated by Sunwater is situated along the Nogo River which joins the Burnett River. It provides water supply for both irrigation and town water.  It is a top free camp offering water front camping. There are flushing toilets, picnic tables and bins in the area. It is up to the individual whether they wish to be close to the amenities and amongst the other campers or out on their own with a fair work to the toilets.

What we loved most about Wuruma is the water access and with the dam at pretty much full capacity your laughing all the way to the boat ramp.  While there is a concrete boat ramp the camping on the foreshore allows you to moor your boat right at your camp and most Easter campers put their boat in from their camp. PERFECTION. We weren’t very lucky with the fishing although to be honest we weren’t trying too hard. We did get a few dozen red claw though which is always fun. The dam is apparently stocked with Barra, Silver Perch and Bass but they may have been washed over the dam wall because we didn’t see any. Well that’s a lie I saw one jump out of the water. Why it didn’t jump on my hook God only knows. We were some pathetic looking fisherman out there bobbing up and down on the “big waters” of Wuruma. My mother joined us for a stint and we got her fishing! This is an AMAZING feat she has never in her (left out age here) years fished and my husband made her do it. Power to him!

Back at the camp we got good use out of the camp fire and the camp oven. The rainy weather the first night created the perfect camp oven dinner scenario. We made some damper, beef stroganoff and curried sausages during our stay and also a good old-fashioned camp fire BBQ. It was refreshing to take some time and enjoy pottering around the camp fire.

We have found a wonderful free camp a hop skip and a jump away and we will be back for sure. Put it on the list of places you should stop and stay a while. All in all Easter we had a well deserved break and are now into some heavy prep for our 2015 4WD Desert Trek in June/July. Don’t forget we are raising funds for the flying doctor and need YOUR help. To DONATE NOW click here.

Wuruma Camping Info:

Location: 45kms from Eidsvold along the Nogo River, Central QLD

Camp Sites: Free, First in Best Dressed, Plenty of Water Front Access, No Power Available, Suit Self Sufficient Campers, Caravan Access, Pets allowed must be on leash or contained)

Amenties: One Toilet Block – One Male Cubicle and Two Females (more toilets up near dam wall), Picnic Tables and Wheelie Bins Scattered Around, Boat Ramp.

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Free-Camp North QLD

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Henrietta Creek – Free Camping near Atherton in North QLD. This hidden gem was only 300 metres from our camp site.
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Free Campers aren’t Free Loaders

We have met thousands of free campers in our travels and a far cry from how they are painted. These people like ourselves are travelling for mostly long periods of time or are on the road permanently. To make their travels go the distance they choose free camping options to save money. However, this is not the only reason. Free camping is liberating. Free camps can be some of the most beautiful spots along their travels where they simply decide to pull over and set up. As long as free campers are not camping on private land without permission and are leaving the area as they find it. What is the harm?

Free campers are not tight with money they are bright with money. They still inject money into the local communities and towns they are visiting. They spend their money on fuel, food, tourism and accommodation. Yes, free campers don’t necessarily always free camp I’m sure some try too and I’m sure some succeed but not all of us. If any other free-camp lovers are like us we select caravan parks or paid accommodation options every now and then. Why? Well selfishly to either indulge ourselves, catch up on washing or to have a real shower and in unselfishness to support caravan parks and accommodation operators.

How do we choose? In big towns and centres we choose caravan parks or town commons (normally owned and operated by local councils) Firstly, this supports the operators and their businesses but also allows us to be amongst the local towns and catch up with fellow travellers. Off the beaten track we prefer “free-camps” but to us anything under $10 is really a “free-camp” and we allow National Parks and reserves to fall into this category. If it means these areas are kept open to travellers like us we are more than happy to pay fees or donations.

Free-campers are still injecting money into towns and communities and should not be moved along unless they are over-staying their welcome (i.e still set up on a road side stop three months later blocking other travellers), on private land, rowdy/disruptive to the general public/other travellers or damaging the environment/public facilities.

We love travelling our vast and amazing country and want to continue to do so for as long as we can. Free-camping is a way to create longevity of travel in reducing some of the costs but more importantly a way of opening up new experiences in those little know places.

What are your thoughts on free-camping? Tell us your tales of star free-campers?

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Reliving the Simpson!

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Throwback Thursday

#throwbackthursday #celebrating4years

Each Thursday well will go back through our archives and share an old Norris Around Australia post.

This week our throwback post is about the BIRDSVILLE TRACK.

A Very Different Track.

 

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Three States in Three Days

We are back on the road after our working stint in Griffith and we are back into the swing of living on the road. This leg of the trip will see us travel through some of the remotest areas of the Australian outback. However, to start off our adventure we jumped from New South Wales to Victoria and onto South Australia in the first three days. No we are not running a race it’s just how our travels have unravelled thus far. From Griffith we headed towards Mildura and the mighty Murray. I had heard so much about Mildura and it didn’t disappoint. It had a similar feel to that of Griffith I guess due to the fruit trees and grapevines but the architecture was similar to that of Bendigo. For our first night we found a secluded little free camp on the edge of the Murray River. We followed signs out of town towards King’s Billabong & Psyche’s Bend. There were a few other campers around but the closest was about 500m away so it felt like we had the whole river to ourselves. There were no facilities other than flattened out campsites & some camp fire ditches. Sometimes it’s nice to just be amongst nature with no man made intrusions.

From Mildura in Victoria we weaved our way across some brilliant scenery towards Silverton in New South Wales just to the North West of Broken Hill. We had planned to go via the Darling River Run and Menindee Lakes but unfortunately due to flooding we were unable to get through. Oh well next time. For the night we called Penrose Park home and were very happy with the facilities and camping areas. After our camp was set up we headed into Silverton to have a look around. Silverton is only 25 kms from Broken Hill and over 39 dips in the road (think rollar coaster ride) It is quite a historic little town dotted with old stone buildings scattered throughout the outback backdrop. It’s modern claim to fame is the “Hollywood of the Outback” Many movies have been filmed in the town and surrounding areas including; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Mad Max, A Town Like Alice and many more. It is a beautiful landscape so you can see why directors and producers flock to this desolate place. We headed to the Silverton Hotel for a quick drink and a game of table tennis before heading out of town to a lookout with views across the Mundi Mundi Plains. Breathtaking. We enjoyed some wine as the sun set over plains with several other travellers it really was spectacular.

We had a quick poke around Broken Hill in the morning visiting the look out and the Miner’s Memorial. Leaving Broken Hill saw us heading towards the South Australia border towards Port Augusta. For lunchtime we pulled over in the small town of Mannahill and we had a very quick lunch stop. The wind and cold hurried us along and it was back into the warm car to churn a few hundred more kilometres. After Petersborough we headed North into the Central/Northern Flinders Ranges past Hawker. This is where we will be staying for the next several nights. It is freezing as I write this blog post I am over looking the mountain ranges as the sun sets, rugged up from head to toe still feeling the cold in my bones. We really do live in a wonderful country, one of such extremes and variances. Who wouldn’t want to explore it.

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Sunday Drive

Today I took a nice Sunday drive out to Darlington Point. Enjoy the photographs.