It has been about three years since my husband and I first (and last) went camping. We loved it the first time we went but for some reason we were busily doing other things on weekends and holidays, and eventually forgot about it. One of my New Year's resolutions for 2014 is to go camping more. And I'm proud to say that I can put a tally mark next to it. Hopefully, we'll be putting more throughout the year.
We almost weren't able to get a campsite at Lake Wivenhoe because everyone else had the same idea as us - to go camping on Australia Day long weekend. But in the end we got a fabulous spot at Lumley Hill thanks to cancellations.
There are two campsites at Lake Wivenhoe - Captain Logan and Lumley Hill. Captain Logan has 57 sites, while Lumley Hill has 100. There are flushing toilets, drinking water and showers available at both sites; however, Lumley Hill is more popular with caravans as they have powered sites and concrete slabs here.
We kayaked past two kangaroos cooling down in the shade.
My husband and I arrived on Saturday morning around 7.30am and by the time we had our tent and gazebo set up and unpacked everything from the car, it was around 10am. I celebrated this victory with an alcoholic beverage. We'd bought a few new things for this trip, so it was great to open the box and have all the parts there. I'm not sure what we else had on our last camping trip other than the tent and two chairs, but we've certainly upgraded this time with a portable gazebo, table, air mattress, portable gas BBQ, and solar lights. All new!
Saturday drizzled. And it was great because I just sat under the gazebo with a drink in hand gazing out into the water. As our campsite was the closest to the water, I had unobstructed views. What a dream! I did not mind that it rained because I was sick of the stupidly hot weather a couple of days prior. If anything, the weather was perfect.
Saturday was pretty chilled out. We organised our traps for red claws, kayaked out to drop them in, and every now and then we'd go back out to check them. I also had a nap, fished, went for a swim and read. Not much happened and we ended up going to bed quite early while the rest of the campers partied on.
On Sunday, we went out for a big kayak session and fished for a few hours. And apart from that, what we did was pretty much the same as Saturday.
Despite the campsite was pretty full, it didn't feel crowded at all, which was fantastic. There were lots of kids running around and adults chasing after them yelling. Heaps of people were out in the water with their inflatable boats, kayaks, tinnies, canoes, and I even saw an air mattress. Talk about creativity.
We didn't catch anything substantial whilst fishing: a lot of little catfish and barred grunters. However, we did have luck in the red claw department. I don't remember how many we caught, but we ate one big one and let the rest go.
Our camping trip was mentally and physically invigorating. It was great to immerse ourselves in nature and forget about our emails, Facebook, Instagram and what not. And I had a chance to read, which is something I'm always too busy for at home.
Overall the trip was a success (though I did forget to bring the plug for our air mattress). We both had the best time! We just love it here because it's not too far from our house and has everything we want from a campsite.
The nearest town is Fernvale, which is only about a 15 minute drive. So if you run out of bread, liquor, bait, or crave a Fernvale pie, it's only a short drive to restock your supplies.
For more information about WIvenhoe Dam, head to the Seqwater website. The Lake Wivenhoe Recreation Guide outlines the activities permitted at Wivenhoe in addition to maps and safety information.
Campsites at Wivenhoe are extremely family friendly. So if you have young ones at home, why not come for a day to see what it's like? And if you like what you see, come camping for a couple of days.