This Easter we decided to try our luck taking the kids camping. This was our first foray into 'school holidays' camping and I was steeled, prepared and ready for the onslaught that all of this involves. So in case you're wondering, that would be a campsite full of loud, rambunctious children running rampant through the site from dawn til dusk, whose parents play/share loud doof doof music from their cars with both doors open, drinking and talking into the wee smalls. Now that I've typed that, I don't know what the difference is between that and camping outside of school holidays. But anyway.
We chose Coochin Creek as something different because we usually camp at Green Mountain Camgrounds at O'Reilly's. I figured a nice creek up towards the Sunshine Coast would be a nice change. Friends of ours travelled up the day before us, and they called us with mozzie news - i.e. there's lots of them. She told me to go straight to Woolies or Coles (do not pass Go) and buy some of those automatic mosquito sprays.
We arrived the next day and she wasn't wrong. Even though it was only 11 o'clock, the mozzies were thick and relentless. We put up mozzie coils, mozzie sticks, set up the mozzie automatic spray and coated ourselves in Aeroguard. Spray for the body and hair, and roll-on on the face. It didn't matter. Little Warrior seemed to be their food of choice, especially his face. He now looks like he has measles. Seriously.
But mozzies aside – we still had the best time. We love camping and we love camping with friends. Each campsite has a firepit which was great. We used it to smoke the mozzies out during the day, and for marshmallows and smores at night. Result!
The campsite has composting toilets but does not have showers or bins. This was kind of a deal-breaker for me. If I had realised this sooner, we probably wouldn't have booked it. Trekking our rubbish out of a four-day camping trip isn't my idea of fun.
Also, the 'creek' part of Coochin Creek was more like a river. A large river that wasn't conducive to the paddling and wading that I had envisioned. This would also explain the interminable amount of mozzies. Good to know.
The site does have tank water available, but the Ranger recommended boiling it if you were going to drink it. I forgot to ask how long we should boil it, so just used it as washing up water.
The only water tap available - boil first before drinking
The DERM website described this campsite as ideal for "visitors who enjoy fishing and boating" and I can see why. There's a boat ramp about 1km from the camp area and if we had a boat, it would have been perfect.
All things being equal, I don't think we'll go back to Coochin Creek anytime soon for all the reasons above. But I'm still glad we went. We still enjoyed ourselves. I mean really, is there ever a bad camping trip? The site was fine, the weather was gorgeous , the other campers were considerate and despite suffering mozzies and gastro (yeah, we got it first night), we still had a great time. And most importantly?