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Published November 28th 2016
If you are searching for a relaxing holiday destination close to Brisbane, try Lake Moogerah. After taking up an offer from family and friends to spend a long weekend there I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone wanting to escape the city for a weekend or a week. I had only ever been out here on day trips, so camping was an unknown quantity…
Lake Moogerah is a mere 100 Kms, or a leisurely 1 ½ hours drive from the Brisbane CBD. This makes it accessible for day trippers and those wanting to take a weekend (or longer) away from it all. Depending on your time and plans, there are multiple routes to get there. I took the slightly less scenic but faster route of travelling along the Cunningham Highway then turning left at the quaint little rest stop named Fassifern Memorial Park, which is 16Kms South of Warrill View. Another option is to travel via Boonah, which offers some spectacular scenery along the way, or a coffee stop in Boonah if your caffeine levels are running low!
The dam itself was built in 1961 and is an un-gated dam meaning that when it reaches 100% capacity, water flows over a spillway. During the last weekend in November 2016, it was at 91% capacity (84ML) meaning there was plenty of surface area for water activities. The activities we engaged in were fishing and swimming, along with some relaxed sight-seeing. For those who partake, water skiing and tubing are also very popular.
On the fishing front, the dam is stocked with Australian Bass, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Mary River Cod and Saratoga. Be aware that a SIP (stocked impoundment permit) is required to fish here. These are easily obtained by visitin www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/boating-fishing/rec-fishing/dams/ and are only $10.00 for a week long permit. The Caravan Park kiosk also has SIP's available on-site. Rangers patrol the lake, so do the right thing and fish only after obtaining your permit, and stick to the speed limits where posted. There are speed restrictions of 6 knots around the more heavily treed areas to the Western end of the lake, and around the boat ramps of course.
My experience levels with fresh water fishing is zero, so I presume that explains why over the course of three days not one nibble was forthcoming! No-one else on our camping trip had any better luck either – maybe there is some special bait or technique involved? My mind-set is that fishing is all about relaxation and being somewhere where the hectic day-to-day concerns drift away along with your bait. That was definitely the case over this weekend.
The best,and most popular swimming hole is a rocky inlet NNE from the A G Muller park boat ramp. On the Friday afternoon, it was empty of other swimmers, but come Saturday it was a very popular spot. There are some cliffs from which to leap into the water, and as the depth here is on average over 20m, it's reasonably safe too! On a hot afternoon, this is a great place to cool off, as the cliffs provide shade across the water.
Off-water there are plenty of things to do. Activities such as relaxing, chilling out, eating, curling up with a good book, and did I mention relaxing? Being away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few days makes for some very relaxed campers. Another popular activity out there is simply taking in the beautiful scenery from the comfort of you camp chair. The sunsets are particularly picturesque, with the light reflecting across the water. As an avid amateur photographer, the absence of light pollution also provided an opportunity to try for some star-field photos. The results were definitely better than trying the same thing in the city! Seeing so many stars in the evening sky is not something us city dwellers get to enjoy very often…
Camping is one of those past-times that allows everyone to rest and relax in beautiful surroundings. If you want the camping experience without the actual camping part, Lake Moogerah caravan park offers an entire house for rent! They cater for all tastes with un-powered camping/caravan sites, powered camping/caravan sites, cabins, and the lake house. I was fortunate enough to have access to private property for camping, but the rates at the caravan park are reasonable. For availability and bookings go t moogerah.com/rates/
The caravan park has good facilities for those camping or glamping at Lake Moogerah, including:
The Kiosk (Ice, Live Bait, drinks, ice-creams & basic groceries)
- Toilets, Hot Showers and Baby Baths
- 3 Boat Ramps
- Camp Kitchen including Electric BBQs
- Grassy Sites with plenty of shaded areas
- Camp fire pits
- A Children's Playground
- Fishing Permits Available (Credit card only)
- Hire Boats & Kayaks