Waking up to beautiful sunny weather on Sunday my husband and I decided to have a day out to soak up the sun. We gathered our fishing gear, worms from the garden and craypots (actually my husband did all that) and headed off to Lake Wivenhoe (Wivenhoe Dam). We'd not been there for over a year and almost forgot how beautiful it was. It reminded us of Wolfgangsee Lake in Austria which was absolutely stunning by the way. Quite often we forget how good we have it here in Australia (or more precisely, Queensland) - the stunning scenery, the beautiful landscape, the incredible sunshine, the superb beaches … which is the exact reason why I like to go on day trips to different places.
Lake Wivenhoe is about one hour from downtown Brisbane located northwest of Brisbane. It is a spectacular water reserve offering a peaceful outing with impressive views of the lake. We stopped for a pie at Fernvale and arrived at Lake Wivenhoe just after midday. There were a few campers, picnickers, kayakers, fishermen, and canoers and it was nice to see people enjoying the great outdoors on a cold winter day. It wasn't very busy so we were able to find a fishing spot straightaway. Within five minutes, we were nice and warm in the sun, in our element. My husband and I just love fishing. We used to do it a lot more, but as our lives get busier and busier, we 'forget' to do it. It did remind me, however, of how much we loved it.
We did not get any crays, fish, or bites for that matter, but we did have a really good time. We had a nice afternoon, lying in the warm sun, dozing off (me), and just relaxing. Sometimes the best time you have is just being with each other doing absolutely nothing and we certainly needed that.
If you haven't been to Wivenhoe Dam before, you're missing out. Go for a picnic with your kids, family, friends or partner. It only took us 45 minutes from where we lived and there was absolutely no traffic. If you fancy a barbeque, there are barbeque facilities and covered seating areas. Other recreational activities permitted include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, boating, walking, camping and, of course, fishing. There are restrictions in regards to boating and a permit is required for camping, fishing and boating. Make sure you check their website for more information.
My husband and I went camping about two years ago at Lake Wivenhoe and it was awesome. We even had a view of a koala snuggled up in a eucalyptus tree from our tent. I highly recommend it and would definitely go again. You can find camping information here.