Sunday, 31 July 2011

Kenilworth - Charlie Moreland

Saturday 30/07/11 - Sunday 31/07/11

Imbil State Forest - Charlie Moreland Camping Area

Charlie Moreland has a special place on our hearts as the very first place we took our kids camping and the first time we used our Camel Camper trailer.

Thought it fitting to return once again and Christen our newly acquired upgraded camper trailer. We purchased a second hand Goldstream Camper about a month ago and have been chewing at the bit to get away. 

With Connor playing Saturday Rugby and Charlie Moreland being only about 1.5 hours out of Brisbane we would be able to make it there by lunch time.

Got there a little after midday and were pleased to see that it was not too busy, located a reasonably level site close to Little Yabba Creek. 15 minutes later the camper was level, set up and fridge running on gas. Very pleased with the set up times, our Camel Camper took about an hour or so, so the Goldstream has lived up to one of our expectations.

The wind out Fiamma awning is very fast and easy to erect. The kids are at a great age and Connor loves to help, he is very proficient at getting the stabilisers in place and winding them down.

Had a fun playing Trac Ball in the open space and a lovely bush walk along the creek. Still some flood damage to one of the bridges that has not yet been fixed. Last time we came it was a bit warmer and we had a beautiful swim in the creek, bit too cold this time.

Nothing like the joys of sitting around an open campfire and cooking a meal. Stoking up the BBQ and watching the hardwood turn to coals is so very relaxing.

The kids were exhausted and in bed by about 6:30! What luck! Must have been the marshmallows.

For dinner Sam and I had fillet mignons cooked over open coals, potatoes in their jackets and steamed vegetables, all washed down with a bottle of Moet, now that's camp cooking!

Arose nice and early and enjoyed a BBQ breakfast then off to Kenilworth cheese factory. Unfortunately there are no tours on weekends but the store and tasting was open, walked out with a nice block of matured cheddar chosen by Connor. 

Across from the factory is a fantastic kids playground, including a flying fox. Our kids had a ball, where were these parks when I was growing up.

Back to camp in time for lunch then a casual pack up and back home. All on all a great short stay and a good first shakedown for the Goldstream.