I haven't used the van for quite a while and that is not good. Other people have used it for adventures more often than I have but not for a week or so and as it needs a decent run more often than it gets just to keep the battery charged I thought that I'd go off on an adventure. So I did.
I drove up to Lane Poole Reserve with the intention of going for a decent walk while I was up there.
I had called DEC during the week to see if the bottom gate would be open and was pleased to hear that it would be as that would save me a bit of a drive up to the main entry startion and the drive through the reserve to where I wanted to be. I had told the husband that I would be going to Nanga Mill so figured I better not change location, just in case something went wrong and he needed to find me.
So I drove in, find a nice looking spot and pulled up ready for a coffee.
This gate is closed from Friday afternoon until Sunday so anyone intendng to come up Nanga Road needs to get there before 3 or drive up to the entry station.
First things first though so on arriving and parking in a nice quiet spot it was coffee time.
This was the view I had while drinking it. There was more trees and bush if I looked the other way but there were council workers and a truck and tractor over there so I settled for this.
After that a 15 minute walk up to Stringers campside,
I am trying to get fitter and I think I will come up here more often
just to walk through the bush. It's a lot nicer than walking along a
hard road to the corner and back.
I saw these signs while up there and it looks like you now have to book to use some of the camping areas up here. I didn't know that but as yet there are no bookings needed for where I was so next time if I decide to stay I can without worrying. Mind you, this whole area is very popular and it does get very busy during holidays so this might not be a bad idea. There were 2 vans up at Stringers and that has 6 camping bays and this was during the week so I can see how booking will ensure you get where you want to be.
Lane Poole Reserve is a lovely area, there is bushwalking, fishing in season, swimming, canoeing, relaxing...heaps to do and something to suit everyone. Camping fees do apply. There are a few more toilets than the last time we were up there, some wheelchair accessable, no showers but cool water to rinse off in.
I think I will need to come back again. I have no idea why we don't take advantage of it and visit more often. And who knows, I may even see this little guy again. That would be pretty cool.