Great 4 days at Poverty Creek camp on Bribie Island
Our trip started on Friday when we headed to Bribie Island for a 4 day camp.
Bribie Island is only about 40 minutes from our house at Banyo and consequently makes a great place for short trips away from home.
The Morton Bay Council charges a hefty sum for the permit to drive on the off road tracks and the beach, but as we said it is close to home and a great place even for a day out so we had a year long pass to Bribie.
The EPA and or National Parks run the camp sites on the beach and those on the western side of the Island where we wanted to camp.
Our Camping permit was obtained on the internet for the grand sum of $40 we had the privilege of camping at Poverty Creek for 4 nights.
The camp area offers only toilets and a great place to camp close to Pumistone passage.
Other options include Beach camping in the ocean side sand hills for the same price but unfortunately these sites only accommodate tents and camp trailers not caravans.
The run in to Poverty Creek Camp site was definitely not suited to a road van.
White Patch on Bribie is the starting point for the trip in to Poverty Creek. It was bitumen to White Patch,then things change dramatically.
The track from White Patch to the camp site was 7 km of soft sand and in places deeply rutted. We had done a reconnaissance trip on the Thursday before taking the van in to ensure that it was ok.
We did need to drop the tyre pressures on both the car and the van for the sandy conditions (as you must do ).
Their were no problems getting the van into the camp site and what a camp site it was.
We had booked into the group camp site,where there were no fires allowed unlike the tent camp area opposite where you could build a fire in the designated fire places.
This is the tent area where you can have a fire.
Our camp site.
The area that we chose was in good sun for most of the day more than adequate for the solar panels to do their job and keep the batteries topped up and only 100 meters from the Pumistone Passage to drop the Kayak in for some fishing and site seeing.
The water in the background is the Passage
Saturday after settling in saw us off to town to pick up some eggs and bacon (forgotten in the rush). These are essential items on camp as those that do same will agree. A cooked breaky at least once on a trip is an essential part of the good life.
Unfortunately The Bribie Island Community Centre was holding a Gem fair. I say unfortunately tongue in cheek because we both thoroughly enjoyed the day.
The wood working displays and the precious and non precious gems on sale and display was incredible,not to mention the craft works wow.
The shopping trip expanded some what from the eggs and bacon when we saw the supermarket. Again wow. Fresh breads and sea foods with the most yummy small goods that we had seen for some time.
We did manage to remember the eggs and bacon in the end but the shopping bill was pretty huge grin.
Home to the van and we had a relaxing evening with some good wine an nibbles.
Sunday. It was decided to head to the beach for some fishing and relaxing.
We decided to take the inland track to the Northern end of the Island from Poverty Creek camp.
This entailed a trek on sand tracks that proved to be much worse that the run in from White Patch. The sand was like powder and the rutting was very deep but we managed it no problems.
The scenery on the way to the beach was great. It ranged from planted pine forest plantations,
to virgin sand island forest with native flowers mixed in.
We head back to the van from the beach at about 12:30,without any fish as usual, to put the kayak in the passage for a peddle/paddle.
On the way back from the beach we slowed to ask a group of about 8 cars (4 of which were very bogged in the sand) if they needed help but were waved on by the guy that we tagged as the leader.
Looked very much like a group of novice off roaders on an instructional run on the soft sand. We had seen them on the beach while we were fishing and wondered about the number of them travelling together, this site confirmed our thoughts.
Have to wonder about the experience of being bogged while others drive by. Do you feel that the instructor has missed something grin.
We made it back to camp unscathed and were surprised to find that we were the only campers left in Poverty Creek. Got back at 1:00 ( this is Sunday) and the place was deserted with the exception of the wildlife that had moved in to clean up the camp sites.
Bush Turkeys http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Brush-turkey
Sand Monitor lizards or Goulds Monitor http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/goannas-monitor-lizards.html
Butcher birds http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butcherbird
N Noisy Minors. http://www.fauna.com.au/web_pages/animals/birds/noisy_minor.html
Magpies http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magpie .
Grey Kangaroos http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Grey_Kangaroo
The Sand Monitors and Bush Turkeys were the main cleaners with the Monitors actually cleaning off the BBQ plates at the fire places. Yuck wouldn’t ya do a real good burn off before cooking.
Some of the natives did not get on too well. I guess if a neighbour ate my eggs or babies I would be a bit anti as well.
A Noisy Minor attacking a Goanna, the big guy really didn’t giva about the bird he just wanted to climb away from us.
We launched the kayak into the Pumistone Passage and explored our environment.What a great place, we spent about 2 hours just peddling around enjoying our surroundings.
Later Mavis lit a fire over in the tent camp area about 20 meters from the van and we enjoyed fivesies with some nibbles,which were enough for the evening meal along with several glasses of the fermented grape. Ain’t Life good ???? If not why not ?.
Monday was just a big relax until the decision was made to go fishing in the kayak.
We launched late about 11:30 after a BBQ brekkie of Bacon and egg Muffins with several good cups of coffee mmmmm.
The tide was coming in and was about four and a half hours from high.
There were hundreds of small whiting biting on the line. But non that we wanted to keep.
What was interesting was our bait. We bought some “GULP” artificial bait and found that they loved it.
The fishing paled into insignificance when we came upon a pod of Dugong http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugong . We heard a blow of air and saw a huge head not 5 meters from the boat.
There were 5 of them all covered in barnacles.
We managed to stay close without disturbing them and followed them for the next hour just enjoying their presence and watching them rise to the surface and gulp their next lung full of air and then disappear under the water until the next rising. This was a real buzz for both of us.
Later we encountered a pod of Dolphins including young ones. They were herding a school of fish for a meal.
Later we saw them playing with the fish in that they were throwing them into the air.(small whiting).
What a great day!
Back to camp and another fire built to warm the cockles and enjoy a small wine with some cheeses and other nibbles. Life is good is it not !!!!.
Tuesday was a late pack up and a slow trip home for the big clean up.
Another great weekend.
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