Monday was a day of rest (again) and Tuesday morning due to the rain we thought that we would try for another couple of days at Sapphire to wait out the rain (yeh right).
Unfortunately the van park was booked out so we packed up in the rain and headed for Clermont’s Theresa Creek Dam.
We chose to take the road to Capella as opposed to the run via Theresa Creek. This turned out to be a fortunate choice as the flood way at the creek was under nearly a metre of fast water which would have required a long return journey back to Rubyvale.
On the way out to Theresa Creek Dam, we were stopped by a flood way that was about 500 deep. It did not make me feel any better knowing that my new diff breather extensions were in the box in the back of the car ready to fit .
We turned back to set up at the Clermont Show Ground,where we paid $25 for the overnight. Strange thing, we pulled in deciding that we did not need any services and set up. The care taker came along in the evening to collect the fees and said that it was $25 a night. We did explain that we were self sufficient but she said it was that price weather you used power and water or not.
Being of Scottish decent I/we moved down to the powered sites and hooked up next to a nice couple in a Kedron van. And the rain played on.
Wednesday morning we packed and this time made it to the Creek camping area. What a magic place. For the princely sum of $10 per night we set up beside our own personal shelter shed not 10 metres from the water.
Hot showers toilets and a toilet dump are close by and a great little shop with take away’s and coffee for those that are sick of roughing it.
The bird life has to be seen to be believed here. The dam is alive with water foul and Lorikeet’s, Apostle birds and hawks of all types are everywhere. Don’t feed them you will be sorry they come in from no where like mozzies in a swamp if you are silly enough to open the bird seed or flash a slice of bread.
Thursday friends of ours from Tassie dropped in set up beside the shed, they also fell in love with the place. You can see the stress in action below.
Weather has been changeable to say the least. Today Saturday we were shrouded in fog until lunchtime then the sun broke through to give us a superb afternoon. Similar to yesterday, at least we are now seeing some sun, the batteries in the van are smiling.
Tonight is a sausage sizzle at the cafe for a $3 donation and entertainment is provided. Entertainment was pretty average and the rain made it’s presence felt, but it was good.
Cray fish what cray fish, three days and we have only 4 cray fish for our efforts. Can’t complain the dam is a beautiful place to peddle the kayak.
We had a magnificent feast on Sunday night with our friends. Entree consisted of some marinated cray’s that we had in the freezer from Fairbairn dam and the main was some steaks with cray topping. Suppose it could be termed lake and turf or perhaps dam and turf. It was magnificent to say the least.
Tuesday our Tassie friends headed out for the coast and we did a run into town for some supplies. On our return the gennie was cranked into life and we made the batteries feel a whole lot better and did some washing.
This weather is amazing. It’s freezing cold and drizzling most of the time. Luckily we are in a lovely spot. Not quite the warmth that we searched for!
To be continued: