Australian Camp Oven Festival (Millmerran)

This was our first visit to the Australian Camp Oven Festival in Millmerran QLD.  The festival ran over two days October 1st & 2nd however we arrived a couple of days in advance and left the day after.  Taking the time to explore the local area, museum and a few off the highway drives, including lunch at the Royal Hotel Leyburn.  Thanks to friends Marty & Nicky and Rob and Ang for their company.

We are told there were up to 1,400 caravans at the event, which was exceptionally well run.  Regular rubbish collection and toilet cleaning were a credit to the organisers.


Watching the Bush Poets

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Pig Races & Vintage Machinery Display

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Me and Bobbie in her RM gear

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We did a bit of our own camp oven cooking plus Bobbie’s carrot cake (the first caravan oven use) and lamb in the Weber.


The view from Mt Basalt (Mt Basalt Reserve)

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The historic Kooroongarra cemetery.  The old church is further up the road.

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The old church hall Kooroongarra, complete with piano

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Lunch at the Royal Hotel Leyburn

Bluff Creek Campground

Bluff Creek Campground is a new privately owned campground near Kenilworth QLD.  The owners told us they have been open for 6 months.  It took us just over 1.5 hours from our home to get there for an overnighter.

On the way into town we also noticed signs to another camp ground that is on a working dairy.  Both this property and Bluff creek are on the Mary river however to access the river from the Bluff Creek Campground you need to walk.  There are no sites on the river.  The Kenilworth Camping on the dairy farm has lots of river frontage sites but no amenities.  The two campgrounds are on opposite sides of the Mary river but are accessed from different frontages.  They have a Facebook page here.

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You can see the other campground across the river.

Here's the bird sounds from our campsite (Bellbird Forest).


Seventeen Seventy (1770)

Our first real trip in our new Spinifex was to 1770 north of Bundaberg in Queensland.  Our good friends and neighbours, Darryl & Tracey came too (in their OzTent) and towed our boat.

Departure morining

Departure morning

The trip there was a little longer than expected.  Getting used to towing the van, a few stops along the way and following the GPS instead of what we had been told all contributed to a 7.5 hour journey.

Looks like Agnes Water is 1770 K’s away (its actually only 26k from Miriam Vale)

1770 is a lovely place with some great views.  Note to self: “Take more photos of the Caravan Park”


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We were lucky that we had two sites, one behind the other, so it was fairly easy to drive the van through.  Some sites had trees to negotiate and the roadways were quite narrow.  I’m not sure that I would have been able to easily manoeuvre the van with little prior practice (A trap for young players).

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Watching the sunset from the beach right on the caravan park is a popular evening pastime.  Wine, cheese & bikkies.

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We walked around to some nice places.

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Darryl & I went to the pub

1770 Beach Hotel (The Tree)


We had a 4×4 day to the National Park and Bustard Beach Camp Ground


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Eurimbula National Park

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We didn’t catch too many crabs or fish but we had a great time in our boat and made the most of it while the sun shined.


Darryl looks happy


Time to head in guys


Bobbie & Tracey

We ate like kings

lamb shanks

Mmmm, Lamb shanks

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Then the girls tried to work it off

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