The Gorge Camping Reserve is one of those places that you hear about via word-of-mouth. It is a privately owned camping reserve and is ‘bush camping’ at it’s finest. There are a couple of toilets near the entrance plus a couple of bush style showers. The owners limit the number of campers allowed at any one time so you can be guaranteed to set up in your own little piece of paradise with limited interruption from other people.
The Gorge is located on Reynolds Creek on the far side of Lake Moggerah. The creek is narrow and shallow at first and then opens up into wider, deeper water. It is a perfect spot for swimming or kayaking. The track into the bottom camping section is probably only suitable for 4WD vehicles especially if it happened to be wet. However we did see a couple of people come down in cars and one group even towed a caravan in albeit with a 4WD. We were allocated what I thought was the best spot of all and it was perfect to set our trailer up on. We positioned it so we had a lovely view of the creek and there was also a spot for a camp fire.
Camping at The Gorge is definitely all about relaxing and letting the kids go off exploring and swimming. We bought our two blow up boats which they had an absolute blast in. Don’t think they got out of the water for most of the day. I spent a few hours sitting in a chair on the waters edge with a book and a beer!
Even though it was warm when we camped at The Gorge we couldn’t resist having a fire. So many places don’t allow fires that we jump at any opportunity to get one going. There is something truly peaceful about sitting around a camp fire. It really is a great way to unwind.
The other great part of The Gorge Camping Reserve is there is no ‘check-out’ time so we were able to take our time packing up.
Being early summer we thought we would go for a refreshing swim before we headed for home. It is at this point that I should probably add a word of caution – Beware of the Wildlife! We walked to the swimming hole at the far end of the camp area. The kids jumped straight into the water and headed for a rope swing on the other side of the river. I headed in as well but didn’t go as far as the kids as it was a little too cold for me.
I had only been in the water a few moments when hubby pointed out a very large brown snake coming out of the water near where we had gone in. It was a very hot day and I had kept an eye out for snakes as we walked along the track but had not expected to see one in the water. He came out of the water and across the walking track and into the bush and that was the last we saw of him. He wasn’t interested in us which was good. I don’t actually think that I realised how well they could swim.
We also found an extremely large tarantula like spider when we rolled one of our window awnings down. We also saw a lovely big goanna sunning himself on a fallen log but he didn’t come near our campsite. So whenever you are bush camping be aware that you may be sharing your space with some other locals. Keep your tent zipped up and be cautious when unrolling tent flaps, packing up chairs and groundsheets or collecting firewood.
The Gorge Camping Reserve – http://www.exploreaustralia.net.au/Queensland/Darling-Downs/Lake-Moogerah/The-Gorge-camping-reserve