Thursday, October 2, 2014


Stopped at Boonah, at the bottom of the range, for lunch and a walk about then considering where to next? It would seem I do a lot of this.

Here's how it works:
Consult the Camps Aust Wide book, WikiCamps on my smartphone, the Internet, Google, word of mouth and sometimes CaravanCaravan website before destinations start to materializes.
Then mentally turn on Avoidances:
Major hwys, extended sections of dirt roads, major cities and towns, school holidaying areas and crappy weather, if possible.
Then consider Preferences:
Distance less than 100km, minor sealed roads, somewhere new, one pub towns, quiet out of the way camps sites, rivers and creeks and camp spots with a view.

This time the answer comes up Harrisville (Hooterville to some of the locals) and the back yard of the Royal Hotel. A short drive on minor farming roads via some scenic terrain and only 30km from here. Turns out to be a great choice. The yard backs on to the Wirrill Creek, a tributary of the Bremer River, and the pub specializes in fine food, cold beer and free camping for patrons. Stayed two nights, had a few laughs in the bar with the locals, a great pub meal and did some paddle boarding in the creek.

I also enjoyed the company of other campers and traded life philosophies.
Don't wish it, do it.
Its better to be alone than wishing you were.
Its better to burn out than rust out.
Harrisville Royal Hotel

The back yard

At the bottom of the yard the creek
The creek