Well this trip has been in the planning for some time and the goal is to get from Brisbane via Central QLD all the way up to the Daintree and back in 3 weeks.
We got away at about 5:15am (not as early as I would have liked but earlier than others really wanted) and had a fairly uneventful trip via Toowoomba with a stop for breakfast at the golden arches in Dalby. Seems we weren’t the only ones with this plan as there were approx 15 other camper trailers and caravans pulled up out the front and the place was busy.
Next stop was by Dogwood Creek in Miles where we topped up with coffee and cake and let the kids use up some of their energy exploring around the park. There was a lot of bird life in the park and in the creek and the kids exclaimed they had found a wild chicken on seeing an escaped domestic chicken wandering around under the bridge. Made it to Taroom and did a quick drop by Megan’s cousins house to say ‘Hi’.
Arrived at our overnight camp at Isla Gorge around 2.30pm and opted for a simple set up followed by a snack. Camp ground is very basic with a long drop toilet and some non drinkable water. The ground is quite stony and and not all that suited to soft floor campers but we managed to find a suitable spot. Thought we might have the place to ourselves till a couple of groups came in about 4:30pm. One group included a couple with a 2 year old & a 6 month old on the first night of a 3 month trip to the gulf and across the top end to WA camping in tents all the way! Helps you remember one mans discomfort is anothers adventure :).
Woke up to a cold cloudy morning and did some exploring around the gorge before packing up a little late for the run to Blackdown Tableland NP.
Tip: When your trailer is packed full and in a certain order there is no such thing as a minimal set up. It doesn’t matter if you only pull a couple of things out as the whole trailer needs to be repacked. You may as well set up everything you need to be comfortable.