03/20/14

Copeton Waters State Park – Camping Review (the trailer)

A powered site with a view!

A powered site with a view!

Copeton Waters State Park NSW covers an impressive 900 hectares on the western slopes of the New England Ranges. It is 550 kilometres northwest of Sydney, 440 kilometres southwest of Brisbane, and only 40 kilometres from the town of Inverell.

Copeton Dam holds three times the volume of water than Sydney Harbour, and is a fisherman’s paradise with the dam plentiful in Cod, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch, Catfish and Redfin.

Dam wall!!! It's very skinny and scary but we made it over safely

Dam wall!!! It’s very skinny and scary but we made it over safely

Entry fees do apply for the use of all the park facilities other than the Kiosk. For a car, it is $10 for a day pass, but if you are camping, you do not have to pay this as you are paying your camping fee instead. We stayed at a powered site at Copeton Bay, about three kilometers from the Park Office.  There are about fifty sites at Copeton Bay, with water taps plentiful, a playground, lots of rubbish bins provided, and a good clean amenities block.  We were a bit worried about how cold it might be to shower in winter.  There was heaps of hot water, but the design of the building certainly allowed for a lot of air movement, and I think in the dead of winter the lure of a hot shower might be marred by the cold air and wind blowing around you.  We paid $30 a night for our powered site, which was for two adults.  We were there mid week in the September school holidays, only decided to go there at 3pm in the afternoon, and managed to get a powered site directly overlooking the dam.  We were able to take advantage of Continue reading

03/6/14

Kitting up for camping – The Tent

Choosing our Tent

With a couple of trips under our belt and Jason thankful for my new found love of camping, we were now  faced with the task of kitting up for camping. Jason and I had been together  twelve years by the first time I went camping. Although Jason has camped his entire life and been in previous ownership of all things camping, over the years, his supply had dwindled. No tent, no mattress, no stove a camping trip does not make!

Choosing a tent is a daunting task, the variety on the market is inexhaustible. Finding your needs in the right price bracket, colour considerations and ease of erection are but some of the things on the tent buyer’s checklist.

Two Christmases ago we camped with some friends at Lake Eildon in Victoria. We flew in from Queensland so had nothing but financial aid (and wit and awesome company) to contribute to the trip. They had a gigantic tent, I’m sure on the packaging there would have been a pictorial of 30 black silhouettes lined up in every nook and cranny inside the seams.( Do tent manufacturers really think this is how people want to experience camping,  hop scotching over bodies?)  Anyway, huge tent, with four rooms but only one entrance, no fire exit! Although we didn’t sleep thirty that week, it Continue reading