One of the great things about working from home and being your own boss, is that you can choose to do things on the spur of the moment.

Last week, I decided to go camping.

I used to go camping quite a bit, and have been on some pretty amazing road trips over the years, but since starting my business 5 years ago, I hadn’t gone on a single holiday!  It wasn’t until recently that I started to get itchy feet, and feel that old travel bug nudging me again.  I’d been thinking about going on a camping trip for a while, but there always seemed to be something I wanted to get done at home, and I kept putting it off.  But after my recent resolution to make more of an effort to get out and explore and relax a bit more, I decided to stop thinking about it and actually go.

I came across an advertisement for the Goomburra Forest Retreat while looking through the tourist brochures I picked up at Indigiscapes a couple of weeks back.  I don’t remember what initially struck me about it, but I checked out the website, and it seemed like a lovely spot to spend  few days.  The campground is right next door to the Main Range National Park.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven through that park, crossing Cunningham’s Gap on my way to Warwick or beyond, and yet not once have I stopped and visited the park itself!  So, I just sent an email enquiring as to whether they had a free campsite that week, and when the answer was yes, I just made up my mind to go the next day!

And I am so glad I did.

I spent 4 days in this beautiful place, with mornings spent hiking in the National Park, and afternoons spent sitting at my camp beside the creek, listening to the babbling of the water, and the constant background of bellbirds and frogs. Because it was mid-week, there were only 3 other campers in the area, and it was so peaceful and relaxing.

Friendly cow on the road into the campground

Friendly cow on the road into the campground

bush creek

View from my tent

azure kingfishers

Azure Kingfishers that visited the creek beside my tent each morning


Kookaburra at my campsite

view from Sylvester's Lookout Main Range National Park

view from Sylvester’s Lookout, looking towards Lake Moogerah and Mt Barney


Spectacular fungi display on one of the tracks


beautiful little female Superb wren (I think).
One of dozens that hopped around my tent every day.

red bellied black snake

Wasn’t too happy to see this fellow sliding around the rocks less than 3 metres from where I was sitting outside my tent one afternoon! Thankfully it continued on its way and I never saw it again.
For the uninitiated, this is a red-bellied black snake, one of Australia’s most venomous snakes.

Dalrymple Creek, Cascades Circuit Main Range National Park

Dalrymple Creek, Cascades Circuit

Dalrymple Creek, Main Range National Park

Dalrymple Creek, Cascades Circuit

Araucaria Falls Main Range National Park

Araucaria Falls – worth the ridiculously steep trek down to see them.

obligatory selfie to prove I was there! :)

obligatory selfie to prove I was there! 🙂

I’d forgotten how wonderful it is to camp and enjoy the bush and the wildlife, and I will definitely not wait another 5 years before going again. In fact, I am already planning my next trip!


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