One of the most popular Parks in Victoria,
getting back to normal after major bushfires in 2006
Visited in October 2008 for 4 days and January 2009 for 5 days
Both times stayed in the Smith Mill campground.
Brought a screen house and plenty of insect repellant but never needed it.
I didnt see or here a mozzie and the only place flys were more than passers by was at the pit toilet.
Although in october they were quite interested when I BBQ'd lamb chops.
Plenty of shade amongst tall plantation pines, plenty of runing water for washing up
Not supposed to collect firewood but I guess everyone I saw missed that sign, not
that there was much in the way of good long burning logs anywhere near camp.
Plenty of Kookaburras and even more C0ckatoos who were not only noisy but decided the the
branches above my camper tralier were the toilet (another reason to make the effort to put tarp over)
, only saw a couple of Kangaroos/Wallabies near camp (its fenced).
Only 1 KM from McKenzies Falls which has walks to either a lookout (easy) or down to the base
of the falls (medium), we did the base walk and wasn't too hard comming back up as we did it at the
same pace as our 2 yo (one step at a time).
2km up the rd is Lake Wartook, no swimming allowed but low/non powered boats ok
Also not far is Boroka lookout which has fantastic views over Halls Gap to Lake Belfield in the south
and to the east Lake Fyans and whatever else is out that way and Reed Lookout and the Balconies
with great views of Lake wartook, and the Victoria Valley, Moora Moora Reservior.
Person at National Park Centre told me the regions water storage is at 6% and I don't doubt it
Moora Moora Reservoir was little more than a puddle, Lake Bellfield was very low, same with Lake Fyans.
Lake lonsdale was empty.
Also checked out a couple of Aboriginal Art sites, Gulgurn Manja, Ngamadjidj & Bilimina Shelters
Interesting enough, but not sure I would go out of my way again.
Did a few flying drive throughs of some other campgrounds for future reference
Stayplton, Plantation, Boreang, Borough Huts, Jimmy Creek & Buandik (see link at bottom)
All had their positives but will be hard to not go back to Smith Mill again (love the shade).
Unsealed roads can be pretty corrugated in places, managed to break something in
the ignition and muffler needs attention after trip
Camping permit required for all campgrounds
Cost = $13.00 per site for upto 6 people
No bookings, first come first served
All campgrounds have toilets and most have water although signs say do not drink.
Visitor Guide : http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/resources05/05_1411.pdf
Photos and comments of Smiths Mill, 6 other campgrounds & some misc photos from our triphttp://picasaweb.google.com.au/braddiv
Campground Locationshttp://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en ... 8ea22&z=10
Edited C0ckatoos = dingalings (stoopid bad word filter)