Well we set off on Friday afternoon & I had aimed to be away by 2pm at the latest as the drive to the campground was approx 2 1/2 hrs, we had to be there by 6pm & I did not want to setup the tent in the dark.
Ended up getting away at about 3pm after discovering we did not have enough room in the car & had to take two cars, then after getting stuck in roadwork on the motorway we got there at about 5:30pm with the sun almost gone.
No probs though, got setup & had dinner & turned in for the night.
Next morning (Saturday) we headed off to the beach & seen some kids walking down a track off the campsite & I asked them if it was a quick way to get to the beach & they said "yes it was" then one of the kids, a girl about 6 said "watch out if you go up the end of the beach, there are naked people there" I replied "that's alright, that's what we are here for" the look on her face was priceless
It turned out the "shortcut" was a dead-end as they had closed it for regeneration, so we ended up spending 1/2 an hour instead of 15 mins to get to the beach
We spent half of the day on the beach, , we had a hard time keeping my fiancees 7 yr old son's broken arm in plaster dry, (he broke it last Monday playing indoor soccer) we let him play in the rock pools & wade in the shallow end of the lagoon but it still got a bit wet, the next day I used almost a whole roll of glad wrap to splash proof it :wink:
Quite a lot of people there as it was a very hot day, one thing that did spoil it was that there was a lot of cigarette butts around as well as people nearby us smoking
The next morning (Sunday) myself & my fiancees 10 yr old daughter hit the beach at about 5:30am to watch the sunrise, it was very cloudy, but we did get a few good pictures, even a frog we found near a spring within spitting distance of the rocks with huge waves crashing over
Then after we went for a swim in the lagoon we went back to camp for breakfast, everyone else was awake so we all headed to the beach, we played in the lagoon with a surf board, taking turns to pull each other around most of the day.
We left the beach at about 3pm & decided to head into The Entrance for lunch, as the wind was picking up a bit I decided to weight the tent down with the gas bottle on one side & the esky on the other.
On the way back to the campsite we noticed the wind was very strong, the wind was howling over the bridge at The Entrance & it sounded like a plane taking off
pulled into the campsite & saw a few tents fallen over, but ours appeared ok with only one peg out...........
Then when I opened the flap I discovered beetroot juice everywhere
The esky had flipped over & a unsealed tin had tipped all through the tent, on the airbeds, on a sleeping bag etc
We got it all cleaned up when it was just getting dark & guess what happened then.......
It started to rain I grabbed some tinned food just in case we were stuck all night & we crawled into the tent & played cards till about 7pm when the wind & rain stopped so we could cook dinner outside
We all had such a fantastic camping trip & my fiancee can't wait until we do it again, it was the first time in her life that she had ever gone camping & even with the beetroot incident she was not perturbed.
We had one other incident happen on the way home, we left at about 5:30pm for the 2 1/2 hr trip home, got stuck in traffic again
then had dinner at McDonald's at about 8pm with still an hours drive ahead of us, then I got a flat tyre
had to unpack the contents of the boot onto the footpath
We ended up getting home close to 9:30pm
But it was a great adventure
My verdict on the campsite........
Well, we ended up with the smallest site, number 26 & it was lucky we only had a small 6 person dome tent as anything bigger would simply have not fitted, I did mention to the ranger who came around & he apoligised & said that as it had only just been reopened they have not had a chance to estimate sizes of each site.
He went on to say that before the renovations our site had been one of the bigger ones.
There was a group of surfers in a bus camped there & they did get a bit roudy, with music & noise til about 9:30, the ranger asked us on Sunday if there had been any trouble & we said not really, but he said in future to note number plates of offending parties so the NPWS could warn them etc
I think maybe in a few years time once the new trees are established it will be a lot better, at the moment it is very open, but not too bad really.
I would camp there again, I thought it was fairly good for kids as there was heaps out riding their bikes etc.
My fiancee & her 3 kids can't wait till they go camping again, just next time we will not be taking beetroot
I rate it 4 bum waddles