Somerset & Moogerah Qld

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Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby brrmm » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:46 am

Can anyone recommend camping sites at a waterskiing dam?
Had a look at Somerset and Moogerah and although dams have good capacity the campsite look woeful at best!
Maybe somebody knows of some private propertys in these areas. We're new to skiing and boating but really don't like the look of the public campsites I mentioned.
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Re: Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby Troyk » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:49 pm

Agree on Moogerah. Needs a redevelopment.

Which campground are you referring to at Somerset. The campground at the town of Somerset Dam or the Holiday Park further north?
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Re: Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby Argle » Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:46 pm

Moogerah is pretty poor, we went for a drive to check it out not long back and was less than impressed. We have young kids and there are no real roads as such around the camp areas and we saw this as a problem. Also the amenities were waaaaay to small and would not cope with summer crowds IMO. Somerset on the other hand is a favourite of ours, we camp at the Kirkleigh (northern) end of the dam. There are defined roads and heaps of room to camp. The ameneties blocks are clean and well spread through the park (yes there is more than one block) There is a big oval for kicking footys or playing cricket and they also play kids movies on the big screen on long weekends holidays etc. The main boat ramp is good and there is plenty of water to ski/tube/wakeboard whatever. The only thing is if you want to set up a day camp near the ramp you need to get in early as this area fills up pretty quick, on the other hand you can always pack everyone into the boat and head to the other side of the dam and have it to yourself. The kiosk is handy for ice creams etc! You can have a fire at your camp (in provided drums) our kids love toasting marshmellows before bed. What sort of boat do you have? We ski behind our 16ft Haines Signature and are always looking for people to come skiing with us! Oh yeah, welcome to the forum too!!

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Re: Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby brrmm » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:57 pm

Thanks for the replies folks.
Snap! We bought a Haines Signature 5.3 bowrider this year and we are such embarrassing learners at the mo! Time and experience......
Hubby used to ski BC (before children), but the kids and I have never skiied and this'll be our first experience.

I guess Somerset is the go then. Didn't realise there was more than 1 campground, I think we must've been in the northern one (Kirkleigh) near Kilcoy. Hadn't thought about packing up the day camp to take to the other side, great idea as there's not much shoreline at the campground.

Do you take the boat out of the water each day? So you then park it back at your camp? I guess it must be better to set up camp well away from the dam to avoid "doof doof" boats and loud nighttime parties.

Thanks for the info..........keep it coming.
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Re: Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby Argle » Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:32 am

Ah ha another Signature owner! Excellent taste!! We take the boat out at the end of each day and park it back at the camp site. We choose not to camp next to the water as we have two young adventurous boys 3 & 5 and being camped close to the water is not the best idea.
To be honest we havent had much problem with noise etc but you do get the dawn brigade heading out for that first light ski (ooooh we used to do that B.C too!!!) These days we have to get the kids up get them fed sunscreened etc etc so its a bit later start for us although we do sneak down first thing and set up a gazebo type shelter to claim a spot on the bank. Hope your skiing goes well our boys are still tube riders at this stage but they love going in the boat when mum and dad ski - although my youngest kept telling everyone last trip "daddy fell off his ski again"
Might catch you up there one time! If you see us come and say hi - dont be shy we arent :***
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Re: Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby Troyk » Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:05 pm

Remember a park review for the forum wouldn't go astray. ;)
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Re: Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby brrmm » Sat Oct 25, 2008 3:48 pm

Thanks Scott.....will keep an eye out for another happy Signature owner.

As far as doing a review, we didn't camp there only drove around Somerset & Moogerah, so don't think we are really qualified to give any in depth info.

Have decided to do a bit of reconn and spend a weekend up at Somerset in Nov sometime. Will do a review then.
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Re: Somerset & Moogerah Qld

Postby Argle » Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:42 pm

Hope you enjoy your trip in November. We probably wont get back up there till New Year due to upcoming trips to Hervey Bay & Canberra all before Xmas! Troy, will try and get some more general pics next time we are there and knock up a bit of a review

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