The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:21 am

Here are my comments on The Gorge Wilderness Park which is located 4 klms from Aratula.
You must book in advance to camp. Ph: 07 5526 0683

Firstly let me point out that this is a Bush Retreat, it is not a 5 star tourist park and is priced accordingly.

For $3 per adult per night and $1 for school age children you get the following:

Fenced with gate entry
Level grassy sites in the main camping area
Secluded campsites on the creek past the main camp area
Running creek
Water holes for swimming
Fishing
Bush walking
Campfires with BBQ plates
Picnic tables
Rubbish bins
Flush toilets (serviced regularly)
Non potable water
Donkey shower available
Push bikes allowed
And……….Pet Friendly

There are also basic cabins at a very reasonable cost and there is lots of wildlife to enjoy as well.

From my point of view this is an ideal campground for anyone who enjoys bush camping. In talking with Val I found that there are a number of campers who have been frequenting this campground for many years. One couple that I spoke with have been going there for 35 years.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I found it to be very relaxing. It certainly gets my vote of approval, I will definitely go back.

You do need to BYO firewood and drinking water.
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Re: The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby freerocketman1 » Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:19 pm

thanks gl for the report i only had a quick look at this place as it was packed & didn't get to see very much.

ps. directions for this place:
located 3km sth of aratula on gorge rd off charlwood rd which is off the cunningham hwy.
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Re: The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:17 pm

Thanks freerocketman1 and yes it is very popular, especially long weekends. It is actually 4 klms out from Aratula, turn at the pub....the last klm is dirt.

One of the other things I forgot to mention in the report is that there is NextG mobile coverage there.

Aratula has a great little bakery and ice cream shop.
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Re: The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby GypsyLady » Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:48 pm

Have just had another great weekend camping with friends at The Gorge Wilderness Park.

Weather was just delightful with a brief shower on saturday afternoon to cool it down nicely for a great campfire and port that evening.

We just about had the place to ourselves with only 4 or 5 other campers onsite and no one in any of the cabins.

Have added a couple more pics of the main campground.
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Postby AussieSunset » Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:38 am

I know i'm proberly going to be asking a stupid question but i've never heard of Donkey shower before. :oops:
What is a donkey shower?
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The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:24 am

AussieSunset wrote:I know i'm proberly going to be asking a stupid question but i've never heard of Donkey shower before. :oops:
What is a donkey shower?


Hi As, it is where the water is heated in a drum over an open fire. You pour cold water in one end and it comes out hot the other.

I tried to post a pic but got a message saying the board quota has been reached.

PS if you have a look back at the pic of the amenities block you will see a drum outside, that is the hot water donkey.
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Postby cokebottle » Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:59 pm

AussieSunset wrote:I know i'm proberly going to be asking a stupid question but i've never heard of Donkey shower before. :oops:
What is a donkey shower?



I was wondering too, had a mental image of this

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And here I was thinking "why on earth would you take a donkey camping?" :***

This is the best picture I could find of a donkey shower as described by GL

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Re: The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:09 pm

cokebottle wrote:

And here I was thinking "why on earth would you take a donkey camping?" :***

Michael


Where does the cold water go in and the hot water come out...on second thoughts...Don't answer that.
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Postby AussieSunset » Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:51 am

Thanks for the answers i have a better understanding now lol i was a bit worried as i had visions of a donkey going round on a wheel of some sort to pump the water or something lol
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Postby GypsyLady » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:06 am

Perhaps I should have said a donkey fed shower!!
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Postby cokebottle » Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:28 pm

gypsylady wrote:Perhaps I should have said a donkey fed shower!!


WHAT? they burn donkeys in them? shame on you! :*** :*** :***

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Postby GypsyLady » Fri Oct 31, 2008 2:32 pm

Good one Michael....now you will really have AS confused.
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Postby AussieSunset » Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:31 am

::() :*** :*** :***
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Re: The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby Dave-Yakka » Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:01 pm

I am planing on camping here in a couple of weeks, this donkey boiler,
is it easy to use
do we need our own water for it
buckets required
is firewood supplied for the donkey (as i know we have to supply our own for our general use)
etc...... anything else that i might need to know


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Re: The Gorge Wilderness Park - Aratula Qld

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:37 pm

Hi Dave

I would say it was some time since the donkey has been used. From my discussion with Val it seems that most people take their own showers these days.

What we did was take our own bucket of hot water from our camp and put it into the shower bucket and used it that way. And yes we had our own plastic bucket but there are small plastic dishes at the amenities block.

You would have to ask Val when you ring to book if firewood is supplied for the donkey, at $3 per person per night I don't imagine it would be. I also don't recall seeing any timber about any where.

I personally think you would only use it if you had large numbers of people to cater for with hot water.

There is non potable water on tap through out the campground as well as at the amenities block. It is creek water.

****The only other requirement I think Dave, is a stop off in Aratula for an ice cream.

Cheers Gypsy....
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