Murphy's Creek Escape

Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby amanda » Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:58 am

We spent the Australia Day Weekend at the newly re-opened Murphy's Creek Escape, just east of Towoomba. The camp ground has two main areas - powered and non-powered sites on the hilltop area, and non powered creek front sites. We opted for the creek front site, however with it being so dry recently there was not actually any water flowing in the creek which was a little dissapointing, but you can't do much about the weather. There is a water hole for swimming which wasn't at it's best due to the lack of flowing water in the creek, but kids and dogs still found it a great spot to escape the heat, and I imagine it would be lovely with a decent water flow.

There are good, clean amenities in the hilltop area. Showers are 20c for 2 minutes. Ice and very basic grocery items are available from reception. Fires are permitted - you just need to ask Pete the manager and he will deliver a half 44 gallon drum to your site to use (no charge). He will also deliver a bag of wood for you at $9 a bag, although there is plenty of wood to be collected in and around the campground.

Activity wise, there are plenty of walking tracks and 4WD tracks. There is a Laser Skirmish group operating near the entrance of the park and this was hugely popular over the weekend. There is also a bird feeding arena, with lorikeets feeding there every afternoon which is popular with the little ones.

All in all we enjoyed our stay and the camp ground, although the heat was pretty fierce over the weekend and we would make our next visit during the cooler months. Peter and Lisa the owners were terrific and couldn't do enough for their guests, which always makes for a pleasant stay.

I'll upload some photo's later in the day.
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:14 am

Thanks for the report Amanda....looking forward to the pics.
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby amanda » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:38 am

I forgot to mention that the creek front area doesn't have designated sites, so you're able to choose where you want to go, and you're not confined to a small area - you pretty much take up as mush space as you need which is great.
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:43 am

The sites on the hilltop that you mention Amanda.....are they level sites??
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby amanda » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:53 am

Yes they are.
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby amanda » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:56 am

Looking from the creek front area up to the hilltop camping.

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Relaxing in the shade

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Our camp

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Other campers at the creek front area

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A very empty creek

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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:49 am

And how far from the amenities are the hilltop sites Amanda??

In fact what is the amenities block like??
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby amanda » Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:09 am

The hilltop sites are all close to the amenities. The block itself (well the ladies side of it anyway) have 4 toilets and 3 showers, as well as a washing machine, and are very clean and well kept. Also in the hilltop area are a couple of covered picnic areas with BBQ's, tables and chairs.
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:50 am

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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby snake_dr » Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:41 pm

thanks for the report and photo's amanda, although you've made my decision for easter a little harder. We want a place to swim and that doesnt look like it will have any flowing water.... Now I dont know what to do!?!?
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby dea » Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:30 pm

snake_dr wrote:thanks for the report and photo's amanda, although you've made my decision for easter a little harder. We want a place to swim and that doesnt look like it will have any flowing water.... Now I dont know what to do!?!?



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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby amanda » Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:14 am

Kids were in the swimming hole constantly over the weekend, and I saw a fair few adults in there too who said the water was really cool and refreshing. It just didn't appeal to me as it looked a bit murky.
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby snake_dr » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:09 am

the wife's already booked into a caravan park down at kirra that seems to have changes its mind on both the availability of spots, and the 2 week bookings they had going so we'll try MCE another time
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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:17 am

Easter is still a few weeks away so I imagine there will be less water in the creek by then so probably a good move on your wife's part snakey.


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Re: Murphy's Creek Escape

Postby Pete@murphys » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:19 am

Hi all,
a quick update - 72mils of rain in 2 days and counting - the spring has returned to its green colour and you can now see the sand on the bottom at the near bank - thank goodness the silt look is gone. Creek still not flowing yet - but considerable pools along the 600m length. Bring on another couple of inches before Easter!
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