Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby jeni99 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:50 pm

'twas our first camping trip EVER!

It took about an hour to get there from Rockhampton, with the last 10k a dirt road. Lots of logging to be seen.
General information: You need a permit ($20 for a family for a night) and to book your site. Not all sites are very flat so pick a bigger site if you like your floor level. You need to bring your own wood in for the campfires too, though there are heaps of pine needles around to spark it up with. There are toilets (and toilet paper), and showers as well. I didn't check if they were hot water or not though! The water is not drinkable but there is a tap there so you can collect some to rinse dishes, soak feet in, etc.

There is a day use area with picnic tables over the creek crossing.

There is a short and long walking track. We ventured onto the long walking track but after an hour or so of walking we ran into a 4wd track with no signage as to where to go from there so headed back. We checked the signs back at camp and still couldn't quite figure out where we ended up but we will try again from the other end of the circuit and see where that goes!

There is swimming allowed but there are some nasties in the water so you need to wear shoes if you plan on putting your feet down. Another family group had bought a blow-up boat which they seemed to enjoy - it's on the shopping list for our next trip up there!

Okay, now to try and add photos!


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Re: Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:55 pm

Thanks Jeni....good report and great pix too.

Sounds like a very successful FIRST ever camping trip....good on you.

Is that NP you camped in, I seem to recall hearing of a Byfield NP somewhere.


So now, when's the next camp??

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Re: Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby Titch » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:56 pm

Did the Family enjoy it?
What are the nasties in the water?
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Re: Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby jeni99 » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:16 pm

Is that NP you camped in, I seem to recall hearing of a Byfield NP somewhere.


The Upper Stoney Creek, Waterpark, and Red rock camping areas are in the state forest next to the Byfield national park. The NP area then goes right up to the beach, but you need a 4wd as soon as you hit NP so that is out for us! I think it is the Red rock camping area which is right on the edge of the state forest and NP, and it also has dogs allowed, but also has a crocodile warning!

So now, when's the next camp??


This weekend! lol We are heading out to Carnarvan Gorge!

Yes, I think I will quickly become addicted to this camping thing!

Did the Family enjoy it?


Yup, Mister 11yo complained during the walk but I think that was more about technology withdrawl symptoms then anything else, he has Asperger's syndrome and really does not cope with change well so I was quite worried about how he would react! All up it went a lot better then I had expected! He loved the fire as did the other 2 boys (and their Dad! lol) and the marshmellows! And he slept like a log! Dave (the hubby) loved it, all the caveman tendencies coming out around the open fire! lol

What are the nasties in the water?


Some type of stonefish.. I didn't catch the name but apparently they give a nasty sting if you step on them!
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Re: Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby Titch » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:31 pm

Make sure you buy the 11 year old a fishing rod.\I bet you he will love it if shown how.
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Re: Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:42 am

jeni99 wrote:

Some type of stonefish.. I didn't catch the name but apparently they give a nasty sting if you step on them!



I thought you mentioned crocodiles as well.....sound pretty nasty to me.!!!

Jeni, we'd love a report and pics of your trip to Canarvon Gorge too please....

Very glad to that you are hooked on camping......bring on the camps.

Cheers Gypsy...


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Re: Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby GypsyLady » Thu Jul 22, 2010 9:45 am

titch wrote:Make sure you buy the 11 year old a fishing rod.\I bet you he will love it if shown how.
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I agree with Titch but with the added warning and watch him if he tangles the line....it then all becames too hard.

What is his attention span like??
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Re: Byfield - Upper Stoney Creek

Postby xmasbaby67 » Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:00 am

Soooo glad you had a great time Jeni.

My hubby has the same tendancies around the campfire too!!!! :***
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