Cressbrook Dam is approx 50 klm's north of Toowoomba and 40 klm's west of Esk, the camp ground is owned and run by the Toowoomba Regional Council. There is a boom gate at the entrance with a $2-50 fee everytime you enter. Camping fee's can be found here http://www.toowoombarc.qld.gov.au/facil ... brook.html
No domestic pets are allowed and you must also bring your own firewood - Generator's are NOT permitted !! There is no kiosk at the camp ground and no shop nearby so if you need ice you have to go to Crows Nest approx 16 klm's away and remember everytime you enter you have to pay the boom fee.
We arrived Saturday morning it was a beautiful sunny day and soon had our camper setup and were sitting back enjoying a coffee, soon we made ourselves some lunch and then went off for an afternoon of geocaching around Crows Nest and Peachey with a quick stop at the local bottle shop for some extra supplies (port)
This is the area for CT's and caravan's - there is only 5 sites plus another couple alittle further around the road, it has some great view's of the dam plus the roo's and deer will visit you (as long as no-one is running a gennie!!)
It was cold Saturday night and with clear skies, we sat around our little fire and watched for satalites, even the port was stuggling to keep me warm, normally you will get a few visitors to your camp site ie possum's and bandicoots, it is the only place I have camped where bandicoots have walked up to our camp looking for hand out's but this night no-one popped in to say hello maybe the GENERATOR was scaring them!!!
Sunday morning was cold and sunny and the coffee tasted great, I soon had the bacon and egg's and fried tomato cooking, we headed up for a quick shower and then dressed to head off to the Hampton Wine and Food Festival - wow what a day, it blew my mind, I thought there will be a few hundred people if that and when we arrived just after 10 am and had to park 2 klm away I soon changed my mind, the wife brought a engraved glass ($4) and went from tasting to tasting even now and then coming back to ask for more money..the food stands were amazing....slow roast pork belly..MMmmmmmmmmm, fresh fruit, fresh cooked pizza's, cake's . Next year we should all try to make it to this festival, what some local's do is grab a large table and then one goes off and buy';s some fresh baked sour dough rolls and another then goes off and buy's either a bottle of wine or just glasses and then another goes off and gets BBQ rib's and they shared the food and wine and had a wonderful time listening to the music. We had a wonder time at the festival and will be going back again.
There are 2 toilets and 2 showers so on a busy weekend you may have to wait, there's bench sitting outside, toilets are flush loo's and the showers are gas hotwater, they are cleaned daily by the rangers, also note we didn't have any mobile phone reception at the camp ground - but the guy running the GENERATOR did he had a large black antenna on his van with a lead to his phone.
The camp kitchen has 2 gas BBQ's and power points for kettle's or a toaster, there is a stink - very deep with hot water to wash up and plenty of table space, we cooked our steak and dinner here on Sunday night as our gas bottle run out while doing breaky.
We stayed on until Monday and had planned to do some bush walking Sunday arvo but by the time we left the festival and then we went to Highfields and brought candles and gord's and coffee and cake we run out of time. So Monday morning we did a short walk while waiting for our hot cross bun's to warm up for breaky and to let the camper dry out from the dew.
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