The Old People's Home is no longer. Our camping has now
moved to unsurpassed levels of opulence and luxury. Gone are the sleepless
nights of flapping canvas and wet clothes, we are now the proud owners of a
Brown Shed. In the past we have been evacuated from the Bungles, flooded out
of Cape Levique, nearly blown off a cliff at Barn Hill and ravaged by
countless storms. As age catches up with us we felt it was time for perhaps
a little more security from the weather and comfort, so hence the Brown
The camping gear you buy very much governs where you are
able to go...narrow little sandy tracks beside the beach are a favourite,
mainly because you know that all the big rigs are going to be stuck at the
gate, all camped on top of each other, a long way from you. We have had two
canvas camper trailers and there is no doubt its a great way to go camping.
Retirement means you have the time for longer more extended trips, so there
is a stronger possibility you are going to be faced with some inclement
weather for periods of that extended trip.
Looking for a rig that is a bit more substantial than a
canvas camper presents lots of challenges for the bush camper, and the
biggest one is weight, you know, beer, firewood, more beer and the fact is,
the bigger it is the more you can stuff inside. The sales people look at you
in a strange fashion (as if it matters) when you ask how heavy is it fully
We visited camping show after camping show for 18 months
searching for something that was going to suit us, always asking the same
question, what does it weigh? Then one day there it was just what we wanted
and we bought it there and then. I think it was the first one imported into
The Brown Shed has just returned from a 10,000 kilometre
3 month trip through the back blocks of Queensland and across the Plenty
Highway to Alice and then north along the Binns Track through the Davenport
ranges and on up to Top Springs. We washed off a bit of dust in Katherine
and wandered up to Darwin before visiting Dundee Beach and Shady Camp on the
Mary River just to see if all the crocodile stories are true.
On the way back we turned off the highway at Mataranka
and went to Roper Bar and through Limmon National Park, camping at Towns
River and Butterfly Gorge and on to Heartbreak Hotel at Cape Crawford, then
down to the Ranken Stock route and the highway again. There are several nice
camps to be had between Mt Isa and Charters Towers, and of course several
spots to camp next to the beach just off the highway on your way south if
your rig is not too big and too heavy.
I weighed our Brown Shed at the official weighbridge in
Alice, its just off the main street going into town. It was full of
everything ready for the next leg of our trip up the Binns Track....1.51
tonnes, which is only slightly heavier than the old peoples home at 950kg.
Hear are a few photos of the trip and the truly amazing
country we live in just so you can keep looking forward to the day you
retire and all the great people you are going to meet.
Happy camping Jim 'n Sally.