Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th February, 2014
The Myall River Camp provided a place for thirty
camper trailers to set up and enjoy a coastal setting and experience plenty
of bird and reptile life while socialising with fellow members. Many arrived
on the Thursday and departed on Monday while some lucky ones even stayed on
into the week. The weather was exceptional for the weekend and swimming in
the Myall River proved popular amongst the campers. It was great to see John
and Carol in a wheelchair, take advantage of this (she was an inspiration).
Camps were set up both on the river front and across the track in the centre
of the park.
Some experienced the sights of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest and others of the
National Park at Mungo Brush. Others tried out the local Golf Course. Wilko
was pleased with himself by managing to beat three of the locals (they were
all veterans over the age 80). I managed to hide my favourite fishing holes
however Greg Burton did win the weigh in with a monster flathead. How it
came wrapped in the local newspaper that the Fish Co-Op supplies is
amazing!!! Dianne Griffin weighed in a suspect headless whiting however she
did mention that it had a really long nose!!!! Norm had a flounder but Mitch
later told me his dad pounded it out with a hammer to get it to legal
We managed to get a few people onto the beach to experience the area from
Hawks Nest to Little Gibber and also test out my recovery gear. Norm obliged
by overheating his Landcruiser Ute and we needed jumper leads to restart the
engine. Greg then asked me to show him how to use my new Max Tracks, so I
deliberately backed into the softest sand on the beach. (they worked a treat
and should be part of all 4 x 4 recovery kits).
Happy hour in Camp Central was really popular and most experienced the
nibbles and drinks there each afternoon before returning to the individual
camps for dinner. After dinner a fire was enjoyed overlooking the river
where people told of their adventures of the day. Saturday night saw a
combined wood BBQ on the waterfront where many different salads provided by
the women were enjoyed with the men cooking over the wood fires (true
camping). Most adapted their clothing to the beach theme of the night.
Our thanks go to all who attended for allowing us to make this meet a
successful one. Anita and I certainly met many who we had not had the
opportunity before. A special thanks to Mr and Mrs 12 Volt (Rob and Caz) who
gave us help and advice on setting up the organisation of the weekend. Mr 12
Volt was in constant demand and made himself available at every opportunity
to many of us with questions on our set ups in our respective vans.
Thanks once again for what we feel was a successful weekend and we look
forward to organising another one if it fits in with the ever increasing
events calendar. If anyone does go to the River Camp during the year make
yourselves known to the managers Elaine and Henry and I am sure they will
look after you.