Nine members camper trailers turned up
for the weekend camp at Budgewoi on the northern end of the Central Coast NSW. We camped
Budgewoi Tourist park which was mostly filled with on site caravans. Having
booked our sites early we all managed to get grassy sites side by side
amongst the trees. Barry & Janet had the prime campsite under a large shady
The majority of us arrived
from after lunch till the evening on Friday with only a couple of families
turning up on Saturday morning. It was great to catch up with friends
we had made from previous get togethers & also to meet new friends. It certainly
makes a difference to finally meet people face to face after months of typing via the
group or on the Thursday night group chat.
There was not much in the
way of breaking the ice as we all sat down to chat. It was funny to see how
much we all had in common & other interests other than just camper trailers.
This was one weekend get together we had not planned any activities & decided to
let things take their own course. Saturday morning saw some taking off for the
nearby beach or sightseeing, while others sat under the shade of the trees to
The day was sunny & hot with a nice ocean breeze to cool things down. Late
evening on Saturday night we had a thunderstorm move through with lightning &
torrential rain. This sent everyone for cover with quick sprints between awnings
for a chat. Plans of our usual Saturday night around the campfire entertainment
Steve, Julie & James had a chance to season the canvas on their newly acquired Trak Shak. Water restrictions had prevented them doing the usual hose over. I
was very impressed with Steve's easy nature as he worked outside in the rain
trying to prevent the pooling of water on the roof. Julie decided to give the
bulge in the roofline a push with the broom & sent a gush of water right over
Steve. Without a word he kept on working away. Julie said if he had done that to
her she would have blown up.
The rain also gave Kevin the chance to season the awning on his & Karen's new
Aussie Swag Rover, while others checked where they may have to apply
waterproofing before the next trip.
Next morning we all met for morning tea under the shade of trees on the shore of
Lake Munmorah before some left to return home. This was the best we could do as
a stand in for the washed out Saturday night round the fire. The day became hot
& very humid. Again we had an onshore sea breeze to cool things down.
Those who left on Sunday missed out on another downpour which was worse than the
night before as it was also accompanied with strong wind. We all survived & woke
to a bright & sunny day. By mid morning canvas was about dry & we decided to
pack up. We were the last to leave at about one o'clock.
Again we were unable to catch those responsible for throwing empty bottles under
Barry & Margaret's Ultimate, despite a surveillance roster & a camera operated
by a trip wire. We may have to hire a private eye for the next event.
Members who attended were...........
John-Luc, Taylor &
Lauren with their magna wagon &
3 Dogs Rover
Ed, Donna, Savanna & Courtney with their
Ford Mondeo & CampAtrek on-road camper trailer
Richard & Robyn
with their Prado & Trak Shak
John & Ann
with their Jackaroo & Cub Rover
Kevin with his
Nissan GU Patrol &
Aussie Swag Rover LX
& James with
their Landcruiser 100 & new Trak Shack
Barry, Janet, Thomas & Janet's sister Leah with their Land Rover
Defender & Kimberley Kamper
Barry & Margaret with their Prado
Rob & Carol with their GQ Patrol &
Track Trailer Eagle
was interesting checking over Kevin's new
Aussie Swag Rover LX.
Steve & Julie had a good chance to compare Trak Shak notes with Richard &
Thanks to those who attended with their friendliness & open attitude. You really
made it a pleasure to meet you all & we enjoyed your company over the weekend.
We will remember this meet for some time to come.
Looking forward to the next one.
Rob & Carol
Neil & Tania's
Ed & Donna's
Richard & Robyn's
John & Ann's
Kevin & Karen's
3 Dogs Rover
Aussie Swag Rover
Steve & Julie's
Barry & Janet's
Barry & Margaret's
Rob & Carol
Track Trailer Eagle
scene of the crime
Sunday morning tea
Well, it was our first group
event, and our third time out with the camper, so far, 2 caravan
parks and one bush camp done. We arrived just before lunch where we
were greeted by the group and we set about looking like we knew what
we were doing. After a while, a big blue camper magically appeared.
We had to eat so cooked up some snags and then yakked
for a while and set out for a bit of a drive around the area (Ok, so we went geocaching) We returned after 5pm and the skies were getting really ugly and
some spectacular lightening was being put on show for us to the south. We
decided that we would put the right hand side and front walls on the annex as
that was the direction the storms appeared to be coming from. Later that night
as it really started to come down, we also attached the left hand side wall and
put the floor down as well. The child bride and I got quite soaked trying to get
this up and add some guy ropes to the support poles for the side walls.
We had an early night as the rain pounded away on the
canvas. Some seam drips were noticed, and the odd drop here or there, but we
were more than happy with how it held up under such a storm.
The next day, with clearer skies, we managed to get a
gander at I think nearly everyone else's trailers, and of course, paid a visit
to the bottle pile under the space shuttle.
Come pack-up time, most of the canvas was pretty dry,
though, we will dry it properly in the next day or so. We said our farewells
around 2pm and headed down to the Entrance for lunch, but my fav pie shop, curse
them, is only open on weekdays, not weekends. ;-(
We then made our way south back home slowly, in no
particular hurry, cut across through Galston Gorge and not long after that, the
heavens opened up again. Giving the camper cover a good wash.
Thanks for organising a great weekend and can't wait to
see the photos u took of our camper in messy dry-it-all-out state of disarray.
Cheers Neil, Tania and the tribe.