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Riverwood Downs weekend meet


Riverwood Downs

NSW members meet near Dungog NSW

held on the weekend of Saturday 12th to Sunday 13th May 2007


    22 camper trailers attended the Groups weekend get together held at Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort located between Dungog & Stroud NSW hosted by Rob & Carol. A few turned up early around lunchtime Thursday, with some  staying on till the Tuesday. The weather was mild with T-shirts only during the day, however the fire was very welcome at night when the temperature dropped at dark.

    It was great to catch up with our old CamperTrailers friends who we have met through the group as well as meeting a few more new faces of members who we have been typing to via the group as well. Gus, Jill, Clancy & Jayden drove from Moree arriving in spectacular fashion around midnight Friday night with driving lights lighting up the heavy fog like an alien space craft in a scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Jayden asked what the funny looking stuff was floating in the air. Richard & Leonie drove from near Canberra to attend their second meet, while Gloucester locals Brian & Terry dropped in for the day on Sunday to say hi to many of the faces that have become familiar.

    A large central area was kept open around the campfire for everyone to gather & meet & for the kids to play. Gus was a little taken back to see green grass & dew under his feet after many years of drought in Moree western NSW.

    By Saturday afternoon everyone had arrived & a big fire was started at happy hour to produce enough coals for the many camp ovens to cook tea that night. The fire turned out not to be big enough as we soon ran out of coals with around a dozen camp ovens sitting in a ring skirting the fire. It was hear said that the Sydney Flyer used less coals.

   Everyone did manage to cook a variety of meals in the camp ovens from stews to roasts. The aroma filled the air as each lid was lifted to check the cooking contents. After eating tea it was the usual Saturday night sit round the campfire with plenty of laughter thrown in. Thanks to Sharon for giving everyone glow sticks & to Julie for providing the sparklers.

   Some had to head off on Sunday for home & work. While a few headed for the restaurant for a Mothers Day tea, others once again cooked on the campfire.

   Thanks to everyone for chipping in on the firewood & providing plenty of laughter around the campfire.

Quotes of the weekend.....

  • I can see black & white in the the camp oven Ian, is that zebra..... Barry

  • I always wanted to be a GP (JP) ..... Carol

  • You haven't got any feeling, (when Rob lifting kettle off campfire)..... Barbara

  • Just because it's mothers day you don't have to tell all the jokes Margaret, I tell them around here..... Barry

  • What's all that white stuff dad (about the fog)..... Jayden


Rob & Carol

photos by Rob & Carol >


David & Joy

Marco, Traci, Cameron & Adrian

David, Raylene & Madison Ed, Donna & Savannah


Susan & John Kim & Helen Paul, Rachel, Alec & Thomas Greg & Louise


Tony & John Sue, Jason, Jessica & Sheridan Richard, Sharon, Patrick & Rhiaan Gus, Jill, Clancy & Jayden


Jack & Lynda Troy, Julie, Matty, Bryson & Bree Sue & Terry Kevin & Carolyn


Richard & Leonie Geoff & Barb Rob & Carol Barry & Margaret


Ian, Brenda, Jaime & Robyn Marco tending the fire camp ovens cooking camp ovens
photos by Geoff >


 Jaime & Robyn  Barry & Rob  Barry & Rob  white-headed pigeon


       Terry the Dorg


 camp panorama  happy hour
photos by Jess >


camp oven cooks camp ovens Carol & Troy Barry with a glow


photos by Carolyn >

where's Barry happy hour at the restaurant morning fog


happy hour Karuah River Karuah River Karuah River


photos by Tony >

Bonny Riverwood Downs Riverwood Downs camp ovens


camp oven tucker      


Rob & Carol Track Trailer Eagle Nissan Patrol GQ SWB
Ian, Brenda, Jaime & Robyn Jurgens Xpedition Toyota Landcruiser V8
Richard and Leonie Aussie Swag 100 series Landcruiser
Richard, Sharon, Patrick (7) and Rhiaan (5) with Dudley & Hudson Cape York Adventurer Mitsubishi Challenger

Sue & Terry

Adventure off road Ssangyong Muusso
Geoff & Barb Tvan  Toyota LC 80
David & Joy Complete Campsite  Toyota Prado
Sue, Jason, Jessica (13) & Sheridan (10 - nearly 11)  Ace Oodnadatta Toyota Prado
Kevin & Carolyn   Cavalier Toyota Prado
Paul, Rachel, Alec, Thomas (bottle cap boy), Jessie (Kelpie) Aussie Swag Mark 3 Nissan Patrol
Barry & Margaret  Ultimate Toyota Prado
Susan Gregory & John Wurtz Trayon Slide-On

Nissan Navara STR

Tony, Aimee, John (dad) with Texas Cameron Camper Off Road 80 series &  Hilux
Troy, Julie, Matty, Bryson & Bree Coaster Bus  
Ed, Donna & Savanah Campatrek
Town & Country
Nissan X-Trail ST
Greg & Louise   Toyota 80 series
Jack & Lynda with Terry Trayon Slide On
Toyota Hilux Extra Cab
Kim, Helen, Hannah & Daniel Central Coast Mitsubishi Challenger
Marco, Traci, Cameron & Adrian Lightweight Camper Nissan Patrol
Gus, Jill, Clancy & Jayden with Bree Austral On Road Toyota Hilux Dual Cab
David, Raylene & Madison Jayco Hawk Toyota Prado
Brian & Terry Toyota Hilux for the day



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