Finishing up your working week on a Thursday afternoon is pretty darn cool.
Having your ute packed to head away camping for the weekend straight after you finish work on Thursday afternoon is RAD! It even makes the struggle through a bit of peak hour traffic worthwhile. To get to your destination and be able to wake up in the bush on a Friday morning is special.
This is how my week ended a few weeks ago. I headed away with a couple of mates and their kids to Booloumba Creek, which is part of the Conondale National Park, not far from Kenilworth. With no traffic, it will take you about 2 hours from Brisbane. With a bit of afternoon traffic, it took me closer to 2 1/2 hours, but like I said before, it was worth the little bit of pain to be here on the Thursday evening.
The drive to Booloumba Creek takes you though the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. After leaving the highway at Beerburrum, you track through Beerwah before coming to Landsborough. Taking a left turn here will see you pointing up the hills towards Maleny and views back to the east over the Sunshine Coast. From Maleny you continue nearly all the way to Kenilworth before turning left for the National Park. A bit of dirt and a couple of creek crossings later will have you arriving at Booloumba Creek Camp Ground #1. A fantastic spot for families with big flat camp sites (some a little more private then others), amenities and easy access to the most beautiful creek around these parts. The water has to be seen to be believed!
Other than swimming in the creek, there is plenty to do around the park: from 3km return bush walks to an abandoned gold mine to multi-day walks of over 60km's, or for those who want to indulge in more leisurely pursuits, there is plenty of wildlife to keep your eye out for. Lace monitors, scrub turkeys, King parrots and eel-tails catfish just to name a few. We managed to do most of these things, just not the multi-day walk!
On the Saturday night, I even managed to get the camera out for a few shots. The kids had glow sticks earlier in the evening, but we decided to keep this one big one for some fun later. Stars and Glow Sticks below was the result.