New Year Camping Trip.   5 comments

Here’s another first, difficult to do in the UK with the cold. Seeing the new year in on a camping trip. We set off on New Years eve to Mount Zero in Paluma National Park.  About 90 minutes drive from Townsville. Our camp was situated at an altitude of 850 metres above sea level, by a freshwater lake. It was great to get out of town. Neither Kerry or I have taken part in an island dive trip since the beginning of December.

It was great getting to altitude and having some cooler temperatures.

Midnight was spend gathered around the campfire looking at the stars, 10 hours ahead of our friends and family back in the UK. We slept on an airbed in the open air with a mosquito net to prevent bites. The stars, as we lay there, looked amazing.

We spent New years day at Return Creek Gorge with another freshwater pool. We all enjoyed a dip in the cool water and took in the amazing views down into the valley before heading back for tea and our second night under the stars.

New years day night was spent out in the park.  We were gekko, kangaroo and possum spotting, helped because some of the group were ecologists. We spotted both…but still no kangaroos!!!

Our trip was rounded off with a morning trip to the top of Mount Zero with more spectacular views. And an afternoon spent at Birthday Creek Waterfalls.

A brilliant weekend and some great photos…..but still no kangaroos!!! (did I already say that?

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 04/01/2012 by Stefan Palmer in Australia

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5 responses to “New Year Camping Trip.

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  1. Looks amazing. And miles warmer than here even at altitude!

    • The views were stunning and, yes, still warmer than UK. Even at 850m above sea level. Now back to work for a couple of weeks and smash thr the last of the Divemaster training.

      Stefan Palmer
  2. Hey Stef….it’s Birthday Creek! 🙂

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