We had to stay in the Whitsunday for a few more weeks due to work commitments but wanted check out other places. We looked on Wiki Camps and found Glen Erin Farm stay and Bush Camp. Only 30 min North or Proserpine and 10 min South from Bowen.
We had a drive to check it out with some friends and decided it was our kind of place.
There was a resident Kangaroo, green grassy areas, Camp kitchen and BBQ. So the next day we put everything, for the first time, in its proper place and hooked up for our first fully loaded trip.
Glen Erin Farm Stay and Bush Camp
Glen Erin has a home made wooden sign on the side of the highway, by a dirt track. You drive about 4 kilometers over a railway track. Then past eucalyptus trees, Mango trees and over dry creek beds. We were a little worried in case another van came in the opposite direction, but i'm sure we would have all squeezed through.
Lyn, the owner greeted us when we arrived and so did the Kangaroo. We decided we would have a powered site for a change which was $25 a night. Although we were only going to stay 2 night we decided to stay 4 more.
Rustic Camp Charm
The place has pockets of rustic charm along with its bush setting. Like the old caravans that must have been permanent residence at one time, now quaint rustic relics. Personally I love them. There's an old windmill slowly being taken over by nature. Theirs also a book exchange in the camp kitchen on an old 60s/70 dresser its like a time warp.Nature All Around Us
Black Cockatoos are in the trees over head, cows (one on the dirt road as we were driving by it) Stick insects, Cane Toads, Butterflies and of course a Kangaroo. There are many Eucalyptus trees, beautiful red Poinciana trees and Mango trees.
Lyn told us she was closing camp as she was going away over Christmas, for 3 month. She had booked a couple, with a caravan to look after the place while she was away. They would stay for free, if they feed the chooks and mow the lawn. We wish we had known about it, it would have been great. Time for us to join a house sitting website me thinks!
Funny thing is, I had kind of spoken to the lady who was going to be looking after the place on a camping Facebook page I was on (Free camps Australia). It was the first time I had made a comment I had never met her before. She could have been anywhere in Australia, but she was the first person I met on our first fully loaded trip.
Almost every post on Wiki camps said Lyn made the best Damper and was a fantastic host. It wasn't until the night before last that we got to sample the sweet taste of Mango Damper.As it was November and getting warmer she wasn't doing a camp fire ( Bugger!!!!) but she did make one in the oven for the campers.
Lyn had made a Damper cooking booklet, which had some great Damper recipe in it.
I got to choose the Mango one for us all to taste, yippee
Lyn is a fair dinkum, country looking and sounding lady. She is the essence of Country Queensland. We highly recommend this place, we will be back!
If you want to stay at a place with personality and charm and is close enough to the Bruce Highway to get you to Bowen or Airlie Beach, then this is the place.