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Good-o! Let's see who else we can "initiate" to the throng! :linguino:

And yes, I should be good to go.
 

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Hope to get some new faces!
We are a friendly bunch, honest!
 

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Thanks Thrud for making the new thread....! Easy when you know how. Not so easy when you haven't done it before and don't really have a clue what the hell you are doing anyway!
Still, just peachy now....
I am encouraged by the number of (fairly) positive responses. Surely it can't be this easy....?
I'll have a chat to the lady in work who suggested this place and try and get some more info. She reckons the place is pretty deserted if you avoid public holiday long weekends.
Then again it only takes a few of the locals to rock up on motorbikes or quad bikes to feck it all up. What should have been a pleasant camp out suddenly has the potential to turn into a scene from 'Deliverence'........Squeal Piggy, Squeal!



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Thanks Thrud for making the new thread....! Easy when you know how. Not so easy when you haven't done it before and don't really have a clue what the hell you are doing anyway!
Still, just peachy now....
I am encouraged by the number of (fairly) positive responses. Surely it can't be this easy....?
I'll have a chat to the lady in work who suggested this place and try and get some more info. She reckons the place is pretty deserted if you avoid public holiday long weekends.
Then again it only takes a few of the locals to rock up on motorbikes or quad bikes to feck it all up. What should have been a pleasant camp out suddenly has the potential to turn into a scene from 'Deliverence'........Squeal Piggy, Squeal!
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I do love the smell of bacon in the morning!
I think if we get there first, it's unlikely one group will want to camp close to any other. But maybe a backup area or two could be useful.
As for long weekends, the dates we're talking about are after a run of Easter, Anzac and school holidays, so it could well be the weekend everyone stays home.

So, same plan?
Roll up Friday. Camp that night and Saturday, head home Sunday?
Obviously, all welcome any day if they can't do both nights.

You're saying it's on or near a dam? Public or private? I'm going to check what maps I have of the area.
 

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Julie in work said she would do us a map of where her and her brood go. No more than 15 mins from Collie to their favourite spot.

But Bloffy mentioned he had previously camped there right by the dam wall.
Or maybe I imagined that part.....
Bloffy?

Yep, rock up ASAP on the Friday AM for those that can get the day off, and depart at ones convenience on the Sunday.

Maybe start the weekend with a pub lunch in Collie then head in in convoy....? Bloffy and I certainly enjoyed our burger and joined by Thrud a beer in the pub at the start of the last meet. Very civilised.

Those with radios have them on a pre-agreed channel (this time) so anybody coming later in the day knows where to head to find the rest of us.

She mentioned there are plenty of nooks and crannies in which a group could hide away if they so wanted to.

She said we just need to avoid the part of the lake where they are allowed to use boats (with outboards) and stick to the quiet out of bounds areas.

I'm taking this on face value. From her perspective it's a quiet relaxing picturesque place where they do a bit of marron 'fishing' in season.

The few photos I've seen seem to confirm the picturesque aspect. 'Quiet and relaxing' probably mean different things to different people, but she said when they've been there, they've never had a problem with motorbikes or quad bikes.

Based on Bloffy's first hand Intel and the map I have been promised, we can start narrowing down the likely spot.




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Hi Chris, not near the wall but there was an island nearby.
Maybe we could chuck in a longer hike or maybe even a hike in to a more remote spot? Just thinking out loud.
@ Thrud, it's Wellington Dam.....and, tortillas are one of my favourite foods.
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So what happens now....just leave it till mid-April then start to firm up numbers and plans....?


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Hi all, just a little local knowledge to let you know that the Wellington area is now a designated National / Regional Park managed by DPAW and the only designated campsite at the dam is at Potters Gorge and down stream of the dam at Honeymoon pool, both require online bookings and are in high demand. there is a new 20km trail recently opened (Wiilman Bilya) starting off at Coalfields hwy and terminating at Potters Gorge if you wish to hike but oddly the hut is only 3.5kms from the highway and not near the mid way point.
There is also the 20km or so Spur trail off the Bib track which winds it's way to the southern end of the dam however this is used by a lot of student groups and a check of the Bib foundations web site is advised in regards as to possible use of huts.
Other options if you wish to be near water is Stockton lake to the East of Collie but it is adjacent to the motorcross track and could be a failure for a weekend. There is nearby Glen Mervyn Dam which has free camping but much like Grimwade it's becoming "Unhealthy" Bloffy and Thrud will know what I mean!
All this being said there is still a lot of State Forrest out there.
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I forgot to mention Black Diamond, I havn't been there for a long time but the state government is spending money on infrastructure there atm. It's a former mine site that has been flooded and has been a bit of a local secret for years. :)
 

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Black Diamond has been getting a lot of attention on social media of late.
The millennials appear to have invaded on the backs of inflatable unicorns.
 

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Bugger! Anybody have any better ideas?

There was that place that me and Bloffy went to with the Lake (and friendly Kelpie that liked our fire) but I can't remember the name......

What was it called Bloffy?


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Hi Chris,
That was Lake Poorerecup (spelling might be wrong). That was good but been there, done that.
Thinking caps people.
Cheers
Bloffy
 
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