Tinaroo Dam - Saturday 9am, rain on its way.
One of my favourite places to go camping is Downfall Creek at Tinaroo Dam in the Atherton Tablelands behind Cairns. Camp sites are located on the water’s edge and its a lovely area to explore either by car, boat or foot.
We left Cairns at 2:30pm and by 6:00pm our camp site was struck and all our gear readied for camping use. I particularly wanted to have a big camp fire and planned to cook a small lamb roast for Saturday dinner in our camp oven that Mum gave us as a gift last Christmas.
Setting the camp fire because its fun to set fire to stuff
Friday night was a clear and the wind of the afternoon dropped out just as the sun set. It was nice to sit back and watch the stars materialise out of the sunset sky. I was told once by an astronomer that the Southern Hemisphere skies are the best for star gazing as our half of the globe faces into the Milky Way galaxy so there is more to be seen from our part of the world.
Saturday morning was clear and sunny but the appearance of a rainbow at 9am suggested that the weather wasn’t going to stay nice for much longer. We went for a bit of a drive up one of the nearby access road but since we didn’t really know where the road was going we decided to turn around before we ended up hopelessly lost or stuck.
Camp fire about to start to produce quality coals for cooking
We returned to camp to prepare our camp fire for cooking the evening meal. A roaring fire is not useful for cooking but coals and embers are so preparation a couple of hours before dinner needs to start cooking is required. We started our fire at about 2pm to ensure that there was enough heat to start cooking at 4:30pm.
Dinner consisted of roast lamb and potatoes done in our camp oven. Additional vegetables were cooked in foil over the coals and dessert was a made up recipe of mine – pears and squashed flies (sultanas) cooked in foil over the coals. The meal was cooked perfectly which makes me think that this camp oven and coals thing must be pretty idiot proof.
After dinner we stoked the fire and watched the bush TV.
Enjoying the bush entertainment at night
Sunday morning was wet and uncomfortable to we steadily packed our camp up and headed back down the mountain home.
Downfall Ck camp ground on a shitty raining morning
In all a fantastic weekend away and lots of fun despite the weather.