Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Happy Campers despite Yowies and Dinosaurs

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Happy Campers despite Yowies and Dinosaurs

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PETER PATTER

PETER HARDWICK

NEVER one for the bush camping scene I wasn't quite sure how last weekend would turn out.

I had no doubt that a weekend at Gordon Country in the Goomburra Valley near Allora would provide some wonderful scenery and subject for an article that will appear in tomorrow's edition of The Chronicle.

No, it was more the company I was to keep.

It was with some trepidation that I climbed aboard The Chronicle 4WD with three younger female journalists for the trek south and an overnight stay.

The thing about journalists, particularly this group, is they all love a pun, a sledge and a prank and I was to cop all three in spades.

It bordered on elderly abuse really.

Fair dinkum, this mob would make the Australian cricket team slips cordon blush, so adept are they at the art of sledging.

Hosts Sue and Ian Gordon couldn't have been more warm, welcoming and helpful -- unlike my fellow campers!

While Gordon Country has some magnificent spots beside its two creeks to pitch a tent or park a caravan, knowing my aversion to actual camping, the family provided us with a four bedroom, fully equipped, air-conditioned home with beautiful views.

Okay, so it's not "real" camping but we didn't have Fox Sports so as far as I was concerned that was "roughing it".

My type of camping, you might say.

However, my two younger colleagues -- who for sake of anonymity will simply be referred to as Tara and Elouise (sounds a bit like a Ridley Scott Hollywood movie of the 1990s... and these two are just as dangerous) -- insisted we at least make a token effort at camping.

And so, it was decided -- by them, not me -- to venture out the back and light a camp fire around which we would sit in the cold darkness.

Now, as you will recall, last Saturday was particularly cold and windy with temperatures in the Goomburra Valley barely making double figures. …

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