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Camping in Bungonia National Park

A few weekends ago at the start of the month, I went hiking and camping in Bungonia National Park. The Bungonia State Conservation area is a couple of hours south of Sydney in the Shoalhaven region. We left at a reasonable hour on Saturday morning and got to the park by about 10. A group of 14 of us were going to initially do some short hikes and then post-lunch, head down the gorge to a camping spot. It was a rainy Saturday — the kind of drizzly wet rain that doesn’t go away but is just enough to annoy you.

The short hikes were interesting and easy but we were unable to get decent views of the gorge thanks to the misty weather. After a quick lunch during which I realised that I was probably going to freeze that night due to lack of thermals, we headed down a treacherous track: The Red track.

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Downhills are always scary for me and it was a major challenge. Unlike the previous trip though, the weather was cooler and well, the track was a bit better in that we didn’t have to bush-bash our way. It was an incredible relief when we reached the bottom of the mountain and by about 5 that evening, we reached a potential camp site. Setting up tents in wet weather is not something I’ve ever done so that was a challenge in itself. But once it was up, we tried to get the fire going. To no avail. I was freezing and shivering by then. Some wine helped. And a jumper handed to me in addition to what I was wearing helped too. I changed into dry gear and in a couple of hours, some of the guys had the fire going. Bliss. Pure bliss.

By then though, most of the ladies and a couple of guys had gone to bed and it was just another girl, me and the rest of the guys up around the campfire sharing crazy stories, hot tea and drinks. The rain eased off for a little bit but came back again. Being around the fire was good though — it really warmed me up. Bedtime turned out to be all right as it was a lot warmer inside the tent than I expected and I slept really well that night!

The next day, with the weather no longer rainy, we headed off another way and realised what a challenge it was going to be. We had thought of taking a different route and realised we had some massive boulders to climb. And I’m not exaggerating when I say they were massive! It was fun though as I do love rock climbing. However, after a while, the organiser thought it would be safer for us to head back up the mountain we initially came down on as some people were struggling with the rock climbing. So we did. We climbed a bitch of a mountain. I swear I am expecting some amazing calf muscles given all the steep mountains I’m climbing at present! ๐Ÿ˜›

We got to the top by about noon and it was perfect timing. It was an incredible walk and reminded me again why I love the outdoors so much. In spite of my first experience camping in the rain, I had a ball. There is nothing better than the simple life outdoors among nature.

Here are some moments from the trip:

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • noel
    March 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Wow, those boulders look huge…looks like you finally got some decent weather to take a better shot of the area…always tough to do in terrible weather.
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      They were massive! And yes, the second day was a lot better…welcome to this space Noel!

  • noel
    March 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Wow, those boulders look huge…looks like you finally got some decent weather to take a better shot of the area…always tough to do in terrible weather.
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      They were massive! And yes, the second day was a lot better…welcome to this space Noel!

  • fun60
    March 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    That looks like a fun trip. Shame about the weather though.

    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      It was…but yeah, hoping to go back when the weather is better! Welcome to this space Fun60!

  • fun60
    March 25, 2014 at 8:50 am

    That looks like a fun trip. Shame about the weather though.

    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      It was…but yeah, hoping to go back when the weather is better! Welcome to this space Fun60!

  • Life Images by Jill
    March 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

    wow your second misty mountain view is a stunner. I am glad you managed to get to your camp safely and were able to get it set up, and warmed up. It can be freezing out on hike trails sometimes at night. It looks like you had an amazing weekend.
    Have a great week. I am joining you through Our World Tuesday.

    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Welcome here Jill and thanks! While the mist makes it hard to get some photos, it still makes the place look eerily beautiful…

  • Life Images by Jill
    March 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

    wow your second misty mountain view is a stunner. I am glad you managed to get to your camp safely and were able to get it set up, and warmed up. It can be freezing out on hike trails sometimes at night. It looks like you had an amazing weekend.
    Have a great week. I am joining you through Our World Tuesday.

    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Welcome here Jill and thanks! While the mist makes it hard to get some photos, it still makes the place look eerily beautiful…

  • Danny Simon
    March 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Camping outdoors has never been my cup of tea! But to have close friends that come alongside you, then it changes everything! Nice pics!
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      I only started camping late last year Danny and it’s been the most incredible experience ever! Loving every moment…even the ones that almost kill me! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Danny Simon
    March 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Camping outdoors has never been my cup of tea! But to have close friends that come alongside you, then it changes everything! Nice pics!
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      I only started camping late last year Danny and it’s been the most incredible experience ever! Loving every moment…even the ones that almost kill me! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    March 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    It’s been years since I went camping / roughing it … but your photos ALMOST make me want to give it a go again ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Haha…you really should give it a go…nice time to bond with kids. Or whinge. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    March 25, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    It’s been years since I went camping / roughing it … but your photos ALMOST make me want to give it a go again ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Haha…you really should give it a go…nice time to bond with kids. Or whinge. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • EssentiallyJess
    March 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Oh it looks amazing!!! I would love do those kind of hiking camping trips one day. Maybe when the kids are older ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Oh definitely…they’d love it especially if you can make it at an age before they can start complaining ๐Ÿ˜‰ That way they get used to it and can enjoy it…

  • EssentiallyJess
    March 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Oh it looks amazing!!! I would love do those kind of hiking camping trips one day. Maybe when the kids are older ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Oh definitely…they’d love it especially if you can make it at an age before they can start complaining ๐Ÿ˜‰ That way they get used to it and can enjoy it…

  • Zita
    March 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    What beautiful photos!! and am glad that the wet weather didn’t dampen (haha) your trip too much this time!!
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Haha…love the pun…reminds me of a friend who manages to use such clever jokes playing on words!

  • Zita
    March 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    What beautiful photos!! and am glad that the wet weather didn’t dampen (haha) your trip too much this time!!
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    • Psych Babbler
      March 25, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      Haha…love the pun…reminds me of a friend who manages to use such clever jokes playing on words!

  • Titaxy
    March 26, 2014 at 12:57 am

    wow that sounds wonderful. like one of my summer weekends. ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait for summer here, missing camping.
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  • Titaxy
    March 26, 2014 at 12:57 am

    wow that sounds wonderful. like one of my summer weekends. ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait for summer here, missing camping.
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  • ben
    March 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I just remembered the last time I had camping together with my friends. Very nice and relaxing, smelling the cool breeze of fresh air and the thrill of hiking. Can’t wait to do it again ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • ben
    March 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I just remembered the last time I had camping together with my friends. Very nice and relaxing, smelling the cool breeze of fresh air and the thrill of hiking. Can’t wait to do it again ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Tegan
    March 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    The weather you described is why I don’t do camping lol. Your pictures do look amazing though and there really is nothing better than sitting around a campfire. Luckily Paul lives out of town so I can indulge my love of camp fires without having to rough it lol!
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  • Tegan
    March 26, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    The weather you described is why I don’t do camping lol. Your pictures do look amazing though and there really is nothing better than sitting around a campfire. Luckily Paul lives out of town so I can indulge my love of camp fires without having to rough it lol!
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