STATES and TERRITORIES

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Lake Monibeong Campground in Discovery Bay Coastal Park

The campground on the Lake Monibeong was empty, and we moved forwards looking for our previously reserved on-line campsite, at the very back of the campground. To our surprise, one of all spots, our campsite was taken by a group of campers. But, we are pretty sure the campers who took our spot were probably just as surprised as we were, as the bright lights of our car were piercing the dark of the night, and when the sound of our motor was roaring around their tents. But we had to turn around somehow, to get a new camping spot!

We did not get upset that the campers took our spot and set up our tents on a campsite near them. This time we decided not to waste the battery of our car, and set up the lights of our torches. We even decided not to charge our phones until the morning.

Lake Monibeong at Sunrise, Discovery Bay Coastal Park
Lake Monibeong at Sunrise, Discovery Bay Coastal Park


At night, it was not too cold, however it was still a bit uncomfortable. During the night the airbeds slightly deflated due to the law temperature, and we woke up pretty much on the floor. During the night we kept on waking up from different strange sounds that were happening outside our tent, possibly some animals were trying to get through the bushes, grunting.

Busy morning at our campground
Busy morning at our campground

It started to get warmer in the morning, the lake and the pine tree forest around it looked beautiful in the sunrise lights. Victor woke up earlier, and saw a couple of kangaroos near our campsite. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to see the wombats that live in this park. Judging by the droppings around our tents, there were the wombats grunting through out the night around our campsite. However, we could enjoy seeing a variety of local birds.

A fancy Blue Wren was the most patient model among a variety of local birds at Lake Monibeong
A fancy Blue Wren was the most patient model among a variety of local birds at Lake Monibeong

It is necessary to say a few words about the campground. It was equipped  quite well for such a place remote away from civilization. There were special metal fire pits, water taps and even flush toilets! All these little things made staying here pleasant and enjoyable. But it could be a problem to find firewood there. It's a good idea to collect firewood while driving through the pine forest, where were a lot of dry branches on the ground along the road.

Lake Monibeong campground at Sunrise, Discovery Bay Coastal Park
Lake Monibeong campground at Sunrise, Discovery Bay Coastal Park

After breakfast we decided to visit the ocean that whispered all the night right behind the dunes next to our campground. One of the road signs on the track shown way to the "Swan lake", however, we did not get a chance to visit that place, as the sandy road to that place at one point ended, and was blocked off with some impassable bushes and barbed wire fence.

Soft sand no through road ends just after the turn
This soft sand no through road ends just after the turn 

We also didn't get a chance to go to the ocean side either, as to get there we would have had to walk over a kilometer in the dunes. Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worst, and no one liked the idea of getting cold in the windy beach.

On our way back, through the pine tree forest we made a suggestion that there should be some mushroom areas. And as we assumed that, on the side of the road we saw a lot of butter mushrooms. We didn't even have to go deep into the forest, and in 15 minutes we managed to collect multiple bags full of fresh mushrooms. It was hard to stop, but we had to move on. The further we moved the more we saw of the mushrooms. We have never seen so many mushrooms in one spot. We surely were in the mushroom heaven!!!

Mushroom disaster is being cutting down
Mushroom disaster is being cutting down

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