TRAVEL PLAN­NER

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YOU could make it a day trip, but you’d miss an aw­ful lot. Com­ing from Bris­bane, travel through Beaudesert and Rath­downey on the Mt Lin­de­say High­way and cut through Wood­en­bong and Ur­benville. From Ur­benville head out of town on Tooloom Road, then turn left into Up­per Tooloom Road.

If you get to the Paddy’s Flat Bridge you have to back­track 8km. If you’re com­ing from the south end, turn off the Bruxner High­way onto Paddy’s Flat Road just west of Tab­u­lam, and then fol­low it 8km past Paddy’s Flat.

This is not called a Wilder­ness Lodge with­out rea­son. It’s re­mote, so this means you have to come in fully pro­vi­sioned and fu­elled. Tab­u­lam to the south or Ur­benville to the north are the last places to top up with fuel. There is a swap-and-go gas ex­change avail­able on-site, though.

For a num­ber of rea­sons fish­ing isn’t per­mit­ted near the camp­site, but there are plenty of other things to do. As men­tioned there is no lack of wildlife, both in the wa­ter and out of it. Fire pits are pro­vided, so sit­ting around a fire at night is some­thing to look for­ward to. Wood is avail­able at the of­fice.

Ring before you leave so Steve and Sharon can let you know about the road con­di­tions and the state of the river. You can bring your cam­per trailer or off-road car­a­van – in fact, many peo­ple bring their new off-road ’van in before tak­ing it to the out­back, just make sure the 4WD tow ve­hi­cle is pow­er­ful enough to get the ’van up some of the steeper grades. When you see the track, you’ll see why.

CON­TACT CLARENCE RIVER WILDER­NESS LODGE Phone: (02) 6665 1337 Web­site: www.clarenceriver.com

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