In the rolling hills of Thorpdale, my wife's family farm has become a favourite place to set up camp amongst family and friends. Nestled on 150 acres her grandparents moved there almost 60 years ago and has been enjoyed since by their children, grandchildren and now the great-grandchildren. The area where we camp, we call the back dam. It's situated at the very bottom of a gully and the dam is surrounded by a large embankment with native gums planted from the base to the top and features a large flat area where we make our campground, it acts as a windbreak and creates the feeling as though there is no one else for miles. The flowing water provides for the cattle on the property and supports the natural landscape, flora and fauna as well as providing a home for ducks, platypus, and other wildlife.
I met my wife when I was 19 and a stroll around the farm was one of the first things we did together. Since then we have spent many weekends down there cray fishing, hunting, and camping. Now that we have 3 girls of our own this camp spot has provided a close and easy destination for us to camp. The wife not being the keenest camper has often been known to sneak back to the family home during the night and back before everyone gets up to create the illusion that she has camped, but I don’t care as long as I get to set up the tent. Its also a place to go just to get out of the house for an hour or two, to cook a snag on the Webber, wander around with the kids in tow and take in the amazing scenery and smell of the dewy gums.
Growing up as a kid in the town this was a refreshing change to my usual lifestyle. I went from enjoying nights out on the town to wanting to camp, fish and hunt every weekend. The farm has fuelled my passion for the outdoors and I’m lucky that it’s a place we can go anytime. Where many of us all have caught our first carp, learned to shoot and camped for the first time. With little to no reception, it’s the perfect place to light a campfire and cook some marshmallows while we unwind and forget about life’s duties and detox the kids from electronics. Now that the grandparents have passed on its also a wonderful and sentimental place for all the family.
I have attached a short video of our site.
BY KEITH GEISLER