As a Southerner going up to Queensland in December I am likely to feel the heat and humidity. Thankfully, Queensland wasn’t that extreme at all, in fact it was quite refreshing.
My journey out to Edmund Park was via the quaint little town of Laidley. This has the traditional style big veranda hotels and long central wide street. The hills surrounding this region are all imposing. Access to the camp is not stressful at all and on approaching the front gate it feels as if I’m entering a forested farm as opposed to a camp. The ‘please shut the gate’ sign and cow sculpture sort of indicates this. A long drive up a winding drive through forest deposits you high up on the ridge, below the slopes of Mt Beau Brummell in which the camp is perched like an eagles nest overlooking the surrounding valley.
The camp is neatly laid out behind well manicured lawns in a horse-shoe shape formation. The dinning hall opposite the three 38 bed bunk houses, ablution blocks are at the end of these houses. I visit the pool and I’m almost tempted to ask if I can take a dip, it looks so inviting. I loved the huge blackboard on the side of the building here; just brilliant for writing message that all the camp can see. Great use of a blank wall.
On the tour of the facility I was shown into ‘the gear’ shed. Wow, packed full of rucksacks, sleeping pads, stoves etc for the expeditions that the camp undertakes. The surrounding area is just prime for adventurous walks and challenges. A number of discovery outdoor camp areas are scattered around the camp, many of them not visible from the main camp, which helps to give the feeling of isolation. These are perfect for tenting as they have undercover camp kitchens and tables. Loads of activities are scattered and well camouflaged in the trees around the property such as ropes courses and giant swing. Environmental sessions are also a big part of what Edmund Park offers and I am taken to an impressive rain forest area of the camp as my visit draws to a close.