"And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling" Shanti
Kilkivan Bushcamp came highly recommended to us by close friends and various caravanning and camping groups. So it is fair to say that we had high expectations of the place.
And we were not disappointed! Even before we arrived, we were impressed. You see we took the wrong exit and were travelling along this country road quite happily until we reached a t-section with no directions and no idea which way to turn. Would you believe along sped this car, pulled up next to us and before we even asked, told us how to reach the campground.
We soon learned that this friendly bloke is co-owner Ralph. At the campground we were met by his partner and wife Antonija. They are both lovely down to earth people – we immediately felt at home. The atmosphere at the campground is very relaxed.
Our spot for the weekend was on the banks of Fat Hen Creek. What a difference to be camping in the country – the sites are VERY generous with lots of trees and grass all round. It is an absolute delight to wake up to the various bird songs.
Fire pits are provided and we made full use of ours! You are transported to another world sitting around the fire and gazing up at a starry sky. In addition, the campground is also pet friendly. All dogs we encountered during the weekend were friendly and well-behaved – their owners weren’t too bad either.
But wait, I am not done yet singing the praises of the place. Saturday mornings from 8am Ralph and Antonia put on a free breakfast for all campers. What a great way to meet your neighbours while enjoying pancakes with a variety of toppings and a warm cuppa.
Another advantage of this place is that there is no mobile coverage. I was quite surprised just how peaceful and relaxing it is to be without a phone and the internet for a while. However, you are not roughing it by no means as there are power and modern amenities.
What can you do here?
Fat Hen Creek is a great spot to cool down. Both children and dogs had a ball swimming and splashing around in the cold water. It is also a great place for birdwatching. We were delighted by the antics of a trusting Apostle bird.
The township of Kilkivan is just a few minutes away where aromatic coffees, delicious food and quaint antique shops await you. Or you could follow the signs in town to Mudlo National Park. It is a lovely winding road (all bitumen after the day use area) to the top of the Mudlo range where there are picnic tables, an open fireplace and toilets.
For some bushwalking head back to the Scrubby Creek day use area. The Scrubby Creek circuit leaves from the carpark. It is a very easy walk crossing the creek twice. Pearson’s Lookout branches off from this circuit and is a 1.4km return walk. However, it is a very steep climb with lots of steps to reach the top.
Kilkivan bushcamp is also a great spot for a base if you like 4 wheel driving. Start by exploring ‘The Chimney’ which is a restored part of the Mount Clara Mine Copper Smelter. The range offers a variety of tracks to explore ranging from very easy to somewhat challenging.