Scott Brown and Abbey Brown with their four-legged family members Billy and Kai getting ready to hit Leslie Dam.
Scott Brown and Abbey Brown with their four-legged family members Billy and Kai getting ready to hit Leslie Dam. Samantha Oneil

Long weekend campers hit the water at Leslie Dam

LESLIE Dam was a hive of activity over the long weekend.

Visitors made the most of the warm weather on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy fishing, skiing and boating although the strong wind yesterday saw a decline in water-based activities and campers.

Lake Leslie Tourist Park operator Adam Bennett said the turn out over the long weekend had been pretty good considering the circumstances.

"Numbers have been pretty good despite the low dam level and weather conditions," Mr Bennett said.

"We have a lot of return customers, locals and visitors from around Brisbane way.

"We are about two and half hours from Brisbane so it's a good run for them without being too far."

Mr Bennett said 60% of campers were there for water-based activities.

Kumar Pradeep, Moorthy Thiru, Dhiya Moorthy, Reya Ashokkumay and Suganya Moorthy enjoying camping.
Kumar Pradeep, Moorthy Thiru, Dhiya Moorthy, Reya Ashokkumay and Suganya Moorthy enjoying camping. Samantha Oneil

Toowoomba visitors Bluey McMahon and Trevor Sendall said they were part of a fishing club that came out to the Dam throughout the year.

"We come here for the fishing," Mr McMahon said.

"We've been coming for about 20 years."

Bluey McMahon and Trevor Sendall enjoy a beer while waiting for the wind to drop at Leslie Dam.
Bluey McMahon and Trevor Sendall enjoy a beer while waiting for the wind to drop at Leslie Dam. Samantha Oneil

The men and their families noted that numbers were down, saying the predicted storms had frightened people off.

"The number (of campers) is down by miles," Mr McMahon said.



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