Families opt for Easter fun at Leslie dam
FORGET eggs, free-range parenting was all the rage this Easter, as Leslie Dam campers embraced the freedoms that came with their laid-back lifestyle.
"We love the freedom that comes with camping, it's nice and friendly and no-one is stuck watching the TV," Toowoomba resident Pauline Bickhoff said.
This echoed the attitude of multiple families at the Washpool camp grounds.
Many listed the tight-knit community above budgeting as their main reason for choosing tent over tower.
Ms Bickhoff who has visited Leslie Dam with her family for a quarter of a century said it was the best holiday for children.
"The kids can look after themselves and do their own thing," she said.
"Everyone keeps an eye out for everyone else's children."
And if they are too noisy, "You can't really kick them out of an apartment but you can tell them to go for a walk here," she said.
Second-time camper at Leslie Dam, Michelle Sutton from Millmerran said she sees this Easter as a beginning of a family tradition.
"Camping lets kids be kids," she said.
"It's great for us too, you pick up things for another camp on your trip into town, and we look out for each other."
Mango Camping owner Keith Hartshorn said he has seen the increase of campers first-hand.
"There is a case of change, families with littlies have been part of resurgence in camping," he said.
The store itself sold four dozen sleeping bags alone in the lead-up to Easter.