Liam and Biance Markham cool off in the water at Leslie Dam on Thursday.
Liam and Biance Markham cool off in the water at Leslie Dam on Thursday. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Plenty of happy campers

ANYONE hoping to pitch a tent by the swollen banks of Leslie Dam over the Easter holidays better get in quick.

Visitors are flocking to the dam to enjoy a few days of camping, boating and fishing and are travelling from Brisbane, Dalby, Toowoomba and Beaudesert to bathe in Warwick’s beauty.

Washpool camping reserve manager Peter Guy said the fact that Leslie Dam was at 100 per cent capacity was a big drawcard for visitors and campers were seizing the opportunity for one last camping trip before the frosts came.

“We usually get the first frosts after Anzac Day and I think people want to make the most of the warm weather,” he said.

“And people might be trying to make up for the Christmas period when they told the kids they would go camping and couldn’t because of the floods.”

Mr Guy said he accepted the possibility the camping grounds could fill to capacity over the Easter weekend.

He said this was because the high level of the water had not only attracted people to the dam, but had also reduced the available camping space.

Mango Camping owner Keith hartshorn said he had seen huge numbers of people come through his doors over the past week stocking up on camping supplies.

He said the hot spots included Leslie Dam, Goomburra, Girraween and various 4WD parks around the regions.

Mr Hartshorn recommends two essential items for anyone thinking about a spot of camping this weekend.

“You need a good chair and a good bed – if you haven’t got that you might be in for a rough weekend,” he said.

While yesterday was warm and dry, the weather outlook for the weekend is for possible showers.



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