Out The Back of Nowhere - A Prelude To Christmas

So this will be our last trip away until February.  School holidays start soon and so does the Christmas & New Year festivities making summer camping a very popular pastime.  It also makes for a very crowded and noisy pastime.

 

Based on some popular reviews on Google and also from Facebook Glamping Groups we decided to give Percys Place a go.  Situated on the Hawkesbury River at Pitt Town about 2 hours away the river is well known for the "Bridge to Bridge" water ski classic that runs from Brooklyn on the Central Coast to Wisemens Ferry in the west.

 

We originally only booked 2 week nights but decided at the last minute to take an extra day on Saturday as the weather forecast predicted showers later in the weekend and we wanted to make the most of it.

 

The photos from the website gave you a choice of maybe 30 campsites all with river frontages and some with beach frontages.  We took a beach front so Claire could have access to the water and we could watch her from the van.

 

When we arrived we had 12 visitors camped either side of us.  The only other sites booked in the park.  All on top of one another.  A mixture of adults and young children. Fortunately the sites were huge and naturally we had all opted for a beach frontage.

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Within an hour . . . . . the boats started. It was the constant noise of engines and waves  washing up on the shore for 6 hours well into the evening. What had I gotten us into.

We were all for packing up and going home.  Both groups of adults on either side of us had started drinking and becoming very loud along with  their screaming children.

 

We would stay for the night and see what happened on Sunday.  Maybe they would go home.

 

We set up and Claire and Shane went down to the river while I made some lunch and tidied up the campsite.  By evening, the boats had quietend down but the music, yelling, laughter and talking unfortunately got louder.

 

Thankfully by 10.00 . . . . .  it stopped and for the first time that day we had peace and quiet.

 

And then they were gone . . . . . .

Sunday morning we woke to the sound of ski boats powering once again along the river 

with thankfully, a few less tents and tables around our neighbouring campsites. The remaining tents were slowly collapsed over the morning with eskys and bed rolls packed away into vehicles and speedboats hooked up to trailers  One last swim for the kids and . . . . . . ..

 

By 12.30 we were alone.  Happy days 😀

A room with a view

Claire and I spent the afternoon in the river as it was quite a hot humid day.  Shane tied my pool lounge off to a tree so I wouldn't get "waked" away with the wash from the skiers.  As the tide came in, it eventually got too choppy for comfort and Claire was working overtime trying to "save me".  It turned out to be a great day and a beautiful clear peaceful night.

 

The next morning we woke to cloudy skies and the forecast of rain.  We decided to take our time packing up and go home a 1/2 day early.

 

Percys Place is designed to attract the water skiing community so I won't give it a bad wrap for that.  The reviews I read were clearly from campers who stayed during the week and not on weekends, school holidays or Peak Summer Season. We would consider returning maybe in the colder months when we can have a campfire. 

 

Thanks for having us Percy 🙂

A Prelude to Christmas