Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Hey guys! Bridie here from Accelerate Auto Electrics, hope you’re ready for this rollercoaster camping trip. This campsite review will be a little different as I’m a rookie camper. But nonetheless, I’m excited to share my first camping experience with everyone!

I’ll even share with you what went wrong! Hopefully, you learn from my mistakes and get a laugh out of it.

Getting There

Getting there was a breeze! I was coming from Caloundra which is about an hour away, but keep in mind travel time will depend on traffic and roadworks. The campsite is located 20 Minutes out of Noosa at Lake Cootharaba. No need to go off the beaten track until you arrive at the campgrounds. There you drive along a dirt road, but nothing my little car (a 2wd) couldn’t tackle!

Accommodation Options

Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp has all the accommodation options covered

 

Camping

What we loved

  • Location, Location, Location – We grabbed a beautiful spot right on the lake, surrounded by nature and the beach is close by.
  • Bar and Bistro – Great for families and relaxing with some friends!
  • Amenities – modern and clean
  • Accommodation options – There are plenty of accommodation options for all kinds of campers, even glamping!
  • Walking tracks – There are heaps of walking tracks to choose from. Although I didn’t personally do one because I spent all my time at the beach, I did see a lot of people putting on their hiking shoes and heading into the bush.
  • Kid Friendly – There was a lot of kids riding around on their bikes, kicking a soccer ball or running around the campsite!
  • Watercraft Hire – You can hire out watercraft for the day and jump in the lake to cool down.

Room for improvement

  • Signage – Getting there in the night was difficult as we couldn’t see any signs to say where the campsite was, we couldn’t even see the entrance. We just took a wild guess and drove down a dirt road and luckily it turned out to be the right one! There were limited signs at the campsite which made it difficult to find our way around. Note: There is a big Habitat Noosa sign on entrance, but due to its colour, you may not be able to see this at night.
  • Showers – Not so much a ‘room for improvement’ but just to note, the showers are solar powered. This means you will not get any hot water until the sun starts coming in. Best to shower at night or late in the afternoon.

Things to do

There are plenty of things you can do down at the Habitat Noosa! Check out the list below

  1. Historical Nature Walks! There’s a range of great walking tracks easily accessible from the eco-camp.  Click here for more information
  2. Free shuttle bus to Noosa – Noosa is the perfect location to sit back and relax, you may as well get a free ride in.
  3. The CootharaBAR bistro & bar – Enjoy an uninterrupted view of Lake Cootharaba with a cold beer!
  4. 65 Acres of Land – There’s plenty of room for the kids to ride their bikes, bring a soccer ball, cricket set or a frisbee.

Tours & Hire

  1. bar-b-canoe – Enjoy a canoe along the tropical rainforest waterways! Click here for more information!
  2. eco-cruise – Enjoy a historical cruiser along the river with Morning Tea and Lunch Provided! Book Here  
  3. Hire out watercraft! You can hire out Fiberglass and plastic canoes, One person and tandem sea kayaks, Waveskis, SUPs, Sailboat, Windsurfers, Motorboats (one-day advance booking required).

My Experience

Upon arrival, we struggled to find our way around the camp and find a place to pitch the tent. Thankfully, we eventually pitched up next to some amazing people who spoiled us with chocolates! WIN!

We set up our little pop-up tent (which was embarrassingly small next to campers with huge caravan setups) and then set up the gazebo. That was the hardest part because it was broken and not clicking into place. Eventually, we just stuck pegs in the holes and duct taped them up which, thankfully, actually worked.

Starting a fire was another challenge. We found that the wood we brought with us burned through very quickly and our fire didn’t last. So that made the first night pretty difficult.

Speaking generally, we didn’t have too many problems after that. We headed to Noosa the next morning and spent all day down at the beach, relaxing in the sun and window shopping. We then came back with long-burn firewood and made a great fire that burned all night!

All-in-all my first camping trip was something to remember, we made some memories, learned some lessons, and it was something we can laugh about in the future. I would have loved to stay longer because it took us a day to really get into it, so camping for only 2 nights was not enough.

My favourite part was probably the local ducks. We woke up thinking people were walking around on our tarp outside the tent but it was just some friendly ducks and they were always wandering around the campsite!

 

Camping Rookie Lessons Learned: 

  • LIGHTS – Unfortunately, we didn’t take any lights because we couldn’t find them when packing and wanted to leave because it was getting late. So this meant we spent the entire time using our phone lights to get around during the night.
  • TABLE – We didn’t have a table, which would have made eating and cooking 10x easier!
  • FOOD –  This was huge for us, we didn’t plan what we were going to eat and wasted a lot of good food. Mainly because we were nervous about using the gas cooker as we had never used it before. Now that we are confident using it though we will definitely be making use of it and cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast!
  • GOOD FIREWOOD – We grabbed a few blocks of wood and chucked them in the car and then threw in heaps of sticks and bark which we expected to burn all night, however, it only lasted about an hour. The second night however we went and bought long burn firewood and had a great fire all night!
  • CLOTHES – (THIS TIP IS ONLY FOR FIRST TIME CAMPERS LIKE MYSELF WHO DONT KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING.) Take camping appropriate clothes! You need warm clothes for the night time, which was fine, I had plenty of warm clothes, but the days were warm and I wish I had shorts and better shirt options but I only had a skirt for the two days. Also, very importantly, take thongs for the shower. I had to walk around barefoot in the showers, although they were very modern facilities, it wasn’t very nice. Would not recommend it.

If you also struggle with remembering all the items you need for camping, we recommend you download our free E-Book here!

It includes a checklist that every camper (especially the rookies) should read to avoid these silly mistakes. It also lists great camping sites on the Sunshine Coast, I definitely recommend giving this a read!

We will be going back to Habitat Noosa soon – is there anything else you would recommend we check out?

View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast

200 Series Under Bonnet Dual Battery System

200 Series Under Bonnet Dual Battery System

Hi guys, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. Today we’re just gonna run you through a quick job spotlight of an under bonnet dual battery system that we’ve installed on this 200 series Land Cruiser.

So the Land Cruisers, depending on which model you have, will either come with two starting batteries under the bonnet or one starting battery under the bonnet. This one here had one, so it’s nice and easy to upgrade because there is already space in the engine bay for that second dual battery or auxiliary battery to go in.

So basically, what we’ve done is we’ve put in a second battery in here. We’ve put in a REDARC BCDC1225D, which has great options with solar input for you. And then we’ve also put in some power outlets in the rear of the vehicle.

So, we’ll just take on a quick tour of what’s in here. Under bonnet here, we’ve put in a supercharge allrounder 105 amp power. We’ve kept the existing starting battery that the vehicle had. If you came out with an earlier model 200 series Land Cruiser, you would have had two starting batteries under bonnet. If you have the 200 series with two starting batteries under bonnet from factory, we like to replace both of them. We put a high powered starting battery in there and then the auxiliary battery.

We mounted the REDARC BCDC under this engine cover here and they’ve cut a hole in the engine cover so that you can see all the display and lights on the BCDC and then we’ve run the Anderson plug for the solar input up next to the auxiliary battery for ease of access.

So, in the rear of the car, we’ve mounted all your accessory sockets. So the top one here is the dual USB, they’re a fast port charge and then two cigarette sockets. So this is typically where you’d put your fridge and you can charge it all out of the back with the auxiliary battery.

So if you’re interested in getting an under bonnet dual battery system for your Toyota Land Cruiser or Prado, you can comment below, drop us an email at [email protected] or give us a call on 1300 227 353.

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Ford Everest Towing Upgrade

Good afternoon everyone, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics & Air Conditioning on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Today we’re gonna take you through a job that we’ve done on this Ford Everest. We’ve installed a Redarc TowPro Elite and an Anderson plug.

The reason we love the Redarc TowPro Elite is that rather than having a big box that sits under the steering column and you usually knock your knees on it, instead you’ve got a little dial that we’ve mounted really nicely into the dash here next to the gearstick and that way when you need to reach it in an emergency it’s right close and handy.

For all the other reasons that we love the Redarc TowPro Elite, check out one of our other videos that we’ll link in the descriptions below.

So under the bonnet, we’ve got a 50 Amp midi fuse and a 30 Amp circuit breaker. We’re also running 8 B&S cable that goes directly from the battery through to the rear of the car that hooks up to the Anderson plug.

We’ve then got 5 mm cable that goes from the battery into here where it then shoots off to the dial for the Redarc controller and then goes straight to the back again into the trailer plug.

So at the rear of the vehicle here, we’ve got the Anderson plug that we’ve installed.

If you need any help with towing your caravan or trailers, you can give us a call on 1300-227-353, email us at ‘[email protected]’, or comment below.

Product Comparison: Entry Level Electronic Brake Controllers

Product Comparison: Entry Level Electronic Brake Controllers

Hi guys, Briohny here from Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. Quite often we get asked what the difference is between the brands and models of electronic brake controllers that are on the market. Today we’re going to run through a few of the entry-level brake controller options.

Tekonsha Voyager

The Tekonsha Voyager may not be the fanciest brake controller in the Tekonsha line up but it is one of the most affordable and effective. Like other electronic brake controllers, the Tekonsha Voyager trailer brake controller senses when you start stopping and applies a steadily increasing amount of the force to the trailer’s brakes.

It is proportional and as such must be mounted horizontally but can be tilted vertically. The best thing about the Voyager is the price. It is Tekonsha’s most affordable brake controller. It is equipped with a colour-changing LED that goes from green to red as the braking force grows.

It will do up to four axles, the Voyager is super easy to use and comes with the brackets you need for fitting. I can tell you how many of these I’ve seen in vehicles over the years. Even though they are Tekonsha’s base model, in my experience they certainly are a quality unit. No frills and not the smoothest, but it won’t let you down.

Hayman Reese Sentinel 

Now let’s take a look at the Hayman Reese Sentinel. Again, the unit is nothing fancy but it is a no-fuss option for an effective electronic brake controller. Its simple operation, slim design and a wide range of mounting options make it the perfect choice for today’s towing vehicles. Since the Sentinel has no moving parts or pendulums to adjust, it can be mounted in virtually any position.

It comes with the mounting brackets and hardware. It’s a bit slimmer than the Voyager so in some applications, you might find it easier to mount. The Sentinel is a solid state brake controller. Because of this, it has no moving parts. What this means is that it is not proportional like the Voyager. Instead, it has an output thumb wheel on the top of it for the driver to adjust according to the conditions.

Both of these guys have been around for years and anyone who works on cars will tell you they’ve seen heaps of them and all with happy owners. Personally, I’d go the Voyager because of its proportioning capabilities but if you are looking for a budget controller that will probably outlast the car it’s in, then you can’t go wrong with either of them.

If you have any other questions about electronic brake controllers, comment below, give us a call on 1300 227 353 or email [email protected]

Although these entry-level electronic brake controllers are good for those on a budget, we always recommend the Redarc TowPro Elite.

Check out our review video to find out why… > > >

Campsite Review: Booloumba Creek Camping

Campsite Review: Booloumba Creek Camping

Booloumba Creek Camping…Have you been? You totally should!

Numerous friends had mentioned Boolomba Creek Camping but I’d never been. That was until my sister gave me a list of options for a post-Christmas camping spot and I took it as a sign! We booked via Queensland Department of National Parks. We booked into Booloumba Creek 4 Camping Area as it is the only area you can have a camper trailer/caravan.

Getting There

It takes about 1hr 20min to drive from Maroochydore. I’d suggest if you are towing go via Kenilworth as there are long straight stretches of road, if you go via Maleny it is windy and can take longer. Once you turn off Kenilworth-Maleny Road there are two creek crossings and a gravel road – national parks suggest high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles only. Saying that my sister has a Rav4 that got through no problems. There are 3 different camping areas you can stay in…

Campgrounds / Areas

There are 3 camping areas you can stay in… (area 2 – not listed below is a day use area)

  • Booloumba Creek Camping Area 1 – 24 numbered tent sites, vehicle parking spaces next to each site, you may need to carry your tents/gear a short walk. Nice and shady and short walk to creek.
  • Booloumba Creek Camping Area 3 – 20 numbered tent sites, 10 sites along the creek, 10 sites in the rainforest. Sites 1-4 along the creek would get really busy with day visitors as this is the deepest section of the creek and everyone comes for a swim there.  The rainforest sites are secluded and you are camping right in amongst the trees
  • Booloumba Creek Camping Area 4 – Takes a maximum of 120 people. This is an open shady space for camper trailers and caravans, the bulk of the area is on a slant about 6 or so flat spots so try to get in early.

What we loved:

  • Open fires allowed in rings supplied – check national parks website for park alerts
  • Walking tracks – see further info below
  • Creek is so beautiful to swim in, the kids loved exploring, skimming rocks and building dams
  • Flushing toilets 🙂
  • Wildlife is always a hit with the kids, we spotted Goanna’s, Wallabies, Kookaburras, Lots of birds on the walks and Eels & Catfish in the creek

Room for improvement

  • This is a national park and the amenities are basic, no showers but they do have flushing toilets.
  • Summer weekends, school holidays and long weekends can get very busy so be prepared for more noise during these periods.

Walking Tracks

There is a range of walks available at Boolumba Creek and the surrounding Conondale National Park:

  • Boolumba Falls Walk – A must do! To get there you drive the 9.8km track to the Boolumba Falls parking area (you will need a high clearance 4WD to get there). Then its a 1.5km walk down to the falls. There is a small rockpool and falls that you can stop at for a refreshing swim after you check out the view from the lookout.
  • Gold Mine Walk – An easy walk through the rainforest that leaves from the day use area. The entrance of the mine can still be viewed but the mine is closed for public safety.
  • Strangler Cairn – Definitely not something you see on your usual bushwalk… This walking track also leaves from the day area and leads to an impressive 3.7m high Strangler Cairn © sculpture by artist Andy Goldsworthy.
  • Artists Cascades – Walk through dense rainforest along the Booloumba Creek Gorge to Artists Cascades a stunning group of waterfalls.
  • Boolumba Creek to Mount Allan – a decent walk from Booloumba Creek day-use area to Mount Allan. At the end of the walk, you can climb the stairs of the 9.6m tall fire tower for 360-degree views of the Mary Valley and surrounding Conondale Ranges.
  • Conondale Range Great Walk – Most renowned of all the walks at Conondale, this challenging four day, 56km, full circuit walk offers bushwalking enthusiasts an adventure to remember.

Check out the full map here

We only managed to cover a small portion of the walks on this trip but overall, we loved Boolumba Creek Camping and will be back to explore more of the park again soon.

Have you stayed at Booloomba Creek before? If so, let us know what you thought.

View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast