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TAS Country : February 16th 2012
uary 17, 2012 15 he site, takes in the great outdoors at the Rivers Edge Wilderness Camping Ground at Lonnavale PEACE: Chairs on the river bank for a quiet picnic RELAXING: Couch provided for campers beside the river WOODFIRE WARMTH: The communal loungeroom with plenty of seats. Trudi said she couldn't have done it without Malcolm. ''I always thought I would be farm- ing, but we all saw the opportunity to create an eco-friendly camping area,'' she said. They started work on the camping ground about two years ago and since then have continued to work to im- prove the site. ''Malcolm is a builder and his work in designing the layout of the sites and amenities, and building the structures, is invaluable. Together we are working on continuing to upgrade the grounds,'' Trudi said. ''It is something I can manage now, since we have got it mostly estab- lished,'' she said. The results of their work is showing in the popularity of the site. When Tasmanian Country called in, the campsite was farewelling the last of a group from the Huon Valley Environ- mental Centre, who had booked out the whole site for the weekend. ''They were great, and left the site in excellent condition. They are welcome back any time,'' Trudi said. The following weekend the site was again booked out. ''The site is growing in popularity with people in southern Tasmanian because it means they don't have to drive far to relax at a campground,'' Trudi said. The ground, with big, level camping blocks, is ideal for families activities -- from fishing for brown and rainbow trout, seeing native animals and birds, including wedge-tail eagles, to swim- ming in the waterholes and getting up close to wild platypuses. ''This is also a great place for bird- watchers,'' Trudi said. There is a delightful, short River's Edge walk that meanders through the mature gum trees on the riverbank. Trudi and Malcolm continue to improve the campground by planting native trees and plants between the sites which will provide privacy in the near future. They have 31 large grassy camping sites, five with power. Plans are afoot in the next few years to build a few cabins among the trees. ''We want to keep the site very much in its natural state,'' Trudi said. By being creative and utilising what is available they have created a haven and extra revenue stream for the farm. For further information go to www.riversedgecamping.com.au.
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