TILLIGERRY Scouts backyard is gaining in popularity as a camping venue.
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Some time back it became something of a ‘Tent City’ as scouting groups merged there for a weekend of outdoor activities.
It came alive again recently as Lake Macquarie Ramblers rocked into town with their motor homes for a weekend.
“Why the scouts’ site?”
This is what we asked the group as it relaxed in the newly constructed outdoor shed.
The group was of the general opinion that they preferred non commercial venues such as caravan parks as they could cluster together and not be limited by endless regulations.
President Steve Basey puts it this way, “We have been going for some 30 years and our reputation is everything to us.”
“We are completely self contained and take away everything we bring.”
“In fact, we make a point of leaving each venue we visit better than when we arrived. “At Tanilba we raked up leaves and branches and picked up anything left around the property,” he said.
“On top of this, local businesses do very well out of us. The ‘Op’ shops are popular with the ladies and we eat out at local clubs and restaurants. I estimate that we would spend well over $1000 on our weekend in Tilligerry,” he added.
The ‘Ramblers’ keep their destination points limited to about a 50km radius from their home base and are affiliated with a broader motor home group if individual members wish to spread their wings.
Recent destinations have been Dooralong and Broke.
By Geoff WALKER