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    Avon Valley, Western Australia

    Avon Valley National Park is located about 50km NE of Perth, Western Australia. I'd been wanting to get away for a camp with friends for a while and at last the time had arrived. The purpose of the trip was to take my daughter for her first hang in the bush and to give a nephew a taste of camping. The nephew didn't make it but my daughter and a couple of friends and their kids did. We'd chosen a site called the valley campsite, which funnily enough was located in a valley. The area was looking very dry due to the lack of rain this winter and as such there was already a total fire ban in place. There went the plans for watching the bush TV.

    The campsite had plenty of good trees from which to hang and the hammocks where soon up and ready to go, in fact even before my ground dwelling friends had even got their tents out of the bags.

    The homemade hammock my daughter was sleeping in performed well as did the home made whoopies and soft shackles. The improvised mozzie net I put over her hammock didn't look pretty but it certainly did the job.



    After dark we went for a wander to see if we could see any wildlife but none was there to be seen although at least 3 mopokes (boobook owls) could be heard, one quite close.

    The next morning we were woken to the sounds of a number of kookaburras. We went for a bit of an explore before breakfast and saw a number of interesting insects plus this little guy, a huntsman spider.



    After breakfast we packed up camp and then went for a bit of a walk. A little excitement was added when one of the kids unknowingly stood on a bullant nest. These large ants are quite aggressive and have a nasty sting. Thankfully all the ants were flicked off without anyone being stung.

    After the walk the all to brief trip was at an end. My daughter loved the trip and already plans are underway for the next one.

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    Looks like a great area. I still have yet to get over west and have a good wander round.

    Amazing pics of the Huntsman!!


    Great to hear that your daughter had a good time and that the bull ants didnt get a bit off.
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    Glad to hear that you and your daughter had a good time hanging. Awesome pictures of the huntsman spider.
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    Creepy spider. Nice to see DIY hammocks in the bush. Thanks for pics. How was the weather?
    The Woooods!

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    How Many Eyes, does a spider need anyways






    I'm just glad we only have to worry about bears and cougars here . . .



    Glad you netted your daughter in . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley View Post
    How Many Eyes, does a spider need anyways
    Enough to see your fear

    They can also smell it I hear
    http://www.chacha.com/question/can-s...mell-fear:lol:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cogola View Post
    My daughter loved the trip and already plans are underway for the next one.
    That's fantastic. I'm trying to get my 2 daughters interested in hiking. They love camping but my 9yo can't get into the hiking side of things. My 5yo looks like she may, but I'll be waiting a few years yet.

    Cheers,
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    Great introduction to the wild outdoors. She is so adorable, all smiles.

    Nice looking hammock, great color too.
    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. - E. B. White (1899 - 1985)

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