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Just got back from pandamus 6/june 17 road opened 29/5/17. Road in from station in good condition. one other vet in attendance on arrival and five on departure. Plenty cray. Got our limit 63 to 83 barra sizing good to get. Be back next full moon.
20/10/16 just had a week at the park for full moon just managed two legal barra quiet a few 50 to 55 undersize returned looks good for next year every body has gone home nice relaxing time.
What a great year at the park, lots of fun and activities, I hope the video of the girls ABBA tribute is up soon, it was a fun night. Mind you, I think next year I will leave my pots and rods at home, I caught nothing
Good relaxing trip, went to the park on 17/6 for 6 days. Barra are still on the chew, some bigger taken on full moon period, three at 70,80; 100. The rest 0f quota at 60 to 70. My mate Dib caught the big bloke, large crock in attendance. Three other vets at the park. Station had part burn, road vgc to station road in good dry. Waterw, couple caravans already here. Hope to be back up in a month.
Visited the park on 18th May 2016 when cook shire opened the road and national park opened same day. Road in was in good dry condition. Nobody home when we arrived, but ex sas vet turned up a few days later in his pantec. Barra did not start biting until closer to the full moon around the 20th. Caught our quota, on Monday 23 we got 75 mil rain the trip from Kalpower crossing to Laura was made in 4x4. Nat Oark closed the park for a week and reopened it on the 30th. The cherapin seemed plentiful barra ranged from 60 to 80 no extra sighed, will be heading back soon on 17 june for a week on next full moon. Hope to catch up and this new web site is beauty Regards Laurie
Been going to Pandanus for 15years and have seen it grow on so many people. There is the mateship and openness that comes from veterans that you don't get from Civvies. ALL veterans are welcome and are treated with dignity (where you been you old bastard) (jesus I heard you were dead). AND don't mention that you have been crook because someone will ask "if you die can I have your truck/caravan/generator? lol. ha ha. That said the peace and tranquility is amazing as well as the late night dinner parties and just sitting around a campfire talking. I will continue to support Pandanus Park as long as I can drive and navigate my way there. Love the new site and well done Kylie.
Willie and I have been coming to Pandanus Park for a lot of years now and have loved every minute. Last year was Willie's last visit. He passed away in February of this year. He said to me after last year's visit that it was worth the trip up from Tassie just for the welcome we received from our friends there. It was so warm and and genuine. He caught his largest barra last year (second largest caught there after 24Charlies). He was so proud. I will be there this Veteran's Day to remember him and put a plaque for him on the Memorial. Hope to see as many of our friends as possible. Love you all. Jo Williams.
Was with 7RAR 67-68 as a Plt medic. I had heard about 'this place in the bush's north', so while on trip up north we investigated in 2009 and have been back most years since. The tranquility, fishing and general mateship of the blokes and their partners up there does more for me than all the pills and shrinks put together. The Long Tan service is extremely moving,without the hype and bullshit of most ceremonies. My wife and I go away from Pandanus much better prepared for the year ahead.
2015....A mate who had been a Sig with 110 Squadron phoned me and asked if I would like to go to Pandanus Part as he was thinking of going.I was in a dark cave at the time and initially declined. He kept at me saying it would be good for me. I relented, and am so pleased I did. It was very therapeutic for me....the peacefulness with a good mate was SO GOOD. We had 10 wonderful days and met some great people...some from my home town whom I didn't know were veterans. I found the Long Tan ceremony to be very moving. A highlight was meeting an American Veteran....Dan the Man from 1 Division, "the Big Red One" and his wife Robyn. I expect to see them there again this year.
After years of procrastinating about whether or not I should go to Pandanus Park, I did last year albeit for only a week with my mate Barry. From the journey to the park, to meeting all the fantastic people there all I can say was that it was bloody awesome. Although not a Vietnam veteran but a veteran of conflicts post Vietnam, all I can say to the younger vets is Go. You will be welcomed with open arms. I will see you blokes again in August. Keep up the good work.
Have been going to Pandanus since 2001. Have wonderful memories of my 10 years camping with my late husband John. Made such wonderful friends, that I can't not go each year. Son John now fits me into his busy life to take me up. I will be coming this year for 3 weeks with John and his whole family [4 children] and wife Mikaela. Look out troops!!!
I first went up to Pandanus in 2005 not long after being diagnosed with stage 4 Bowel Cancer, I heard it was a place of healing - both physically and psychologically. It certainly was, and still is. I was one sick puppy back then, and some say I still am, but I’m still going strong and have been back every year since. Must be something in the water? Great place and great people. Ex SASR. I’II BE BACK… PS : Many thanks and well done on the new Website Kylie.
Vietnam veteran 1968-1969 1RAR. I have been going to Pandanus Park for the past 11years. My wife and I spend up to 3 months at a time at the Park and wouldn't miss it for the world. Fishing, mates and the bush lifestyle brings me back each year. I meet up with good mates and make new ones. I recommend it for any ADF veteran.
I have been going to Pandanus Park for 16 years. Pandanus Pk is what you make of it. There is always something to do. If you want peace and tranquility you have it, if you want company, it's not hard to find but may be the start of a long night.
Hi all , Peter Hannah I served in Vietnam 1968-1969 , with 1st civil affairs unit engineer section for most of my tour, I went to Pandanus Park in 2001 again in 2004 and every year since and will be there again this year. It's great camping , fishing and mateship I just love living ''with'' the bush it seems to take all day to do your domestics, firewood, more fishing, more cherabin potting , walking, you know the drill ...just love it ...keeps my mind buisy c ya there
I attended in 2015. I spent 2 months at Pandaus Park from June - August with my Dad, Vietnam veteran Ted Walker, and had the best time of my life. 😃 Not only was the camping and fishing awesome but the people were even better. I never felt more welcome anywhere and recommend it to any Veteran who wants to experience a total unique environment of bush camping and making new friends.. pure mateship!