Illawarra, windang area

Submitted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:06
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Just a question regarding northern side of the channel to Lake Illawarra, is the caravan park camping area still there, spent a lot of time as a kid there, heaps of prawning fishing etc. planning to go back again for a look, and possibly camp there, Thanks in advance....Paul...........
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Reply By: Rosscoe - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:40

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:40
The van park is still there.
Lake entrance has been a problem for years now.
Prawning and fishing certainly ain't what it used to be!
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Follow Up By: paul2.8d - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:48

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:48
Last time i was there you could walk across the channel from the boat ramp,too much sand in there, me old Grandpa said they ruined it years ago when they built the concrete wall along the channel..Is the van park camping as well? cant remember.....Cheers Paul
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Follow Up By: Rosscoe - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:52

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:52
Not sure. Never stayed there.

20 years ago we would get bucket loads of prawns around November.

That was also the case at tabourie Lake. Not so anymore.

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Follow Up By: paul2.8d - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:09

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:09
We used to anchor across channel facing out going tide prawning, any little ones would go on a hook out behind us, would always get a good catch of whiting, and the odd flathead. Those were the days, anyway thanks for info, still might get up and have a look anyway...Paul
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:09

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:09
Lake Macquarie is the same, bloody shame, i remember as a kid getting bucket loads of prawn's and selling them, maybe that was the problem and why they are scarce today.

Baz.
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Reply By: paul2.8d - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:15

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 17:15
Between every tom dick and harry walking or anchored,and the fisheries having there net across the mouth of the lake, the poor old prawn had no chance...Paul
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Reply By: Member - Athol (NSW) - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:32

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:32
Paul, although the fishing isn't asgood as it was when growing up in Windang I have rturned to live in the area after doing the rounds of Australia. I still catch a few flatties in the channel just in front of the c/park, they have just reopened the entrance to the ocean. I cant tell you what bait to use of cause, hehehehe. The c/park is still open for vans and camping but gets very crowded at school holiday times.
Windang Beach Tourist Park Ph 0242973166
Hope this helps, Athol
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Follow Up By: paul2.8d - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 15:34

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 15:34
Thanks for the info, i am definately going to head up there again soon for a bit of a look around, see how things have changed. Was the mouth completely blocked ? If you dont mind me asking, what did the after market turbo cost you all up fitted? Cheers Paul...
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Reply By: Member - Athol (NSW) - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 19:02

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 19:02
Paul, yes the entrance had been closed off for months after a failed attempt to keep it open a year or so ago , not enough rain to flush it but its starting to come good again but we still need more rain (like everywhere I suppose). The turbo I had fitted locally and is a Garrett, from memory it was just on $3000 with new injectors and a before and after dyno report. Was definately worth the money.
Athol.
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Follow Up By: Member - Athol (NSW) - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 19:05

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 19:05
PS and a new exhaust as well.
Athol.
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