It’s obvious I love Monduran, even though it is a harsh mistress at the best of times. The waters hold plenty of scary-big barra and the diversity of habitat, hidden bays and inlets means you could spend a lifetime exploring its waters and still find yourself discovering new gems. And with the lake over 80% right now, it’s more challenging than ever.
I love staying on the house boat for many reasons, but when we visited Monduran recently with a group of nine we found ourselves with only two options: camp or rent one of the houses. We chose to rent a house because we’re all getting a little older and a little softer, and we had also hired a spit to cook our meals so we needed our own space.
There are three houses available at Monduran and they are the classic old workers cottages, set up for the senior managers overseeing the building of the dam wall.
The house we stayed in had three bedrooms, toilet, bathroom, pantry, lounge and dining room, modern kitchen and a back entry/sun room. There is also a front balcony that has a neat, two-burner BBQ on it. And for those who just can’t escape their work, there is wireless internet access available from the houses. We didn’t use this feature, but a few of our more technically gifted employees wanted too.
Two bedrooms sported queen beds, while the third bedroom housed two sets of bunks, meaning that there is room for six males, or eight with two family groups. Our group of nine bought some swags and blow up mattresses to cope with separating the snorers from the quiet sleepers – we had some real wood harvesters on our trip!
The master bedroom and the lounge/dining area feature reverse cycle air conditioners, so in the heat of summer or during the depths of winter you can find some relief from the elements. The kitchen is very well appointed with all the mod cons needed to feed a tribe.
There was a stove/oven, large fridge, plenty of cupboard space, microwave oven, kettle and toaster and enough crockery and cutlery to ensure that our group of nine never found themselves wanting for something to drink from or eat off. The double sink also featured two sets of taps, one for drinking water and one for cleaning water. In the laundry area was a modern washing machine, something vital if you plan on staying for an extended period.
The lounge area has a couple of couches that seat five, a digital flat screen TV with a DVD player and AusStar connected to give you about 30 channels to surf if the fishing is being a bit tough. We took up a Play Station and connected it up with the Eye Toy game and had a ball watching our mates take on ninjas, boxing greats and table tennis heros while the spit cooked our dinners.
Moving outside the house you find truckloads of room and a garage as well. We had four cars with four boats and there was still plenty of room to kick the footy around. If you only have the one boat, the shed will be a great place to store the boat to keep the morning dew off it. It’s large enough to fit a 4.5m tinnie so most boats will neatly slot into the shed.
One of the great parts of hiring a house at Monduran is the proximity to the boat ramp. With the lake so full, the ramp is literally only 500m from your front door. It’s as close as you can get without being on the house boat. The only problem with this proximity is that you hear all the cars and boats heading out and if you’re anything like me, the sound of boats roaring off and trailers bumping over speed humps makes you want to get on the water immediately. This is especially so when you have an afternoon fishing planned and the morning traffic keeps coasting past and possibly catching your fish!
It is advisable to bring all your own bed clothing and towels although you can hire these if you need to from the office. The master bedroom’s and the second bedroom’s queen beds already have sheets and pillows, but the bunks do not so make sure you prepare for this. There are also basic cleaning products supplied so you can wash up after your meals, it’s just a major challenge to find someone keen enough to clean up after nine blokes have had an absolute belly full of spit roast pork and roast vegies!
The houses at Monduran are the complete package. The yards are big and safe (although not fenced), the boat ramp is wonderfully close, the fit out is much more modern than I expected and there is plenty of room for a larger group. When compared to the other accommodation options at Monduran, the houses really stack up well in terms of cost and user friendliness.
If you are planning on taking on Monduran in winter or spring with a bunch of mates or your family, take a serious look at the houses on offer. Contact Lake Monduran Holiday Park on 1800 228 754 or log onto www.lakem.com.au to book your holiday in one of the most wonderfully rewarding fisheries Queensland has to offer.
Holiday House Rates:Up to six persons. Sleeps eight. Linen charges apply.
Daily (Sun-Thurs) Low Season: $130.00, Mid-Season: $175.00, Peak Season: $195.00
Weekend Package Low Season: $390.00, Mid-Season: $525.00
Weekly Low Season: $780.00, Mid-Season: $1,050.00, Peak Season: $1,365.00
Extra person including linen (4 years and over): Daily $15.00, Weekly $90.00
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