LIVIN’ THE DREAM: Mort and Gayle Gott are managers of the Lake Awoonga caravan and camping grounds.
LIVIN’ THE DREAM: Mort and Gayle Gott are managers of the Lake Awoonga caravan and camping grounds. Brenda Strong GLACAMP

Couple moves to region to manage Awoonga camping site

AFTER trying to strike gold near Clermont, Mort and Gayle Gott have turned their hand to trying to hook barramundi and customers at Lake Awoonga.

The couple has been in town for a little less than eight weeks, and has taken over the management of Lake Awoonga camping and caravan grounds.

Originally from Maryborough, the couple headed off four years ago to live the Aussie dream.

"We set off four years ago to do our big trip around Australia, and when we got to Cleremont we decided to have a go at prospecting, because there's gold up there," Mr Gott said.

After not striking quite enough gold to buy a tropical island somewhere, a job at the Cleremont Caravan Park came up.

A builder by trade, Mr Gott said the couple had no previous caravan park experience but decided to give it a go anyway.

After three years in Cleremont, the couple decided to make the switch to Lake Awoonga when the job came up.

"It's pretty good out here really.

"It's great to see some water out here, as out in Cleremont all you could see is the dry landscape," Mr Gott said.

He also said, contrary to popular opinion, the fish were biting in the lake.

"I can tell there definitely are fish out here.

"Just the other day we had 20 fish in a session, so that's a pretty decent haul for a dam, which supposedly has no fish in it," Mr Gott said.