Backpackers Natalie Schmidt and Sean Hennessy-Williams prepare to leave the YMCA camp at Leslie Dam on Sunday after being evacuated to the camp on Friday night.
Backpackers Natalie Schmidt and Sean Hennessy-Williams prepare to leave the YMCA camp at Leslie Dam on Sunday after being evacuated to the camp on Friday night. Gerard Walsh

Last two backpackers leave Warwick evacuation centre

THERE were 30 backpackers at the YMCA Camp at Leslie Dam for a day and a bit after a major fire broke out on the Granite Belt on Friday.

Natalie Schmidt from Germany and Wales backpacker Sean Hennessy-Williams were the last to leave the camp on Sunday.

"We both work on a farm at Pozieres and I was scared when the saw the first on Friday night, it was really emotional," she said.

They are two of the backpackers at the quarters at I and L Rizzato and Sons farm.

They were told by the landholder they could head to the evacuation centre if they wished and decided to make the trip to Leslie Dam around midnight Friday.

"As a backpacker, I was able to put all my stuff into a suitcase," Mr Hennessy-Williams said.

Neither of the backpackers who spoke to the Daily News have seen similar fires back home.

"We really appreciate the work of the volunteers at the camp," he said.

Both have been in Australia since last year.

After being through a major fire in the area, they will be off this week, he is heading to Byron Bay for two days and she will travel more of the east coast and then head to the west coast of Australia.