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4WD Drive Test thread
Posted by: troopiepete - 14-09-2014, 02:09 PM - Forum: General chat - Replies (2)

Hi

Just testing out a new Thread icon.. trying to make them more 4WD related Big Grin

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  2014 XMAS Trip 8-9 November
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-09-2014, 11:10 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (32)

Hi GuysSmile
We are planning a trip to Levuka 4wd park for this year and I will be trying to book the Cow Shed and camping areas for our group Tongue

Costs from Website are:

Family rate, two adults and children aged under 17 $30.00 per day.
The usual two-day weekend fee for two adults or a family is $60.00.

Conditions:

Camping fees are structured on a full or part there-of recreation day commencing at 8-30am until sundown.[we are not on a 24hour day structure]
We have a check-out time of 9.00am.the following morning.
The above cost structure includes overnight camping, the use of flush toilets and hot showers, Firewood $10 per 35 kilo bag. Also covered in the fee is the use of the driving tracks, bush walking tracks and dam fishing. [mountain bikes and BMX bikes are welcome.]
People who are still on the property at 9.30am on the second day will be charged the full fee for the second day.

More details to come Cool

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  2014 27-28 September Sundown Nat Park Trip
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-09-2014, 10:29 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (14)

Hi guys
As a part of our "Adopt a Track" responsibilities we are intending to take a trip to the park for some track repair Cool

so far at least four vehicles are going Big Grin

more details to be added shortly

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  Overheating the engine
Posted by: sirlezz - 05-09-2014, 11:01 AM - Forum: Technical - Replies (2)

Mitch suffered heat stroke on the Freeway last Thursday 28 Aug outbound near Griffith university billowing vast amounts of white smoke similiar to a Bond movie Huh
called RACQ they towed me to a parking lot then another towed me to get fixed at Diesel Australia
after the initial diagnosis was determined they towed me up the engine reconditioners UMR for repair Angry

Long story short version - we think it is this way
run out of water, with no real rise in the temp gauges
blew head gasket, remaining water got in everywhere including turbo (smoke)
motor is ok, well has been so far since the repair
cost 3K all up with no major parts just new peripheral gear,all belts bolts, filters. plugs etc. and heaps of labour
Looking back there may have been a water consumption issue for some time, but nothing major just topping up of the radiator and water bottle

really couldn't afford the repairs, but then again if it was a more significant cost I would have thought about another replacement car, and that would have messed up the finances wonderfullySad

so what next, as don't want that to happen again Idea
so just bought a bolt on engine warning temp gauge, all electric to make sure that there is some notice before I cook it completely

what do you do for such a situation Huh

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Rainbow 2015 - May 29-31 Fraser Island Cleanup COMPLETED
Posted by: sirlezz - 05-09-2014, 10:12 AM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (47)

Recent advice from Johnny Smile

"At the first of our Fraser Island Cleanup meeting we have settled on a Date in 2015
It is Saturday-30th & Sunday-31st of May 2015 Cool

But the 'travelling window' will also be Friday and the Monday"

Stay tuned for more information Big Grin

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  Cape York, As I remember it, ver 4
Posted by: daggy - 22-08-2014, 12:23 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (7)

Day 1 Friday 11 July

Departed Brisbane at about 8.15am with Yaamba 707km away on my mind. GPS tells me it's a 9hr 7min drive and I should be there about 5.25pm. A reasonably good run up the highway with some road works but luckily I manage to get through without being stopped.

Lunch is at Gin Gin, wished I had of driven into town, great facilities in the middle of the road in the heart of town. A call from Peter, he tells me he's at Ayr and looking at getting to Cairns tonight.

I stop for fuel at Marmor, just south of Rockhampton. Then onwards to Yaamba, stopping at 6.00pm just on dark. Find a site to camp right beside the road, I thought I left the cold back in Brisbane.
I can honestly say that this road side rest area would have to be the noisiest place I have ever stayed. Trucks and cars rumble down the highway all night long.

Day 2 Saturday 12 July

I wake at 4.50am, out of bed, use the facilities, boy is it cold. I decide to pack up and drive and make the most of the heater in the car. While I'm folding the tent I'm confronted with ice, yes a heavy frost, now I know why I can't feel my fingers.

Just after sun up I arrive at Clareview, a place I have driven passed many times and never had the opportunity to stop. Well this time I do, but only to use the facilities. Onwards to Bowen, where I stop at the Driver Reviver and lunch.

Next stop is Townsville for fuel, my next intended destination is Rollingstone. I arrive quiet early and decide to head on further up the highway. I decide I've had enough at Frances Creek Rest Area about 11 kilometres south of Ingham and a 3 hour drive to Cairns.

       

When I pull in there's only 3 caravans, I find a place to myself and set up camp. Not long after the 7 backpacker cars move in. Like a swarm of locusts.

Day 3 Sunday 13 July

Awake today at about 6.00am and it's still dark outside, I decide as it's only three hours to wait for the sun to come up and dry the tent out. Time for coffee, walk around the rest area take a few photographs and decide that I can't wait. Packing up, there's no frost but a heavy dew.

Onwards towards Cairns, I'm there by 11.00am, a quick stop a Masters for those left behind items. Then into Cairns to a favourite Vietnamese Cafe in Orchid Arcade, onto Woolworths for other forgotten items.

I'm back on the road and heading for the Daintree. I arrive at about 2.30pm. Paul and Ali are setting up camp and Peter and Merv are on a croc sighting tour. We all get together eventually and the news is that the CREB is definitely CLOSED. Plan B is enacted and it's the Bloomfield Track, break camp at 8.00am.

               

Day 4 Monday 14 July

Overnight it rained for about 4 hours, at least it's not raining this morning, but still a wet packup. First we have to cross the Daintree River, by ferry.

   

Overcast day saw us drive to Cape Tribulation, where Cook first encountered difficulties with the reef. A walk around, air down the tyres from here it's only 200 metres to the start of the track. Word from a bloke in the car park is that it's too slippery and muddy and he turned back.

       

There is 30 kilometres of track described as 4WD only and can become impassable at the drop of rain. Oh well, here we go. The first couple of k's are good dirt then we start to climb the steep and muddy hills. Come across a couple of blokes who say that about an hour before there was a three car accident here because the track was so slippery. At least it's not raining and drying out quickly. Advise is that there are a couple of steep hills and some really bad potholes in front of us. We eventually get to the end of the track and there wasn't really anything that bad. Everybody has a different opinion depending on their experiences.

We come into Wujal Wujal and turn left for the Bloomfield Falls, a rather spectacular waterfall that only a summer monsoon could make more impressive. Lunch is taken here and then onto the Lions Den Hotel for a quick beer.

           

Leaving the Lions Den we make quick time and stop at the impressive Black Mountain, a whole lot of big boulders that make up a mountain range. Then to our overnight camp at Archer Point, the whole area is covered in tracks to some great campsites with great views. Only problem is it's blowing its arse off, there is no getting away from it, unless you want to camp on the mud flats beside the overflowing rubbish bins.

               

We decide to head the 15 ks to Cooktown and spend the $15 and stay at the Cooktown Caravan Park. Again some scuddy showers blow across during the early evening. We have a change of plan and look like dropping Elim Beach as the forecast is for a least more wind. Tomorrow, have a look around Cooktown and leave at around midday and head for Hann Crossing.

Day 5 Tuesday 15 July

Wake up with the sun and decide to take a walk into town. It's 6.55am and there's hardy any movement in town. Walk around and see the sights, back to camp for breakfast, shower and then head back into town.

Fuel the car at the Caltex and then onto Grassy Head for the 360 degree view. Back down into town and walk around and take some photo's. Lunch in the park and then on our way to Hann Crossing.

                                       

On the way to Hann Crossing we stop at Isabella Falls and then Old Laura and have a look at the old homestead and outhouses.

                   

A long run up the dirt where we experience the first of the dust. Just before dark we find Camp 4 at Hann River, which is nowhere near the toilets. This site was chosen by Peter as it was supposed to be close to the facilities.

           

Quick set up and out with the fishing rod and try my luck, there is none. As the water is fresh drop the yabby pots and in total 4 Cherabin. Cherabin, are fresh water prawns and like most things from the fresh are close to tasteless. They are great quickly fried in a little oil and garlic.

Day 6 Wednesday 16 July

Leave Hann Crossing and heading north for Coen. Crossing Nifold Plains saw the elusive black panther, bloody feral cat. We decide to take the Road to Port Stewart (Lily Vale Road), its marked on Hema Maps as a private track but turns out according to the grader driver working the road, that its a gazetted road. The road starts out as a 2 lane gravel super highway and ends as a 4wd track. This is what where here for.

           

Lunch at Running Creek, chance for a fish in the creek only to lose the lure. While we are meandering through the grass and trees I see on the track what appears to be a 4wd tyre. At about the same time I jokingly think it's Peter's he comes on the radio asking have we seen his spare tyre. Looks like the weld has come adrift on one of his wheel carriers. A bit of help from everybody and the tyre and rim is on the roof, strapped down and back on the track.

       

When we reach the access to the Stewart River we lose the track. Nearby is a challenging track that gives us the descent to the river.

           

Across the river and onto the Port Stewart Road where back on the gravel super highway. Remember we're heading for Coen. We come to the Old Coen Road and take this track. I've read about this one and it turns out to be a great 4wd track into Coen. Paul comes unstuck in a creek and needs a snatch to help him out, needed to engage 4wd. Unfortunately there is no photographic proof.

   

We arrive late in the afternoon at Coen, find the Bend about 5k out of town on the bank of a creek. Set up camp and a couple of beers and swim in the cool water is just what is needed in the middle of winter. There is no winter in the North just hot days and pleasant cool nights.

           

Day 7 Thursday 17 July

Today's plan is Weipa. Drive back into Coen, fuel at $1.88 litre.

       

Onto Coen Quarantine Station, no need to stop heading north unless you want the information pack. We stop and find that you can't take any mango's south of here.

   

Stopped at Archer River Roadhouse for lunch and had the famous Archer Burger. Is it as good as they say, you will have to get there to try one and make your own decision.

                   

Onwards to Weipa, good gravel road, sections of bitumen for overtaking about every 40 to 50 kilometres. Into Weipa camping at Weipa Caravan Park, we're lucky to get a campsite, there were only 3 sites left and we managed to fit onto 2. It's 32 degrees when we arrive.

       

On the way up everybody was complaining about my radio. Peter had a look at it and found that the microphone had some broken wires. I could get the mic fixed, but where, or upgrade to a new 80 channel. So I find the local 4WD dealer who happens to be the shopping centre next door and a new UHF is purchased. I think I'll do some window shopping in the morning as we have a mine tour booked for the afternoon. Back to camp and fit the radio. Then it's of for a drive around town and look at the sights. It's a small town spread over a large area. Drove over the one way bridge crossing the Mission River. I think it's the longest one way bridge in the world or at least in the Southern Hemisphere, I could be wrong. Then down to see the ships being loaded with bauxite, quite impressive.

           

Day 8 Friday 18 July

Sat around at camp this morning, doing nothing except relaxing and waiting for nothing to happen. You see today is Cairns Show Holiday and while there is nothing on in Weipa they are having their day off. There is nothing open. Lucky we have a mine tour booked.

The mine tour picks us up in the caravan park and after a quick tour of the town we are off to the Andoon Mine which is North of Weipa. Permission granted to access the lease and we are on the haul road to a site out the back. The bauxite is in a layer between 2 to 3 metres thick and under about 1 to 2 metres of overburden. Prior to mining the areas are walked over by the mine and aboriginal elders and all hollow logs and any aboriginal artefacts are logged and collected. Bulldozers strip off the vegetation then burnt. The overburden is moved and the then mining begins, once the area is mined out the overburden is replaced the area seeded during the wet season and hollow logs are replaced. An interesting tour, well worth the $40.

                               

Day 9 Saturday 19 July

Because we didn't go and stay at Elim Beach we had an extra night up our sleeve, Peter, Merv and myself decided that we'd head North to either Old Mapoon or Pennefather River. Old Mapoon was the winner as while there was alcohol restrictions at least you could have it in your possession. Pennefather unfortunately is DRY.

   

One thing of notice is that while travelling on dirt roads within the lease the roads are fantastic and close to bitumen. Leave the lease and you know it. We stop and look at the old town site where there is some memorabilia telling us about the history of the area. It's called Old Mappon as there is a New Mapoon closer to Bamaga.

       

I've heard varying stories of the years and it's between the 1950's and 1970's when the local population was forcibly removed and relocated to New Mapoon. It was supposedly to rationalise the services provided to the Aboriginal population. Once moved on, the buildings were burnt to the ground reportedly due to vermin and unsafe structures. Anyway in the 1990's some of the locals started to return and the government has built them new houses.

We have a look at the camping at Cullen Point doesn't look to bad with toilets and cold bush showers, just close quarters camping, which were not really into. We decide to go in the opposite direction and look at Back Beach. Over at Back Beach we stop and have lunch, hoping the Ranger comes along and we can pay our fees and get some local knowledge. The beach access South has a fence across it denying access due to shorebird breeding. While were stopped there are a couple of vehicle travelling South. We decide to head in this direction.

       

The GPS maps tell us there is a creek called Janie Creek, sounds good, maybe a chance for the crab pots and a fish. About a half hour drive across corrugated sand we reach the end of the road and find a spectacular camping site with toilets, showers, kitchen, dining area and semi permanent tents. The place is empty and in the early stages of decay. We find a local chap who explains that it the Janie Creek Turtle Rescue Camp, apparently a stink between the locals and the government and the place is closed indefinitely. Anyway, the turtles aren't here there North and South of this location.

                   

We don't get the opportunity to drop the pots but we do get to wet the line. For a great river system there's not much happening, whatever Merv caught he ate and I caught a little Trevally which went back to fight another day.

For some reason I wasn't happy with where we decided to set up camp and thought about 20 metres away across the sand looked more level. Well the next 20 minutes were spent trying to get forward and backwards momentum, this sand is like quicksand. While you've got momentum all is good, you know the rest.

   

Day 10 Sunday 20 July

Travel back to Weipa and call in and pick up Paul, Ally and Connor and take the 270 kilometre detour to Bramwell Junction. We have to take the detour because the road through Stones Crossing and Bertiehaugh Station has locked gates. The story is Bob IRWIN owns the property and has denied access to everyone so he can breed crocodiles.

A fairly uneventful drive, just encounter some lunatic s that think there on a racetrack. We stop at Moreton Telegraph Station and have lunch under the shady trees in the campground. A great little information board at the shop showing past and recent history of the area.

               

Onwards to Bramwell Junction were we are thinking of camping for the night. We arrive at about 2.30pm and take in the place in about 2 minutes. A quick ice cream a look at the map and all in agreeance let tackle Palm Creek and find a camp on the Old Telegraph Track.

                       

Soon after we arrive at the notorious Palm Creek, have a look, size it up and decide on finding the chicken track. While were there a couple of cars are heading South, they did it travelling North and are going to do it again. We watch and wait and get excited like school kids, no damage. It's our turn and off to the chicken track which could still be difficult if you make the wrong decision just less chance of damage. After the lines are discussed and picked it's about a half hour later were all across and back on the track. It's somewhere along this track that there are some considerably tall ant mounds and a Telegraph pole that is adorned with stickers, now sporting a River City 4WD sticker.

       

We have thoughts of camping at North Alice Creek, but on arrival it's not the nicest creek for a swim and plenty of poo tickets left lying around near the camp site. We know there's plenty of light left and Dulhunty River is about 11 kilometres away and also has camping. We arrive a Dulhunty and find a great site on the Western side of the track about 10 metres from the creek just down from the waterfall and a nice deep hole for swimming and fishing.

           

The yabby pots are back in action here and again come up trumps for Chearabin. Hard as I try nothing raises to a lure.

Day 11 Monday 21 July

Well today there is some excitement in the air as we know that we are soon to meet the famous Gunshot. But there are some other iconic creek crossing such as Bertie Creek. I would describe it as a lunar landscape underwater. This creek has a hard limestone base and bank with holes that look about a foot deep but due to the clarity of the water are more like 3 foot. Drive down the track, hard right and run up the bank cross the creek and an easy exit.

           

There's one more creek crossing, Cholmondeley Creek, before Gunshot but it presents no problems.

       

Onwards to Gunshot, your first confronted with the entries that are seen in trips reports and Youtube videos. These must be attempted as there are tyre tread patterns in the approach and departures. They are nearly vertical, there is not even a thought of attempting these, now where is the chicken track. Not far away there are 5 or 6 chicken tracks, there is clearly one that is the one. All sorted were into it and across, no dramas. Some other people turn up, one woman tells me that it's here and hubby's first time 4WDing in their brand new Prado. A little assistance with wheel placement and he's on his way to being an experienced 4WD'er.

                                   

Time for lunch, we may have had a swim here as well. The plan is now onwards to Sailor Creek for the night. Between Gunshot and Cockatoo is the grave of WJ BROWN an OTL linesman who passed away whilst tending to the maintenance of the OTL.

   

The next creek crossing is Cookatoo Creek, again a fairly uneventful crossing, could be interesting if the creek was up and the entry and exits were wet. This was where we found properly constructed toilets that really needed some attention from the cleaner.

       

Next was Sailor Creek, where there is a linesman hut still standing and the old bush dunny. The creek itself is a non event, the campsite pretty unassuming. Decision to push on and make Canal Creek as it's next to Twin Falls.

       

From Sailor Creek we join back up with the Bamaga Road proper for 9 kilometres, then back onto the OTL. A couple of hundred metres into the track we come across the unnamed creek, this is about 50 metres long, dirty muddy water and of unknown depth. It's out of the cars and fortunately along comes someone else and they drive though, all good, monkey see, monkey do, we're on our way.

On arrival at Canal Creek we find the place is chockers, another decision to keep travelling 6 kilometres and make Sam Creek. As with some advice offered by well meaning people, you really don't know what their level of experience is and they can make something quite easy rather difficult. Anyway, the crossing of Sam Creek was completed, camp site located and into the creek for a swim. Easily the best creek with waterholes on the OTL. Here we found orchids and picture plants.

                       

Day 12 Tuesday 22 July

A slight backtrack of 6 kilometres to Eliot/Indian Head/Twin Falls. My favourite was Indian Head Falls mainly because there was some great swimming holes and you could get right under the falls for a massage. A few hours spent here even if the weather isn't the best.

                   

We also caught up with a fellow that Paul used to work with and had a look over his Ford Ranger. A great touring set up with most of the work done by himself. Also had a chat to the Ranger who said that there is fair bit of work being done at Fruit Bat Falls and a great story from Cockatoo Creek. One of the rangers was about 2 kilometres upsteam from the crossing, sitting on the bank having lunch, throwing chicken bones into the water and watching the fish. He hears a rustling noise on the opposite bank, looks up and about the same time the 2 metres salty also looks up. Both look at each other and the salty disappears. Moral of the story, even if it doesn't look like croc country it probably still is!!!

It's time to move on and we know that the next icon of the OTL will be crossed, Nolans Brook. Mistake and Cannibal Creek are both pretty easy and uneventful.

               

The next is Cypress Creek, so named because, well i don't really know, maybe there are plenty of Cypress trees in the area. But for the moment the crossing is a log bridge. Looking under the bridge, I doubt it will fall into the creek as there is years of logs that have already done that, however the problem is if wheel placement isn't spot on your over the edge. Also the exit is a tight right hand turn, better than a 3 point turn if your towing a trailer.

                   

The next crossing is Logan Creek, not shown on the Hema Map. This crossing is about 30 metres long with a left hand turn to exit and just over the top of my wheel. When we arrive at the crossing there's a Patrol and a Hilux having a wash and the kids are playing in the water. We walk the creek and work out where the holes are. I have a conversation with the Patrol driver and he tells me that he was told that this creek was really deep and difficult to cross and there previously had been a heap of vehicles come to grief. He went on to say how easy he did it and couldn't see what the problems had been. I asked him where he thought he was and told me that this was Nolans Brook, I had to bring him back to earth and tell him that Nolans Brook was still about 2 kilometres away.

               

Obviously, the next crossing was Nolans Brook. On arrival there's a couple of cars on the Southern bank and some more on the Northern bank. Plenty of people in the water. What is happening is the crossing is about 30 metres long, generally about 500mm deep with an entry hole to about 1200mm, enough to make you lose traction and float. What is happening at this stage is there a snatch strap and extention strap being used to tow vehicles across. Once you've been towed through, you become the tow vehicle. The people in the water are holding the strap against the current stopping it going under the towed vehicle while not under load. This system worked really well and at least 10 vehicles must have crossed while we were there.

           

When it was Paul's turn to be the tow vehicle, he's attached to another Hilux. Words of wisdom from the blokes panicky wife is tow him through quick. Paul starts and the call is faster, so he complies, first time I ever seen a Hilux with a bow wave over the roof.

Back to my mate from the previous creek. He knows how its done and doesn't need any assistance. Full revs and he into it and so is the water in his engine, he managed to get out and sat on the side of the track for some time. We did see him later that afternoon, the vehicle was running but didn't sound the best.

From Nolans Brook we didn't take the track back to the Bamaga Road, but followed the OTL to the JardineRiver. Here we explored for a while and found the National Park camp sites and the old vehicle crossing of the Jardine. Back to the end of the track and we found a rough camp for the night. The Jardine looked good for a fish but as usual we either didn't try hard enough or there were no fish here. There is a story about a lost lure in a tree, but I'l let Paul tell you about that particular recovery.

           

Day 13 Wednesday 23 July

We leave and travel back the OTL until we come to the track that takes us to the Bamaga Road which will take us to the Ferry. We must have been lucky until now as we begin to experience corrugations and dust. At the least the oncoming traffic is coming in waves. The cost at the Jardine Ferry is $129 which includes the ferry, permit and any camping on Injinoo land.

           

Once across we head straight for the location that we think is the Northern side of the old Jardine Crossing. The first place we come to is opposite to where we camped, easily identified by the linesman hut. Onwards we eventually find what we think is the access, either side of the track is a National Park bushcamp (read need brushcutter). There is a rather large tree that is denying access to anyone wanting to try the crossing. Later we hear that there is a $5000 fine for crossing the river, but you still need to pay the $129 for the permit. Also the tree may not have fallen by natural accord.

           

Next it's back onto the main road and follow it through Injinoo, Umagico and onto Bamaga where I talk the scenic route and take a tour of town. Soon after we find the right road and the supermarket, bakery and tavern. A feed here and stop at the tavern for a 30 pack of Carlton Mid Strength, that will be $66 thanks.

Next town to bypass is New Mapoon and onwards to Seisia. This where the caravan park is and also the wharf for the boat to Thursday Island. Book in and get a choice of camp sites, there are powered sites, unpowered sites and generator sites, water frontage and not. The powered waterfront sites come with a covered area with power points and sinks, just bring your own furniture. Most importantly there is showers and washing machines.

                           

We manage to get a booking with Cape York Adventures for a tour to TI and Horn Island on Friday. Seisia has everything a supermarket, service station, butcher, vehicle repairs and a kiosk. The kiosk does great meals especially the veges and the caramellised banana and tortilla dessert.

   

Day 14 Thursday 24 July

Up early and walk down to the wharf and watch the locals fishing. One bloke is fishing for herring to use as bait. He catches one and pulls it in looks at it and then without touching it throws it back, about a minute later he's on. Reels it in an its a Barracouta about 800mm long. While I'm there everybody looks out to sea about half way to the nearest island which is about 300 metres away I can see a long dark shape swimming around. This is the 4.5 metre crocodile that we were told about. The locals say that he lives on the island and has a lady friend about 3 metres long but she is rarely sighted.

Well not much of a plan for today other than have a look around the area. We go and have a look at a couple of aircraft that crashed during WWII near what is now Jackie Jackie airport but during the war was named Higginsfield. There is no shortage of old 44 gallon drums surrounding the hard stand where the aircraft were housed and serviced during the war year.

               

Onwards to Injinoo where we come to the mouth of the creek and find a delightful area where we stop for lunch. On reflection we work out that this area is an old caravan park, camp ground. One can only wonder what happened to cause the closure of what would have been a great spot.

           

We also have look at the campgrounds at Umagico and Loyalty Beach. Any of these spots would be great camps so long as you like camping close to the water.

       

Sitting back at camp around 9pm we here a rather loud noise out the front and see some light. I imagine that the UFO is about to land. On inspection is the weekly boat from Cairns with the supplies coming in.

Day 15 Friday 25 July

Today we are travelling to Horn Island and Ti. The brochure says a tour of Horn Island, lunch and a personalised tour of TI with some time for shopping.

Down to the wharf where the vessel Trinity Bay is being unloaded. Looks like everything is loaded onto containers.

   

We are loaded onto our boat which is an 8 metre aluminium shark cat with twin 240 horsepower outboards. About an hour travel time and we pull up at the Horn Island jetty. The instructions are walk in that direction and you will come to the museum, meet back here at 11.30.

   

Disappointed in no tour of the island, but the museum is quiet well appointed and the time passes quickly. At least there is a supermarket and takeaway for a drink and smoko on the way back to the boat.

About 15 minutes later we land on TI. New instructions are split yourselves into 2 groups, one group will do the tour the others can walk around until 12.30 then meet at the Torres Island Hotel where you will have lunch. So a self guided tour of town it is, quite a well appointed tour which I suppose it should be as it is the administrative centre for the Cape and the Torres Strait.

           

The Torres Hotel has the honor of being Queensland most Northern licensed premises. Lunch is the local $10 special of fish and chips and a free pot of beer. After lunch the local taxi turns up to collect us for the tour. The driver is a TI local who has lived here all his life, well versed in everything that there is to see. The tour goes for an hour and we see Green Hill Fort which was built in 1891 to protect Australia from a Russian invasion. 3 cannons are installed and in all only 1 shot was fired in anger, upon a vessel that did not identify itself. This was quickly rectified with that one shot across the bow.

               

Next was a stop at the cemetery where there are a large number of Japanese graves, these are mostly pearl divers who died from the bends. Then back to the wharf and head for Seisia.

       

Day 16 Saturday 26 July

Only one thing on our mind today, it's what we have travelled this far for. Today we go to the tip, the northernmost point of the Australian continent. We won't go the easy way though, we take a track that heads passed Loyalty Beach and bypasses Bamaga. Onto the main road for less than a kilometre and back onto a track which takes us to a creek mouth which would be a great campsite, if we had the time.

   

Onwards towards what I think is Wroonga Point which is the place we stop for lunch and catch up with some other travellers that we had met at Gunshot.

       

Next is along the track that runs passed Punsand Bay Resort and onto the Roma Flat track to the tip. Reports from early in the year was that this track was claiming on average one vehicle a day. Thankfully, that's no longer the case and saves a detour of around 40 kilometres.

   

Next stop is the rubbish tip, I mean the tip, but seriously people if you bring it in, bring it out. Not far from the carpark there are some houses/huts on the side of the track. The old Pajinka Resort.

   

The tide is out on arrival, so we all walk across the sand flats, before some rock hopping before seeing the magical sign that signifies the end of the road. A bittersweet moment, this is what it's all about. I expected a fine, hot and sunny day, I got a fine, overcast and windy day. Nevertheless we were the only ones there and had time to take our photos and enjoy the scenery until the next people turned up. Oh, we also realised that we had mobile service, so made use and called friends and loved one. Took that path across the hills back to the car park, there are some cairns and a directional marker (donated by Mount Isa Mines). Well worth the walk.

               

Back at the car park there is a boardwalk and a sign that says 'do not use'. Like a red flag to a bull, Paul, Connor and I set off and walked the entire length until we reached an old information hut and the stopped by fallen trees and undergrowth.

           

Next stop, the ruins of Pajinka Resort. The story goes that built in 1986 by Australian Airlines it was sold to the Injinoo People in 1993. Costs of around $218 per person per night. Around 1998 a fire in the generator shed and the place was closed. Most of the building structure is still there, at least you can get the feeling of what it used to be like.

           

We're thinking that tonight we might camp at the beach at Somerset.

   

On arrival we head straight for the ruins and then the sandy track to the beach. Peter's straight through and away, Paul hesitates about half way in and that leads to about an hour of recovery in very, very fine sand. Eventually self recovered and we head for the campground, too crowded and for the next two hours we drive around until finally finding a camp on the beach near Nanthau Beach on the East Coast. We lose Paul and Ally here as they head back to Seisia. It's a set up in the dark, so a quick feed and off to sleep.

Day 17 Sunday 27 July

Five Beaches track this morning to Somerset. We are right at the beginning from where we are camped. The run is really nothing more than some short runs on sandy beaches and then crossing across some interesting headlands onto the next beach. We do the run from South to North or anti clockwise. The first beach is easy but the first headland is another story for the Troopy. With a look at what is the best line and some assistance from Merv acting as an outrigger we are soon on our way.

       

Next stop is the ruins of Somerset or rather the flagpole and some old cannons were the homestead once was.

   

Then down on to the beach were a short walk from the campground reveals the cemetary and nearby a monument to the explorer Edmund Kennedy.

           

Onwards towards Bamaga where we have planned to meet with Paul. But, first a quick stop at the Croc Tent. This is where all the souvenirs can be sourced.

   



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  Changes to the way Photo's display
Posted by: troopiepete - 20-08-2014, 11:01 PM - Forum: Technical - Replies (8)

Hi

Since updating the forum we have had an issue with attached photo's being too large to display correctly..

First option to fix this is for the sender "You" to resize the photo's to 400x800 or similar but this can be a pain for some..

So to correct this issue I have implemented a change to the forum to display all photo's as thumbnails 400x800, what changes then..
Well you can upload larger photo's and the forum software will display only 400x800 photo's but if the user was to click on the photo's the full size photo will download to the computer so you can still add HD Photo's and people can still view them this way if they want to, or view them as large thumbnails..

   

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  Sundown
Posted by: Hdj78rv - 13-08-2014, 05:22 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (25)

Hi all,

Anyone interested in going to Sundown on the 6-7th of September? I realise it's father's day wkend but I will be batching it. Need to get more work done before it hot's up.

If not Sundown I still have the key for the telstra track at main range np I need to use this could be a day trip on the saturday maybe?

Cheers

Jason

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  CLUB CAMPING TRIP 15 TH-17TH AUGUST
Posted by: Joe b - 09-08-2014, 11:28 AM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (5)

Victor and I are meeting at Hungry Jacks at Beaudesert at 6pm on Friday the 15th Departing at 7pm and driving out to near Bald Rock National park for the weekend . We will move on the next day to another camp site down near tabulam all welcome, joe and victor

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  Loss of Traction
Posted by: johnnyn - 07-08-2014, 08:07 AM - Forum: Technical - Replies (3)

Hello Peoples

I was talking to my mechanic freind the other day

He told me that he and his mates have just gotten back from the cape

However they did come across a problem

They arrived at a long deep water crossing

So the first vehicle started across but was loosing traction but with good luck made across

Sometime later another crossing and the same problem happened a loss of traction

The next day they arrived somewhere to refuel
They were chatting to the guy about this problem but he told them of the problem
It is common up here with travellers

You empty your main fuel tank (usually in the rear)
So the tank now empty starts to act like a huge air bubble and thus floats hence the loose of traction

So something so simple can cause a lot of stress

Johnny

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  Curved light bar ???
Posted by: Joe b - 06-08-2014, 10:16 PM - Forum: General chat - Replies (2)

First Samsung released the curved TV and month ago and has been a success. Now we have the curved light bar that shines around corners ,very handy or is it cheap because it got bent ,Good luck http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/288W-50Inch-C...1e8fb19e52

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  Gold Coast Camping and Caravan Show
Posted by: Joe b - 24-07-2014, 08:38 PM - Forum: General chat - No Replies

This Weekend at the Turf Club Bundall http://goldcoastexpo.com.au/

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  Time on my Hands
Posted by: johnnyn - 24-07-2014, 07:13 AM - Forum: General chat - Replies (1)

Hello Guys & Ladies

I had sometime on my hands the other day

I once again was reading the POST Code book and discovered this

There are 124 cities-towns-suburbs in Australia that only have 4 letters in there name

I need something else to do

Johnny

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  PREPOSED 2015 REMOTE DESERT TRIP
Posted by: Joe b - 21-07-2014, 07:05 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (7)

Please see new post on this trip
http://www.rivercity4wdclub.net/showthre...48#pid2948

REPOSTING IN CLUB TRIPSTongueroposed upcoming club trips for Winter 2015
I have been thinking of a 2015 Remote Desert Trip to WA . Depart approx first week in July for 5-6 weeks. Brisbane to Birdsville Simpson turn north before camerons corner to the Hay river Track which takes us up to the plenty highway to Alice. Then west along the mcdonnels via The Gary Junction track, windy corner to well 33 CSR, down canning to Durba springs. From Durba cut across to jigalong ,newman on an overgrown track . Return cotton creek ,newman via Rudall nat park continue along talawana track to georga bore, cross canning then continue turning south on the david carnege track .warri site ,empress springs to the great central road where we turn east to Warbuton to Uluru. To do this trip you would need to be diesel and able to carry fuel to travel 1200 km as petrol may not be available it some remote communities and have a vehicle that is A1 mechanical. If any interested is show for this trip a can add other info later .Below is a link to places we can visit ,I have traveled these tracks quite a few times except the puntawarri track .If this trip is to long i am prepared to lead a 3-4 week trip like the simpson ,Hay river ect . Would like to hear your expressions and destinations thanks Joe b http://www.exploroz.com/TrekNotes/RedCtr/Hay_River.aspx
http://www.exploroz.com/Members/5605.875..._Road.aspx
http://www.exploroz.com/TrekNotes/WDeser...Track.aspx
http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/H...29492.html
http://www.documentingreality.com/forum/...ack-32570/
http://www.exploroz.com/Places/66592/WA/..._Park.aspx
http://www.exploroz.com/Members/92954.75...River.aspx
http://www.exploroz.com/TrekNotes/WDeser..._Road.aspx
http://www.exploroz.com/Places/76846/WA/...e_Hwy.aspx
http://www.exploroz.com/Places/76895/WA/...pring.aspx

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  Come meet Roothy
Posted by: Weatherman - 21-07-2014, 10:47 AM - Forum: General chat - Replies (2)

Hi Guys, As the heading suggests come down to the Opposite Lock Springwood store on Saturday the 26th and say hello to Roothy and get a pic taken with Milo. Also we will have some of the Milo stuff toys for sale.

Roothy and Milo will be at Opposite Lock Springwood from 11am till 3pm so bring the Kids.

See you there.

Steve and Wendy (Weatherman)

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