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  2019 February 23rd Boonah Bbq
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-01-2019, 10:07 AM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (1)

Hi everyone we are planning another trip to Boonah in dry weather this time  Cool

Meeting Saturday at Bi-Centennial Park Boonah to leave at 4pm for our trip through Geiger Rd to the Green Hills Rd and enjoy a Club Bbq dinner outlooking the Great Dividing range for a fantastic backdrop  Tongue

Once our dinner finished and nightfall reached we will retrace our steps back up the Road for a Daring Dark Drive  Big Grin

Due to the slippery nature of the road with any moisture present we will assess this drive right up until the day, 
Yes we do have other options in the area just for a late cancellation 

Bring whatever you need to eat and drink wonderfully and enjoy Nature at its finest
don't forget your chairs too  Idea

Club will also supply some sausages and onions to ensure the hungry get fed  Wink 

Hope to see you there


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  2019 March 23-24 Levuka weekend
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-01-2019, 09:37 AM - Forum: Club Trips - No Replies

A weekend at Levuka is planned and will be reviewed on the March meeting for final plans

AS usual our meeting place is Hungry Jacks Beaudesert to leave by 8am Saturday

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.

  • Prices are on an 8am to 6pm daily basis.
  • A “night,day,night ‘ stay WILL BE charged as two days
  • Prices apply per car and cover two adults and children sixteen years old and under.
  • Extra adults in a vehicle will incur an additional cost of $5.00 per person per day.
  • Package usually sold on a two day weekend basis, guests coming in on Friday night or Saturday Morning and leaving after lunch Sunday at a cost of $60.00 for the weekend.
  • The park is open every day of the year and mid week stays are welcome.
  • Bookings essential.
  • Levuka is a Flora and Fauna reserve. 
  • No guns allowed.
check out the website http://www.levuka.com.au/ for further information


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  2019 April 27-28 Tooloom Falls
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-01-2019, 09:24 AM - Forum: Club Trips - No Replies

Hi everyone

Tooloom Falls, Urbenville, is a stunning bush camp perched above the falls on the banks of Tooloom creek. This site is easy to access for both campers and caravaners, and is a great place for swimming and canoeing. Swimming is good at both the top and bottom of the falls, where as canoeing is probably best at the top of the falls. Access to the bottom of the falls is a short and easy decent. The best thing about this site apart from its beauty is that it is FREE. This is truly bush camping for both campers and caravaners at it's finest.

Check out this website for further information



Meeting place Hungry Jacks Beaudesert Saturday morning for 8am departure

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  Fraser Island Clean Up FICU 10-13 May 2019
Posted by: sirlezz - 26-10-2018, 08:50 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (8)

Time to plug this in our timeline for 2019 for outings

Be aware there will be a time early in 2019 to commit to being on the Island so stay tuned for further information
you will need to pay up front admin for your intention to go and you get a sticker
and then barge fees are usually payable on the ferry itself with your FICU sticker

Camping is usually planned for our club to one site

Not sure if we can nominate for particular work but we all enjoyed winching out lantana last time

Can only ask

We can always stay later than Monday and cruise the Island's  interesting features and abandoned sites

Information courtesy of 4wdqld

FICU 2019 confirmed 10-13th of May, Mothers day weekend

  • Wanting to meet with QPWS plan to discuss amending FICU Collaborative Agreement to increase total number of vehicles from current maximum of 350 vehicles
  • Some shirts left over from last years events are available for sale
  • Currently working on the website for registration – should be available towards the end of 2018. It will be same as Corroboree website
  • David from QLD Club won the photo competition to be included on 2019 shirt design
  • 2 raffle prize drawers next year 2019. One to general public at National 4x4 Show in March, other will be members only on Fraser Island
  • When website registrations go live the FICU Committee will try and attend club meetings to provide information
  • Bayside Club suggested that clubs consider assisting Ocean Crusaders at FICU event
  • FICU Committee is currently 8 members and looking for more members to join Committee

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  Carnarvon Gorge 2019
Posted by: sirlezz - 12-10-2018, 12:22 AM - Forum: Club Trips - No Replies

Hi everyone this is to showcase  accessing Carnarvon Gorge from Brisbane

It is about 720kls and about 10hrs in the driving saddle

we would have to commit to a four day weekend to make it worthwhile

the National Park Camping is booked well ahead and we would have to commit up to at least six months or even a year for popular times
just checked and there is a number of sites for Saturday Sunday free for 6-7 April and nothing until 29 June when it is free again

the local caravan park and camping is the best bet to fit us all in as a group if we camp without power checkout the following website


The official blurb says you need a week to absorb it all but we need two full days to enjoy this park and all the walks well some of them anyways

check this page out for all the walks and a drive too


If you are keen on visiting Carnarvon Gorge then check it out as a future club little big trip and let us know

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  2019 Qld public/school Holidays
Posted by: sirlezz - 11-10-2018, 09:36 PM - Forum: Club Trips - No Replies

Hi Everyone just so we know and have a reference to it this is the Qld public holidays available in 2019 for planning our long weekend adventures  Big Grin

Date Day Holiday
1 Jan  Tue New Year's Day 

26 Jan Sat Australia Day

28 Jan Mon Australia Day Holiday 

19 Apr Fri Good Friday
20 Apr Sat Day following Good Friday
21 Apr Sun Easter Sunday
22 Apr Mon Easter Monday
25 Apr Thu Anzac Day

6 May Mon Labour Day 

14 Aug Wed Ekka Wednesday *

7 Oct Mon Queen's Birthday 

25 Dec Wed Christmas Day
26 Dec Thu Boxing Day 

2019 Queensland School Holidays and Term Dates

Period Start Finish Length
Term 1
Tuesday, 29 January, 2019 Friday, 5 April, 2019 10 weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 6 April 2019 - Monday, 22 April 2019

Term 2
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 Friday, 28 June 2019 10 weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 29 June 2019 - Sunday, 14 July 2019

Term 3
Monday, 15 July 2019 Friday, 20 September 2019 10 weeks
School Holidays Saturday, 21 September 2019 - Monday, 7 October 2019

Term 4*
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 Friday, 13 December 2019 10 weeks
2019/2020 Summer School Holidays Saturday, 14 December 2019 - Monday, 27 January 2020

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  2019 Australia Day long weekend 26 - 28 January
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-10-2018, 10:09 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (5)

Plans are afoot to have a long weekend away from the mainstream crowds ie: no beaches  Angel

We got a couple of options mentioned but nothing definite as yet  Cool

so stay tuned or make a suggestion if you have one  Idea  

will update after Nov club meeting

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  2019 Moreton Island Trip 2-4 days 1 Sat - 2 Sun March 2019
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-10-2018, 09:58 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (11)

Hi everyone 
We are planning a trip to Moreton Island with a four day starting on the Friday and going through to the Tuesday coming home late
and a two day tour starting Saturday that will have you home on Sunday night 

Vehicle access permit and camping fees apply You will need to book directly by visiting the website 


Check out the website so you are familiar with it 
It is quite a pleasant journey on board and if you haven't been before you are in for a treat

The Idea is for the 4 day tour board Thursday night  or early Friday morning and start to tour the island on the first day
The two day tour can board Friday night or Sat morning and catch up with the crew on the island at a designated spot

Then we tour the Eastern Beaches and all  points of interest

There is a lot to see that will be of interest

More Details to come

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  2020 Cape York May - Aug
Posted by: sirlezz - 07-10-2018, 11:43 AM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (1)

Hi everyone this is to start the planning for our trip as it is beginning to take shape

Destination is Cape York Tip of Australia northern most point of mainland Australia with obligatory photo at the sign some 2700 kls north from Brisbane

Plenty to see on the way up Tongue
Plenty to see on the way home Tongue

This trip can be as hard or as easy as you like, and we can all take different routes from Brisbane to the Cape and home again

But it would be so good to all meet up at the tip and spend some time exploring the area together  Big Grin

some of us have been before but are itching to go again - I went in 2012 and wanted to go back the day I got home

Darryl has  already made some recommendations on another 2018 thread so go look at them if you like


I will print them separately on this Thread too

Best information available  Idea
Acquaint yourself with this publication even Ron Moon recommends it as it will give you tips and hints and you can buy the really helpful down loadable Full Destination Guide for only $27 or just  print the free pocket guide , Katrin updates it regularly and you can get on information emails too  you just can't beat it


Talk about it , comment on it, even curse at it, 
but if you go you will know what a treat the North can show  Cool 

Start the Rumour

Darryl's Recommendations

Here are some places that I would like to see and / or see again.  I will hopefully populate the post with links to sites for the destination.

Old Coach Road (to Maytown)

Running Creek Road

Old Coen Road

Lockhart River

There is another lesser known blast associated the A-bombs in Australia that few people know about,
In July 1963 and bomb "Öperation Blowdown" was exploded at Iron Range on Cape York Peninsula
However a decision had been made to simulate an A-bomb blast  using 50ton of TNT sitting on top of a 140ft tower in the middle of the virgin rainforest
The lush grassy clearing a few hundred metre in circumference can still be seen just south of the junction on the Portland Road and Lockhart River Road

Frenchmans Track

Pennefather River 

Old Telegraph Track

Skardon River

Mutte Head

Usher Point / Sadd Point


so what are yours please leave your comments or Wishlist on this thread

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  20081006 Geiger Rd outing
Posted by: sirlezz - 16-09-2018, 09:43 AM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (4)

Hi Everyone on Satruday the 6th of October we are proposing a dinner night drive  Big Grin

The context of this trip is to have an interesting afternoon drive, a wonderful meal at the pub finishing with another interesting night drive home

  • Geiger Rd at Boonah was discovered attending the Kalbar Corroboree and we have driven it a number of times just for the fun of it
  • you will need 4wd low range in some parts, 
We will meet at 4.30pm in the Boonah Information Centre just the Cunningham Hwy side of the main roundabout for a 5pm roll out
there is shade and toilets there too and you can pick up a map of the area while you  are waiting  Idea
We will then proceed to the Alandale end of Geiger rd and traverse it down the hill and then up to the tremendous view of the Great Dividing range at Green Hills

Our next stop will be the Dugandan Pub for a meal  (Legendary so Darryl advises) check it out on the following link and press the new menu link

Then on the way home we will retrace our steps to Geiger Rd from the Green Hills end and traverse it in the dark for an added bonus  Angel Heart

Once at the top end of the road after the last gate we can celebrate another great trip out before working our way home again

Our Trip Leader will be Steve and Tail End Charlie will be Les

Bring your cameras especially for the night time run

Maybe Steve will bring along his drone too


One option is to visit the Mt French Lookout at Dusk for a tremendous sunset and photo opportunity  and it is only 10ks from the pub, and we can discuss it further on the day for interest

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  2019 06 01 CSR
Posted by: troopiepete - 29-08-2018, 09:42 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (6)

It's been on the Agenda for many people and if all things work out it will be on ours for 2019..
The CSR, for those in the cold - The Canning Stock Route - Western Australia

Details still very raw at this stage and this will be baked over the next few months.

First - Most important part:-
Trip Starts Saturday 1st June 2019
Trip Finishes Saturday 20th July 2019
Yes you have it 50 Days - or 6 Weeks - Do you think you could handle it? ** Now 53 to 54 Days including the Big Red Bash!!

This is a Very remote trip with a total travel distance from Brisbane being possibly more than 11,000Km
The Actual CSR is over 2000Km and while there are refuelling places you should consider being able to carry fuel for a large distance - Possibly 1000km.
Also There will be little to no shops for much of the trip so you need to carry both Water and Food for a Minimum or 2 weeks or more.

Clearly this is a huge trip so your vehicle needs to be in top condition and you need to carry spare parts such as Filters, Belts and hoses
Also depending on your car spare wheel bearings and Grease plus Oil may be a good idea.

Weight is not your Friend on trips like this so keeping it to a minimum is the key.
So that spare Alternator, Starter Motor and Axles may be best left at home.. That is unless you often need parts like this!!

Early in the new year I will look at gathering interested Parties for a meeting to ponder over finer details
If new members are joining the trip we may also look at doing a short weekend trip so we can get to know you - spending 6 weeks with people you can't get along with is not fun.

A Few other things to think about

This is a VERY Remote part of out country and the trip covers a huge part of our country.
There are several Permits required and they are not cheap - Details will follow.
I have now included a Simpson Desert crossing and SA Deserts Parks permit is required for this.
Water is very important and you need to be able to refill as we travel as caring enough for the entire trip is not practical - there will be places we can get good clean water but not always - having the ability to carry non drinking water would be a plus for Bathing and other washing needs, a pump and filter system would be worth considering.
Toilet needs will be your responsibility, we may look at setting up a camp Toilet but don't rely on it - if you don't like doing it in the wild - don't come!

While I would like to think we can keep daily travel to a easy 9am to 4pm pace there may be a few days we need to travel longer to reach our goals in a reasonable time - Remember much of the roads will be Dirt and not 100Km/h so you need to have the ability to setup and packup in the Dark and be happy doing this...
Preferably this will not happen but often just finding a good camp site on the road side requires us to travel just that little bit further than otherwise desired.
The Golden rule is we need to start looking for both Firewood and a camp site before it starts getting dark - remember when driving west we are looking into the setting sun.

Over the next months I will get more details, I have put together a travel guide so we can work out just how much time will be needed for each part, also some of the details need to be finalised as this trip also is based around the Fink Races - but just how much will is yet to be sorted.

A Quick run down of the plan.

1 - Either Winton for a quick trip to see the Dino's or Longreach Hall of Fame (we have about a day free at this stage)
2 - Fink Races - the early stages
3 - Ayers Rock - not all may stay at the Rock depending on the Race commitments
4 - The CSR - Starting at the Southern end - Finishing at Wolf Creek.
5 - Via Alice Springs - Dalhousie Springs via Mt Dare
6 - Dalhousie to Birdsville via the Simpson Desert
7 - Big Red Bash 16th to 18th July
8 - The Dig Tree
9 - Home

There are many things to see on the way and some we may be able to stop at but others not..
Depending on how the trip is progressing we may change our plans to see more or less - Time permitting, 
Things to consider, not all may wish to attend the Fink Races this would be fine, so you could arrive in Alice later making your trip shorter OR go travelling around Alice Springs. 

The only part that is fixed is the beginning of the CSR, this part we must all do at the same time - otherwise you will be running your own trip..

I am now on the 4th revision of the Travel Planner 
Main change is a Trip across the Simpson desert.


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  20180810 Moreton Island
Posted by: troopiepete - 14-08-2018, 02:48 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (3)

What a fantastic few days this has been.
Darryl and I have traveled to most sites in the island and walked up to most of the vantage points, think much leg muscles are getting a real workout lol.

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  2019 Fraser Island Cleanup
Posted by: daggy - 10-08-2018, 09:11 PM - Forum: Club Trips - No Replies

It's on Facebook.  

The 2019 Fraser Island Clean Up will be held between 10-13 May 2019.

Volunteer registrations open November 2018.

Yes, Mother's Day is on the Sunday.

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  20181117-18 XMAS Family weekend Gordon Country
Posted by: sirlezz - 08-08-2018, 11:17 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (5)

Hi everyone this year 17-18 November we are keeping the site closer to home as we would like to have as many as can make it 
We have rostered this site previously but with only a few of us attending, so this is a good chance for more of us to attend and enjoy the serenity  Big Grin
Day trippers welcome as you may just wish to go on either the Saturday or Sunday too
Location: 2081 Inverramsay rd, Goomburra 4362
Property size: 4000 acres
Pets allowed.
Cabins are also available should you wish for a bit more comfort than camping.

Usual early meet up at Aratula for a quick trip to site and camping set up

Camping fees: $17 per adult per night, $10 per child per night. Children up to and including 4yrs old free.
There is a mandatory vehicle fee of $10 per car or $30 per 4wd. This covers the duration of your stay.
Online bookings are preferred (ensure you print your receipt) but payments can be made on check in.
Link: https://www.gordoncountry.com.au/


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  20180915-16 Scenic Rim family weekend
Posted by: sirlezz - 08-08-2018, 11:05 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (7)

As discussed at August club meeting we are organising a club trip over the weekend at Scenic Rim 4wd park just the other side of Beaudesert

Steve will be arranging the booking and club prices for weekend and daily rates

Can camp over the Friday night to leave late Sunday for home so should be good value weekend

we will be camping at the Opposite lock shelter  and fire pits etc. at the lower level campgrounds

This is a family park and we will arrange a tour or run of the Endeavour ship maze course that is done in the dark he he ha ha it should be fun

Confirm all details by next club meeting and updates will be posted here as they occur

check out the details for yourself here  http://www.scenicrimadventurepark.com.au/

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