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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 - No Replies

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 Feb/March
Posted by: sirlezz - 10-10-2018, 09:58 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (6)

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

You will need to book directly by visiting the website once we settle on a date early next year


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 (3)

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.

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 is a refueling stop you should consider being able to carry fuel for this distance.
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 possibly 3 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.

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 cover a huge part of our country.
There is a Permit required and it's not cheap - Details will follow.
I have not currently included a Simpson Desert crossing but if time permits this may be on the cards - extra permit will be needed 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.
Toilet needs will be your responsibility - 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 normal 9 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.

Over the next months I will get more details and 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
5 - Via Alice Springs - Dalhousie Springs via Mt Dare
6 - Dalhousie to Birdsville via the Simpson Desert
7 - The Dig Tree
8 - Home

There are many things to see on the way and some we may be able to stop at but others not..
Depending on numbers and where it is in the trip it my be that some want to stop and look and others not as they need to be further on in the trip, in parts such as heading to the Fink Races this would be fine as not all of the group may want to see this..
But the beginning of the CSR will be one part of the trip we must all do at the same time - otherwise you will be running your own trip..

In parts this will be many long days driving but we will be visiting many locations on the way, where possible we will keep the traveling to a minimum but when doing the distances required for this trip there will always be a trade off.

Version 1 - Map

Been looking at times, travel and what to see on the way..
Version 2 of the map.

Early days yet but this is a very rough beginning of our travel plan.. Many Many changes still to come

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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 (1)

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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  2018 05 Mad Hay Simpson trip as it happend
Posted by: troopiepete - 05-08-2018, 09:43 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (2)


I have made this post so we can place pictures and other items up from our last trip..
Stay tuned

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  2018 Corroboree Warwick Showgrounds
Posted by: sirlezz - 11-07-2018, 10:50 PM - Forum: * NON club trips - Replies (1)

Hi everyone this year just got this information from Facebook and it looks like some travelling involved in the trips out so far promises of more information to come  Big Grin

It won't be long now before the 38th Annual Corroboree (2018) is here, so this post is just a quick heads-up, as we don't have a dedicated club planning the activity this year. We will try to get more information out as the association finalises some of the planning and logistics.
Long Weekend Dates:
Saturday 29 September
Sunday 30 September
Monday 1 October
Camping: Warwick Showgrounds Kingsford Street Warwick QLD 4370

Catering will be provided by same people who did Woodford Corroboree Register and pay via website

Trips will be held in the surrounding 4WD / National Parks 

Janowen Hills 4WD Park 1570 Inverramsay Road Goomburra QLD 4362  distance 44 Kls
http://janowenhills.com.au/ https://www.facebook.com/Janowen-Hills-Camping-4WD-Park-38…/

The Springs 4x4 Park 21153 New England Highway The Glen QLD 4370 distance 24Kls 
 https://www.thesprings4x4.com.au https://www.facebook.com/TheSprings4X4Park

Sundown National Park Sundown Road 
Ballandean QLD 4382 distance 140kls

https://findapark.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/sundown https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sundown-National-Park/116713501710046


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  Mad Hay Simpson trip 2018
Posted by: troopiepete - 08-05-2018, 10:50 PM - Forum: Past trips - No Replies


I have posted this thread to let the rest of you know what our plans are and possibly where we will be but please do not hold us to the days and locations as nothing is set except or departure and return dates - the rest are our desired plans but as this is very remote travel and can be affected by bad weather or other things plans can change.

Woohoo we are all getting excited!

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  Proposed trip behind Kempsey NSW
Posted by: troopiepete - 10-01-2018, 03:37 PM - Forum: Club Trips - Replies (1)


This may be covered in the meeting tonight but while I remember it...

Merv (Dad) was thinking of doing a trip in the hills behind Kempsey NSW - possibly even look at one of the easier to get into caves in that area...

This would have to be a 3 or 4 day weekend and would require a good solid 4 to 5hr Drive to get there depending on how we attack this and obviously the route we take.
If anyone can both think of a time to do this and is interested in joining us please let me know - we will do this as a club trip.

Little bit of History - Mum's Father Col Carter was big into caving when he was alive and as a young boy I joined in on several trips - there are several Ghost towns and caves out that way and it will be a bit of a Nostalgia trip for us.. hopefully we can still remember where thing are.

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