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  Peter & ED on Fraser July 2013
Posted by: troopiepete - 03-08-2013, 06:17 PM - Forum: * NON club trips - Replies (2)

Why I love 12hr Shift work!

On Monday the 22nd of July I returned from 6 days 5 nights on Fraser Island camping with a mate ED from the 4WD world, this time was all during a 7 day RDO Period!!.

Both of us are set up for camping in our cars so we set out to explore a few spots up the north end of Fraser, the first two nights we camped at the Cape just off the beach with pristine views of the northern bay, we tried a little fishing but only managed to feed the baby fish, you could see the larger fish in the waves but they eluded capture!!
The whales managed to entertain us for many hours as they played out in the bay, I have to say during this trip I have never seen so many of these large creatures and so close to the beach!
This end of the island is only visited by a hand full of people hence we only had about 5 cars drive past the entire time.
For those that know and visit the Island all of the normal rocks are exposed but only just and are mostly passable even at high tide, the southern Nagala rocks bypass road is soft as usual but passable with little trouble providing you lower the tyre pressures.

On Friday we packed up camp (takes all of half an hour, and that is taking it slow) and headed south for a pie at the Orchard beach servo/hotel then made our way to Platypus bay, as some of you may know this track has been closed for many years but has recently been opened back up.. well it is open but the signs stating no one should pass are still up, but as we were told we could use the road we proceeded down to the beach where we parked our vehicles on the beach set up the shades and sat back watching even more whales and dolphins play in the very calm waters of the bay, we did try fishing but only managed to feed the schools of baby fish and one very annoying ray who took delight in sucking the fish right off the hooks!
We later found out that we should not have camped on that beach but I would do it again! During the entire time we only had one vehicle drive past and that was a ranger truck that buzzed past only to return about an hour later full of crab traps - not sure who they belonged to but we suspect the rangers were taking advantage of the fact they were the only ones able to drive from the entry to the beach road all the way down to Wathumba Creek, if that is the case I will be the first one to complain as I see no reason for us not being able to drive on that beach! But that is an issue for another discussion I guess.

Yesterday we departed our private beach site and headed over to the eastern beach and camped just south of Dundubara Camping area, we managed to sit back and watch yet more whales play in the surf some quite close others way off in the distance, as the tide rolled in several people started to fish and a few were actually managing to catch a few so about an hour before dark I wandered down to try my hand, loaded up with all the hooks, tracers and bait for Tailor I started to have a go, about my second baiting I had a really hard wack on the rod and lost the hook, tracer and sinker!! Something large had hit my line! Determined to get my revenge I set the rig back up and headed back down to the beach, after losing my bait a few times I got the strike all fishermen wait and live for! A nice size Tailor, I wasted no time in bleeding the fish and gutting it, headed back down for another try but as the sun as fading and it was getting cold I walked back up to camp where I assembled my fish smoker, with a generous rubbing of Garlic salt and butter the smoker was lit and I sat back waiting for the it all to cook..
I decided to give the mobile a try as I had not spoken to Narelle for a few days, just as I started a conversation Ed yells out fire! Looked over to my smoker and the table I had placed it on was well alight under the smoker! We managed to lift the smoker up and dowse it with water from my sink bucket but it made a real mess of the timber I had sat it on.. note to self get some fire proof board to sit the smoker on - LOL fortunately the fish was cooked and not wrecked by the extra smoke, need I say it was delicious! I can tell you I am keen to go back and have another try, just so I can eat that ever so tasty fish once again!

Today we both managed to sleep into about 7am, after the shades dried off and I packed up camp we headed south firstly calling in at the Maheno Wreck, wow has that deteriorated in the past few years! I don't think it will be many more years until it's almost all falling in to the sea and possibly taken away because it's dangerous!
Then we wandered down to Eli Creek where we go the usual fill of eye candy and a short stroll up the water way, must say the creek was the lowest I have ever seen it and considering the day temperature was only in the early 20's the water was not all that cold - in summer it's like stepping in to ice water!
The creek currently is running slightly to the south and almost straight out to sea, I guess it will take a few more high seas with heaps of sand behind them to change it back to a deeper pond on the beach, this creek has changed its beach end shape and direction so many times in the 12 years I have been visiting so I have no doubt it will once again be deeper and look more inviting.
Mind you the almost constant run of young female back packers arriving either by bus or Troopy makes visiting the place worthwhile no matter how it looks.. as the supply of visitors is often evenly mixed Narelle also enjoyed sitting back under our shade for almost half the time we visited last October :-)

Alas as all good trips must end I proceeded ever so south around hook point and onto the barge to inskip point then on to Rainbow beach, picked up a Pie then back onto the beach heading around the currently almost non-existent rocks, past the rainbow sands onto double island point and around to Cooloola Beach then south to north Noosa, cross the ferry then back on the highway home..
I have spent around an hour washing down and unpacking the Troopy, it will need a bit more rust preventative work but all worth the time I spent at one of my favourite spots on this earth.

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  Can Anyone
Posted by: johnnyn - 02-08-2013, 08:53 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (2)


On the mighty navara I have a hydrolic winch connected and powered by the power steering pump

I now have a need to pull it out and get it repaired

My question is that two fluid hoses connect to it which must be disconnected

So if I undo them and join them together to keep the fluid flowing

But what if I get an air buble in the line and is it hard or necessary to get rid of it


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  murphy's creek
Posted by: ross and cher - 29-07-2013, 02:10 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (1)

Murphy's creek run was closed about 6 months ago, the Toowoomba motorcycle club acquired the land at the bottom. I am told the top section is still open, but what is and isn't TMC land is not clear and apparently they are actively policing their land. I will make some enquiries.

There is also a run from the back of Gatton up to Gus Beuttel lookout. Not as challenging but a nice drive.( we used to.live just down from the lookout). I'd be keen for a look Adrian, would have to be a Sunday until after footy season tho ...

Oops somehow starred a new topic, please move ....

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  i need to do a couple of reccies
Posted by: hekarewe - 28-07-2013, 11:37 AM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (7)

looking for one or 2 cars to come with me to do a couple of reccies over the next couple of weekends

i want to look at Gordons 4x4 park near janowen for a day

also want tpo try and find a track i did with the ipswich club a couple of years ago helidon to gus what ever jhis name is look out if anyone is interested thinking of doing gordons next sunday for a starter

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  Telstra Trail - Main Range National Park Trip CANCELLED
Posted by: Hdj78rv - 02-07-2013, 05:17 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (2)

Hi all,

Unfortunatley I have to cancel the trip to Main Range due to track damage sustained in the floods in January. Once works have been completed the ranger will get back to me.


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  Fraser Facts
Posted by: johnnyn - 26-06-2013, 09:36 AM - Forum: Past trips - No Replies

Hello To All Were There

If you would like to read a final report about the cleanup just have a look at the end of the other "fraser how it happened"

The report was written by Nola C the organizer and it is the one that went to the QA assn and national parks

We all got a bat on the back and a well done


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  Social outing - Logan City Tenpin 24th
Posted by: troopiepete - 23-06-2013, 01:50 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (11)

Paul have been looking into Social activities and found a good deal at the Logan City Tenpin - 13-17 Wembley Road, Logan Central

Web site: http://www.logantenpin.com.au

Paul and I have proposed that Saturday 24th of August from 6pm until 9pm it's $18 per head with unlimited games in that time limit.
There may be other costs like the hire of shoes and obviously food is additional and optional, it is possible for us to eat before or after if you like.

Can you please indicate if you would like to go as we do need to make a Booking.

Bring a friend if you like, we just need to know numbers and further ideas..

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  other telstra telco,s
Posted by: Joe b - 19-06-2013, 10:54 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (2)

Im heading off in 2 weeks with a passenger on a east west crossing of australia via the remote interior deserts .Although i have a satphone and a H.F radio it will be convenient to have a standard 3g phone in the rural areas for calls and internet .I looked at the Aldi and Kogan network as they both use the telstra 3g network .A lot of out back travellers have rushed out and purchased the Aldi prepaid and have been disappointed with the service outside of the city. aldi and kogan only use part of the telstra network . Boost mobile is a new comer that uses the complete telstra 3g network no 4g. and cheaper prepayed compared to telstra You can compare the maps below, click to enlarge


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  Trips needed for the club
Posted by: troopiepete - 19-06-2013, 11:18 AM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (26)

Hi Gang

Looking at our Calendar for the next few months it's quite thin on dates and things to do!
Personally for the end of this month I am out of trips as the Troopy is currently off the road being de-dinged from the Sundown kangaroo tree incident.
But that dose not stop you guys from getting out and having fun..
For that matter there is nothing stopping us from also doing some social events - Dinners out, Activities in the park and things like this..

So please send through your ideas.

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  2013 - 14 Sept - 22 SeptCurrawinya National Park
Posted by: daggy - 14-06-2013, 04:02 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (29)

The trip to Currawinya National Park has had a change of dates at the June meeting. This is now going ahead from Saturday 14 September to Sunday 22 September.

Meeting for travellers will be at Shell Aratula at 9am on 14 September. Then onwards to Nindigully for the night before the final days travel to Currawinya. The plan will be to base camp and fish at Corni Paroo Waterhole. There is many and varied day trips from here if you are interested.

Where is Currawinya National Park. It is 828 kilometres West of Brisbane on the Queensland-NSW border near Hungerford, 170 km south-west of Cunnamulla.

A whole host of information can be found here <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/currawinya/">http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/currawinya/</a><!-- m -->

One thing that we decided on at the meeting was to get everybody to declare there large and heavy items. If we can we will try and not double up on everything. We would like to have a communal cooking and eating area. Post up here what you have and would be prepared to bring along.

I know that Victor has 2 6 foot tables. I have a rather large 2 burner stove with a pot that will hole about 15 - 20 litres of water (Ideal for boiling crustaceans).

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  Fraser Cleanup 2013 how it happend
Posted by: troopiepete - 03-06-2013, 08:36 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (13)

Hi Guys

We are all home and pleased to be here but when can we next go back ? 8-)
The extended long weekend was a huge success with over 400 people turning up to clean the rubbish off the island.

The beaches were possibly the flattest I have ever seen them, between the rocks you could have done the trip in a 2wd family car!
But come to the rocks and some were challenging if not a tad on the bumpy side but provided you could either get around or over them all was good but it did mean high tide or even 2 hrs either side was a no go on the beaches.

Well heaps of photo's and I think some video plus many more stories to come..

Oh Ask Victor about his carpets :oops:

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  moreton island and south straddy marine debris - 25/26 May
Posted by: ross and cher - 06-05-2013, 02:58 PM - Forum: Care Trips - Parks working bees - No Replies

I know the calendar is filling with working bees, but we were emailed details over the weekend.

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  Sundown National Park 11/12 May 2013
Posted by: daggy - 03-05-2013, 08:41 PM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (13)

The club is going to Sundown National Park on the weekend of 11/12 May to do some track maintainance. A couple of hours work mainly clearing vegetation from the road side of the original track pushed in by the miners during the early 1900's. What to bring, some sturdy boots, gloves, hat, if you have them machete, axe and possibly a brush cutter.

Meeting times for this are all at the Shell, Aratula about 60 minutes from Brisbane on the Cunningham Highway. It is the last servo on the right, pass the pub and you've gone too far (or maybe just far enough). Going up Friday, depart at 2.00pm, or Saturday depart at 7.30am. About another 90 minutes from here to the park entrance and anything up to 60 minutes on the track to the campsite.

Time to start putting up who's coming and what days.

I'm a Friday traveller.

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  Sundown NP working Bee 10,11,12 May 2013
Posted by: troopiepete - 11-04-2013, 01:18 AM - Forum: Care Trips - Parks working bees - No Replies


We are planning a working Bee weekend out at the Sundown NP to do a little bit of track clearing on the old entry road.

I am looking at heading up Friday meeting at the Shell servo at Aratula 2pm..
For those traveling Saturday Victor may also meet at the servo possibly at 7am or earlier - TBA.

I would like to know who is traveling and when as the camp ground is not easily found so it's best for us to meet, alternatively you can meet us on the track retiring to set up camp later that day.

The work we are looking at doing is to clear trees and vines from either side of the track to keep it clear of traffic - we are not doing earth works!
I am yet to contact Ian the Ranger about the day but we may of may not be meeting up with him for this work, they may have some other jobs needed.

You will need to provide your own tools, hats gloves and shoes.
Brush cutters will be very handy as will chain saws but you need a license for these!
Please be mindful that we are in a National park and all types of critters live in the bush, snakes spiders and who knows what else may be on the next bush you grab! so leather gloves are advisable and keep your eyes open!

This will be hard work so please ensure you have adequate water and food with you.

Depending on the weather and the group we may also look at doing some exploring, after the work is completed.

I don't intend on this being a all work no play weekend so we will do what we can but it will not be an all day effort.

Please let me know if you intend on coming and what day.

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  Maryvale Horse Endurance - 13th - 14th July 2013
Posted by: troopiepete - 11-04-2013, 12:59 AM - Forum: Past trips - Replies (1)


I need to get numbers for manning checkpoints for the Annual Maryvale Horse Endurance - 13th - 14th July 2013
This is a very important role and the ride cannot proceed without your help!

The actual ride starts at sunrise on the Sunday morning but you need to be out at your checkpoints before the horses are on the road so some locations may be suited to camping over night or you can camp at ride base and head out early..
Being some distance from Brisbane it's advisable to either camp at the checkpoint or at ride base, this is located behind the public school in town.

I will require all helpers who will be manning checkpoints to drop into ride base on Saturday so we can allocate a spot for you and if necessary take you to the location as some are quite remote.

What will I be doing?
Well it's very basic but also very important!
You need to be recording the riders numbers as they travel through and the time they passed your checkpoint, once you have a chance the numbers and times need to be radioed back to ride base - usually in time slot groups.
We are not after down to the second results and often a group of 5 to 10 will come through - all of these can be slotted into the same time.

A second job that is often very appreciated by the riders is the provision of water, plastic cups and town water will do but often you will be supplied with bottled water in 10L containers or alike.

What do I need?
Food & water for yourself - most sites are remote
A chair - it goes for many hours
Shade is often needed as it can get quite hot!
Clip board, Pen and some scribble paper for recording the numbers.
If camping then other gear will obviously be required.

*** I need extra people with this ride as some of our regulars are unable to help due to prior commitments!
If we cannot get the numbers the ride will have to be postponed! So please help if you can!

Can you please post a reply with your intention to assist and I will add it to the list.

Checkpoint people:
Peter - VK4FSD
Adrian - 4WD
shaz - 4WD
Plus 5 Guys from the South Side Amateur Radio Club


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