Double Island May Cleanup Weekend Trip Report
A windy day greeted myself, Jay, Derek and his mate Paul, Trever and little Eres on Friday as we set up just north of the Surfriders Camp.
After setting up we settled in for an easy relaxing afternoon before starting a fire and having dinner and a few ales then early night.
Saturday morning saw a hearty breakfast as we waited for the arrival of members Brad, Stan and Jo with visitors Frank, Simmone, Nicole and Sarah.
We headed off to the start of our cleanup area being The Alesha track. After collecting what was unfortunately an all too familiar haul of beer bottles and cans on the track we turned into the bay and cleaned up along the beach and dunes as far as the point.
By now it was close to lunch time so we headed back along the beach to find a spot to set up for lunch. After lunch we headed into rainbow for the customary ice cream, then we headed out of town and down the Fresh Water track back to camp and dropped off our rubbish bags to be weighed at Surfrider HQ where we were joined by late comer Rod who had collected a couple of bags of rubbish on his way up.
After getting organised at camp we headed down to Surfriders for the afternoons entertainment and prize draws. While kids played on the jumping castle we had a few ales and sausage sandwiches while listening to music and hoping to have the winning ticket.
As evening fell and the cold wind set in we headed back to camp to crank up the fire have dinner while the kids ran around with torches and did kids stuff. A great night was had around the fire with an interesting debate about football codes.
Sunday morning we woke to a very wet camp, so after breakfast we packed up camp and headed home. On the way Brad, Jay and myself stopped in to give the guys a hand to load the rubbish on to a tipper said our goodbyes, then headed down the beach to the ferry and home.
I would like to thank Craig, Aaron and everyone involved with Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast for putting on this great event for the 10th time. Our club members should all be proud to be involved with over 3 tonne of rubbish collected.
What a great weekend away, thanks Paul for taking the lead as trip leader on Saturday what a great drive through all those beautiful creek crossings and a lot of fun when we had to snatch strap the motor bike rider out of the creek when he nearly dropped his bike.
Fun with 38 variety bash brats n bash 4wd guys going the opposite way such beautiful scenery. Very cold the first night but the nice sitting around the camp fire having talking Sh-t.
Shame we couldn't afford the $96 apple pie from Suttons apple farm at Stanthorpe they looked awesome but the small slice for $12 just hit the spot instead.
Lovely Rosellas, and Loriketts to feed each day, and Paul had to fight off the killer Possum that was about 3 foot tall and about 73 kilos. All in all a great weekend, lovely weather, lots of driving, awesome waterfalls, great scenery even on the drive down and back, great company see photos below.
Trip Report: We arrived at Benarkin free camp around midday , Jim & Paul were not very far behind .
The ground was rather full with motor homes but we managed a nice shady area.
Set up, had lunch & Paul & Brad went off for a mountain bike ride. Whilst they were gone,Trevor & his 3 year old son turned up .
They returned around 4 & drinks nibbles & chatter was had . Brad set his iPad up & the boys settled in to watch the footy ( being the only girl I read my magazine).
We left camp around 9 Sunday morning to go Along the Old Coach Road, saw a couple of Roos & lots of cows.
Stopped along the way for morning tea. Continued along and finished the track until the end where we said goodbye to our visitor.
We continued the return journey - got a little lost, but eventually returned but to Benarkin.
A really nice drive , spots where you could & did have a little play . Nice to see some new scenery .
Thanks Paul for being trip leader.
Day Drive Teewah Beach
Meeting at BP Forest Glen were club members Jim and frank along with 5 visitor cars.
We left at 9.00 and headed to the barge at Tewantin and while letting down tyers we were joined by Derek and Mary.
On to the beach and about 20ks up we met members, Brad, Sam, Andrew, Meaghan, Rob, and our trip leaders Heather and Rod who were camping.
We stop in at Red Cannon and had a walk through the sand hills and took some photos. then we headed up to Double Island and into the bay via the Leisha track where we set up the club gazebo and had a sausage sizzle for lunch with members having a swim to cool down and enjoyed the great scenery.
At 2.00 we headed to Rainbow Beach for a customary ice cream, before heading out of town to take the track to Fresh Water. We stopped at the lake for a refreshing swim and then down onto the beach and back to the barge and home.
Thanks to Rod & Heather for leading.
Trip Report Woodford Camp February 2017
Attending the trip were Rod, Paula, Ryan, Jim, Kiwi, Jeff, Scott and new member Wayne. Also on the trip were visitor’s Trevor and Dave.
Arrived Friday Evening to find Rod, Paula, Ryan and Kiwi had set up down where we were for the Corroboree. Also set up were a couple of Gold Coast members who had ducked off to the pub for dinner.
We set up the club gazebo and camp, and then started a late happy hour with more members arriving including new club member Wayne Jones.
After the intros we all sat down and got to know each other and our favourite beverage. After many laughs and a few stories shared by both clubs we retired at a reasonable hour (wink)
Saturday morning after breakfast a few more members arrived and we planned our trips for the day.
Because of the numbers and vehicles we split into two trips with Ryan & Paula leading one and myself leading the other.
If you are wondering what happened to Big Rod, well he went to Nambour to try and get another tail shaft as the 4 day old one on the Bronco broke during Friday arvos recky.
I believe they had a lot of fun on Ryans Drive going by the stories and photos, while i took the new members and visitors from both clubs on an easy drive up rocky creek rd in Bellthorpe Forest and arrived back at camp in time to join the others for lunch.
After lunch we car pooled and went for a quick 1 hour drive (haha) I found myself in my old 80 which was a lot of fun to see what the old girl could still do. Thanks Jeff
We headed back to camp at around 4.00 for happy hour which was enjoyed by all under our club gazebo. Thanks to the GC Club for a great feed.
For dinner a number of members went to the pub while others stayed back and got a fire going with a great night had by all with stories from the days adventures.
Sunday morning saw a few go home early while others went on a scenic trip to Neurum Creek and I led a small group for a quick morning drive which finished at lunch time.
We said our goodbyes and headed home after a great weekend.
I would like to say thank you to Club President Chris, his lovely first lady Jenny and all of the members of the Gold Coast Club for making the trip and I look forward to many more trips with you as our two club form a great relationship.
Finally a big thank to Ryan, for taking on a leadership role at such a young age. Well done.
Glasshouse Night Drive (Double Black Diamond)
6 Cars met at Steve Irwin Way and headed off about 4.00. When we got to Glasshouse town ship, we met up with 3 more cars that drove up from north side of Brisbane.
Ryan our trip leader took us under the rail line and up to the lookout and down to the start of our first track.
After airing down we headed off on what can only be described as one of the best tracks in Glasshouse. (Choppers Rock Run) May I suggest it’s not the track for Troopy’s as the owner found out.
Andrew in the 76 Cruiser also found the limits with some incredible 3 wheel action and being a passenger I could only hang on.
With the tight turns of this track some found their turning circle was really crap.
After the climb out which included driving a very steep rock face Andrew decided the 76 wasn’t like his old 80 he’d had enough and headed home.
After transferring the flag to the jeep we head of to do the track thanks to the recent 4wdqld Corroborree is now known as Boggo Road.
Boggo road is a track we’ve done many times before but the entrance and exit are certainly different. Loose rock is the way to describe this track and along the way we also ventured up ball bearing with it’s rock step up and loose surface the fun was added to by the water that is picked up at the bottom by our tyres and dropped on the track.
Most made it without much trouble except for the Troopy and Dave’s 80 found the step a bit too much and needed the help of the Jeeps winch, which was great for Kev as he got to do it twice.
After Boggo Road the crew from down south decided it was time to head home. We said good bye and with 5 left we headed off to do little red.
Little Red is one of those tracks where picking the right line will make it look easy or result in panel damage and at night it’s even more important. So with reverse been used a few times we all made it through unscathed.
Pulling out onto the main road at about 9.30 we decided it was time to call it a night and headed to the glasshouse garage to air up and head home.
Big thanks to young Ryan for a great job in leading his first trip.
DI Beach Clean Up Oct 7-9th 2016
Friday: Jim, Rod Heather & Amy, Andrew & Meaghan, Mick W, Derek & Mary met at the barge at 8am for our trip across. Everyone went through the cutting with little incidents. The beach was torn up and we knew this was not going to be an easy trip to camp. Off we headed...
Derek, Andrew & Rod bogged all within 10 mins. Jim raced back to Derek, Mick helped Andrew and Rod was about 2kms ahead of us so had to wait. Derek free then Jim had to hook up to Mick because the Cruiser and Van were on a nasty angle heading towards the water and it was pulling Mick down with us. Everyone finally on the top side of the sand again and headed to camp. Was definetly the worst beach drive I have ever encountered (white knuckled on the grab bar the whole way).
Everyone set up and relaxing and Kiwi turned up with yet another trailer load of wood :). WTG Wood Master. Nice day chatting on the beach and sitting back watching the whales swim by ( I missed this as had a nanna nap for 3 hours).
Andrew headed down to cutting to help Chris & Julia on the first ever beach drive and they did well and got back to camp without any issues and everyone had dinner then Kerri & Ken turned up and set up with some issues with parts of tent missing. Early night for most to be fresh for the bid day ahead.
Saturday: 9am our visitors Jo & Stan turned up to help with the clean up. Off we headed to do Leasha Track and Bayside. On the track waiting for us was a Red Belly Black Snake so made it a bit nervous having to go in to long grass to check for rubbish. Was a lot cleaner than it was in March which is a great thing as people might finally be learning to take their rubbish home with them. We headed around to point for lunch and a swim and it was pretty busy up there so we just sat on the low tide island.
Headed back to camp at 1.30 so bags could be dropped off by 2.30 and then get ready for the afternoon at the Surf Riders area. Yummy sausages provided and they had some great fun for the children to partake in and all the adults were having a ball cheering the children on.
Well Trivia time. We did really well but our tally sheet wasn't handed in and once they realised they didn't get our scores they gave us 2nd place as 1st place had already collected their prizes. Still a great prize which is donated back to the club for our Christmas Party.
After everything finalised at Surf Riders we all went back to camp for talks around the BLAZING fire. 1 by 1 everyone headed to bed because we all had to be up early and pack up for the low tide.
Sunday: All packed up by 7.30am and everyone on the beach by 8 and heading home. Jim went via Cooloola Way for a reckie and rest of us on the beach. Was a great drive back with the beach being what we were use to (complete 180 to what it was Friday Morn). At the cutting a Van was stuck so we waited for them to be recovered but a few young ones thought they could be heroes and race around us and get past the van and up the cutting.. Well didn't work out to well for them as they found themselves stuck. ( had to laugh) Was a long line up for Barge but we were all over by 9.30.
Was a fantastic weekend and can't wait for the next one.
Trip Sponsored by Sunny Coast Roof Racks
2016 Corroboree Woodford
Arrived Thursday around 5pm and found site allocated to CC4WD club enough room for everybody coming so set up and had late dinner just before major storm with lots of rain and fair bit of wind. woke Fri morning to blue skies and a few rapidly clearing lakes around the campsites Other members arrived steadily throughout the day Jim &Karen, Mick & Sonya, Chris & Eddy, Andrew, Rod & Paula with Ryan . All set up settled in for dinners and drinks and a relatively early night ready for drives next day.
Saturday morning another perfect day had brekkie then logged in for our morning drive "Tylers Trial " which was a double black Hard nothing too demanding lots of good hill climbs and descents on some of the rockier tracks in glasshouse as well as taking in Ball bearing. a good 4 hour drive and back to relax for arvo and for country 4wd meeting attended by Jim and Andrew. Repairs on Ryan's car replace alternator lucky to pick one up in Caboolture and some side step mods on Andrew's as well as some door alterations on Rod's Bronco led into dinner drinks and stories some new some old but all good as well as AFL grand final on Chris and Eddy's massive tv then over to hear the band "Bubblefry" play for a while around the fire pits provided but decided we could hear them better back at camp another good night had by all.
Sunday weather perfect again early start as our drive line up was 7.30 for Chopper's Rock Run triple black Extreme Ryan with JJ as navie in his GQ joined myself & Julie with the jeep on this one. Hard to believe that with all our exploring of Glasshouse over the years these guys managed to find new tracks and this one (Rocky Road ) was absolutely awesome with big rock ascents and descents lots of tight work very technical and nonstop hard. As we finished fairly quickly he took us on another run called The Rollercoaster and again hard and fun most of the cars got through without damage the exception being a 6.6 litre GU which damaged both rear quarter panels but for all thoroughly enjoyable so back to camp for lunch and get ready for afternoon drive .
1.40 saw us lining up for afternoon drive Boggo Road which a few of the other members had done the previous day another great drive in the Glasshouse area then back for R and R. Sunday afternoon was the time for games and fun on the main Corroboree field so as a club we went over for a while and participated in the Tug of Snatch which we thought we were a shoe in for a win but only to be humbled by the Gold coast club so back to camp for drinks dinner and frivolities as well as watching NRL grand final again on Ed's massive Tv late night tonight made 10pm.
Monday late start sleep in then brekkiethen drive as a club with Ryan leading basically redoing Boggo Road track then back to camp to pack up all left by 11am .
All in all a great Corroboree hosted by Brisbane 4wd club who did an excellent job all round we had a great time.
Kevin & Julie
We arrived at the Corroboree early Friday morning to find Kev and Julie and Mic and Sonia already there. After setting up, Julie and I headed into town to get ingredients for Mr Old'Sullivan's birthday cake and coffee. After everyone had arrived the afternoon was spent relaxing and catching up. After dinner it was time for the old fella to cut the cake and get ready for bed, I think most of us made it 'til 9pm... just!
Saturday came and we all headed off on our chosen drives, Jim had decided a blue drive was in order. Unfortunately, the boy child decided that there was no way he was going on a blue drive and spent the whole weekend in "the good car" driven by young Ryan. I was a little concerned when I spotted the power lines but he took all the chicken tracks, hard to believe I know! And what's even harder to believe is that while I was waiting patiently for him to guide the car in front of us down this (what I call steep and everyone else a speed bump) hill, I jumped into the driver's seat and drove to the bottom.... not sure how I managed to not run the husband over, when my hands were shaking and I couldn't see him over the bonnet.... still don't see what all the excitement is all about.
The evening saw us head over to the main area to mingle with other campers and listen to the band, before heading back to our little private fire, courtesy of Eddie and Chris.... a night full of laughter, laughter and more laughter ensued.
Sunday Jim hopped in with Andrew leaving me to enjoy some quiet time. Sunday afternoon and the games were on, the tug-of-snatch was a little competitive with the other Club's offering our men bribes to jump ship, we made it to round three but alas the Gold Coast Club were the winners.
Monday morning found some of boys going on another drive and then back to camp to finish packing and head home.
A great weekend, full of laughter, fun and new memories!
Trip Sponsored by: AOK Electrical
Trip Report Mt Mee Day Drive
Karen, Jay, myself, Kev, Julie, new members Chris and Julia and visitors Scott and Karen headed out from Caloundra to Woodford where we met up with Paula, Rod, Andrew, Keeley and Michael. Past members, Mick and Sonja and visitor Scott with little his two little ones, Maddison and Clayton.
After instructions from Rod about our day including being observant to answer trivia questions at lunch, we aired down and headed off into the D'Aguilar National Park.
We went passed the Neurum Creek Bush Retreat (which the club has stayed at a number of times and is a great camp ground) and travelled along the forestry tacks to our first stop which was Bulls Falls, a quick walk down to the lookout and a couple photos and we were off again down to the rock pools, which were very inviting with Jay keen for a swim, but decide to climb the rocks instead.
From there we dropped in to the Neurum camp ground to see what it offered then headed to the lookout over Somerset and Wivenhoe Dams, before heading for lunch at the Gantry.
Lunch was a lot of fun with the trivia questions proving just how non observant a few of us were, with Andrew and I getting a combined score of 3, showing the club is in good hands. The winners though with 9.5 I believe were Kev and Julie.
After lunch we headed back to Woodford then into Glasshouse with a plan to take on some more challenging tracks. However just as we got to the tower the big F truck decided to lose power steering. Out came the tools and the girls saw the opportunity to volunteer to go and buy some power steering fluid, and rewards themselves with a coffee.
After the girls returned and with what we hoped was a fix, we started the motor only to have the fluid squirt straight out. The decision was made to head to the look out and call RACQ.
After saying our goodbye we all headed home.
Thanks to Rod and Paula for relaxing family day.
Trip Sponsored by: Lifetime Trailers
Charlie Moreland 19th to 21st August 2016
Just a short trip report from the Charlie Moreland weekend. A majority of club members had arrived by Friday evening with the remainder on Saturday morning. Set up camp in the revamped area of the camp grounds close to the new facilities and it proved to be quite OK.
Friday night found us sitting around the camp fire telling the usual tall stories and enjoying each other company.
Saturday dawned to a rather nice day with nothing planned for the day. Breakfast was had and mid morning Jim Deakin, Paul Adair, Robert Mangelsdorf and Brad Taylor with a few passengers headed off to do a two hour recon for the Saturday night drive and Sundays day drive. No real dramas for the recon drive other than a few steep sections where traction became a bit iffy and a couple of tracks ended up as dead ends so other ways back to camp needed to be found. The 2 hour recon ended up closer to 3 1/2 hours.
We were told prior to leaving that scones were being baked for morning brew but alas, on returning to camp all that was offered was a plate full of crumbs.
Saturday afternoon was spent in the camp area and a damper bake off was scheduled for later in the afternoon. Robert Mangelsdorf created an excellent fruit beer damper. He was very disappointed when a small area of the damper was found to be under cooked while being carved up. That didn't stop people from devouring the whole thing. Christine Lieshout also created a damper, this one being a savoury herb, cheese and pesto damper with a camembert cheese topping. This one also turned out to be a winner and needless to say it also disappeared quite quickly. The standard has been set by these two for others to follow!
Unfortunately a few showers dampened the spirits on Saturday night, nothing too heavy but enough to force us under cover. An amusing time spent around the camp fire watching others cooking the evening meal. A few bits of the meals accidently found themselves in the fire rather than the pot when some over zealous stirring and flipping occurred.
The same crew from the morning recon drive did the night drive. The small amount of rain did not seem to have affected the tracks as we got through without any issues.
Sunday morning dawned to a beautiful day and we on our easy drive by 0915hrs after jump starting Kens car. All started out OK but we soon found a few slippery sections on the track as previous posts have already highlighted. A bit of digging, towing and snatching got us out of trouble and the drive continued to the top with a view over Lake Borumba. Decision was made to head toward Imbil for the return leg rather than face the slippery conditions by returning the way we came in.
We were back at camp by around 1300 hrs with all cars bringing their share of mud back with them, some more than others. We had lunch and then proceeded to pack up camp and most were on the road by around 1500hrs.
Thanks to all that took part including the visitors, a great time was had by all.