The weekend started early for the two Kevies, Julie and Lorraine who took advantage of the great weather and headed to our bay side camp on Wednesday, follow on Thursday by Frank, Little Rod & Heather, new members Ian & Cassie, then Karen, JJ and myself as the night fell.
After setting up camp we settled in for a few refreshments and a quiet night.
Friday morning we were joined by Kieran & Grace and being Australia Day we waved our flags with pride and after breakfast headed to the point for a relaxing swim and to watch any antics in the soft sand on the way to the Fraser Barge.
After a few hours and with the tide coming in we headed back to camp for lunch, then spent the afternoon relaxing with a few cold ones in the shallow water of the bay. Barry & Steff arrived and after they set up joined us in the water with their blow up thongs, which were quite entertaining as the wind turned them into kites.
Friday’s dinner was a treat. Julie had been slow cooking the leftover meat from our Christmas party, and created Pulled Pork and Beef Rolls with Coleslaw. We had so much we had a young group of campers join us for a feed. Thanks Julie
With dinner over we sat around the fire and had a great night of laughing and even an arm wrestle. A great Aussie Day was had by all.
Saturday after breakfast we headed off for a drive around the circuit of the Pettigrew & Kingsbore tracks only to find you now needed permits, so we headed to the pump station for a cool swim in the fresh water creek. After this some members headed back to town while the rest of us paid the permit fee and headed down the track. It was a very scenic drive with the more interesting sections now closed off and the hill climb repaired with rubber matting making for an easy drive. We stopped for lunch before completing the full circuit of 40ks and then headed back to camp for a relaxing swim and refreshments.
Sunday morning saw the weather change and after breakfast we decided to pack up and head home.
Thank you to all who attended for making this another great Aussie Day weekend.
Mapleton state Forest.
Petrina and myself (80 series) were first to arrive at the ginger factory which was our meeting point, followed by Trever, his son and Sandy (80 series) Jim(gu) Brad(gu) Frank(Colorado) and our trip leader Rob(Hilux) .
9am we headed off down to the Yandina side of Mapleton Forest were we aired down and got straight into our first track, and it was a good one. Roughly 200m in we had to stop and bring out the chainsaws to clear the track as Rob and Jim were using the chainsaws Brad, Trever and myself dragged the cut pieces off to the side while Petrina had the job of photographer and Frank took on the roll as supervisor to make sure we followed safety procedures. This went on for the next km or so then it became a nice little drive for the morning.
At 11:30am we headed off to lunch were we had a great chat.
About 12:30pm we were back on the track think it was called Wind break North which had some nice scenery. Then we turned into Port break then a un-named track and wallens track which all had nice challenging descendants and good climbs up. At Mount Bottle and Glass we found a mountain bike track were Jim was a little kid and had to run over some of the jumps. We made our way out to the road were we called it a day at 3pm.
Trever and myself headed home and the rest of the club headed on a quick reccy for the afternoon
Christmas Party Inskip Point 2017
What a great event. The clubs Christmas party was held in our favourite summer spot at bayside Inskip Point.
Scott from Rainbow Beach Meats helped us out again with the spit meat and the Bakery with bread rolls and donuts. Thanks to those businesses for their support.
The theme this year was Arabian nights, Aladin, Ali Baba etc and a fantastic effort was put in by Karen and Julie with the decorations coming up a treat.
Everyone looked great in their costumes including Frank who not only went to the wrong beach (Teewah) he dressed up as a Mexican.
A great weekend was had by all with great food and the rain holding off until Sunday arvo.
Thank you to everyone who helped over the weekend.
,Thank you Rob for the Trip Report,
Sorry I couldn't find more photos of the weekend, please share on facebook your pics for me to add to report.
Trip Report Curra Ridge Camp Weekend
A new adventure was finally upon us. First to arrive was sandy and Kiwi. Oops i mean Richard 😁 most of us discovered this on the weekend. Following close behind by Deno and myself. Jim arrived a little while after. Followed by Lorraine and Kev, Frank. Little Rod, Heather and Trev on Saturday i think that was all. We had a great night Friday around a nice big fire that we, well me had fun collecting and towing to the fire pit. Weather was awesome for it cooled down just enough to enjoy a fire.
Saturday morning 3 members, Steve Dale and Jenni from the Cooloolah Club arrived to show us around the forest. After a few missed turns we got to the track they wanted to take us. Which turned out to be a event full track a couple of good creek beds needing good line picking. Frank and Kev both needing a little help on one coming in. Mainly in fairness to them 8 or so 4wds going first wetting the track to reduce traction.
Then we arrived to THE HILL Steve from Cooloola 4wd club leading started to go up. Got about half 20 meters and stopped. We assessed the track when we all got together. Verdict was a na we not going there. Unfortunately the last big rain had created a massive rut. So we did a return trip the way we came. This direction became a little more eventful for most of us. With Jim doing a great job of log building the creek bed and spotting.
About half the cars did it on there own with no recovering but a few more needed assistance and yes little Rod, the Hilux once again needed assistance from what you call them things. A Nissan Patrol. Thanks mate. We got out of that track said good buys to Dale and Jenni. Steve followed us back to camp for lunch.
We then headed out into Curra state forest through the property for a recky. Went to check out a track suggested to us by Deb the owner.
Turned out to be a dam great track a nice rock step down section ans a rocky hill climb or to and finally came out near were we finshed the morning drive. We said goodbye and thanks to Steve.
Headed back to camp for a refreshments or two. Collected more wood. Relaxed around the fire again for another great evening. Once again our host Debra came down with the multitude of friendly chair stealing dogs. You get out they get in. Cheeky buggers.
Sunday morning after breakfast little Rod and Heather. Kev and Lorraine left early and the rest off us took of for another adventure reckon of un known tracks. Nothing technical that morning but lots of nice bush drives discovered. We had several tree removals of track clearing and finaly around 1 pm got back to camp. Unfortunately the only bit of drizzel of rain all weekend happened that morning. We all packed up and said our goodbyes. Thanks again all who attended and put up with me leading the trips. There are still plenty more tracks for us to discover. So we will be back. Cheers Rob
Double Island Clean Up
Last weekend a number of hardy souls ventured off to Double Island Point for the beach clean up despite the horrible weather forecast. Friday morning Jim and Jay, Mick, Eddy and Chris met on the beach and headed off to search for a suitable camp site close to the Beach Clean up HQ. Shortly after driving onto the beach Jim heard a “clunk” sound so stopped to investigate. Deduced that it might be faulty free wheeling hubs so spent the rest of the weekend in 2WD. We were lucky enough to see a number of whales heading south as we were heading up the beach. We found a suitable site and set up our tents and Jim and Jay set up the van. Managed to have a paddle in the surf as conditions were quite mild on Friday morning and into the afternoon. Had a bit of a clean up around our camp site and spent the rest of the day relaxing. Trevor and Eser were next to arrive later in the afternoon. Trevor promptly commenced to set up the “quick” set up tent. Due to a mismatch of poles the “quick” setup took a little longer than it should have but eventually (1 1/2hours later) camp was set. We dug a pit and got a fire going. Shorty after this rain started falling so we sat around the fire under our umbrellas. Kev and Julie arrived just on sunset and set up their van in no time. Dinner was had and we all spent an enjoyable couple of hours around the camp fire.
Saturday morning we all got up and had breakfast, watched a large pod of dolphins just off shore (and more whales) and waited for any other hardy souls to arrive for the clean up. Just prior to 9:00am Stan and Jo, Brendan, Kirby and Kids turned up but no sign of Frank Everett. We headed off to the Liesha Track and commenced our clean up. Once the track had been cleaned we continued around the bay side. We were headed towards Rainbow Beach when Frank finally caught up with the group. Appears he was extra late due to leaving his bedding at home and had to turn around and get it. After a bit more cleaning up around the bay we ended up in Rainbow Beach. It was quite busy as there was a surf carnival on. After a bit of shopping we all met at the Fresh Water Track and headed off on a pleasant drive to Fresh Water. The rain started to set in during the drive. After a quick comfort stop at Fresh Water we all headed back to Clean up HQ to drop off our bags of rubbish.
We were gathered back at camp for a few drinks and lunch when the rain really started. We all found shelter under the club marquee to ride out the storm. Last to arrive Frank decided that he would be first to leave as he was not interested in setting up camp in the rain so we bade him farewell. Next to call it quits was Brendan and family as the kids were not having much fun trying to stay warm and dry. Stan and Jo had setup their swag but as the weather deteriorated they too decided to pack up and head off.
As the rain eased those of us still at camp headed off to Clean up HQ for the BBQ and raffle and some free beer. Unfortunately no one won anything with the raffle but we did get a ferry pass each. We all headed back to camp, got a fire going and did the usual camp fire things, drink and talk until around 8:30pm when we all headed for bed. The rain bucketed down during the night. Trevor was first up and had packed and headed off by 6:00am taking advantage of a dry spell. Eddy and Chris (writers of this report) also packed up early trying to beat the rain. Mick also packed early. Mick found that his tent wasn’t entirely water tight but luckily for him he was sleeping up off the ground so remained dry unlike the floor of his tent. Eddy and Chris departed at 7:30am which left Mick, Jim and Jay and (Kevin and Julie who had not surfaced by this time) at camp. We will leave it to one of these to fill us all in on how their departure eventuated.
Another great effort by our club in assisting the Surfrider Foundation with cleaning up Double Island point.
Weekend at Landcruiser Park
Kev & Julie arrived Friday lunchtime .
Followed by Jim & Karen , Frank , trip leader Rob,Scott with his daughter Madison.
Kris & friend , Noel & Sharron , Sam & Brad ( late Sat morning apparently).
Set out on drive up to Claw Gorge. 7 creek crossings & lots of gravel hill climbs . Good drive to 60 series & fourbys way. Back to camp for lunch.
Dave & Lisa had arrived by this time .
Julie & Karen had done a walk out to Peach Trees.
Afternoon drive was Cruiser Canyon !
Well what an adventure this turned out to be .. Three very treacherous rock crossings - was once a creek . Took us at least three hours to help all through this very rocky terrain . Lots of fun though & certainly put all the fellas through their paces & new road building skill. They all earns their beers that night.
A lovely fire was going on our return where tales were told & camp ovens baked roasts & chocolate puddings.
Sunday morning dawned & unfortunately two cars were retired Nigel & Danielle with a flat tyre & Dave & Lisa something to do with the engine ( not sure what it was ).
So off we all went to check out Prado Parade & the Troopy Trail and along the Iron Pot Road. Lots of steep rocky terrain and even a little different bit of trees - rather like rainforest . We saw deer & Roos & plenty of cows. The drive was uneventful but still great driving . Back to camp around midday pack up & off home . Thanks for leading the trip Rob. M.
A nice little group & a lovely weekend .
Canungra Gold Coast Trip Report
Meeting at the Shell on the highway were Jim & Karen, Kev & Julie and Rod & Paula. After the mandatory coffee we headed down the highway where we were joined by Trever.
After heading over the gateway we headed towards Ipswich and after losing Tever at the turnoff and making a wrong turn before Beaudesert found us all going different ways and being overtaken by Rob & Deno. We got to camp just in time for Chris from the Gold Coast club to open the gate into the property.
After setting up camp Brad and Sam arrived followed by Dave, Nigel and Danielle, Rod and Heather, then Barry and Steff.
As the sun went down it was time for happy hour, before heading to the Canungra Pub for dinner which was a great feed, then back to camp for a night around the fire with a few ales and a lot of laughs with our host from the Gold Coast.
Saturday we headed for a look out only to find a lock gate, so headed back to camp to try a different track to the lookout with all going well until the track just became too wet to continue so after some 15 point turns we turn all the cars around. The last was Chris the President of the Gold Coast Club and he needed a little bit of extra help and needed to winch back down the track before we could turn him around.
Once all down safely, we headed back to camp for lunch. A few members headed in to town and later on we went for a run through the creek and a few had a go at driving down a rock wall.
Saturday night was feast of flavours as we had a communal dinner, with all members cooking many different dishes for everyone to share, follow by another night around the fire.
Sunday morning some members went to Tamborine Mountain to do some sightseeing, while others went to check out Swan Gully 4wd Park. Our trip was short lived as the Bronco proved that while it was great on the flat, as soon as you put it to the test uphill lets just say it broke again.
So back to camp where we caught up with the others and packed up camp and after saying goodbyes to our hosts we all headed home with a quick detour to load the Bronco on to the trailer before heading off on a tour through Brisbane and enjoyed the lights of the city which was interesting drive with caravans in tow.
To our hosts and friends The Gold Coast Club we would like to say thank you for a great weekend and look forward to our next trip together.