After meeting at the BP Northbound Dave, Nigel, Katherine, Paul and myself headed up the highway to Imbil where we caught up with members Rob, Kiwi and Angie.
We then headed out to the tracks opposite the dear farm where we lowered tyres before heading along the forestry floor on our way up to the fire tower. Near the tower we headed along the track with the aim to head down a hill called Bulldozer.
We soon realised that we were the first on this track for a long time as we spent a couple of hours clearing track before getting to bulldozer, but after starting down, I thought I would go for a walk and sure enough I could see we would lose more time clearing the track so after turning Nigel around and spending some time winching we went back the way we came but not before having some lunch and fix the clutch on Catherine and Paul's car which had a stick pop off the hydraulic mechanism.
Bit of bush mechanics and we were on our way back to towards the tower where we stopped to enjoy the view.
With the day we headed down the other side of the mountain through a number of gates and one hairy descent that Nigel enjoyed before making our way back to the main road where we aired up our tyres said our goodbyes and headed home.
See you all on the next trip.
Arriving at cruise park were members Dave, Nigel, Rob, Scott & Petrina, Matt, Frank & Friend, Trever and Friend. Visitors Glen and Kenny.
After a chat about the day’s trip we aired down and head to Wright Rd and through the gates in to the forest. Soon we came across a large tree that was blocking the track, so out came the new club chainsaw which made light work of the tree and with it cleared we moved on and drove a number of tracks in the opposite direction to our last trip and a number of tracks we had not done before.
After going through a number of different gates we made our way to lunch at Rocky Creek day use area where we had peaceful picnic lunch by the creek before heading west along Rocky Creek Rd, then Dog Rd, Boarder Break where a few attempts were made on one of the many fun hills. We then made our way up Beacon Red to the look out over Kilcoy and back to the made rd where we aired up tyres and headed home.
Thank you to all for a great day.
The group met at the Yandina Ginger Factory on Saturday July 22 at 0900. It was a beautiful cool clear morning which gradually warmed to a perfect day for a fun drive. This is a special place as our club is only one of two 4wd ckubs allowed in the area. The plan was to make the falls and have a picnic lunch there.
We had a great turnout, 11 cars, 3 of them guests checking out the club. Thanks to Rob Manglesdorf, our very capable trip leader, and everyone else who pitched in to the fun.
Jim Deakin, Ben Schottlander with Finn and Izzy, Kevin O'Sullivan, Brad Taylor, Dave Ringsell, Nigel Botham, Rob Manglesdorf, Jen and I.
A very special welcome to prospective members Fran Murdoch, Gary Hoger and Matthew Kierel.
We took off with Rob in the lead and me at the tail eating everyone's dust. Not too far in we hit a steep bump that tried to dislodge everyone's tow hitches and plugs. No reported damage but there was plenty of crunching. The drive was shaping up nicely with some fun steep climbs, technical gully's and quickly escalating into some challenging climbs. I knew the tracks were getting tougher just by looking at Jens white knuckles!
The guys up front found an old fridge on the track. They reported it was full of cold beer which they managed to drink before I rolled in from the rear. In the same area we found a fallen tree across the track which the boys buzzed through and cleared the way.
We had a stop at a creek in a gully with nice swim holes and interesting rock formations. Definitely a place to come for a picnic in the future. Jim has marked the map.
A while further in we came across a hard left turn, deep drop and fairly deep ruts leading into a watery mud hole. I called it "Devils Gulch". It was slow and careful tire placement with plenty of coaching from the sideline. Then, not much further up, we hit the wall. Well, it looked like a wall to me. I thought Hell's Gate" would be appropriate. After much consulting and discussion we decided to turn back. However, Rob had a mighty go at it but the base was just too loose with deep rubble offering no traction. We felt that persisting would scour up the track and risk damage to our rigs.
Now the fun began. Having turned around further back, I was now at the front. We approached Devils Gulch and quickly found out there was no way up freestyle! I had to be winched up, over and around.
Then I turned around and eventually winched up nine cars, Dave winched up one from another angle. Kevin, a man with no fear, had a try at the hard way up. No go but it was hilarious to watch! Note that he was the only vehicle who made it up the gulch unassisted. It was a great winching clinic and many of us learned a lot about safety and technique. It's reassuring to know the club has such a high standard of care, safety and experience.
Around 1330 we arrived at the alternative destination, Point Glorious and had lunch in the warm sun with those glorious views.
From there, off the the Mapleton Pub for the much anticipated and mandatory rehydration process. A few beers were downed while recounting our day's events. Then air up and off home around 1700. We hope that our guests enjoyed the day and decide to become part of the family!"
Friday morning Rob and I met on the highway and headed down to Beenleigh were we caught up with Paul & Catherine then we headed out to Canungra.
Arriving at Camp at about 12.00 we met Deno from the Gold Coast club who had just arrived.
We set up camp and chatted to the many members from both clubs as they rolled in over the afternoon. From our club we were joined by Nigel & Danielle then Brad & Sam soon followed by Barry and Stef.
Happy hour started early and by night fall our camp ground was overflowing and I knew we were in for a happy weekend.
Friday night we headed to the Canungra Pub for dinner then back to camp to enjoy the fire in between showers.
Saturday morning after breakfast with the sun out we decided to head to O’reillys for the morning while the tracks dried out.
After a very slow and windy drive up the mountain we made it to O’reillys where morning tea was had by with a great view of the valley below. After a feed and coffee we did the tree walk with a climb up to the platform at the top of one of the trees. This was a special treat for Paul who never stopped smiling.
With the morning gone we headed back down the mountain to Canungra and to camp were we quickly got organised for an afternoon drive which was a lot of fun and a challenging creek climb up over a rock ledge and some serious angles in the narrow creek.
As the afternoon was nearly done we headed back to camp for happy hour and to get our camp ovens going with the two clubs contributing to a great communal dinner and some yummy deserts.
With the fire cranked up it was time for some games with 2 members from each club volunteering. If Catherine and Paul knew what was to come they might have said no.
The game was called fluffy bunny with the aim to see just how many marsh mellows you could put in your mouth while saying fluffy bunny each time you put another one in your cheeks. Now you can’t chew or swallow them and for those that were there you know how funny this was to watch as Catherine tried not to laugh every time Paul attempted to say fluffy bunny. The Gold Coast won the first round and then the second as Stef and myself played next but after 10 and 13 respectively we were out and our hosts were the winners again. (We need to practice this for next time)
All I can say is don’t eat desert before you play this game as the sugar hit is amazing.
The rest of the night was spent around the fire with many laughs and enjoying each other’s company.
Sunday morning we had bacon and eggs for breakfast then headed out for another drive. This time to the highest point on the property which included a couple of recoveries and then we were treated to a fantastic view across to the other farms in the valley.
On the way down we stopped in to help the owner of the property to hang a gate. While there he asked if one of us could take his quad bike back down to the farm house, well you didn’t need to ask me twice and I quickly gave the keys to Catherine to take my car back to camp.
After getting down the steepest part i stopped so that Paul could jump on as well. Now this quad had next to no brakes and the steering wasn’t much better, but still a lot of fun.
Chris from the GC Club picked us up at the house and gave us a lift back to camp via a fun side track then we had lunch did the pack up and after saying goodbye to our hosts headed home.
Big thanks to everyone from the Gold Coast Club for another great weekend and I look forward to our next trip together.
Cedar Grove Camping
Amamoor drive trip report
We started arriving just after 1pm and camped close to amenities,all good until Katherine and Paul realized they had camped at the wrong campsite but with a few helpful members were soon relocated.The fire was lit the drinks were poured food was started and the fun started.
Total members to arrive 12 adults and two children over the weekend.
Some of the members were there for the DAP hosted by Jim
They were Barton Grant, Catherine Price, Paul Price and Matt Jerwyn
While the DAP was underway the first drive led by Nigel and Dave began and was planned to be an easy drive and was until Nigel spotted a challenging climb which he and Dave both attempted, the terrain was rocky with loose shale and dust, the climb was tricky but with both lockers engaged Nigel made it.
Dave couldn’t get past the tree roots and was guided back down by Scott.Another route was found to meet up with Nigel and we continued on until we came to the two phone masts at which we had to turn around.Retracing our way back Nigel decided he didn’t want to go down the track he had climbed,the rest of the driving was enjoyable with a few challenges we headed back to camp for lunch.
After Lunch Jim led the members doing the DAP for a drive while the rest again led by Nigel and Dave headed for a tougher track.The entrance to the track was a steep drop in with limited visibility until you dropped in descending very quickly into a gnarly challenge with lots of back wheels off the ground and big washouts.As tough as it was nobody needed much assistance until we arrived at the main climb of this track again the terrain was rocky,dusty,steep and with loose shale.
Nigel was first up helped on uhf by Dave the plan was to keep up the left bank to avoid the washout and worked until the front wheel dropped in.From then on with help from Dave and Rob, Nigel winched (with extensionStrap) up to a right hand bend in the track.At that point the winch had become tangled Brad had arrived to give a hand we managed to free the cable only to realize it had become disconnected from the spool.
The look on Brads face when the cable came out with some electrical wiring was priceless, he looked at Dave and said shall I tell him.At this point Rod came up with his toolbox(I think he really enjoyed the climb) they removed the bash plate while Dave went back down to take Scott back out the way they had come to try to find the other end of the track incase the winch could not be fixed.
After a few attempts Dave and Scott made it out and was heard on UHF by Jim who Knew the way to the other end of the track he arrived first and guided Scott and Dave there.Luckily the winch was working again with a new rope attached and Nigel was in place to help winch up Rod if he needed it.Rod gave it full beans and was going well until he slid into the washout, he was attached to Nigel’s winch with an extension strap and winching started.
However after winching for a while it was decided that Rods 4×4 would suffer panel damage if we continued as the correct winching angle could not be achieved.He was guided back by Jim then with Rob now in the front with Dave,Brad& Sam and Rod& Heather we attempted to go back the way we came to meet up with the others.Rob had a few goes at the Shailey track but decided to winch,he made it but by the time he got there his winch was sending smoke signals.
Next up was Dave then Brad and finally Rod who of course gave it full beans.We met up and all made it back before dark with no major damage,everybody agreed it was Pub o’clock.Luckily Danielle was at camp keeping the fire going so arrive,lots of laughs about the day around a great campfire and maybe the odd drink or two,a few funny stories and many requests for a DAP certificate.
What a blast
The club met at Pioneer Park in Landsborough for a Family BBQ with a great turn out of members and visitors. While the adults socialised, the kids had a ball on the various swings and slides.
After cooking up a feed for all, and a bit more socialising, it was time for our night drive.
With our trip signed and a quick chat about the trip 9 cars headed off down the back roads to the Glasshouse lookout where we aired down our tyres.
The plan was to head out to the Big Red car park then head north along the power line for an easy drive with a bit of fun along the way.
At the car park a few took on the challenges on offer with a few pics and vids taken.
We then headed along the track with quite dry conditions considering the rain we had. There a number of deep puddles with a away around most of them. After a few more challenging parts of the track including some interesting leans we came to the Telstra tower and a few decided to head home.
With 5 cars left we went along further with a bit more fun before we came to the freshly graded roads at the fenced off areas. It was disappointing to see the disrespect for private property with fencing and signs ran over.
We turned around and made our way across to the other power line and headed south with a little excursion down a side track that caused the jeep a few challenging moments as we tried to turn around do to track being better suited to motor bikes than cars.
After making our way back to the lookout, we called it a night and headed home.
Thank you to everyone who came along.
See you on the next trip.
Rod and I arrived at Goomeri Show grounds late Friday avo.
We had our grandson Blake with us who is 4. Rob and Deno, Barry with his 2 poodles were already set up.
We went over to the Bowls club for dinner which Rob had kindly booked as we all thought it would be busy.
It was like a step back in time. The food was very average but we still enjoyed ourselves taking in the atmosphere of the club. Had a good night around Rob’s fire which he made back at camp. Saturday we all went exploring the town. There were a few stalls already set up for the festival. Had a great feed in the bakery.
In the avo there was a horse and cattle muster show going on in the show grounds which we all went to for a while.
In the evening there was a band dinner for those who wanted to go. We went over for a while but it was cold so we went back to our campfire. Sunday was the festival. It started with the parade at 10.30 down the main street. This was great. Down the main street and in the parks there were market stalls galore, bands,jumping castles, pumpkin displays, food stalls, pumpkin competitions etc.
We also met up with Kiwi and his friend who was proudly wearing his club shirt. We went back to the show grounds for awhile as the famous pumpkin rolling wasn’t till 2pm.
Blake was getting tired after walking around and had a melt down because he wasn’t allowed to roll a pumpkin down the hill cause he wasn’t registered and didn’t have the right size pumpkin…So Rod put him in the car and we headed home without seeing any pumpkin rolling.
The others went for a look. Thank you to those who came. It was a good social weekend. Well worth going to.
Fraser Island Cleanup Trip report
Well what a trip. It started Thursday arvo with Mark & Jen arriving at inskip followed by myself and Brad rocking up at about 9.30 and setting up our swags.
With the others going to bed I headed off to catch up with the boys from the Gold Coast Club.
Friday morning we were joined by Kev & Julie, Mick, Frank, Simone, Nicole and Chris, Stan & Jo, Rob & Deno, Frank, Bart, Jen and the 3 munchkins.
We joined the line up for the barge which by 5.30 was 2k long. It took a while but we all got across and headed around hook point and had a great run up the beach to Happy Valley where we had a quick stop and booked a table for Saturday night dinner.
A couple of ks up the beach we arrived at our Eli Creek camp. After setting up we had lunch and went for a drive to Lake Mackenzie and Central Station before heading back through Eurong to camp for dinner.
Friday night was a quiet affair with an 8amstart planned for Saturday most went to bed early.
Saturday morning after breakfast we headed up the beach to Indian Head and then on to Champagne Pools with the keen members having a swim in the bubbles.
After the swim we headed off towards Orchid Beach along the way decided to drop down onto Waddy Beach and head out to the point for morning tea.
A few members went for another walk while others set up to go fishing. It was such a great spot that we decided to spend a couple of hours there while we waited for the tide to turn and start going our drive to the cape and lighthouse.
A few members needed a coffee so we left the fishes on the beach and headed to the shop at Orchid. While there we found that for the girls to get the key for the toilet we needed to spend money at the bar. Well a sacrifice was made and after a few ales we headed back down the beach to catch up with others and make our way to the cape.
The trip north was quiet easy with the lower tide and with a bit of fun on the by-pass track around Ngkala and a little challenge with the rocks saw a couple of quick recoveries needed.
As we turned the corner at the cape the scenery was spectacular with the rough seas turning into a tranquil inviting lake and the sand dunes seem to go on forever.
A couple of ks further along the beach we came to the start of the 1km walking track up to the lighthouse. The track was easy for some and a challenge for others with the view from the lighthouse making it worthwhile.
By now it was 3.00 and with dinner at the pub booked for 6.00 it was time to head back down the beach to camp. On the way we had a bit more fun with the by-pass tracks and arrived back at camp at about 5.00.
After a quick cleanup we headed off to Happy Valley for dinner and arrived to find members of the North Coast Club having the same idea.
Dinner was ordered and we settled in for a very social evening with the old salts getting to know the new members .
After dinner we made our way back to camp and congregated under the club gazebo where we were entertained by Stan and young Nicole with their guitars and handy singing.
I’m sure everyone will agree we had a great night of singing and laughing with plenty of water being consumed.
Sunday morning we had a sleep in and after breakfast headed down the beach to our cleanup area at Gabala. We had about 3ks to do, so we stretched out along the beach and went to work filling many bags with all sorts of rubbish.
We had a couple of interesting finds, including a broken foxwing awning and an unused French item of the rubber kind.
After we finished cleaning our area we dropped off the rubbish and headed back to camp for lunch and an afternoon of fishing and relaxing with some heading up to Eli Creek and The Maheno.
At about 5.00 we headed down to Eurong for the thank you BBQ put on by 4wd Qld. With such a big group of clubs it took a while to get everyone fed and then they started drawing the winners of the sum $20,000 in prizes. Mark won a Karcher pressure washer which I’m sure will get plenty of use.
The Ocean Crusader crew who were doing the data collecting for the event let us know the amount of rubbish each club collected with our friends at the Gold Coast Club who had 12ks to clean picked up the most with just under 700kgs. As for Caloundra we can hold our heads high with just under 300kgs collected. Not bad for small club.
In total the clubs collected some 7,000kgs of rubbish, a fantastic effort.
After the BBQ we headed back to camp and with the temp dropping fast we had a quick night cap and retired to our warm beds.
Monday morning we worked together as a club and helped each other pack up camp then headed down to the barge and home, feeling good in the knowledge that we had been part of a great event and look forward to returning next year.
I would like to thank all members who were able to attend the event for your efforts over the weekend and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Trip Report 5 May 2018
Kevin & Julie were the first to arrive on Thursday evening Cania Gorge tourist retreat.
$28 per night un-powered site On Friday Sam & Brad, Catherine & Paul, Steve & Caroline and baby Anna and Frank arrived.
Had a small fire and a few drinks that night. Come Saturday morning about 9.30am we all headed into Monto for the Markets, about 6 tables of local craft works. Following the markets we went our separate ways to explore the delights of Monto business area, pub, coffee shop, etc. About 10.30 we head off along Gladstone road to Mungungo where we turn off for our first 4 × 4 track Monal road up to Rocky Creek Road down Clonmel Road and then back to camp arriving about 4 pm.
The drive was a mixture of graded road and tracks which stated THIS IS ONLY 4 × 4, grass that was as high as the bonnet and unused tracks for quite a while with numerous creek crossing which were mainly dry and lots of little valleys.
Sam was in the lead car as Brad was the team lead and had a lot of practice opening farm gate while Julie was at the back with Kev closing the gates.
We saw lot of beef cattle white ones grey and brown, with some brown ones having horns towards the end of the day, with a few horses through in.
Another was started around the fire but rudely interrupted the about 45 min of heavy rain followed by 40 mins of light showers.
Catherine made some damper in this time before the rain and it sat next to the fire all this time with no one attending to it. Catherine was a bit damp over the damper as it was mildly successful with all the damp that was going on
Sunday was fine and sunny with a few clouds having breakfast at 7.30 and heading off to Biloela at about 8.30 about 85km up the road for our day of fun. Stooped at Thangool for Kev to get fuel about 10am and morning tea, then headed up Mullers Rd to Valentine plains road stopping at Kroombit Dam, leading into Kroombit Tops national park about 10.30am following Razorback range drive.
Creek / river crossing were typical of a river base stones however we did not cross them directly but travelled down through for a short way – very rocky and loose stones. Track was a typical 4 × 4 track nothing out of the ordinary. By the time we got to the top of the mountain range it was 1pm and we stopped for lunch overlooking the valleys at an elevation of approx 737m. We head of about 1.30pm towards the Beautiful Betsy plane wreck form WWII we arrived at 2.40pm – which was discovered by a park ranger doing a fire back burn in 1994, the wreck is still scatted over the mountain side. We ended up at over 930m above sea level as we crossed the range. We now headed back to camp down Manhoon creek road arriving back at 5.45pm. Uneventful weekend with no fines. Gates opened and closed were about 24 and cattle grids 45 for both days.
Sunday night we had showers again with the damper not so damp that Catherine made topped off with self- sourcing pubbing for Sam.
Arriving at Camp Curra late Friday afternoon to find members Rob, Dave, Kiwi, Nigel and Daniel along with visitors Alex and Annemarie all set up and enjoying the serenity.
After a quick set up of the club gazebo, we got our fire organised and dinner with baked spuds and meat pies cooking nicely in the embers. After dinner we were joined by property owner Deb and her daughter, who came down for a chat and a beer around the fire.
Saturday after a nice breakfast we headed out for a drive to try and find the other end of a track we didn’t finish on our first trip to Curra.
With Alex leaving his nice Colorado at camp (as it was for sale), and hoping a ride with Nigel we went into the state forest and travelled along a couple of different and challenging tracks with Nigel getting a chance to engage his new lockers in the 100 series. With a bit of guess work we found the track we were looking for and headed in and were rewarded with a nice rocky accent which soon a proved to be a real challenge for most.
After walking up and down I went first in the Patrol and with a bit of luck took the right line and made it up to the top. Next was Nigel with the locked Cruiser and soon discovered just how tricky the rock ledge could be and ended up with his left rear bumper against the bank and after a couple of attempts to go forward we decided it was better to winch to avoid damage.
Next to have a go was Dave in the FJ Cruiser and he suffered the same result, so he too was winched up. Now it was Robs turn in the Hilux and after hitting the ledge quite hard we heard something break. After inspection we found the bolt on his pitman arm had snapped meaning no steering.
So we secured the Hilux with the winch and went to work strapping up the steering and Rob made a few phone calls and found new one at Repco in Maryborough about an hour or so away. With only a few hours before they closed we decided to lower the Hilux off the hill with the winch and then reverse it off to the side of the track and while Rob and I went to get the new pitman arm Kiwi would go home to get the tools we needed.
Of course before we headed off Kiwi in his Patrol ute decided he needed to have a crack and took a different line, that soon had him in need of a winch as well. We turned around all cars and headed down and out to the main road the fastest way according to Google. Back on the road near camp we started pumping up tyres on the Patrol only to discover my back left wheel nuts loose again, (recurring problem). So we pumped up Nigel’s tyres and he and Rob took off to Maryborough with Dave and I going back to camp.
When everyone was back at camp we headed out to fix the Hilux. With night falling we got to the poor Hilux and got started on the repairs. Well Rob and Kiwi did most of the work while others supervised from the peanut gallery. About an hour later we packed up the tools and had a fun night drive on our way back to camp and dinner around the fire.
After dinner and a few ales we had a good laugh about our about the days events with Nigel sure that a helicopter must have picked up my patrol and carried it to the top of the hill. A late night of music and fire topped off a great day.
Next morning with most having to leave early we decided to have breakfast and headed home about mid morning determined to return soon for round three on the track we are yet to complete.
Thank you to all who came along and to Rob for the leading the trip.