Beerburrum State forest 8am start from Steve Irwin Way at the Caloundra turnoff.
Attendees were Kevin and Julie, Jim, Karen and Jay, Rod Vince and Bill (Heather was at home with Ollie ‘no nuts’ post OP), John, Brendan, Brad and Sam, Barry, Stefi and Teresa (7 cars in total).
We drove out past Peachester and took a left turn into Commissioners Flat rd. A few kilometres along we turned left again and followed the dirt road leaving the end of the street under the high tension power lines. This drive was well used by 4WD’s and motor bikes; it was a lot of fun and provided green, blue and black options. A nice adrenalin kick start to the morning; dry conditions with clear skies and a fun group.
Lots of fun watching everyone navigate through deep ditches, and ‘a -how wide is your vehicle’, narrow gage track. Happy to have a well scratched Prado adding a few more scars is not so bad. A few kilometres along we found a black alternative route that Kermit tackled with some rock and roll followed by billy goat (Bill) on foot and little Rod in the Nissan who made it all look like a Sunday drive. John Simon and Brad and Sam managed in style. A group of three mature female bikers informed us that we were the first group they witnessed to do the pass without need for winch rescue. Ha ha so proud to be in the best club on the Coast.
We made our way to a pit stopfor refreshments at the corner of D'Aguilar and the Kilcoy-Beerwah rd. a welcome beer and snack.
Our next venture took us out behind the Woodford Festival site off the Kilcoy-Beerwah road up and through a track by a quarry site that did not exist 2 years ago. We are now in the Bellthorpe National Park and it was well signed for horses and track grade. The canopy is thick enough to cool us down but the lantana is close to the track. The creek beds are all dried up and the road is easy at this point. Wait for that....we have just arrived at a climb requiring mud tyres to be deflated. Barry and the Prado with road tyres????Definite blue, the rocks and sandy dry bottom made for some slip-sliding with the steep climb up the range. A fun spot got us on foot to video some stoner climbs. We made it to the top and found a recent fire had made the track impassable so a 100 point turn was made by Jim and the rest of us acted out a normal 3 pointer hehe. Great news we managed a full circle to where we started and lunch is soon yeeeee.
Lunch enjoyed by all at Stony Creek. Sticky fingers caused by eating a burger left Barry unable to handle simple tasks such as doing up his fly and pressing the home button on his I-Pad. The I-Pad needed a break as he collected a fine for freaking out on the CB about going the wrong way. Too much GPS and not enough alcohol formally to blame. Not a great deal of water in Stony Creek but a handful of people were in the lagoon. Lots of March flies in spots.
After lunch we headed out through spectacular rainforest thick with Piccabean palms and ferns. Sections of tall gums were impressive. Deep gorges fed by heavy flowing creeks were only a trickle on this drive. Shortly after leaving the lunch area we were on bitumen and at the end of an excellent day trip. Thanks very much to Red Kev for a fantastic day.
I am including a screenshot of the map route compliments from Barry so you guys who missed out on an excellent drive can drool some!