First fine went to Leighanne our trip leader for running an amber light before we even got on the Bruce Hwy. After an interesting drive down Gympie Rd with the lights separating the group on a regular basis we finally all grouped back up at the tunnel entrance in Kedron, all was good for a short while until we all made a last minute dash across unbroken white lines only for the trip leader to make a wrong turn’ but we pressed on. We finally arrived at Hungry Jacks which seen the remaining 4 vehicles to join the group and then headed off around 0830 for the next part of trip to Boonah. We had some interesting radio chatter on the way, which had a bit of undesirable language with a car full of kids which wasn’t the best but volume buttons are great. We arrived at Boonah around 0930 for a short break and a quick look at some rear lighting issues. We headed of again on our way to Queen Mary Falls, as we climbed up Head Rd, we stopped for some quick snaps of the scenery and a small waterfall, then we journeyed on to our next destination. Once at Queen Mary Falls we had we quick catch about the area and different walks that we could choose from. The left path took us straight to the bottom of the falls and with some negotiation down some very small steps you arrived at the bottom for some pretty great views as seen in the abundance of photos taken. The right hand path was a very quick walk to the top of the falls with some more great views, both paths linked together to complete the circuit. While some felt like L4 some had broken head light and some were on high Beam, it was none the less a very scenic trek.i think we all had fun! We also had lunch here and while some cooked up a storm, other enjoyed the wild life and just over at the café was the ability for some great interaction feeding the local birds. After lunch we headed of on the final leg of our journey down Condamine River Road through the gorge tackling 14 River Crossings. I think we all had fun, going by the photos, most of the crossing had been fairly shallow, with some taking a little more effort. First crossing we came to was Watsons Crossing and then through Long Crossing, Andrew Evens Crossing, Billy John Daggs Crossing, Heywoods Crossing, Reis’ Crossing, Mill Crossing, Rocky Crossing, Flaggie Crossing, Bullocky Crossing, Mawhirts Crossing, Double Crossing, Second Crossing and Finally First Crossing and with no recovery’s needed (in our group) or casualties except for 1 lonely number plate on a Hilux that disappeared in one the crossings, it was a smooth run. There was one unlucky camper on First Crossing that failed in their negotiation with what looked like an X5 and was being assisted by others, I believe we gave one of them a lift to higher ground to obtain some phone reception. In the middle of the run through the gorge we stopped for the kid’s surprise of feeding the horses, with a small donation in the honesty box for some feed and a little bit of coxing the horses over, they finally came and got a good feed from all the kids. After the run through the Gorge we headed off with one final stop at Boonah. Some left the group and others headed home in the remainder of the group. It is great being out with this club, thank you all for a great day out
AGAIN, looking forward to the next trip.
by Russel Dezwart