Left at 8.40am headed for Duck Creek Road with 11 vehicles. Back at Hungry Jacks, Brent was last to sign on as he was too busy chatting to some members of the Brisbane Jeep Club, so he was given the trip report which he quickly volunteered me, his mum, to do the report – thanks Brent! Turned onto Duck Creek Road at 9.00am. Brent told me that Duck Creek Road was a privately built road. For access to use the road, there is an honesty box where Nick stopped briefly to drop off the donation which is used for maintenance of the road. After the recent rain that affected large areas of Queensland and down the eastern coast, the tracks weren’t creating any dust problems for the convoy. The Feroza that was just in front of us was entertaining bouncing about on the climb up to the top of the first section at Tomma-up-Lewis lookout, where we stopped for a quick look at the view and to have a chat. The track continued on in an upwards climb until we came to the quarry where Nick asked if anyone was interested in trying their approaches to negotiating the quarry. Now entered Karina Ann's Glenn which is a small section of rain forest, still continuing to climb and the track having a few rocky bits at Tonkin's Rise. The track levelled off for a bit and then more climbing until we reached the top, where we stopped at 10.30am for an early lunch. The view from here was fantastic and we were almost level with the base of some clouds. The club BBQ was provided so most of us had brought along some sausages and onions for a tasty lunch. “No Brent, I don’t want any Spam!!!” The weather forecast was for a wet weekend with a low depression off the coast. We had been lucky with only cloud and a few moments when the sun was sneaking through. By 11.40am we were back on the track and entered into more rainforest sections. Leanne was delighted when she found a couple of mud puddles, which only quenched her thirst a little. She was later delighted when she came across one large enough to splash muddy water onto the bonnet. Sarah said that she would later wash the car. We left the rainforest area to views of Luke O’Reilly’s farm and views over the open fields and beyond. Back again into rainforest until we reached a T-intersection where we turned right. After driving 3klms and driving on bitumen, we stopped at the car-park of O’Reilly’s Resort at 12.10pm. After a chat and good byes, some left and others stopped to go to the café and have a look around. Thank you Nick and Max for leading the trip. Had a great day as I’m sure everyone else did. Cheers, Bette Brian
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