Congratulations to Matt & David (but mostly Matt) for running their first ever trip with the club and thanks to everyone else who helped out during the weekend to make it a success
Saturday morning seven 4wds left the Cabo Roadhouse and headed for Tewantin, bound for adventure and full of excitement. A good run with highway traffic had us boarding the Noosa North Shore Ferry by 9 am. Aired down & hit the beach. The colours in the sand were amazing and definitely something to see. With the tide quickly coming in on us we successfully maneuvered our way to the end of the beach for lunch, a chat and a few laughs. Afterwards we headed for King Boars Road, the scenic way of course. This drive was definitely longer than anticipated but well worth it and gave way to beautiful scenery and many different driving surfaces, sand, gravel, rock, dirt. By 3:30 we had finished our drive and we headed to camp for more chatter, a few refreshments & dinner. After dinner Eddie & Laurraine headed home and we settled in for a night of fun. Sunday morning was a relaxed started to the day where we farewell Trent, Josh & Joe and drove towards the lighthouse at Double Island Point. We enjoyed amazing views and were spoilt with watching dolphins frolicking in the surf & a whale. Our trip ended with lunch together at a local pub.
Congratulations to Matt & David (but mostly Matt) for running their first ever trip with the club and thanks to everyone else who helped out during the weekend to make it a success
Hi all! Well here we go again what a brilliant month, Lightning Ridge Wild Wild West Trip 2018 thank you Simon and Emily for filling one of my bucket list a great trip a great bunch of people all enjoying the same thing a lot of kilometres every single one of them well worth the destination .
Fraser Island Clean-up 2018 thank you to all the participants, the effort that you put in collecting rubbish from beaches washed up from high tides this events collected 6.9 t of rubbish off Fraser Island well done to all of our members and the members of the Four-wheel-drive Queensland Association
Dinner At La Zucca’s, what can we say the food is always delicious and the deserts are better the right company, many laughs and I all great night out .
Last but not least Cooloola Beach camp weekend at the time of writing this was on the eve of going so next month will be report of the shenanigans going on the beach watch this space .
Just a reminder all committee positions will come vacant at AGM the club needs new committee members for next year please fill out nomination forms and get them back to us as soon as possible so our club can move forward into 2019 thank you for everybody’s commitment in the past and the future . Keep the shiny side up!
Day 1 commenced with a shotgun start from Brisbane with 6 cars arriving at Inskip Point for a good nights sleep and an early barge on Friday, most were there by 16:00 to enable a light scales overnight setup before the rain set in. Our last car for the day arrived around 21:30, just after the rain stopped. Three hours of rain resulted in an early night for all.
Day 2 started with an early pack up for those at Inskip Point and we were promptly joined by another two cars of early risers (Michael/Leighanne & Kerry/Chris). The sky was clear and the weather was on the improve. We all joined the barge queue, which had started building at 04:00, and were safely deposited on the island by 07:30 - Ben was given a wheel chock for the Landcruiser. The clean-up commenced as soon as we landed on the island with Wayne finding a most unusual item.
Our Safety Brief was conducted followed by a run up an ever decreasing beach as we challenged the tide. We arrived without incident at Waddy Point just before lunch and set up camp. Following the leisurely set up, and the top of the tide, we set off for Sandy Cape to spend the afternoon at the lighthouse. Ngalla rocks provided little challenge as the recent rains had ensured the sand was firm. Of course the usual shenanigans occurred and Debbie came back from her lighthouse walk to find her car was now sitting on its chassis; oh well, she did say she wanted to learn how to self-recover using her winch. Another easy run back down the beach and through Ngalla to end up back at camp late afternoon for happy hour and belated birthday celebrations with Leighanne. The campfire that night had lots of banter and the girls were all getting Gobby!
Day 3 realised a sleep-in day and a late start. We headed of to Platypus Bay around 10 am with a few stops for some still, and drone photography, along the way. After a couple of relaxing hours on one of Fraser’s best beaches, we headed back to camp. Ross and Steve went for a fish resulting in a tailor and a dart being landed. The dart was a bit small but the tailor added the surf to the turf meal.
Late afternoon we were joined by the Bayside Off-Roaders for happy hour and some snacks and light refreshments around the campfire. A good time was had by all and I am sure it won’t be the last time we meet Day 4 was the big day and the purpose of the trip; Fraser Island Clean-Up. We had been allocated from North Indian Head to South Waddy Point as the Club’s area to clean which included the secluded beach at Waddy Point. From our allocated area, the eight cars comprising 14 people picked up a total of 192 kgs of rubbish.
In total a staggering 6,974kg was removed collectively by 730 willing volunteers in one morning. The proof of how good the effort was became evident when we left the island on Monday, it was clean. What was picked up?
* 741 cigarette lighters * 4,578 straws / cups / plates / cutlery * 2,367 plastic toys / ribbons / poppers * 43,701 plastic lids * 2,075 plastic bags * 6,442 plastic beverage bottles * 4,962 rope scraps * 20,674 plastic film scraps * 9,606 pieces of foam * 1,468 glass stubbies * 2,481 Aluminium cans * 4,382 pieces of aluminium wrapping * 1,569 thongs * 7 toilets
The most alarming find was the 1,723 Cyalume Sticks used by fishermen to light up buoys at night and by beach partyers. The most satisfying statistic was the removal of 131,350 pieces of hard plastic. These are, or will become, the small bits that are dangerous to our wildlife and sealife.
On completion of the clean-up we travelled down to Dundubara to register our rubbish, then down to Eurong for a well-earned meal at the bakery. Although the thank you meal was being held at Eurong that evening, the majority of our members headed back up the beach to Waddy Point as some were heading off at 06:00 the next morning. Ben and Laura, supported by Michael and Leighanne represented the Club at the dinner. Our Club won the prize (an ARB Chair) for the most unusual item collected which will become part of the MDORC Christmas Raffle. If you want to know what the unusual item was, ask the girls, they were pretty talkative about it.
All in all a great day was had, the objective achieved and everybody tucked up in bed by 22:30ish.
Day 5 began with some early risers; Jo, Andrew, Kerry, Chris, John, Lorraine, Michael and Leighanne all headed off around 0600 to beat the tide. A rather uneventful trip with just one flat tyre realised by John. With Mick, Kerry and Andy supervising, John soon had that rubber donut replaced and they were back on the beach and off the island. Debbie and Wayne left mid morning and were followed by the last three cars departing just before lunch. It was a tight run down with Hook Point lapping at the dunes but with some timely runs between waves the last three cars got through. All of our crew were off the island by early afternoon and all participants arrived home safely.
Once again a great time was had by all and thanks go to Ben and Laura for all the organisation. It was a great trip and the club looks forward to being represented strongly again next year. Put this trip in your diaries as it is a chance for us all to help keep one of our 4WD Paradises in pristine condition.
Tracey and I had an early start on Friday morning to catch up to the other club members who left Thursday afternoon to the Irish Pub at Clifton for their first night. We arrived at 8:30 am after a 2.5 hour drive from Kallangur for a 9am departure with the group. Our first stop was at Texas for morning tea. Texas is a small border town between Queensland and New South Wales – south-west of Stanthorpe on the Central Highlands. There are several good (and free) camp sites in the vicinity. The most popular is along the banks of the Dumaresq River on the edge of town. There is quite a large area set aside for camping as well as further spots along the river. Moree was the next stop to fuel the cars and have a quick trip to the Amaroo Tavern to view a DC3 plane where you could enter and see the wire zip line the Parachuters used during the war. In 1975 the Australian Government converted A65 – 67 to a Civilian DC3.
The road trip then continued to Burren Junction where Tiny and Leighanne ‘s caravan shredded a tyre, we were so close to Burren Junction we could taste our first wine/beer. Tiny had a unique way of changing his tyre, which I will remember. The second night camping for the group was behind the Burren Junction pub where we all had a great meal and three meats trays were won, two by Ross and one by Eddie.
When we arrived back to the camp site it was time for a camp fire, should I say looking at a yellow camp light – you had to be there. That night the temperature got down to 8 deg, great snuggling weather. The next day was a 9am departure, for a quick trip into Lightning Ridge. There was a stop at the information centre to get maps for our next adventure. We arrived at the Out-Back Resort and Caravan Park around 11am to set up camp. After everyone was set up we headed off for some quick trips. Lightning Ridge's answer to 'self-drive' tours are a great way to start your visit to The Ridge. The four tours are demarcated by colour coded numbered car doors. Along the way of the Red door tour we came across the Amigo’s Castle A life's passion... this amazing hand-built castle was a labour of love from 1981 to 2001. Amigo's was single handily built by an Italian born man who skilled himself in construction and lifted every stone into place with the aid of 44 gallon drums and wooden planks. The castle also features an art gallery by self taught artist Anita, who also took the time to tell Amigo's story to us. The next tour was the Yellow door where we visited the Chambers of the Black Hand. This involved a steep climb down many stairs to 40 feet underground to see an Egyptian chamber that has humorous hieroglyphics and is a replica of an Egyptian tomb. Atlas holds the world while Adam supports the roof of the entrance to the working mine - another feature of the tour. The Last Supper which took six months to complete and the pondering Nostradamus, which took five hours to carve, are depicted in magnificent detail and is testimony to the razor-sharp skill and patience of Ron. As the sun set on day 2, some of the group decided to go on the Green car door tour (sunset). I stayed in camp to prepare the lamb roast with corn, mushrooms, potatoes, pumpkin and fresh garlic gloves. This was cooked in the camp oven on the fantastic fire Ross had lit. It was a pleasure to have Ross join Tracey and myself for the roast dinner and a few wines. The next day we all headed in different directions around Lightning Ridge to see what the town had to offer. Coopers Cottage is an authentic abode of the early miner, built in 1916. Its historical setting embraces the living conditions of the mining pioneer. A trip to the Ridge would not be complete without a visit to the free Artesian Bore Baths. At the end of a hard day looking at the art gallery and exploring, there is nothing quite as therapeutic as a long soak in the naturally heated thermal baths. Allow the water to soothe your aches while you gaze at the starry night sky and enjoy the serenity. Bliss! After the visit to the thermal pool, Tracey had time for a trip back to the Chambers of the Black Hand where she decided to buy the earrings she like the day before. What’s a trip to an opal mine if you don’t buy some opals. I must say they do look magnificent and well worth the climb back down and up all those stairs.
We left Lightning Ridge at about 12 pm on our way to Nindigully, we stopped at the famous pie shop in the town of Hebel. I had one of the best “Pepper Steak Pie”. It lived up to the repuation of the best pies around. Then despair happened again for Tiny and Leighanne, another flat tyre on their van about half an hour from Dirranbandi. We all arrived at the free camp at the Nindigully Pub where there was a lot of grey nomads. This was the best camp fire of the trip and the saddest as it was the last night. On Monday we headed for home We had an early morning tea/lunch sitting peacefully on the banks of the Macintyre River at the junction of five major highways at Goondiwindi. It is a well-established border town. Its name was derived from an Aboriginal word Goonawinna meaning "the resting place of the birds" - and it's just the place to relax and rest a while. This is where we parted ways, and we headed off to Toowoomba and down the range back to Kallangur. As this is our 2nd trip with the club, it has been a wonderful experience making new friends and sitting around the camp fire drinking a glass or 2 of wine. We would like to thank Simon the trip leader for organising this trip and telling the longest joke I have heard about a goat. Ha ha . Till next time.
Hi all another month has passed what a whirl wind year we are having, a relatively quiet month with the Commonwealth games .Would like to thank all members and volunteers for all the help with the ARB North Lakes sausage sizzle . The members who attended Dawn Service at Bribie Island, followed by barbecue breakfast and a beautiful sunrise and a trip up the beach.
We have a few members out on long distance trips Gary and Nicole out in central Australia . Campbell and Franki also out in central Australia we wish them a great trip and safe return home soon.
Special thoughts go out to Richard O’shea who currently is in hospital we hope the treatment is successful with a speedy recovery .
We have just had the clean-up Fraser Island designation and camping spot released, the club is staying at Waddy Point and will be responsible for cleaning up from there back down to Indian Head, some parts of the beach are no access points By four-wheel-drive we have been granted permission for two vehicles to pick up rubbish on the day. I would like to thank everybody who is participating in this event and just remember we are on show as a club thank you. Keep the shiny side up !
Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
Trip report for Anzac Day 25th April The meet up time was 3:00am for a 3:30am departure from McDonalds Bribie Island Road. We arrived at 3:24am for a 3:30am departure, if there was a sergeant of arms that would have been fine number 1. There were 5 cars in total with 2 being visitors Bruce and Narelle, and Kym. Off we go to Bribie Island, parked and on for a coffee before the service. The weather was very favourable not cold for the time of day, it was lovely, however I think Tiny should have been fined to flicking water on Leighanne. I have never attended a dawn service in my adult life so it was very moving especially when listening to the information delivered by the various speakers. As I listened to the service I realised that our Australian nation was only 126 years young at the time of WW1 and we were only 151 years young at the start of WW2. When I listened to the statistics on the Battle of Tobruk I realised that of the 9,000 plus Australian lives lost and 18,000 plus Australian people wounded the majority of the European people who either lost their lives or were injured were most likely born in another land but yet they fought and died for this new land. Then there were the New Zealanders who’s numbers were 2,000 plus lives lost and 4,000 plus wounded. No matter how we look at the statistics the fact is Australia was a very young country when you consider the time of European and Western World settlement, society and culture established in Australia. During the battle of Tobruk the Turks lost a formidable 86,000 plus lives and had amassed an amazing 118,000 plus injured. The courage it must have taken for all soldiers in battle especially in a place like Tobruk is incredible and I understood then why we should honour the lives of all people who not only face battle but also those who help restore injured soldiers. And we must not forget the indigenous presence also in both wars fighting for a land they were losing within. Once the dawn service was over we meandered back to our vehicles and headed to a lovely park at Woorim Beach for a BBQ brekky. Ben decided not to christen the new club BBQ so we used the park facilities. So the new club BBQ is still very new. Even though the temperature was mild it was a very overcast sky above and the sunrise was not as spectacular as was hoped with the sun fighting to shine through the clouds. We had brekky and Tiny and Leighanne left us to continue and our visitor Kym left his car and jumped in with us. We headed to the inland track and had a look at the Gallagher’s Point and Poverty Creek camp grounds before heading to the beach. Along the track not far from the Ocean Beach day use area Ben’s holy tyre finally gave way and he ended up with a huge slit in his tread. Fine for Ben. Out with the trusty kangaroo jack and off with the old on with the spare and off we go again. We checked out the Ocean Beach day use area and then finally hit the beach. We looked at the remnants of the buildings left from war time and then headed off down the beach. We pulled into a couple of the lagoons but didn’t stay, we kept moving and drove off the beach to air up at 12 noon. The weather had improved by the time we reached the other end and it had been a lovely day out once again. Thank you to all who attended especially Ben for leading the trip. Debbie
Happy Easter, Another month down! What a busy month it has been with ,Clean-up Australia Day, Glasshouse Mountains, Mount Mee Night Run, Amamoor Creek, and those who went to Brisbane 4x4 show. With Wild Horse Mountain trip cancelled again due to the weather a few of the members got together and did a reckie up to Bellthorpe. We apologize for a late magazine, we are still coordinating the electronic version and the loss of some paperwork which had all the emails on it that we still have not located . Lorraine has soldiered on and produced a brilliant magazine as she always does. If anyone has found a list of emails for our members please return the next meeting . It also has been brought to the committees attention that the website has not been updated lately this has been a over site which we are now rectifying, our apologies . Please remember as a member of this club you have the right to contact the committee if you are not happy with the way we are running things but also please take into accounts committee positions are voluntary and I say thank you to everyone of you who work tirelessly to keep this club running. Keep the shiny side up and have a safe Easter! Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
Andrew and Jo was leading their very first officially MDORC trip, Congrats on a brilliant job too. At the start of our 4WD trek, Andrew and Jo had a little competition for all of us. What a great idea it was, we where gave a number of words which we had to take photos of something relating to the words and there was a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Congrats to Kerry for winning the competition. As for the drive on Saturday we weren't short on scenic views from the Amamoor state forest, the track was a great drive making it a awesome track for beginners and visitors to the club, We stop by the old fire tower for lunch and enjoy the views as well. Amamoor State Forest weekend Like all the MDORC trips everyone have a great time with plenty of around the camp fire Saturday night. Sadly Sunday morning arrived and we said good bye to some of our fellow members and our visitors. Then we started our Sunday drive which I'm sure Andrew and Jo will never forget again after a little sideways action on a steep hill climb. As for the rest of the track we enjoy a number of different terrains from large mud puddles to rocky sections. Thanks again to Andrew and Jo for a wonderful trip.
Regards Trent Loxton
Well it was a rainy afternoon when we meet at Dayboro for the Mt Mee night run. The rain however didn't dampen our spirits. It was a good turn out with 14 vehicles. 10 member vehicles and 4 visitor vehicles. Some people said there was a shenanigator there as well, unfortunately I didn't see any evidence of that. There were many different makes of cars on the trip even a mighty 6 wheeler. It was a really good run up A Break and no one had any trouble. The tracks were a bit slippery and muddy from previous rain and we did encounter a little bit of rain on our drive as well. It really is a spectacular and interesting sight to see the forest lit up at night, also great to see all the cars lit up as well with their various types of light bars etc. WOW the lookout sure is spectacular at night as well - ha ha ha when you can see it. We all should have eaten more carrots as we are lead to believe they improve your eyesight. Well some members just can't help themselves when it comes to mud, puddles and competitiveness. I won't mention any names, oh all right then they want the fame anyway. It seems Leighanne & Ben were in competition with each other to see who could go through the puddles the fastest and who could get the most mud on their car. I have to say as I was riding rough shot (understatement !!!!!) as a passenger in Leighanne's car she would have to be the winner in going through the mud puddles the fastest and Ben definitely won the award for the most mud on his vehicle. No problems were encountered on the night run everybody and their cars handled the tracks very well. Everyone stated they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The visitors had a great night and look forward to going on many more adventures and trips with the club. The trip finished around the 10 or 10.30 mark. Thanks Gary for another pleasurable night trip and maybe next time we will see the werewolves, they probably don't like to come out in the rain, although some of the participants on the trip did some mighty good impersonations of the werewolves with their howling as they drove through the mud and puddles. Cheers KEEP SMILING KEEP DRIVING KEEP HAVING FUN!
Hi all what a busy month we have had Flannigans reserve Queen Mary falls 14 river crossings land cruiser Mountain Park Mount MEE Ricky A Bellthorpe Ricky Cleanup glasshouse Mountains And yes it’s right it rained Wild horse mountain had to be cancelled Poor Eddie The rain just follows his trip calendar if you need to know when to fertilize your lawn please check the calendar for Eddies trips Don’t forget the Fraser Island cleanup if your name was down for the trip it has now been booked you can get your merchandising from their Facebook page just follow the links support those who support us Magazine news the current printing company will no longer print out magazine The committee will make the magazine available electronically Thank you to all the trip leaders and volunteers for all the hard work you have put in keep the shiny side up! Tiny Grimstone President, Moreton Districts Off Road Club
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