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Kenilworth Feb 2014

 

We met at the Big Fish Car Park at 7.30 am. Everyone was there ready to go at 7.20, we were on our way at 7.30 after signing the Trip Sheet. We arrived at Charlie Moreland Camp Grounds around 9.15am.  We aired down and sat down with Sarah, Mark and Deakin under a shady tree for about 30mins. After Deakin had a feed we were on our way into the Kenilworth Forestry.
Our first obstacle came about 20 mins in with about 6 trees lying across the track. I noticed there was a track running beside the creek we had just driven in so I went for a walk up the creek to see if I could see a entry point further up the track. After a quick look I couldn't see anything so it was back to the group who had looked at the trees. A decision was made to get the Bruce's new chain saw and Chris's chainsaw and start hacking into them. After 45 mins on quite a hot day we were finally able to continue our adventure. 100m past the fallen trees I noticed a clearing on the right that lead back to the creek where I was (oh well everyone said, Sarah commented ? we got to do big boy stuff?).
We continued along the main track before we turned off for a quick hill climb, had quite a nice rut in the middle, everyone getting up successfully, at the top we turned right and then right again down a hill, at this point Chris was in front. Once he got to the bottom he turned left back up the same hill 20m from where he descended. Chris came over the UHF, saying that its quite loose and slippery. Bruce was already at the bottom with Mark starting to go down. Bruce in the Rodeo gave the hill a go with no success. When he stopped he slid all the way back (pooping himself). With help from Mark he reversed down and both Mark and Bruce came back up the track where they came down.  We got back down main track and continued on.
A few more hills where climbed with very little problems, all tracks lead back to the main track. We then came across quite a steep rocky hill with quite steep little Whoopi doo?s. I decided to drive up then get Mark up and let him decide if he wants to have a go. A quick conversation with Mark saying he will have a go. I got up no problems. Mark having a go see him fall into the ruts a couple times, he hit it with a bit more momentum and seem him sail to the top with a smile ear to ear. Bruce's turn next which also seen him fall into the ruts but he wanted to let the lockers do the work ( Roll Eyes).  A bit more momentum required seen him go to top with ease. Chris in the mighty patrol had no problems.
Our next stop was for lunch but coming to a home made gate seen us eat on the side of track.
After lunch we continued to go towards Peach Trees the way we wanted to go we couldn't due to the home made gate but a quick look at the GPS seen us head along McAulays Rd for a bit then turning right into the unknown. Quite a tight squeeze along the track but eventually opened up into a nice bit on dirt road between two properties.  We had a nice hill Climb before Peach Trees which seen everyone get to the top successfully.

We arrived at Peach Trees by 3.30pm. Chris had to go into Kilcoy for some liquid supplies so on his way in he got firewood for the night ahead. He arrived back and Mark Sarah & Deakin were just about to leave.

Few laughs, food and drinks and a early night seen as say good night at 8.30/9 o'clock.

Sunday Morning

BIRDS BIRDS BIRDS BIRDS. I was woken buy Crows, Galahs and every other bird species out there. But it was better to wake to that then the hustle and bustle of the city.

Breakfast seen Chris, Bec, Bruce and I chipping in for Bacon & Eggs with toast. We packed up and where on the road by 8:30.
From Peach Trees we headed towards Land Cruiser Mountain Park. Once we got to Cruiser Park we turned right heading towards Imbil. This track was all 2wd with a couple of small creek crossings only being hub depth. We eventually reached the black top for a 5 min drive then turning right on the dirt again heading towards Charlie Morelands. We came across a washed out bridge with a track beside it. We then came to a track which made its way up the mountains towards Lake Borumba look out ( its not really a look out its just a flat area on top of a mountain). Between the Washed out bridge and the lake there was some nice hills climbs some requiring Lockers. Once we reached the lookout it was all smooth sailing from here, we arrived at Charlie Morelands around 12:00pm.
We aired up and headed from home.

Was a great weekend, I found it very relaxing. Great group to drive with.

Trip Leader & Report By:

Jason

 
Condamine Gorge 2013

 

 

Trip Leader: SP1086

 

Attending Members: Jock, DMAC,
Non Members: RUSS, Scrawn, Ivan

Apologies : MRW82 (Getting More RUM)

An early start to the day I picked up Scrawn from his place only around the corner & we headed for the meeting spot at Yamanto Maccas.

 

Arriving at Yamanto just after 8am it wasn’t long till we were all there & heading off to Boonah to pick up RUSS & for the trip briefing.

 

The road from Yamanto to Boonah was slow going due to allot of road works which were spread out all the way along.

 

We got to Boonah at about 8:50 & after a quick chat & a stop at the Servo we were off. Heading down Boonah Rathdowney Rd to Carneys Creek Rd. Along there we came to a detour sign which was setup at Head Rd as there had been some landslides along this stretch of road due to the recent storms. The detour is a welcome one anyway as we hit the dirt for the first time. The recent rain had made the usual dusty trip quite pleasant as the road had just the right amount of moisture to not throw up any dust & was dry enough that it didn’t stick to your tires.

 

Up & over the boarder & Rabbit fence we headed along past White Swamp then on to Spring Creek Rd where we wound our way up to the Lookout which was our first stop for the morning. After a quick look & some pics we were back on the road headed to Queen Mary falls which wasn’t far down the road.

 Stopping at Queen Mary Falls we took the 500m walk down to the viewing platform & we were glad to see the falls were flowing but not so glad about the excessive flies which were getting a free ride on our backs.

Back to the vehicles & we set off to Killarney to grab a pub lunch at the Killarney Tavern. It seemed that we were making too good time as we got to the tavern at about 11am which meant that we couldn’t get the lunch we had planned on as they didn’t start doing meals until 12oclock.  So we bailed & went to the takeaway shop just back along the main drag.

 

After grabbing our burgers & some bangers & mash we set off for the Condamine River road. Heading over the first causeway just off Warwick-Killarney Rd it was clear that the river didn’t have as much water as we thought. None the less we headed on & hit the first of the 14 crossings.  

 

The Condamine River Road had been closed early in the year due to Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald which did massive damage to the area. Since then the road has been repaired & new stone dumped at all the crossings which made the entire journey something you could have done in any 4WD or even a 2WD work ute. This road & crossings are in the best condition that I’ve ever seen them in the years we’ve been doing trips to the gorge.

 

Stopping at the Big Bent tree to eat our lunch & have a chat. We spent some time enjoying the peace until a couple of guys on Motorbikes which were way too loud screamed along the track. I’m not against Trail bikes as I own one myself & enjoy riding the tracks just as much as in the 4by but there is no need to make as much noise as possible when passing a group of people trying to enjoy the area.

 

After lunch we were off again through the remainder of the crossings & before long we were at the end of the Condamine River Road & back on the black stuff on our way back to Boonah.

 

Arriving back in Boonah at about 2pm we said goodbye to RUSS & the rest of the group stopped in for a Coffee at one of the Cafés.

 

All in all just under 400km from Nth Brissy round trip which was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Thanks to the guys who could make it lets see you all on the next one.

SP