Sat 27th to Sun 28th June 2015
Bob & Monica – FJ
Sue & Chery – Prado
Bev – Prado
Steve & Tracey – Mitsubishi
Peter & Jack + Mia, Mikala, Chloe – Colorado
Sheryl & Trevor – Patrol
We started the day with breakfast and coffee at the Mangrove store – the meeting place for this trip. Monica gave a quick overview of the weekend ahead then we set off to begin our exploration of the convict history along the Great North Road.
The convoy meandered its way along the banks of the Hawkesbury River on Wisemans Ferry Road. An awesome sight of possibly 100 or more racing boats distracted us all coming up the river towards us, and we nearly missed the turn into the Mill Creek picnic area for morning tea. We all stopped to watch this spectacular sight. Over morning tea Monica shared brochures and maps of the Yengo National Park, an area packed with history and right on our door step. Continue reading Devine’s Hill and the Great North Road Report
Trip participants were
|Tony and Faye
||Lachy Thomas and Amber Evans
|Paul and Madeline Cook and Saxson
|Ivan Pora and Caleb
||John Bryce and Helen Tanner
||Glenn and Clarissa
|Danny De La Paz
||John and Helen Smythe and special guests Loretta and Helena (They left their bicycles at home this time!)
Clarissa and I left home from Sydney around 6:00am on a chilly July morning, with Clarissa dressed in layers of clothing plus a beanie to protect her from the certain blizzard to come (Clarissa doesn’t like the cold). The trip north was pretty event free, with the inevitable stop at Maccas on Pennant Hills Road. We don’t usually do the Maccas thing, but I had a craving for a bacon and egg muffin (a decision I would come to regret later).
As we drove up the M1 (aka F3) through Peats Ridge and Somersby, the sun started to rise over the horizon. The morning fog and low cloud combined with the sun rising lead to some spectacular views during our early morning drive.
We pulled in to Wollombi around 8:00am and met up with Jason, who had beaten us there. Over the next half hour the rest of the crew rolled in to town. Once everyone was assembled TC started his pre-trip briefing. Continue reading California Dreaming – Again…. July 2015
Ken and Yvonne Prado (Trip Leader) Dave and Heather Brown Landcruiser Gary Hutchison Triton Jim and Robyn Collis Prado Bjorn and Amanda Alexanderson Nissan Patrol Simon and Cheryl Newton Mazda BT 50 David, Alison, Luke and Timothy Wallace. Nissan Patrol Roger Carrodis HiLux Bev Fort Prado Scott Horne Rodeo Pete Glendenning and Bev Hockley Landcruiser John Bryce and Helen Tanner Prado David Brownlee and Violet Landcruiser Pete Robinson Colorado 7
Saturday the 20th of June saw 14 vehicles meet up at our starting point at Wattaka Rest area on the Newcastle Hunter Link Freeway at 9am. This was my first big trip with the club so I didn’t want to be late, but I ended up second last so I already knew my fate of a trip report. It was good to meet some of the faces that I had regularly seen at meetings and a great way to get to know everyone, as we were all about to spend a few days together. The last vehicle arrived so after being checked in, Ken gave a briefing on our trip that lay ahead.
This was a large convoy of vehicles but well managed by Ken and Yvonne. We finally moved off and after a radio check, we motored down the freeway. All with caravans except for Roger, who opted to tent it. It was a beautiful day for the journey. A short distance down the freeway, about half a dozen old GTHO Falcons overtook our convoy, more than likely on a club trip themselves. There was a bit of talk over our UHF radio to identify if they were authentic GTHO’s or Falcons with the badges on them. Either way, beautiful old cars that had been well looked after and restored. Continue reading WINDEYER WINTER WANDER
18-19th April 2015!
Hosted by TC and Faye!
Convoy TC and Faye challenger Bev prado Grant and his mrs patrol Mark and Liz troopie Glenn and Clarissa patrol Lachlan and his mrs patrol Chilly discovery
As we didn’t fancy waking up early we decided to stay at a B&B ten minutes away from Gloucester. To our understanding the meeting point was in the car park ( “the carpark in the centre of town!”) it just so happens that Gloucester has ” several car parks in the centre of town!” You do the math, we were late!
After a brief chat and convoy positions sorted (Land Rover bringing up the rear!) we were off, and headed towards bakers creek and blue knob lookout. The weather which didn’t seem so promising ended up PERFECT!!! With amazing views from blue knob lookout, from the fire tower all the way out to the ocean. Continue reading Cells river Trip Report
20th 21st June 2015
Lachy Tomas Trip Leader Jack Cobbold Matt Corp & Mate Dave Paul Cook & Son Bob Montgomery Marija & Narelle Steve Constable & mate Tony Clarke Greg Middleton & 2 Kids Diedrie Mudge
I’d read that the Zig Zag Railway had been burnt down during the October 2013 bush fires that ravished the area, well image my surprise when I pulled up early Saturday morning to find that wasn’t the case, the top station at Clarence is intact complete with an open loo block; what was destroyed was the depot shed, offices, storage area along with some of the rolling stock, let’s hope there’s a future for this great little railway. Continue reading ZIG Zag to Ben Bullen Trip Report
23rd May 2015 – 23rd Jun 2015
What was potentially a convoy of 3 was reduced to a convoy of just 1 (us). This setback had a positive side…..we were able to change our itinerary from 3 weeks to 4 weeks and extend our trip further north to include the Undara Lava Tubes and then return via Carnarvon Gorge.
The countryside was wet and green until halfway between Nyngan and Bourke when the extent of the current drought started to show. Almost until the furthest northerly point of our trip, the landscape can only be described as brown, dry and desolate. Continue reading Dinosaur Trial
16th – 17th May 2015
PARTICIPANTS: Dave Edwards – Prado Sue Robinson – Prado Joanne Love –Mazda BT50 Jackie Cobbald – Nissan Patrol Adrian Newman – Landcruiser Graham Tweedie – Hilux
I thought I’d get an early start for Saturday morning and drive up Friday night but so did everyone else and I was still the last to arrive after somehow losing the way through Paterson and going the long round! I did finally arrive about 9pm and set up camp – in the rain (ably assisted by my wife Michelle who was along for the ride and “observing”). Continue reading DTU Stage 2
14th June 2015
Participants Mark Furniss Elizabeth Rudd Richard Lock & Teresa Lock Sophie Knox Paul Cook Sergiu Lisnic Frank Adams Wayne Prendergast
On a cold Sunday morning I set out to do my first ever 4WD course at Cooranbong Community Services Centre. The night before I had been sleeping in a tent at my son’s scout camp at Camp Kariong so it was with great trepidation I attended the course. I arrived early and was greeted by the presenters setting up for the theory part of the day. Continue reading DTU Stage 1
Mid Week Trip Report
28th April to 3rd May, 2015
- Tony Clarke – Trip Leader – Mitsubishi Challenger
- Bev Fort – “The Lady Wears Prado”
- Alan Bull – Nissan GQ
- Bob and Monica – FJ Cruiser
I was looking forward to this trip, having bagged a week of work at short notice, and always having been envious that Bob, being self employed, could give himself time off to go enjoy mid week jaunts, without the usual hordes generally encountered on the tracks and at campsites on the weekends.
We packed the car the day before and headed off bright and early. We had a good run, and had plenty of time to fuel up and run a few errands on arrival at Braidwood. First stop, the butcher for a ‘leg o lamb’ as I was planning a camp oven roast one night. Next stop, the bakery for coffee and a bun, and meet up with the rest of the crew. Bev soon joined us, followed by TC, and then we headed off to join Al, and depart on our mid week jaunt. Continue reading Oulla Creek/Bendethera and Wadbilliga
Well, Scott and I decided to save ourselves a very early rise and headed off to the Blue Mountains on Friday afternoon instead of Saturday morning. We stayed at the Clarendon Hotel in Katoomba which is like taking a step back in time. The décor and feel of the place, down to an open fire in the lounge with lots of board games and old books, was like being on the set of a 1950’s movie. The service was friendly, the location quiet and the accommodation basic but clean. There were plenty of eateries within walking distance and we braved the Brass Monkey weather and settled on Ruby’s restaurant, reasonably priced and quiet but most importantly, warmer than it was outside. Continue reading Gibraltar Rocks Trip