A small but enthusiastic group of Jeepers spent the weekend at Bribie Island, travelling along the inland track on Saturday and enjoying the afternoon at the lagoon. An awesome fire Saturday evening, followed by another nice day at the beach on Sunday. Whilst the weather wasn’t fantastic, it didn’t dampen our spirits.
Well Janowen certainly did throw some challenges at us this weekend and there will be lots of stories to share around the next campfire after this little adventure. A weekend of exploring the constantly changing tracks which created a few more difficult options than usual, including the wombat holes, creeks, gullies, step ups, steep ascents, descents and the two waterfalls. Everyone had a fantastic time.
Starting at Laceys creek road in the southern end of the Park, heading north Range Road forest drive through Jacky Creek Road towards A Break, after stopping for lunch at The Gantry Picnic area, heading north along the Western Escarpment forest drive to drive the moderate rated tracks in the north west of the park, then looping back to the Gantry to head home back through Mt Mee and Dayboro.
We had a wonderful long weekend away at Kinkuna National Park. A small group of 6 Jeeps enjoyed the fabulous weather, the crystal clear coastal waters and yes, some saw the baby turtles hatch at Mon Repos. We enjoyed the nice calm ocean water in the morning and had some great swims in the perfect water temperature. We had a beach party on the first night with some ‘special’ punch, had a lovely fire the second night. We explored the beach and inland tracks and from our campsite were entertained as many vehicles struggled to get off the beach. Even had to do a few recoveries. All in all, an awesome, relaxing weekend away with great people.
To celebrate the Australia day long weekend we headed off for our first club camping trip for 2018.
6 Jeeps convoyed down from Aratula to meet up with 2 more at Rover Park. The trip from Aratula to Rover Park took approx. 3.5 hours and included a fuel stop at Tenterfield.
We signed in and met the new owner of the park (Meaghan) then set up camp adjacent to the camp kitchen.
The 2 visitors Jeeps were a close to stock JKU and a WH Cherokee modified with bar work and slightly larger tyres.
We set up camp and headed straight to “Daredevil” (near “We Rock Canyon” on the map) to drive over the large granite boulder (the less modified jeeps took the bypass track) then continued past the turn-off to “Peach Tree Cove” and eased ourselves into “Mick’s Creek Run”. As the name suggests this is a drive along a (dry) creek bed. The rocks in the creek are not too big and the less modified jeeps made it through with just the occasional clearance issue. Next track was the “Rock Challenge”. These are steep, loose rocky hills which also include a step up. All the modified JKU did these, and then we all journeyed on across the competition hills at the back of the office and down to the play area.
The Park owners had organized a bit of a spectator session at the “Play Area” as part of the Australia Day events, so we all drove around in there for a while. Brendon & Corey staged a recovery demonstration when Corey hung his Jeep up on a massive truck tyre.
Next on the agenda, five of us headed off to “Ouch Canyon” via “Montana Crossing”. Ouch Canyon is an extremely tight creek run full of large rocks plus a very tight 90 degree bed which requires about a 100 point turn to get around. The exit out of “Ouch Canyon” up the hill has also become much more difficult.
Meanwhile back at camp the others had built a nice fire which we all enjoyed until some light rain came…so we all moved to the camp kitchen for fusball, table tennis, air hockey, and guessing the old / old old tunes Corey was playing to us on his phone. As we all learnt the terminology old and old old for songs seems to be inversely proportional to the age of the listener.
First tracks for the day were the most extreme tracks we knew of in the park. The stock Jeepers jumped in with the 5 modded Jeeps and off we went.
The descent down “Patyota Challenge” was an eye opener (or perhaps eye closer) for some. Very steep downhill with deep ruts creating some very tippy angles. From there we proceed up “The Challenge” which is becoming more rutted every year we go there. It is a difficult long steep rocky hill with loose rocks and deep ruts. Highly recommend not to attempt this without lockers.
We arrived back at camp only to find the unluckiest person for the weekend, Adrian. After making the big effort to drive down to the Park early on Saturday morning he had a front left universal joint fail shortly after arrival. So we all got a lesson on replacing the uni joint thanks to Jake, Corey and a few big hammers. Turned out we didn’t have the correct spare uni required for the JKU, so even though no wheeling for Polar, it was able to be driven home the next day.
After watching the bush mechanics the next run was a trip down “Panorama Road” to Panorama Point. Some of us hiked down to the river while the others did “Rays Revenge”. We then continued to follow “Bundy Gully” which has the very off camber corner that we all love, then onto “4X Trail”, “Rapid Drive” then down to “Bush Beach” for lunch. After lunch we did “River Edge” then “Beach Cataract Point” After that we went back to camp via “Glen’s Trail”.
While some chilled at camp, a few others hit the competition hills and some of us played on the 75m water slide which was an enormously fun way to fill the afternoon and to cool down. Another night of campfire fun ensued and the next morning we packed up camp for the 4 hour trip back to Brisbane.
A great weekend was had by all and thanks again to everyone who came on the trip for making it so enjoyable.
Double Island Point 7 January 2017
What a great turn out for this day trip, with 29 Jeeps joining us for this trip up the beach. We welcomed 17 visitors for the day who enjoyed meeting up with fellow Jeepers. The sand was very soft so made for some interesting driving on the way up. Unfortunately we lost a couple on the way due to vehicle problems, but despite these issues, they also had a good day, making new friends. The water was gorgeous and was a beautiful temperature for swimming. A game of beach cricket was started and we saw some fine young batsman enjoying the game. Once again a perfect day for a beach run.
Landcruiser Mountain Park 17-19 November 2017
Once again a great trip to Landcruiser, despite rainy weather. This was our Xmas end of year camp and kicked off on Friday for those who were able to head up earlier. The BJC hosted a BBQ dinner on the Saturday night under the marque (due to rain), and Brendan and Greg cooked up some delicious steaks (some may even have had some extra grass seasoning). Fortunately the rain stopped so we could still enjoy the traditional BJC fire, complete with marshmallows, music, shenanigans and many stories to be told. Of course, we did have a great weekend tackling the usual favourite tracks (Camp Road, Telecom Hill, Cruiser Canyon, Claw Gorge and Test Track).
Double Island Point 4 November 2017
Trip Rating: Easy
A perfect November day for a trip to the beach. Blue skies, no rain and not too hot. While this was only a day trip, quite a few of the club members took advantage of the great location to head up early on the Friday for some camping, jet skiing and fishing. Those of us on the “official trip” would meet up with them at Double Island Point on Saturday morning. Eleven vehicles in total met up at the United fuel station at Doonan. For today’s trip we were fortunate enough to have 7 visitors come along with us (1 Prado, 1 Grand Cherokee, 1 Cherokee Trailhawk, 1 TJ, 1JK & 2 JKU’s. After an introduction and briefing we made our way to the Moorindril Street wharf to board the ferry across the Noosa river, then aired down at the “Third Cutting” before driving onto the beach. Beach conditions, like the weather, were perfect. Tides were on the way out and the sand was nice and firm. We met up with one more Jeep on the way up the beach, and the 12 vehicles continued up to take the “Leisha Track” over to the Lagoons on the North side of Double Island point. We met up there with the others who had camped overnight and enjoyed a day of relaxing, swimming, fishing, jet skiing & chatting. A great day was had by all. Thanks also goes to Cedric for his assistance with the trip visitors.
The Springs 21-22 October 2017
Landcruiser Mountain Park 23-24 September 2017
Sundown National Park 16-17 September 2017
Bellthorpe National Park 10 September 2017
Janowen Hills 4×4 Park 26 – 27 August 2017
Swan Gully 4 x 4 Park 12 – 13 August 2017
Girraween National Park 5 – 6 August 2017
July Day Trip – Mt Mee – Sunday 30 July 2017
July Club Camp – Levuka 4WD Park – 22 – 23 July 2017
Swan Gully 4WD Park – Saturday 24 June 2017
Condamine Gorge – Saturday 3 June 2017
Trip Rating: Easy
A lovely scenic day trip from Brisbane to Boonah, and make your way to Carneys Creek Rd until you reach The Head Rd on your second crossing of Teviot Brook. The bitumen road meanders through the foothills of the ranges until you finally start your steep climb towards the lookout of Teviot Falls. Travel through this scenic area, as the road is narrow and the drop off steep! Crest the climb and the valley of the Condamine River is laid out before you. The road morphs into dirt and continues down to a turnoff to The Head. From here, continue down the valley where the fun of 14 river crossings awaits you! Lunch at Queen Marry Falls, after we will return the same way finishing at Boonah again (128km round trip).
Scenic Rim – Saturday 13 May 2017
Bellthorpe NP – Sunday 7 May 2017
The Springs 4WD Park – 29 April -1 May 2017 (May Day long weekend)
April Camp – Rover Park – 14-17 April 2017 (Easter weekend)
Janowen Hills Experience Day – Sat 11 March 2017
Our first experience day of 2017. This trip will cater for all models of Jeeps, stock or not and is targeted for new members/visitors wishing to join the club. We will cover a number of theory based topics as well as practical driving skills over the course of the day.
Janowen Hills – 11 – 12 March 2017
Recent rain in the area has created some more difficult track conditions. Many of our usual medium tracks had become difficult with deeper ruts and obstacles. Participants had to use more skill to navigate the tracks. As usual we had a great time, captured some great moments on camera, saw a fair bit of air and enjoyed each other’s company. Had a great BJC fire and were woken up early Sunday morning by 10 turkeys (that doesn’t happen very often!)
Mt Mee – Sat 4 March 2017
After airing down at Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, we headed south along Lovedays Road then onto Mt Mee forest Drive where we started the day with some wheeling in the north western part of the park on the moderate rated tracks. We then headed south onto the Western Escarpment Forest Drive to take in the views from Somerset Lookout and then headed across to The Gantry day use area for lunch. The afternoon saw us tackle A Break then Jackie Creek Road followed by a leisurely drive along Range Road forest drive to finish the day at Laceys Creek Road where we aired up and head home via Dayboro.
Landcruiser Mountain Park – Sat 25 – Sun 26 February 2017
Sadly, the Landcruiser gods were not looking down on the BJC this weekend – with two vehicles travelling home on flatbeds and another hobbling. And not from any hard wheeling either, just unfortunate wear and tear on important parts. Despite this, we did have a great weekend tackling the usual favourite tracks (Camp Road, Telecom Hill, Cruiser Canyon, Claw Gorge and Test Track). The park was very, very dry, we’d never seen so little water in the creeks before. We enjoyed catching up around a nice fire and also enjoyed Jodie’s caramel slice (some maybe a few more pieces than others).
Kinkuna turtle watching camp – Fri 17 – Mon 20 February 2017
We had a wonderful long weekend away at Kinkuna National Park. A keen group of 7 Jeep families enjoyed the fabulous weather, the crystal clear coastal waters and yes, we did see the baby turtles hatch at Mon Repos and we helped to guide their way to the water. We enjoyed the nice calm ocean water in the morning and did some kayaking and stand up paddle boarding, had some great swims, built a mansion of a sandcastle, explored the beach and inland tracks and relaxed by the evening fire. The sand was so soft we also got to practice many times our skills in sand recoveries (only Scott and Johan remained recovery free). A really enjoyable weekend and thanks to Cedric for organising.
Manar Park – Thur 26 – Sun 29 January 2017
Australia Day Long Weekend. A great weekend away in a very picturesque park. It was hot but we managed to find a few places to cool down. Thanks Brendan for leading the trip. Memorable moments – ‘I’m Amy and I’m 9’, the finding of the lost watch on track 46E, the very, very extreme track, happy birthday Leanne, the stars, the shooting stars and satellites, the green frog, the cool dam, the hot river, the dozer, trying to resist the temptation to build a giant fire, mad max, the tour by the park owner, the recoveries off the tyres and of course the great company.
Double Island Point Day Trip – Saturday 7 January 2017
What a great turn out for this day trip, with 24 Jeeps headed up the beach. We stopped off at the ‘pretend’ Red Canyon and captured a near straight line-up of the 24 vehicles. We welcomed 5 visitors for the day who enjoyed meeting up with fellow Jeepers. The water looked gorgeous and was a beautiful temperature for swimming and ball games in the water (despite the risk of jellyfish and blue bottles). It was such a windy day we were unable to get the beach volleyball or cricket games going.
The Springs Xmas Camp – 16-18 November 2016
Our end of year Christmas Bash came up so quickly this year! It began with half the members arriving on Friday morning and heading off for a medium – Difficult run around the park. We enjoyed the rock gardens, creek tracks and even had a go in the play pen. After a long day we sat back at the fire and shared the highlights of the day. Bright and early Saturday morning the rest of the members arrived and we headed out on two separate runs, a medium and a difficult. A big thanks goes out to Brendan and Andrew for running the trips on Friday and Saturday and also Steve for taking a run out Sunday afternoon. Saturday afternoon rolled in and it was time for some to attempt Beer O’Clock Hill (a track that can only be driven under park management supervision). Of the 4 that attempted the climb 3 made it up, what an achievement! 25 vehicles attended this run and ranged from completely stock new members to heavily modified experienced members. Looking forward to the next end of year Xmas party!
Levuka Camp – 5-6 November 2016
After not being to Levuka in over 3 years I was excited to see what it had to offer. After meeting up with the other 14 Jeeps in Beaudesert, we made our way through the windy roads across the border and into Levuka 4WD Park. With a Grand Cherokee WK2 and stock wrangler in tow we eased into the trips and slowly built up to the harder tracks. Without fail the Grand kept following the modified wranglers around almost anywhere they went! We were told it was very dry at the park at the moment, however we still all managed to find a lot of mud! The facilities were great and the property owners were very friendly. Looking forward to a trip back in the new year.
Bribie Island Day Trip – Saturday October 22 2016
Another awesome day on the beach with BJC. After a last minute day change due to the incoming inclement weather we ended up with half the original group (still a hefty 16 Jeeps!) It was good to see some variety on this trip with a KL Trailhawk, WK2 and a KJ in attendance. After meeting for morning refreshments and the trip briefing we made our way to the air-down point at Woorim. Up the beach we went to the most Northern point vehicles are permitted for a spot of beach volleyball and some opportunistic group photos in front of the scenery. We then headed down to the third lagoon to relax for the rest of the day. The Gazebos went up and some came down due to the gale forced winds! There were stand up paddle boards and a big game of beach cricket for all to enjoy. Looking forward to the next beach run with the BJC!
Bellthorpe NP Day Trip – Sunday September 18 2016
The morning started with some drizzle and some coffee from the Braisen Hussy Coffee shop in Woodford. 10 Jeeps and their drivers were ready for some adventure, and that was sure to come. The rain created some slippery tracks and the first easy track proved to be a bit more of a challenge than we had planned. After the first few Jeeps struggled to climb the slippery slope, we decided to turn around and try the track in reverse so that we were coming down the slippery slope. We then attempted the next loop with “Rene’s Hill” but again the tracks were just too slippery for a large group to navigate safely and unfortunately we had to turn around. Everyone had a great day despite the lack of wheeling, but we are looking forward to getting back there when it’s dry. A nice coffee/hot chocolate/tea to finish a good day out with fellow Jeepers and friends.
Swan Gully Day Trip – Saturday September 10 2016
After heavy overnight rains we figured our difficult run had just been upgraded to very difficult, and we weren’t wrong! 7 capable Jeeps met at Beaudesert early; 6 of them locked, 1 wishing he was😄, and for a change the manuals outnumbered the autos, (a very rare sight in our club). We made our way to Swan Gully with a plan that was flexible given the expected conditions. We started with the now very popular creek run south of the play pan. Unfortunately 15 mins in and Corey was left stranded in the middle of the creek with a broken right front Uni – ouch!
Mt Mee Day Trip – September 3 2016
After the group gathered for a pre trip coffee and croissant at the Dayboro Bakery, we headed off just after 9am to air down at the start of Range Road forest drive. A scenic run up the climb on graded trails made for a pleasant drive in 2wd most of the way until we arrived at Jacky Creek Road section of the run which was a mostly downhill decent into the western side of the range which did require 4wd as terrain was mostly undulating trails with a few puddles for those who liked the mud. At the end of Jackey Creek Road we turned left onto Byron Creek Road to head North West to the famous “A Break” section.
Janowen Hills Weekend Camp – August 20 – 21 2016
Another great weekend at Janowen Hills 4WD park with the temps dropping to a crisp -2 degrees over night! We were all very glad to have fire man Mat with us to keep us warm around the fire at night! 15 vehicles all up attended this trip with special mention to the 5 visitors we had in attendance – you all did a great job! This weekend had tracks, gullies, hills and massive rocks ranging from easy to extreme. A good time was had by all as always and we look forward to the next Janowen camp.
The Springs weekend camp with Qld Jeepers –
August 13 – 14 2016
What a fantastic weekend we had out at The Springs. The weather was perfect – sunny and warm during the day and nice and chilly overnight, making it necessary for a really, really big fire. We have another fire master – Matt B. And some of us learned we really should have remembered our sleeping equipment (especially when it’s so cold there is frost on the tents and cars the next morning – TC). The ladies all had a drive in the playpen which was great. We enjoyed a variety of tracks from nice easy scenic trips to those requiring a lot more technique and spotting, such as the rock gardens, snakepit and bruiser climb. Lots more tracks to do out there though. Finally it was great to team up with the Qld Jeepers and get to know them.
Condamine River Day Trip – Sunday August 7 2016
On a very pleasant Sunday morning 10 Jeeps and 1 Land Rover met up in Aratula for an easy run through the Condamine River Road. Vehicles ranged from completely set up to almost stock and a couple of drivers reasonably new to Jeeps. Once the briefing was done we set off for Condamine and some may suggest that this was the first issue and pink pig. The trusty GPS said turn right and as I had set up a series of waypoints, I foolishly trusted it. Yes it was taking us to the designated start point via Warwick, and I had confirmation that others had been this way, however, I can confirm it’s not the best way.
Scenic Rim Experience Day – Sunday July 10 2016
11 keen new visitors including our first WK2 lined up at Hungry Jacks Beaudesert eager to head out on what was for some, their first time 4wdriving! Everyone was keen to hit the trails so we got through the formalities and headed towards Scenic Rim Adventure Park in one big Jeep convoy. This is where the learning began with tyre pressure being adjusted, swaybars disconnected and lessons on how the 4WD systems operated on everyones Jeeps. We headed up to the old huts for our first part of the day, where James, our qualified 4WD trainer, took everyone
Duck Creek Road Day Trip – Sunday 3 July 2016
It was another beautiful winters morning as we all made our way to the meeting point in Beaudesert. It was great to see lots of new visitors on this trip, I think we had a whopping 5 visitors! Once everyone had mingled and got to know each of the new members it was time to head off and hit the mountain. 18 vehicles in total convoyed to the start of Duck Creek Road where we stopped by the gate keeper, paid our fees and aired down. I decided it wasn’t necessary to disconnect or air down, a decision I regretted within the first 5 minutes of the trip.
Swan Gully Day Trip – Saturday 18 June 2016
Our weekend camp to Levuka was cancelled mid Friday due to the threat of severe rain and flooding from an approaching low pressure system. So, with a change of plan required, our trip leader, Brendan, reorganised a day trip (medium +) further to the north at Swan Gully Park with the added option for an overnight camp.
Aaron unintentionally got a head start on us and headed out to set up camp on Friday, while the rest of us headed out from Beaudesert Hungry Jack’s on Saturday morning. In all we had 6 JK’s (all longies) and 13 Jeepers eager for some wheelin. After airing down, disconnecting and signing in, we did a quick stop to set up camp for the overnighters (Corey, Lee and Adam) before heading off.
Janowen Hills Weekend Camp – 21 – 22 May 2016
A great trip for the BJC with 20 vehicles (18 Jeeps, 1 Prado and 1 Land Rover) joining us for either a Saturday day trip or a full weekend at Janowen Hill 4WD Park. The park was hosting a Hilux charity event, but despite approx. 150 Hiluxes being there, tracks were clear and we had a lot of great wheeling.
Oscar, Dane, Adrian and Brendan shared the trip leading and spotting duties and did a fantastic job leading us around the park and through some challenging spots. We completed all of our favourite tracks and explored the less used challenging creeks.
Double Island Point Day Trip – May 2016
The day started off bright and early in Brisbane leaving around 6:30am, meeting visitors Nick and Lou on their 2nd club trip. We made our way to the meeting point in Tewantin where we were greeted by some very muddy Jeeps from the previous days adventures at Mothar Mountain. We were finally ready to jump on the barge, pay our fees and get out feet sandy on the amazing Teewah beach! After a few quick tips to Nick and Lou and Chris, first time beach drivers, we were off and cruising up towards Double Island Point.
The Springs Weekend Camp – 23 – 25 April 2016
What a fantastic turnout for the long weekend trip to The Springs, 16 Jeeps, including a few visitors -Lani, on her second trip with two very excited kids, Corey on his first trip and Fred’s mum, Janeene, keen to meet the “Wolf Pack” for the first time.
After arriving and setting up camp, a long parade of Jeeps slowly made their way along a dry creek bed back to the front of the park and the play pen. This gave everyone a chance to warm up their vehicles and get back into the feel of wheeling with some easy obstacles to start with.
Swan Gully Park Day Trip – Saturday 16 April 2016
We had 17 vehicles for our first trip to the new Swan Gully Park (formerly City View), so we were able to run an Easy-Moderate run for the visitors and newer members and a Medium+/Difficult trip for the more experienced and daring. The first half of the day saw us exploring some moderate plus tracks to get everyone warmed up! Everyone wheeled well and helped others out when they needed a hand. We finished off with a bit of a surprise extreme track before lunch that I eventually got up in Polar, however everyone else turned around and found an alternative way up.
Scenic Rim Experience Day – February 2016
13 cars all up were in attendance on this trip, 4 new members to the club out on the experience building trip with 2 leaders and the rest off to conquer the hard tracks at the park! Arriving at the park was a pleasant surprising having no dust! We did however have a few animal encounters on the way in having to Slow down for many a roo and stop to wait for a turtle to cross the causeway. We took our new members to our usual training spot to get their confidence up before taking them up to the cottage to tackle some harder terrain.
Rover Park January 2016 – Australia Day Long Weekend
A group of 10 Jeeps enjoyed a great long weekend at Rover Park even though we had a bit of wet weather. Our easy/medium run for the afternoon turned difficult when we reached a rather steep slippery hill and had to wait for a Patrol and an FJ to get to the top, meanwhile the clouds became blacker and it was dark enough to have the lights on, fortunately the heavens didn’t open and we made it up the hill. James was just practicing some dance moves while he waited!!! In an attempt to ensure we didn’t leave David and Vanessa behind in the stock JK we had to get creative, I tried lifting it by hand in vain!