11/12th September – Benarkin State Forest weekend camp
Brisbane Jeep Club (BJC) did their first trip to Benarkin State Forest. The forest is near the town of Blackbutt a popular stop for visitors to the area and just under 2 hours from Brisbane.
16 jeeps made the most of the terrain, which was a mixture of plantation roads, subtropical rainforests, savannah like grasslands and grazing property. Most of the roads are very well maintained and allow for easy forest drives, but the area is amongst the Benarkin and Balfour ranges, which give us some more challenging steep hill climbs and descents, for those who enjoyed a bit more of a challenge, along with some shallow creek crossings.
We also camped the night at Emu Creek, with of course a great campfire for all, as we discussed the adventures thus far.
22nd Aug – Scenic Rim Adventure Park Day Trip
Brisbane Jeep Club (BJC) had a great day out yesterday, at The Scenic Rim Adventure Park.
16 Jeeps enjoyed the park with awesome views, winding trails, to technical areas.
BJC hope all our new people on their 1st and 2nd trips, felt welcome and enjoyed the day.
Big thanks to the Trip Leaders who made this possible and the Koala who paid us a visit..
31st July – Belthorpe National Park
Nice little run through Bellthorpe this morning with 15 jeeps (and a Motchy cruiser), cut short due to hearing about the lockdown. Joined by 3 visitors who enjoyed their first BJC trip.
17-18 July – Janowen Hills 4wd Park
After the postponement of the 80th Year Jubilee Event we put together a camping/wheeling weekend to Janowen 4×4 Park. Unfortunately the weather was not very kind to us with heavy rain on the Thursday before we arrived and most of Friday. The Friday arrivals may have been forced to setup in the drizzle but were rewarded with a huge campfire and plenty of good company.
We woke early of Saturday hoping to hit the trails with the day trippers and other Saturday arrivals, however the park owners requested that we stay off the tracks until they dried out a bit. We finally got to go for a drive around 10am with 11 Jeeps in our convoy. It was certainly muddy and slippery which forced us into a change in route, heading into the creek leading to the waterfall. Half way into the creek a call comes over the radio from Gary – “We have a problem, my wheels are both pointing inwards”. A broken tie-rod turned out the be the problem, which took about an hour to fix in order to drive back to camp where it was welded back together allowing Gary to continue on.
Despite the mechanical issue in the creek the from group of cars where able to give the waterfall a crack with the XJ and TJs leading the way, not requiring a tow (the time when shorter wheel bases are a huge benefit)
Our after lunch run was good fun with some very slippery run crawling in Oscar’s Creek, followed by some cool slow flexi tracks. We collected several Jeeps worth of fire wood on the way back to camp and started the fire nice and early to help keep us warm from the artic wind that had blown up late afternoon. An other epic BJC camp fire night, with plenty of Smores, spirits, ice cream and laughs.
A short Sunday trip up to the lookout for a few vehicles was well worth it for the view, with most heading home mid morning to begin the clean-up of our muddy Jeeps.
Sunday 20 June – Mt Mee (Day Trip)
12 jeeps came out for the Mt Mee run this month. It was a great day for wheeling through the D’Aguilar National Park, with recent track grading it was a breeze for participants, with a little mud to prove we actually went 4w-driving.
5-6 June – Land Cruiser Mountain Park (June Club Camp)
9 jeeps came along for this months LCMP difficult run, weather was again on our side with clear days and cool nights. The Park was busy due to the winch challenge weekend however we were able to drive our usual tracks and try a couple of new one’s not done recently, again overall a great weekend away with BJC
Saturday 22 May – Swan Gully (Day Trip)
24-26 April – The Springs 4×4 Park (Long Weekend Camp)
13 Jeeps joined us for the ANZAC day long weekend camp at The Springs. As always, this time of year really puts on the great wheeling weather with night time temps below 5 degrees – big fires were had! Daytime temps were in the low 20’s. We had fun driving all the usual tracks and rock gardens being lead by Brendan, as well as a mystery tour lead by new trip leader David on Monday morning before heading home – well done David! Overall a great weekend away wheeling with a great bunch of Jeepers.
2-5 April – Charlie Moreland (Easter Long Weekend Camp)
Although the weather forecast across the Easter long weekend was for rain, a small group of us still headed up to Charlie Moreland to enjoy the weekend. We explored the Booloumba Creek area and did the easy walk to the falls. We met up with the crew from JeepFreakz and explored 4wd tracks through Kenilworth Forest. The rain made for some slippery and interesting times. Back at camp we were lucky each evening as the rain held out enough for us to enjoy a campfire. We are keen to get back there and explore more of the tracks.
Sat 20 February – Wrangler Experience Day at Janowen Hills 4wd Park
20-21 February – Janowen Hills 4wd Park Club Camp
11 Jeep owners joined us for the BJC Wrangler experence day on February 20. The aim of the experience day is to give new Wrangler owners the opportunity to learn the basics of 4wding and the capabilities of their Jeep in a controlled environment. Then use this new knowledge and confidence to safely hit the trails next time.
Sat 6 February – Mt Mee Twilight run
We had 15 Jeeps, including 7 visitors, join us for the Mt Mee Twilight run. As usual Dane led an awesome trip. Starting at Laceys Creek Road in the southern end of the Park, we meandered our way north on Range Road Forest Drive through Jacky Creek Road to A Break. A few visitors looked at the steepness of A Break, but everyone handled the challenge well. After stopping for an early dinner at The Gantry Picnic Area, we then headed out along the Western Escarpment Forest Drive to drive the tracks in the north west of the park. The darkness puts a different light on the tracks. Another great night.
Sat 23 January – Bribie Island
We had perfect weather for our trip up the beach of Bribie Island and it was a spectacular convoy of 16 Jeeps, various of models. Such a lovely bunch of people and many visitors joined us on the beach run. Once up near the ruins we set up our marquees and enjoyed a swim, some beach cricket and chatting to fellow Jeepers. After lunch we headed back down the inland track to Whitepatch. Everyone had a great day and look forward to another.
Sat 23 – Tues 26 January – Fraser Island ‘Australia Day’ Beach Camp
13 Jeeps headed off for the long weekend at Fraser Island to explore lesser known places on Fraser Island such as deserted mining camps and Platypus Bay, but also to visit the usual places, Eli Creek, Lake MacKenzie, Sandy Cape, Indian Head, Maheno Wreck. The activities included boogie boarding, sand duning, swimming, floating down Eli Creek and some night photography.
Sun 17 January – Bellthorpe National Park
A leisurely drive through the easier sections of Bellthorpe National Park, with the destination being a picnic lunch at the Saw Mill. A great trip for those new to 4wding and for all to get off the beaten track and travel through the eucalypt forest and rainforest of Belthorpe. BYO picnic lunch, picnic blanket/chairs etc.
Mt Mee Day Trip and 2020 Christmas Run: 5 December
Starting at Laceys Creek Road in the southern end of the Park, we headed north on Range Road Forest Drive through Jacky Creek Road towards A Break. We stopped for lunch at The Gantry Picnic Area and enjoyed a delicious roast and salad. The Xmas raffle was drawn and many lucky members won some great prizes. After lunch a smaller group headed off along the Western Escarpment Forest Drive to drive the tracks in the north west of the park, before heading home back through Mt Mee and Dayboro.
Double Island Point:15 November
What an awesome day with some awesome weather and a great bunch of people. After convoying up Teewah beach, across the Leisha Track and setting up for the day by the water at Double Island Point, we relaxed, swam, played some games and caught up with old friends and met some lovely new Jeepers.
Stradbroke Island: Oct 30 to Nov 1
This trip was a relaxing long weekend away to Straddie with simple 4wding and lots of beach time. Planned excursions will be the tripod track down to Main Beach and if the tracks are reopened we will look at the Keyholes track. We will visit the usual spots for swims and walks including Point Lookout, Amity Point, Keyholes, Cylinder Beach, Brown Lake, Blue Lake. These will be run as excursions which you are able to join onto for the day if you wish.
Bribie Island: 17 October
We had perfect weather for our Bribie day trip. Whilst there was only a small group of 7 Jeeps out for the day (due to COVID day passes being fully booked), we enjoyed a cruisy trip from White Patch up the inland track, stopping off at the war ruins, followed by a leisurely drive down the beach before setting up for the day. A quick swim, a few rounds of Finska, lunch and some chatting. Great day out!
Landcruiser Mountain Park: 3-5 October
We had a great number of Jeeps (16) join us for the “Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend” and for many it was their first trip to LCMP. We explored most of the tracks around the park and even had an evening run through Cruiser Canyon. A few hiccups along the way with some mechanical issues, but for the most it was a smooth weekend of wheeling. The weather was fantastic and the nights were just right for a nice warm fire. The “talking stick” made it’s way around the fire on Saturday night giving everyone a chance to introduce themselves and how they got into Jeeping. Once again another successful trip.
Sundown National Park – 18 – 20 September
The weekend started with a very late Friday night after meeting at Aratula and making our way into the park through the twisting mountains. We explored the trails over the weekend including Rat’s Castle loop and a drive up to Red Rock Gorge lookout. Lots more to explore next time.
Janowen Hills 4WD Park – 5 – 6 September – Club camp and experience day
What a great weekend – fantastic weather – and a large number of Jeeps out on the trails. Whilst our club members tackled the more difficult tracks at Janowen, we had three groups off learning about their Jeeps and how to drive them off-road. Group 1 led by Mitch included the grands and a couple of JKs. Group 2 led by Dane involved the TJs and a couple of JKs and Adrian led group 3 with a few JLs and JKs. Everyone had a really great experience and left feeling more confident about driving their vehicle off-road and what it was capable of. Saturday night saw a typical BJC fire with some great stories, laughs and the introduction of the ‘talking stick’.
The Springs 4×4 Park – 14 – 16 August
Over the course of the weekend we tackled the various medium to difficult tracks around the park. A couple of the guys had some mechanical issues and it was great to see everyone chip in and provide assistance.
Gordon Country – 1 – 2 August
A relaxed easy weekend exploring the trails of Gordon Country on Saturday, including a short walk to the lookout, followed by a nice campfire to warm us up that night. Sunday morning saw us adventure on foot through the lush rainforest in the Cascades 6km walk.
Scenic Rim Adventure Park is a great place to test the limits of your stock or slightly modified Jeep and improve your 4WDing skills. The park has a large number of bush tracks with enough variety for everyone. The main tracks are suitable for stock Jeeps in good weather, while other tracks range from rocky creek beds to rutted hill climbs and descents.
Saturday 1 February – Mt Mee day/night run
The first BJC trip for the year was very popular with 20 vehicles and almost 80 people enjoying a leisurely drive through Mt Mee, stopping for an early picnic dinner at The Gantry, followed by an evening run along the Western Escarpment Forest Drive. Unfortunately we just missed the sunset but it was still a brilliant view. What a difference night driving makes to the tracks. Something we will certainly do again.
December Day Trip – Double Island Point – 8 December 2019
Another great trip up to Double Island Point.
November Club Camp / Day Trip – Bribie Island – 30 November – 1 December
November Club Camp and Xmas Party – The Springs 4×4 Park- 15 – 17 November
A very hot, dry and dusty weekend didn’t stop everyone from having an awesome weekend of wheeling, exploring the tracks. Nearly all of the park tracks were covered, with a range of medium to difficult runs. We enjoyed a BBQ dinner under the Xmas marquee. No fires this weekend due to the fire restrictions.
October Club Camp – 5 – 7 October – Landcruiser Mountain Park
21 Jeeps, 8 runs, 6 visitors, 3 trip leaders
1 great long weekend of wheeling with a great bunch of jeepers. Very hot, dusty and dry.
Thanks to Dane, Gary and Oscar for leading runs and Matt for spotting assistance.
Great effort to Jackie and Amy who picked up 501 cans/bottles on the weekend.
September Club Camp – 27 – 29 September – Gordon Country
A quite, relaxed weekend with a lovely group of people and a range of Jeeps – a few Grand Cherokees, a couple of TJs and a JL Rubicon. Saturday morning was spent exploring the 4wd trails located throughout Gordon Country and the visitors getting to know the capability of their car. Because of the full fire ban and it being a chilly night, everyone tucked up warmly in their swags/tents for an early night.
September Day Trip Swan Gully – Saturday 14 September
A small group of capable Jeeps headed off for the challenge of the creek at Swan Gully. Deemed a success as the target destination of the waterfall at the end of the creek was reached by everyone. Lots of challenges along the way with tight manoeuvres through the large rocks and boulders in the dry creek bed.
September Day Trip – Scenic Rim Adventure Park – Sunday 8 September
A great day out at Scenic Rim Adventure Park with 14 Jeeps, including a few TJs, an XJ, a couple of WHs and a number of JKUs. We had several visitors on this trip and Scenic Rim is a good park with some easier tracks and obstacles at which those newer to 4WDing can test the limits of their Jeep and improve their 4WDing skills. Although it is very dry and dusty out in the region, we had perfect weather for the day as well.
August Club Camp – Fraser Island Fri 23 to Mon 26 August 2019
July Club Camp – Brisbane Valley Touring – 27 to 28 July
Come join us for the weekend to take in a scenic drive through the Brisbane Valley followed by an overnight camp at Kilkivan Bush Camp – 577 Rossmore Rd. Kilkivan. The drive from Dayboro to Kilkivan will take us over Mt Mee and along dirt and gravel roads with the occasional shallow water crossing. This trip is suitable for all stock or modified Jeeps and is suitable for off road caravans & off road campers. The Journey to Kilkivan is approx. 240km and pending stops should take approx. 5 – 6 hours. We will also be stopping along the way, so don’t forget to bring your chairs and a picnic lunch.
July Day Trip – Mt Mee – 6 July
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 tracks in the north west of the park, then looping back to the Gantry to head home back through Mt Mee and Dayboro.
EXPERIENCE DAY – 8 June – Janowen Hills 4WD park
We had a very large number of visitors participate in the experience day. We divided into two groups. The Grands and stock wranglers learned more about their vehicles and their capability by driving the easier tracks and small obstacles. A medium run of modified jeeps and drivers with a little more experience, explored the medium tracks with more challenging obstacles. A great day was had by all.
June Club Camp – 8-9 June – Janowen Hills 4WD park
A great weekend tackling the challenges that one of our favourite 4×4 parks has to offer. Saturday saw the big trucks explore the more difficult tracks, including the wombat holes, creeks, gullies, step ups, steep ascents and descents and the two waterfalls. Saturday nigth we were lucky with the rain holding off, so relaxed by the campfire. Sunday morning involved a more moderate run throughout the park.
May Day Long Weekend Club Camp – Landcruiser Mountain Park – 4 – 6 May
8 club members with modified Jeeps headed out to Landcruiser to take advantage of the Labour Day long weekend and enjoyed some challenging wheeling. Saturday was quite wet and slippery with rain throughout the day, but this did not dampen our spirits as we got through Test Track, Claw Gorge, Cruiser Canyon and Camp Road to name a few. Fortunately the rain held off during the evening so we could sit around the fire and chat. The weather cleared up on Sunday, so we spent a really nice day out exploring Top Test Track, Timber Trail, Sure Track, Leo’s Lane, Telecom Hill, Prado Parade, Cruiser Canyon. Monday morning with fewer Jeeps allowed us to explore some easier tracks to teach one of our newer members some more skills. We were joined by Stu Murchison and Alan Davidson for a short time on Monday morning. A fantastic weekend with some great photos and video footage.
April day trip – Bellthorpe NP – Sunday 28 April
We had a great day out in Bellthorpe NP with another huge turnout – 24 Jeeps of all models, including 9 visitors, taking a leisurely stroll along the tracks. Lots of hints and tips for 4WDing from Brendan (trip leader) along the way. One obstacle we could not get past on Branch Creek Road (and almost at the very end) was a huge tree that had just fallen across the track in the last day or two and was immovable. No problem, we turned around and headed back the long way around to Brandons Rd for lunch at the old sawmill site. After lunch another easy run along the Goodla Road forest tracks before heading to the air-up point. Thanks to everyone for joining us.
Easter Club Camp – Nana Glen – 19 – 22 April
8 Jeeps headed off on the long weekend adventure to Nana Glen. Despite the weather forecast, we were positive that it would clear and we would have a great time. We were lucky to have very little rain during the days, mostly showers overnight. The previous rainfall meant the tracks were very slippery and muddy, making the hill climbs very challenging. The winches got a thorough workout and each track took about 4 hours to complete. We look forward to going back in the dry.
A great day out with one of our larger number of participants wanting to explore the Mt Mee area. We started at Laceys Creek Road in the southern end of the Park, headed north along Range Road forest drive through Jacky Creek Road towards A Break. The very dry ground and recently graded A Break made for an easy ascent. We stopped for lunch at The Gantry Picnic area and then headed north along the Western Escarpment Forest Drive where a few more little challenges and obstacles were waiting. Everyone had a fabulous day out.
EXPERIENCE DAY at Janowen Hills 4wd Park – Saturday 9 February
An excellent turnout today for our first experience day of the year. It was a magnificent site seeing the convoy of 13 Jeeps heading out to Janowen. The day saw 3 grands and 7 JK/Us out learning how their vehicles handled off-road. Everyone had a great day and we look forward to seeing our visitors out on their next trip.
February Club Camp – Janowen Hills 4wd Park – Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 February
As usual Janowen treated us to a fun weekend of wheeling. We completed most of our favourite tracks on the Saturday, finished the day with a nice campfire (briefly interrupted by a very windy storm) and then headed out again Sunday morning for a short play in the creeks (a little muddier than expected).
Australia Day long weekend camp – The Springs 4×4 Park – Saturday 26 – Monday 28 January
Another great trip to The Springs. Although a small group of vehicles and despite the extreme heat, we had a great time. Explored most of the tracks with all types of obstacles including ruts, steep ascents and descents and creek runs. Enjoyed watching those attempt Beer O’Clock Hill with most contestants being successful in reaching the top.
Fraser Island 3-4 day expedition – Fri 2-Mon 5 November
Camping at Dundubara
Friday Day 1 – 2.5 hour drive to Rainbow Beach where we will fuel up and then to Inskip Point to air down just before the beach entry. We will set up camp at Dundubara but along the way we may drop into Lake Boomanjin or Eli Creek.
Saturday Day 2 – Lake Mackenzie, Central Station, Lake Wabby – Optional Pub Dinner at Happy Valley dependent on interest
Sunday Day 3 – Indian Head, Champagne Pools – Optional Sandy Point dependent on interest (It’s a long drive)
Monday Day 4 – Head back via Northern Scenic route via Lake Allom – optional western beach visit to Woralie Creek
Double Island Point – Sunday 16 September
A family friendly day at the beach!
Janowen Hills 4×4 Park – 11 – 12 August
A small group of Jeepers enjoyed the weekend at Janowen. We explored a new creek on the first day which surprised us with two little waterfalls that provided quite a challenge. We had some very interesting discussions around the campfire that night and then spent Sunday morning crawling around the creeks on the far side of the park. Great weekend as usual.
Janowen Hills Experience day – 11 August
Experience day saw 5 jeep owners (in a TJ, 2 grands, a JK shorty and JKU) learn about their vehicle and see how well it handles on the easier tracks at Janowen. Everyone had a great day and we look forward to seeing them out on the trails again.
Toolbox Day – 29 July 2018
A huge thank you to David and Christine Easlea at Dynamic Autocare for giving up their Sunday and opening up their workshop for the club members and a few visitors to come and do some basic maintenance on their Jeeps. Plenty of work got done and everyone enjoyed helping eachother out.
What a perfect way to spend the long weekend….having a blast out on the tracks at The Springs. We had great weather, although it was very windy, it wasn’t too cold. We completed almost all of the tracks and showed two club visitors a fantastic time exploring in their cars. Highlights of the weekend were…Adam who wanted to see how dry the mud was and as expected, got stuck…Matt who announced in a distressed voice over the radio that “his wheel was in a hole“….his attempt at Beer O’Clock….the challenging Rum Run where some Jeeps got air borne…. and we saw an echidna! So much to do and enjoy.
Girraween National Park 28 – 29 April 2018
A great weekend away stretching our legs. Saturday morning we did the 12km return trip up to Mt Norman, the highest peak in Girraween NP. An enjoyable leisurely stroll through some stunning scenery and lots of fund climbing the rocks. After lunch and a nap (for some) back at camp, we then headed up the pyramid at 4.15pm in time to reach the summit to relax with some drinks and nibblies and watch the spectacular sunset. That was a very challenging climb! We had a great fire both nights and celebrated Cheryl’s birthday. Sunday morning saw a few people do another walk through Robert’s Waterhole whilst others packed up. A stop for coffee at Heavenly Chocolates and then a visit to a cheese factory/winery for some tastings and purchases finished the weekend. A great weekend shared with great people!
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!