Please ensure you have plenty of fuel as this is a full off road day with no opportunities for refueling. Ensure you have food and drinks with you.
We will meetup in railway st down the side of the bakery in the picturesque town of Dayboro. After our pretrip briefing we will head off to the base of mt mee where we will let down tyres ready for a full day of 4wdriving. We will not hit any bitumen all day :) The days driving will progressively get more difficult starting with easy gravel tracks in the morning. There will be one steeper rocky section to negotiate prior to morning tea at the Gantry.
During the day we will visit the Gantry day use area where there are toilets and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The Piccabeen walk is a short 1km boardwalk circuit taking you through a grove of piccabeen palms but we will not have time to complete this walk today..
The Gantry itself is a somewhat bizarre looking structure. A shed like building, it was used to house a massive crane used to hoist timber up from the forest floor. Apparently it operated until 1981 and the saw mill produced timber which was used in structures around Brisbane including Saint Stephens Cathedral in Brisbane CBD and bridge connecting Redcliffe to Brisbane. The sheer size and height of the structure makes it definitely photo worthy and something you definitely don't see every day.
After morning tea we will work our way around the gravel tracks to the lookout over sommerset dam before heading off to rocky holes for lunch. There will be time for people to have a swim here if they wish.
We will also visit rocky holes where the brave amongst us may wish to take a dip in the refreshing waters amongst the rocks.
A visit to somerset lookout with its spectacular views is a must.
After lunch we will head back to the gantry for a quick toilet stop. This is where anyone that wishes to head back to bitumen or shorten the day will be able to exit the group (probably around[masked]pm).
The afternoon driving is very steep rocks and gravel, mainly downhill driving. Low range is preferred and any cars with low clearance may struggle on some sections. This is the fun section of the day :)
We will finish the trip back at Dayboro hopefully around 5.30pm although this could be wrong by an hour or more either way for a variety of reasons, where a stop at the local pub for a social drink, (unfortunately the pub will not be serving food that night) order before the drive home.
Please RSVP with vehicle numbers only, guests/passengers will be accounted for in questions after you rsvp...thank you.
Meeting Point Info:
Upon arrival at the meeting point, please sign in on the trip sheet. It is a requirement for every one attending trips with this group that they sign in and supply contact information for safety reasons including signing the disclaimer. Further details are supplied relating to this on the day.
At the meeting point prior to the trip departure we will have a pre trip chat as a group and run through all relevant information relating specifically to the trip to ensure everyone attending is clear on all details about the trip.
This trip in general is a relaxing very scenic day trip through the country side with plenty of scenery and areas to explore to come back to one day. Much of the day will be on gravel tracks but there are a few steep accents and descents that may need careful negotiation especially if we have had a little rain. Mainly high range but some of the steeper sections may require low range especially in the afternoon.
This trip is a dry weather trip only. Many of the tracks will not be passable if very wet at all. We will keep everyone up to date with the trip details as it gets closer.
Toilets are available at the Gantry and the meeting point at the start of the day
Please ensure you check the travel times from your location to the meeting point.
There will be no catering provided, please bring all food, drinks, camping and cooking equipment you may need.
Minimum vehicle numbers for this trip is: 10
Maximum vehicle numbers for this trip is: 16
Vehicle access permit:
No vehicle access permits are required.
Upon arrival at the meeting point and signing into the trip a donation of $20 (cash) per vehicle is appreciated.
(All trip donations & proceeds go towards group expenses)
We do appreciate any donations towards this group, the organisers do work hard on ensuring all trips are safe and fun with plenty of support, however it should not be an expectation of a member that by paying this donation and or attending trips, that the organisers or trip leaders are there at your disposal in the event (but not limited to) there is a vehicle breakdown, vehicle recovery, medical matter or you forgot to bring something (e.g. Your favourite pillow), as we are not professionals in this field. The group as a whole will be there to assist where they can. Please read the trip guidelines including safety on trips for more information. All trips are run based on personal experience, ensuring safety and enjoyment are our top priority. We remind all participants on trips that no liability is taken on board by anyone attending the trips. All advice given is general advice only.
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THE OTHER BORING BUT IMPORTANT STUFF
If you are keen to come along on trips please ensure your RSVP is kept up to date at all times. A lot of planning does go into all of the trips and the trip numbers including who is coming is important for us to know. We understand that things can come up at the last minute and you may not be able to make it but please remember that most people and families need time to plan to come on trips and last minute changes do not always allow others to fill your spot. Late pull outs do mean the spot you have taken will be sadly missed by someone else.
Thank you and I hope this helps everyone to enjoy and promote the smooth and safe running of all our trips.
Please ensure you keep up to date with the trips details as trips can change at any time to accommodate for changing conditions. Make sure your email notifications are set to receive all communication etc. Always double check the trip details before you leave home to travel to the meeting point. Regular trip updates leading up to each trip will keep everyone informed of trip details and conditions. If you have any questions please ensure you post them up.
Trip Attendance and itinerary:
For the smooth and safe running of all our trips for everyone attending can you please ensure you adhere to the following. You and any one with you including your vehicle is fully prepared for the trip at the meeting point. Please be on time at the meeting point as we cannot wait for anyone. Sign in upon arrival at the meeting point, everyone has to sign in for safety reasons. Please ensure you stick with the groups itinerary and trip recommendation/requirements throughout the whole trip all the way to the end as trips are planned around this, veering off from the itinerary effects the smooth running and management of trips, any changes by you must be known to the person running the particular trip, (e.g. arriving at camp site a day prior, having to leave early etc....).
All vehicles attending the trip should be fitted with or carry the following equipment;
Vehicle mounted or handheld UHF, minimum 2watt
Rated recovery points front and rear
Snatch strap rated for your vehicle, 2 shackles, gloves and damper blanket
Shovel (preferably long handle)
First aid kit
1kg fire extinguisher
Vehicle jack, base plate and wheel brace
All vehicles are to be registered and roadworthy
Extra drinking water and non perishable food
Tell someone else where you are going
Recovery and Breakdowns:
Recoveries and breakdowns are your responsibility to manage and can happen from time to time, we recommend to help with that by being a member of RACQ and subscribe to their "Ultimate" roadside assistance package. It is their top cover and worth every cent.
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