GOLD COAST HINTERLAND
Meet at Beaudesert and head east and up through the Gold coast hinterland areas which will include O'Reilly's, Mount Tamborine and Lamington National Park.
The trip will take us through some of the iconic townships and taking us through some much less known tracks that are still open.
There will be a walk through the rainforest at one of our stops so please bring your walking shoes if you are keen for that walk. There will be a number of stops through out the day at lookouts, creeks, rock pools and water falls.
Our first part of the drive is up duck creek rd which will take us straight up the western side of Lamington National Park ending up at O'Reilly's where we will do the "tree tops walk" which has 9 suspension bridges up to 16 meters above ground. A bird's eye view is obtained from a deck 30 meters above ground in a fig tree over the walkway. We will then have some free time to relax and explore the O'Reilly'S area (approx 45min). There is a cafe there if you want a snack. Bird feeding is also available for those keen. We will have an early lunch here at the BBQ on the LHS of the road adjacent to the large plane. The time frame will be advised on the day (approx 11:45) sausage sizzle.
After O'Reilly's we will head down the road (bitumen) for about 1:15min which is one of the most scenic hour and 15 minutes on bitumen you will see in a long time ending up at Mt Tamborine via Canungra. We will stop along the way with an arvo tea break when we arrive at Mt Tamborine. After an early arvo tea we will head into Tamborine National Park again and explore an area facing east towards the Gold Coast. This section has more scenic 4wding with many options available for those keen to take on some more challenging loops (challenging sections always optional). We will stop and check out the water fall and rock pool upon arival here which is a great spot to come back to in summer (4wd access only).
We will conclude our trip at the Micro brewery and Cheese Factory at Mount Tamborine. If you want to indulge you can..... cheese platter $25, 4 beer tasting tray $10, food menu available as well. Or just have a look around, there are tours available depending on the time we arrive, they will do a group tour anytime. The group will put on one free cheese platter upon arrival.
Upon ariving at the information center at Baudesert plase make final checks on your vehicle and gear. Ensure you are fueled up and ready for the pre trip chat.
Please ensure you do your research on traveling times to our meeting point, allowing yourself plenty of time.
Please ensure you sign in to the trip book upon arrival.
The organiser for each trip will be available for any questions at the meeting location or please feel free to post up any questions prior to the trip.
General Trip Info & Intenary:
Our pre trip chat will be at 8:10am with us departing at 8:30am sharp!
It is recommended that that you have a full tank of fuel for our departure, enough for 120km offroad driving.
Meeting Point Info:
Fuel is available Beaudesert.
A general store is available for supplies.
Toilets are located in the park where we are meeting.
Approximate distance to be traveled on trip 120km
Aspley to Beaudesert - 1hr 20min
Brisbane CBD to Beaudesert - 1hr
Gold Coast to Beaudesert - 1hr 15min
Maroochydore to Beaudesert - 2hrs 7mins
The group will be putting on a sausage sizzle for lunch, $1.50 per serve.
Cold drinks will be available throughout the day for $1.50 each.
4wd access permit is not required
A trip donation of $20 per member is requested.
(All trip donations and proceeds go towards group expenses).
Web sites relevant to this trip:
http://www.whereis.com/#session=MTI5 (travel times and location info)
http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/index.php (National parks & Forest info)
http://www.weatherzone.com.au/ (weather info)
http://www.oreillys.com.au/ (walking options)
www.mtbeer.com (Mt Tamborine Brewery)
http://www.witcheschasecheese.com.au/ (Cheese Factory)
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 dampner blanket
- Shovel (preferebly 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
Mininum vehicle numbers for this trip is: 8
* Twighlight drive..... A bonus option at the end of the day will be available for those interested in taking the short cut back to the HWY via another track with a look out over the Gold Coast at twighlight. Very spectacular with all of the lights at night. Just let me know on the day if you are interested in that as I will be taking that way out anyway (easy dirt road track). Otherwise just follow the signs back to the hwy via the main road.