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General Meetings / February Monthly Meeting 2021
« Last post by B-rad on January 03, 2021, 05:00:36 PM »
The February Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday, 17th February 2021, at The Salisbury Hotel Motel, 668 Toohey Road, Salisbury.
We are usually in the Beer Garden
Monthly Meetings occur the 3rd Wednesday of the month and meals will always be available at this venue.
The meeting will start at 7.30 pm. All Welcome
Minutes of the previous meeting will be posted within the minutes section of the forum.
General Meetings / January Monthly Meeting 2021
« Last post by B-rad on January 03, 2021, 04:54:58 PM »
The January Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday, 20th January 2021, at The Salisbury Hotel Motel, 668 Toohey Road, Salisbury.
We are usually in the Beer Garden
Monthly Meetings occur the 3rd Wednesday of the month and meals will always be available at this venue.
The meeting will start at 7.30 pm. All Welcome
Minutes of the previous meeting will be posted within the minutes section of the forum.
Trip Reports / Re: Stanthorpe Weekend
« Last post by Hangman on October 14, 2020, 03:48:00 PM »
My Addition Stanthorpe October 2020

I was able to leave Redcliffe at 7pm and headed west to Maryvale. I had read a lot about the Crown Hotel at Maryvale and decided to camp there Friday night. It was a quiet night at the hotel with a few locals and the footie. There is a grassy patch at the back of the pub but 4 caravans were parked here. I rolled out my swag on the verge beside the road after a couple of beers.

Tom rolled into town at 7am and we headed to Warwick for brekkie. Unfortunately the bakery was not open so we continued on to Stanthorpe. After a brekkie roll we headed to Blue Topaz Caravan Park to meet up with the others who had been here since Friday. This is usually the busiest time of the year at the caravan park with the seasonal fruit pickers but it was very quiet at the moment with Covid and the drought. Stanthorpe was trucking water from Warwick at the moment.

The caravan park does not have good water so buys water any way. Showers cost 20 cents for 3 minutes. The shower block near our camp was very unpredictable. The first shower I had was good but the second was similar to the experience others had. Hot and cold flushes with no water pressure. The shower cubicle was only for smaller persons and the shower rose was low. The showers in the main block were much better.

Tom and I set up the bachelor pad with Andrew and Glenn joining us. There is large grassy areas with a few smaller trees scattered. There were heaps of large ants on the ground but none seemed to bite. Once we had set up Andew , Dom and Chantal and I headed to Girraween National Park for a walk. We had decided to do the Pyramid and Junction tracks then meet up with the others later to do an easy drive and collect some firewood.

We arrived at the overflow car park at 11am. It was very busy with school holidays and a long week end. We headed up the Pyramid first being the harder track. The track gradually climbs to the exposed rock top. You can follow the white dotted track or as Dom and I did climb straight up the rock. The climb is only 290m and it gives a birds eye view of the park. It is very dry at the moment and there is still scars from the bush fires earlier in the year. There is still some patches of wild flowers which break up the brown.

Girraween is a very unique landscape. With large granite boulder out crops scattered amongst the trees and large exposed granite areas with scattered large boulders. After the pyramid climb we walked out to the junction which is the junction between 2 creeks. There was some water in the creek just enough for Andrew to have a swim. We only dripped our feet in. From here we headed back to the car park to meet the other. We walked 9km which took us 3 hrs.

After meeting up with the others we headed back to Stanthorpe via Pyramids Rd. We stopped to collect some fire wood on the road side outside the national park. Thankfully David and Jill had found me some Grumpy Old Bastard Port so I was looking forward to a quiet night by the fire. Even though it was warm during the day once the sun was down it was quite cool. Tonight we were all going to the diner for a hamburger and milkshake. So it was back to camp for one of those shower experiences I mentioned earlier.

I do just want to conclude my Stanthorpe experience with a mention of Sundown National park which we did on Sunday. Rats Castle Track has eluded me the previous 2 trips and I was determined to get it done this trip. Success. It is a long day at Sundown with slow gibber tracks. The loop track is very challenging if approaching the track anti clockwise. The steep rocky climb is very rutted. We did it from the creek side which was more doable but still a very clean challenging track. Sundown did break a Patrol. Chris + Toni arriving back at camp on a tow truck but I will leave that for another time.

Ian Lynch
Trip Reports / Stanthorpe Weekend
« Last post by Pig dog on October 08, 2020, 09:29:01 PM »

Some of the club members were lucky enough to head out to the Blue Topaz Caravan park at Stanthorpe on Friday while the rest of us headed out on Saturday morning. On this trip, we had Glenn, Michael, Anita, Hudson, William, Scott, Julie, Hayley, Gary, May, Sam, Quinton, Ian, Greg, Terrina, Chris, Toni, Robyn, Daryl, Chantal, Dom, Jessie, Brad, Jill, David, Keith, Keryle Andrew and Tom.

After we set up our camping area on Saturday Ian Chantal, Dom and Andrew went for a hike to the top of the Pyramid at Girraween national park while the rest of the members tour the wineries, cheese, jam and chocolate outlets. At 2.30 pm some of us meet the hikers at Girraween for a drive around the park. Saturday afternoon saw all the club members sit around for afternoon nibbles and drinks for a catch-up. For dinner, we all headed up to the rock and roll diner for American-style hamburgers and milkshakes then back to camp to sit around the fire for some laughs.

On Sunday some of us went to Sundowner National Park to drive some of the tracks we stop at the Burrows for lunch then head for the river crossings and to drive the famous Rats Castle track. I'm happy to say everyone made it down the Rats Castle track with some guidness from Ian and Tom. The other members tour around Stanthorpe to pick strawberries and visit some of the attractions. We all sat around the fires again for some more laughs amd drinks.

On Monday it was time to say goodbye and head back home. It was great to see so many members come out to Stanthorpe for the weekend and enjoy what the region has to offer.   

Trip Reports / Glasshouse Mtns 2020
« Last post by Hangman on September 14, 2020, 08:25:38 PM »
Please see attached
Introductions / Re: Howdy From 17 Mile Rocks
« Last post by Pig dog on August 05, 2020, 12:33:13 PM »

Hi Bumpy

Keep an eye on the website page or follow us our Facebook page. At the moment we are little restricted with Covid-19 but hopefully, things will change in the future.


Pigdog (Tom)
Introductions / Howdy From 17 Mile Rocks
« Last post by Bumpy on August 04, 2020, 07:26:52 PM »
HI Guys,

Ilook forward to meeting up and jumping on the trails.

I am manager of my sons rugby team and they play Sat mornings, so tied up for a few more weeks yet.

Trip Reports / Christmas In July 2020 ( Covid-19 )
« Last post by Pig dog on August 01, 2020, 11:52:07 AM »

Christmas in July for 2020 was different to our normal Christmas in July celebrations. This year it became a camping weekend at the Spring's 4x4 park. But all that attended had a great time with lots of laughs and stories around the fire.

This weekend we had Robyn, Darrly, Jill, David, Julie, Hayley, Scott, Glenn, Toni, Chris, Quinton, Sam, Brad. Jessie, Anita, Michael, Hudson, William, Kelli, Daynan, and myself. Most of the crew role in on Friday afternoon with Glenn, Kelli and Daynan showing up on Saturday, On Friday and Saturday night we had Jeanette and Neil come and sit around the fire.

On Friday night we all sat around the fire commenting how good it was to be out again enjoy each other's company. We had a few minutes of missy rain on Friday night but that was about it. On Saturday morning we woke to overcast morning and after breakfast, we went for a drive around the park and the play area then back to camp for lunch.

After Lunch and few slices of pizza made by Robyn, Jill, Darrly, and David we went out for another drive with Scott giving his new cruiser a good work out. Darryl and I got plenty of firewood for the night as a few of us were cooking a camp oven roast for dinner. We had a few light showers of rain during the night.

On Sunday morning we woke to light showers of rain we packed up and headed home.

Thank you to Caroline and Neil our host from the  Springs 4x4 park.               
Trip Reports / Re: Day trip Lockyer state forest
« Last post by Hangman on June 17, 2020, 07:05:43 PM »
Home Hill? Forest Hill. Sorry I lived at Laidley for 3 years. A picture of the Lockyer pub featured in the Queensland pavilion at Expo 88
Great report, good to see Motleys out again.
Trip Reports / Day trip Lockyer state forest
« Last post by Pig dog on June 16, 2020, 01:09:51 PM »

We meet up at the BP at Haisleigh car park with every keeping there social distancing. on this trip, we had Daniel, Gary, Sandy, Robyn, Darryl, Glenn, Alex, Keith, Keryle, David, and myself. We headed down the highway turned into Marburg then drove through Rosewood, Grandchester, and Laidley we stopped at Home Hill for a comfort stop at the park.

After our stop, we headed towards Gatton then turned right towards Esk near the Gatton Goal we headed on the dirt through Lockyer Forest the track was quite dusty in places and so the convey got covered in dust. After driving through the forest we headed to Gus Buetell Lookout.

When we got to the lookout we found a stop for lunch amongst all the other people escaping the isolation and enjoying the outdoors. We all sat around telling tales about being in lockdown with Robyn breaking out the famous rocky road that Darryl and Robyn make.

After our lunch break and a look around the lookout, we headed towards Murphy's Creek. Once we got to Murphy's Creek we headed towards the highway then back home to Brisbane to give the cars a wash and watch the NRL on TV.

It was just a day trip but it was great to just get out and enjoy the Motley member's company.           
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