WOOLGOOLGAOFFROAD.....about me

I started Woolgoolga offroad back in the early nineties, after moving north of Coffs Harbour. Not only do love medium to hard days, l also love getting out and exploring our wonderful north coast with it's array of rainforest, long stretching beachs and our awesome views. Several times a year we venture afar for camping trips, and depending on our work schedules it determines on how far we go.

The best feature we have, here at Coffs Harbour, is that it is the closest spot on the east coast where the great dividing range meets the pacific ocean. So this means, we lock our hubs in when we turn off the highway, cant get better than that !

Over the last few years i have been lucky enough to have competed in various competitons, with various degrees of success. Travelled extensively in and around the north coast, west to the Olgas, The Flinders, Ayres Rock, Kings Canyon around the simpson desert and to the centre of Austraila.We have traversed through and around several deserts that include- The Simpson, Strezlecki, The Stony just to name a few. And of course I can't forget the people I have met, crossed paths with and the ones that have stayed lifelong friends - because without them it would not be the same. 

The idea of my blog is to highlight the travels where I go and what is happening in my 4wd and camping world.

I always hear people from our generation saying "Ahh, living the dream" when they are doing something out of the ordinary - for example: sipping cocktails in a spa at a fancy resort or perhaps they post "living the dream" as the caption beneath a photo of them moving into their new $500,000+ mansion-esque home they have just mortgaged their life away for. At first I was confused by how simple my ambitions were. All I wanted was to live in a caravan and be able to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors.

So for me, this became my simple dream. I find myself having those "Ahh living the dream" moments when I am sitting in a natural hot spring, kicking back in the bush exploring tracks, looking at the desert sky all drinking a beer, or maybe ten feet away from a crocodile inhabited river. Now all I need to do is to work out which way I shall turn at the roundabout at the end of the street.

Another passion of mine is photography, l have a host of albums on my Facebook page so jump across to my page and browse my photo albums of places where I have been, explored and discovered. We are lucky enough to live here on the Coffs Coast, so there is always plenty of places to get out to take advantage of any weather conditions that may arise. I will also be writing about personal experiences and more.

Or another alternative is to take time and check out this online publication, great for those soft roaders 
http://issuu.com/coffscoast/docs/coffscoasttouringtrailsfinalissuu

Or keep an eye out for my articles in the following
https://coastbeat.com.au
https://www.whichcar.com.au/4x4australia

And yes I know I post a lot of pics, but dont they say a picture tells a story ??
Anyone keen for a trip ?

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Kev
woopi4x4@bigpond.net.au









THE NAMBUCCA VALLEY

There’s not many destinations in Australia where the rich soil from volcanic activity meet the ocean giving lush pockets of subtropical rainforest steaming back to the Gondwana period. Not only this the beaches are some of the best you’ll find in Australia, in fact one has been named the 8th best with it’s gleaming white sand and crystal clear water tucked in a little cove.

Nambucca Heads, mid way between Sydney and Brisbane has all this and more. Now bypassed by the fast track freeway, this area is quiet and peaceful but a few days here will want you coming back for more. Nestled right on the coast Nambucca has all the services of the larger cities in a laid back kind of way. The Nambucca River ends it’s 87km journey on the southern side of town to it’s starting point way in the hinterland and gives life to the whole valley. 



Before white man set foot in this area local Gumbaynggar and Dunghutti Aboriginal people called this place home where the water and land was rich in food. Back in 1820 explorer John Oxley explored the area looking for convicts who stole a boat but what they found was red gold, massive stands of Red Cedar trees and it wasn’t long before the area was settled and logging was started. 1874 saw a town site surveyed, land was soon sold and the town grew. 

Having the river as a base for shipping up and down the coast it was soon realised that there was a pretty dangerous bar at the river entrance. Ships ran around and lives were lost, ironically in 1934 a wooden steamer named the Nambucca ran around on route from Sydney to Nambucca with a load of cargo. Rich in maritime history there are several museums in town where you can delve further into everything maritime. Overlooking the river at the Captain Cook and Rotary lookouts, pioneer cemetery’s with old graves lets you have a somber moment reading headstone details. A sad part of maritime history where lives were lost and it was the done thing to bury people overlooking the ocean. 

In 1895 a 500 metre long break wall was built along side the river, now known as the V wall it’s now a tourist attraction where anyone with an idea and some paint can graffiti the rocks that line the path. This unique idea has become so popular that people come from all over Australia to sign there own rock. You can spend hours walking the wall reading the cartoons, signatures, peoples memories and graffiti. 





Don't just think that the Nambucca area is limited to water based activities where you can fish, walk for miles along deserted beaches, spend hours on a SUP, snorkel or swim - it’s also known for nature walks and forest drives. Around town there are walking trails that criss cross between coastal rainforest pockets and waterfront walks that will allow you to put a few miles in wandering around town. The beaches are some of the best ( and uncrowded ) that you will find on the east coast. Protected coves where on the gentlest of waves form that are perfect for the kids or to snorkel around, to the open cut beaches that suck the swell in giving awesome surf breaks for those keen.  

Getting away from town head west to Bowraville where you might be pleasantly surprised. Known as the Veranda Post town it now has an alternative feel with colourful buildings, wide streets and festivals. Bowraville is like a town where time has stopped where progress just wouldn’t fit in. A town clock in the main street, wrought iron verandas on the old Bowra pub, old war museums and the Bowraville theatre built in 1940, there’s not many towns like this any more. 

One of the most iconic destinations when in the Nambucca area is to head to Taylors Arm, about an hours west of Nambucca to The Pub With No Beer. Extremely rich in dairy land and a few colourful locals the valleys out here were stripped of the red cedar trees from the mid 1800’s. By 1900 a small town evolved with a pub, post office and several stores to service the growing community. These days the pub has a cosmopolitain feel with camping outside, great meals and a variety of beer from around the world. The Pub with No Beer was made famous by Slim Dusty when he recorded a song about the pub when it ran out of beer ( and did you know that Midnight Oil released their own version too in 1988 ). The walls are lined with memorabilia from days gone by like old tools that are 100 years old, photos, newspaper articles and more. Out front its hard to miss the massive Red Cedar log that was hauled down the valley as a reminder to days gone by. 



Don’t think that it’s a quick drive out to the pub for a squizz then back to camp again. Around the pub check out the old relics outside and the old church that was donated that now is jam packed with beer cans from around the world - strange but true. It’s a popular spot for weddings and music gigs so if you plan it right you might end up spending more time their than planned. 

The Nambucca Valley is one of those destinations where you might not think twice about, but like me you’ll be pleasantly surprised just what you can find if you look a little deeper. 




When in Nambucca we decided to stay at Reflections Holiday Park. this ever so peaceful park is only a stones throw away from main beach and a two minute drive to town. In a beautiful location where you can smell the ocean breezes with plenty of trees for shade, walking trails along the headland to nearby beaches and it’s dog friendly. The park lookout has views all the way up and down the coast, perfect for whale watching or to seek a perfect wave. 



MINE CO-ORDS

As promised punters. Here you will find the list of mine co-ords.... I'll slowly put them up with the name of the mine.

Happy hunting !!!

LAT & LONG ( DECIMAL )                                                 MINE NAME       

 -30.119311    152.846574    ....Kangaroo King Reef

-30.20311        152.929273    .... Dunphys


TBC

BEACON MINE...coffs harbour

Hi all, 
I’ve been here in coffs some 37 years and can probably call myself a local. As you know passions include exploring, camping and delving into local history. One of the deepest interests has been finding the history on local mines. There were literally hundreds in the Coffs area and finding the right or some cases any facts has been hard to say the least. I would say this because the ‘gold rush ‘ only lasted about 10 years. While gold was reportedly found in 1851 it did produce through to 1961, some mines worked in the depression years and today there are hunters out there prospecting, digging, sluicing and detecting finding dribs and drabs. 
For those that don't know gold was found on some of the solitary islands, our headlands, local creeks and deep in our ruggered hinterland. Information has been relatively hard to find through all sources due to lack of actual documentation, old timers passing away, difficulty in accessing areas, some things just weren’t logged with departments to logging operations where mines were simply filled in ( some reports say these shafts were up to 30 metres deep !!! ). Things go missing and not preserved to items in the bush that we have found like machinery, tools, boilers ( some intact ), bins to even a 5 head stamper with parts strewn across in the bush even a timber wheel ( now slowly decaying ). There was a reported 11 stampers at the peak of the rush from a hand driven 1 head to several massive 10 head stampers - sadly these have all bar disappeared never to be seen again to the general public. 
We have found dozens of pits, collapsed shafts and drives, walk and crawled into many even used caving ladders to access some deep pristine shafts where hand made ladders ( possibly 50 + years old ) still can be seen. It has been great documenting and photographing these over the years.

One of the areas that I’ve spent time at has been at the old township of Beacon at the base of Mt Coramba. There is little information about this place and even less signs of any civilisation there. But get this for a fact - there used to be up to 4 times more people here than what there was in Coffs Harbour !. You go there now and the bush has taken over this once thriving place. There were stores, police station, a doctors house, dance-dance - rec hall, a pub, a playing field, market gardens and more. 
Reports say that in 1895 the Taylor bros stopped at a local creek to boil the billy and found gold strewn across the ground like chicken feed starting another rush to the Mt Coramba area. Claims were sought and over the years mines were bought and sold a village was setup over the next two years. From this markets were established in the nearby valley growing to what we have today called the Orara Valley with its rich soil. Depending on what you read determines how much gold they found. I’ve read that in 1897 just on 9,000 ounces of gold was claimed after crushing some 6000 tonnes of rock ( they don't say how much gold was pocketed tho ! )…. They even diverted the creek to mine different sources where the gold was held. 


It wasn’t long after this massive year that the source ran out and the government refused torrent any more money, people moved on to other parts of the fields and some up to the Mount Browne copper mine ( thats another story ). 
One of the problems we have trying to find these historical places is that lantana has taken over after the loggers have been through and is so thick now that not even bushfires can get on top of this pest. Timber structures have simply rotted into the ground and some of the gear here at Beacon has been pushed over by a dozer. What I would like to see and would be happy to get out for either our local museum or other is the near intact boiler ( in pic ) that would make a centre piece as part of our history, even the 5 head stamper nearby would make an iconic piece for years to come. It gets me why Coffs doesn’t want to preserve or even know about this part of history that shaped our town to what we have today. 


Over the years I’ve seen personally the demise of the mines through weathering and logging, thats why I am trying to share my little knowledge before l cant do it any more. It is so great for the kids to get out there and experience and discover our past. The kids ( and adults ) I’ve have taken out into the hills of Coffs ( literally hundreds ) love the day out and also cant understand why our history isn’t more available or presented. Finding the pieces of quartz, looking into the mines, trying to understand why there, touching some of the old gear - It’s all a great experience. After Mr Robb passed away from Georges Gold mine, it seem history lessons have just stopped. I mean you go into the local Coffs museum and there might be 50 words and 1 pic on the gold effort here. It is very sad. I know It’s not Ballarat or Bendigo but It’s our history. I was lucky enough to of taken some of the kids from Orara PS into the Beacon mine area some years ago. They were doing a project on the Ballarat goldfields because they ( and the teacher ) did not know about our stuff. The kids had a ball, looking at the mins, bit of panning and lots of learning too. 





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PS… Did you know the whole region was rich in minerals including gold, silver, copper tin, gas and even some mercury. These mines consisted of simple pits, major workings with long drives and some very deep shafts. The gold that was found here was embedded in quartz, so after the task of finding the right rock that housed the quartz, it was then a task to extract the quartz , then move the rock to a local stamper where the rock would be crushed and treated with chemicals to gather the gold. There were teams to cut the timber, there were the boiler stackers ( to feed timber in too the boilers ), miners, farmers and so on - big concerns with lots of workers. 
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TBC ….

CURRAWINYA

Did you know that one of Australia's most important wetlands is in far western Queensland in a remote, arid and isolated area ?. 900km west of Brisbane just above the Wild Dog Fence ( formally the Dingo Fence ) is Currawinya National Park and at nearly 155 000 hectares it’s a great place to visit and explore the hidden secrets within the park. Access to the park can be done from two directions, is camper trailer friendly but you need to be well prepared  as it’s remote, harsh yet beautiful and you may not see another camper.

From the north, head out to Eulo in western QLD along the Adventurer Way and then south for 100km along the Hungerford road. This unsealed sandy/rocky road is wide and generally in a reasonable condition for the area as you travel on the western side of the Paroo River. Passing through private stations is a remote area and sometimes it makes you wonder, ‘Why would you live out here ?’ For much of the 100km the road is fairly flat with only a few large undulations which gives you a view across the plains towards more scrubby country. Probably the biggest hazard is the wildlife or stock along the way with Emus, goats, kangaroos, cattle and right down to snakes and lizards that need to cross the road in front of you can be a surprise sometimes. The southern entry is via Hungerford, 220km north west of Bourke- right on the NSW QLD border, although it does have a QLD postcode. The roads within and too the park can be impassable when wet due to several creek crossings and flooding from the Paroo river but information can be sourced from NPWS website or local information at Eulo, Cunnamulla or Hungerford. 

Midway along the road through the park you'll be greeted by Currawinya’s stunning rock formations and nearby the park information boards. Here is a great spot to sit down for 5 minutes and read the history and other features of the park and also walk amongst the sandstone sculptures. After getting the heads up about the Currawinya, the road to the camping area is just opposite the sculptures and is an easy 2km drive to the first camping location. Here beside the old shearers shed you can camp and have the joyous option of flushing toilets and bush showers nearby. The water to the showers is gravity fed from a large tank nearby but if you time it right ( mid afternoon ) you'll have hot water because the water runs through black poly pipe on the ground to the showers. The showers are outback style, extra large shower heads, corrugated iron sides that you can peer over and large pieces of hessian for doors and dividers-showering in the outback at its best. But don't worry, there are tall divisions between men and women.



Entry into the massive shearers shed is allowed and it’s fantastic to see everything still in pristine condition after 60 000 sheep were shorn in the shed. Walking around the stalls, monkey press, scales, sorting rack and slips it looks like it wouldn't take much for it to fire up again. In the surrounding area you can wander around other outer buildings, the meat house, accommodation blocks and the woolshed pens.

Not many people realise is that Currawinya is also home to the endangered Bilby and within the park there is a 25km square secret compound where the Bilby’s can freely roam and breed away from humans and other wild predators. A viewing shed, information boards and a large copper statue highlights the importance of what local rangers and volunteers are doing within the park to protect our little marsupial rodent. Currawinya was chosen for the research are as its approximately the centre of where the Bilby roam from. There is a self registration box here too if you haven't done it online or by phone prior to your arrival.

For those who are after a little more secluded camping away from others, head another kilometre or two down past the woolshed and camp beside one of the Ourimperee waterholes. With a long stretch of water to camp beside there is space for everyone. Fishing, throwing a yabbie pot in the waterholes or even kayaking is a great way to spend the afternoon. Camping under the huge river gums while birds float by or dip down for a drink is a real eye opener with Pelicans, Swallows, little Finches and whistling Kites above all making this area home. Further north and west of the old Caiwarro homestead, Pump Hole campground can be found near the old pumping station relics. Right on the Paroo River you can have this whole area to yourself and the only facility is a park bench and chairs. But seeing though this park only sees around 2000 visitors a year finding a spot with water views should be easy. All of the areas are camper trailer friendly, although if heading across the Paroo river just check the depth of the river according to the side markers. 




As well as the great camping options in the park, QLD dept of national parks has open the area to explore other park features. From the woolshed it’s a 30km drive north to the old Caiwarro homestead. Walking around the mangled building ruins and old gear it’s still hard to understand how people survived and gelled out here. But with a tennis court, cricket pitch, school and shop near the grand homestead of Caiwarro it must off been a tight knit community. Walking around the homestead you can still see pieces of machinery still on the ground, chimneys still stand and the structural bones of several buildings are struggling to stand up. Just nearby a track leads you across the Paroo river to the old pumping station where today an old steamer, several boilers, ploughs and windmills are sitting quietly in the paddock. Caiwarro dates back to the mid 1800’s when it covered nearly 1 million acres running sheep and cattle through the billabong system and sand dune country. Over the years the pastoral land was reduced and in 1991 the QLD government purchased the land to protect the wetlands and historical features. 



Currawinya is a special place for the local Budjiti people having a salt and fresh water lake within 5km of each other. 4WD recommended the 28km road to the lakes starts just south of the camp road. This red sand based road winds its way over small dunes and both sides are lined with harsh Mulga trees. Occasionally there are small breaks where you have views across the low level plains past the salt and turkey bush. Separated by only a few dunes the first lake you come to is the fresh water Lake Numalla. Access to this lake is permitted as well as swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing in selected areas.
A short 6km drive further west leads you to the lookout station over the salt water Lake Wyara. The viewing area can be disappointing if the lake is low as this is as close as you can get towards the lake, but it’s reported that 3/4 of the parks birds can be found here. Lake Wyara normally dries up first and leaves a vast white salt-pan, leaving the birdlife no other option but to move further north. When Wyara is full and times are good Spoonbill, Seagulls, Ducks, Pelicans and Swans feed on fish and shrimp that are in abundant numbers in the lake. In a good year it’s reported that nearly 100 000 birds frequent these lakes either looking for food or breeding purposes. 

If you have another day to explore Currawinya, just 15km west from camp along the Boorara Road spend time wandering around an outcrop of massive Granite rocks. From the car park you'll stroll past Mulga, Gidgee, Turpentine and Hopwood bush towards the ever increasing rocks that seem to leer at you the closer you get. Wild goats use these rocks for shelter and protecting and just maybe you'll see them scamper away as you get closer or skeletons where they've fallen between rocks. The views from the top are nothing short of spectacular around you and north towards the Hoods Ranges.  
Currawinya just isn't another National Park. It’s home to the endangered Australian Bilby, has some of the best waterside camping in the state, one of the few parks where you need a 4wd to explore the outer reaches, has two completely different lake systems, a massive granite boulder area, historical ruins and a woolshed where you can explore- throw in some recreational activities with fishing, kayaking, birdwatching and walking trails most people wont be disappointed visiting the area. 




Draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy

A new Draft Vehicles on Beaches Policy has been developed by Coffs Harbour City Council, following extensive consultation with key user groups, including fishing and 4WD clubs and professional fishermen.
The Policy is currently on display and a trial restriction is in place at a section of Arrawarra Beach from December 21 2018 until March 1, 2019.
Community comment is being sought on this site, through a survey, which will be open from January 14 to February 28, 2019.
Beaches and dunal ecosystems are highly valued by the local community and the many visitors to the Coffs Harbour region. Additionally, they:

  • are integral to the lifestyle of Coffs Harbour
  • are a significant driver of tourism
  • support a diverse range of recreational activities
  • contribute to the overall amenity and visual appeal of the region
  • are vital ecological resources, providing habitat to a variety of native flora and fauna as well as protecting terrestrial areas from coastal erosion processes.
FOR MORE INFO




LAST WEEKS HINTERLAND EXPLORE

26 Offroaders all ready to explore the hinterland and beyond. A massive massive day but we all survived one way or another. Thanks to those that came on my last ever drive to that part of the country before we leave the coast. I am sure there are lots of people I will forget to tag. ..
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KENDA KLEVER TYRES

A short while I ago It was apparent that l needed new tyres on my old Cruiser. In todays market it’s getting harder and harder to choose. I mean you could go with things like price, reliability, branding ( and the amount of advertising that gets shoved down your throat on those ads ), what tyre shop you go to or even research on the old google. 

The past couple of yours I’ve had some great all-terrains but have decided to switch back to good old muddies. Yep, people have said they will be more noisier, worse for your fuel economy, to aggressive for the road - you know all that blah blah blah…..I know that but they will look bloody great tho !!

Decision time came and I have gone with an American brand called Kendra. ( www.kendatyres.com.au ) . Namely the Kenda Klever MT. KR 29 



Why ?…. around the traps I’ve seen the odd review both here in Aus and in the states and they rate pretty high. The tread is similar to the BF Goodrich and with a 14mm tread depth I am pretty happy. Just three weeks old and there is more hum than the last AT’s, but l’ve found only at a lower tyre pressure ( normally run 36 but at 30 they hum on the tar ). 

Over the next 12 months I’ll be able to share more thoughts and experiences with the tyres across the outback, on sand and long hauls on the blacktop. Around our local area they seem like a tough tyre. One thing I did find is that because of the stiff sidewall, air needs to be dumped considerably for maximum traction. I tried them down at 26 and they did perform better off road, but drop them down to 16 and they are nearly twice as good !!. 

So where did I get them ?
                                       Locally at @Goodguy Tyres and Mechanical, Bay 1/9 Keona Circuit, North Boambee Valley NSW 2450
                                        Give them a call on (02) 6651 4535

From any size, new or sometimes second hand, I wouldn't go anywhere else. 




Keep watching and I’ll keep you posted. I am expecting these will last a few miles !!



BYFIELD NP....north queensland

There’s not many places in our vast country that can claim a National Park, State Forest and a Conservation area with the same locality name - but Byfield in North Queensland can.

Located on the Capricorn Coast, Byfield is about an hours drive north of Rockhampton and is claimed to be the start of the largest undeveloped area on the central Queensland coast, with it’s massive amount of plantation pine forests, ruggered mountains and large acres of low growing health lands covering massive amounts of sand dunes.

Getting to Byfield is as easy as heading north along the Byfield tar road from Yeppoon, through some pretty amazing lush queensland farmlands, mango and Pandana’s plantations where ruggered pinnacles and the coastal range shadows the gullies below. Mount Ganter, Maryvale, Bayfield, Castle Rock and Rocky Perch are significant landmarks that you can’t miss as you head further into Byfield. A recommended option before you head into the State Forest or National Park is to drop into Byfield store for last minute supplies, a wonderful coffee or some local knowledge for any current warnings as they generally have their finger on the pulse.





Byfield State Forest covers an estimated 25 000 ha with a diverse range of pine plantation which is logged commercially, has large areas of Wallum swamplands along side pockets of stunning rainforest areas. The great thing about this area are the activities available for the tourists and locals.

Camping is permitted at several places that include Upper Stoney on the banks of Stoney Creek where swimming is a welcome relief when the days are hot. Across at Red Rock the camping areas are huge with large grassy sites where plenty of tall trees offer shade and dogs are allowed if kept on their lead. Water Park Creek is another great camping spot where you can swim, explore surrounding areas on the walking trails and even have a quiet fish. With the abundant water beside the camp, Kingfishers, Doves and other birds often call this haven home.

All these spots are camper trailer friendly, fires are allowed in the designated areas and also offer toilets. The Byfield state forest is used for other recreational activities like bushwalking, off-roading, fishing and mountain bike riding. A little fact for this area is that the local Byfield fern is harvested commercially for sale at local florists.




Byfield National Park is next level exploring where you need to be self sufficient, 4wd aware and savvy, listen to local warnings and really isn’t camper trailer or caravan friendly.

As you head along the dirt tracks eastward towards the coast there are pockets of ancient Cycads, the colourful Byfield Grevillea, tall gums and the pesky lantana making it’s presence felt. The road in is often regarded to tracks like at Cape York, narrow, rough, there are several deep creek crossings and then you hit the sand. Designated areas recommend you lower tyre pressures because the sand is extremely soft and with around 60 km of trails within the Byfield northern end this reduces damage to the trails, gives you better traction and also allows for better control of your vehicle. It’s an amazing journey as you hit the sand tracks. The sand is stark white where you need to wear sunnies, often there are dingo prints in the sand along the road and the views as you crest the hills are simply stunning.





As you get closer to the coast Big Sandy appears before you. This massive sand dune has to be attempted with respect. It’s a long 1km uphill run in your 4wd where if you have the wrong tyre pressure you’ll need to reverse back down and start again. This is the last major obstacle before hitting Nine Mile Beach and your designated campsite which must be pre booked online before you arrive. Nine mile beach is just that. Nine miles of unbelievable open and great beach driving. Just a caution tho .. there are 4 metre tides up here so you need to know what the water is doing at anytime. One way in and way way out. There are 4 campsites along the beach, each with their own special quality. Views down to the open water, some have dune walks and others you can watch the sun set behind you over the mountains. There are no toilets and no fresh water is available so you need to be totally self sufficient and adhere to the rules of the park.

For the adventurous, a great test of 4wd and your driving skills is to head the very northern end to Five Rocks beach. Getting here is as easy as heading back off the beach, down Big Sandy and then follow the signs to Five Rocks.






A little surprise in here are the fishing shacks that a few lucky locals have for their own little getaways. Don’t expect to find and shops or fuel in here - often you won’t even see a local but they may see you. The track down onto Five Rocks beach is aptly named the Death Vally Track. It’s extremely narrow, the trees touch the roof and the sides of your 4wd and it can be very soft. But once you get down to the beach it is simply stunning. Views to Five rocks ( yes there really is 5 rocks ) and north up the coast.




Queensland’s NPWS go to great lengths in this area with weed control, 4wd timber ramps on significant fragile areas, they have placed intersection numbers on tracks that criss cross each other and maintain the park to high standards working with the local Durmbal people. There are a host of walking trails for those who like a sense of adventure from 30min walks to overnight trails with walk in only campsites south at Corio Bay.

But this park doesn't come without it’s handful of dangers. Being in the north queensland region be wary of signs that highlight dangers. These may include crocodiles, dingoes, bullrouts, weather conditions, tides and current sand drifts. Any current warnings can be found online at www.npsr.qld.gov.au, Byfield store or by speaking to a ranger in the area.

This is one destination that you’ll want to go back for more as one trip is never enough.





COPETON DAM

Most people in NSW have heard of Copeton Dam just up near Inverell NSW. the facts are pretty impressive - three times larger than Sydney Harbour when full, some of the biggest freshwater Cod fishing around, its 104 metres deep in places and some of the best waterfront camping to be found.

Thanks to Outdoria magazine for another great publication on my recent trip there.

https://www.goseeaustralia.com.au/blog/copeton-adventures?utm_medium=email&utm_source=EDM&utm_campaign=edm&utm_content=CopetonAdventures




TWIN RHINO AWNINGS

I prefer to spend a few more dollars to buy trusted  gear for better products. Added another Rhino Rack Awning to the cruiser for more protection. Rhino has always been my preference and along with 4wd & Ute Extras in Coffs, they looked after me again. The new look awning is based on the original that I have, UV smart, water and mould resistant, easy to setup and pack down and you can add walls and zip on the Oztent.

For the best prices in town pop in and say hi to the guys at 4wd & Ute extras, Pacific Highway. Coffs Harbour


The Yooroonah Tank Traps, Ebor NSW

Located in the New England Tablelands 12km southwest of Ebor, the Yooroonah Tank Trap Barrier is well hidden from modern day traffic. It’s of significant importance due to its location being away from mainstream traffic 

Strategically placed here back in 1942 in case the Japanese were to invade Australia, the barrier would of slowed progress to the tablelands. There was a reported 75 posts barrier ( we saw about 50 odd - others had been burnt, attacked by white ants or been knocked over. There are 8 triangle tetrahedra ( triangle blocks ) placed on the higher ground to force the tanks into the marsh areas ), we found several rock lookout platforms, funk holes  ( where our troops would of laid if there was an attack ), unfortunately we couldn’t find the foundations of several buildings or the stone chimney.

But an amazing find was the tunnel under the old road that would of been loaded up with explosives and ignited if the enemy was on the road. 

An interesting fact is that there would of been 1.5 ton of explosive set into the tunnel for charge in the steel boxes ( that are still inside the tunnel. ) The digging of the tunnel initially involved two shifts of two men each (working 15 hours work per day, 6 days per week). It’s about 60 feet long with two arms branching off the end, reports say it was 10 feet high ( now about 5 )  and it seems to be about 4 feet wide. 

Why here ?

This enemy deterrent was one of many along the east coast and in fact the steepness of terrain from tableland to coast, combined with the prevalence of deep gorges, the absence of navigable rivers and the heavily-forested nature of the surrounding countryside, meant that the few easterly roads extant in 1942 were of critical strategic importance. Now it's listed by the National Trust. Lots of history and very cool. There are several walking tracks around these points of interest - easy for the kids to walk too. Just watch out for snakes 🐍 

Let me know if any one goes out and what you think of this hidden history. 

Want a hint where it is ?…..  

Lat: -30.4829787918 Long: 152.2817610210

Do your self and your kids a favour - go hunting for this piece of history, respect what is there and maybe just stop and think, 


“ What if it did happen …. “