20170715 Gordon Country
10-06-2017, 11:16 PM, (This post was last modified: 27-06-2017, 02:08 PM by White Bush Pig.)
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20170715 Gordon Country
Hi Everyone. It was originally discussed to go to Sundown National Park for the weekend of the 17th and 18th of June, however it was brought to my attention that Sundown will be closed for pest management on this weekend. (School holidays start the following weekend). The suggestion was also made that perhaps we swap the dates for Sundown with going to Gordon Country instead. (Gordon Country had been pencilled in for 19th/20th August).
So to this end, please check out the link below for info on Gordon Country but in short:
Location: 2081 Inverramsay rd, Goomburra 4362
Property size: 4000 acres
Pets allowed.
Cabins are also available should you wish for a bit more comfort than camping.
Camping fees: $17 per adult per night, $10 per child per night. Children up to and including 4yrs old free.
There is a mandatory vehicle fee of $10 per car or $30 per 4wd. This covers the duration of your stay.
Online bookings are preferred (ensure you print your receipt) but payments can be made on check in.
Link: https://www.gordoncountry.com.au/

Meeting location: Shell servo at Aratula 7.30am for an 8am leave time.
Uhf channel 28.
Please comment on this thread if you think you can make it so we can know numbers.

I did notice on the one of the pages that they reserve the right to shut down the 4wd tracks if it becomes too wet. The good news is that if that happens then there is always Janowen Hills just down the road... Tongue

I have never been to Gordon Country before so am rather looking forward to checking it out. Big Grin
Regards
Kris
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11-06-2017, 08:02 AM,
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RE: 20170617 Gordon Country
I guess as I suggested this I should declare that I am keen.  I am so keen I should change my name to mustard.  Can't wait for Friday, God willing my drawers will arrive before then, fitted and sent on their maiden voyage.
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13-06-2017, 02:27 PM,
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RE: 20170617 Gordon Country
Hi everyone. Unfortunately, due to other commitments and the fact that I haven't replaced the broken end pole on my swag, I will not be able to attend this trip. Bugger.
Sad Confused Angry
Regards
Kris
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15-06-2017, 08:41 PM,
#4
RE: 20170617 Gordon Country
Trip postponed to 15 & 16 July.
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05-07-2017, 09:52 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-07-2017, 09:53 AM by White Bush Pig.)
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
Sorry Kris and I cannot make 15 and 16 July as we have a few things to get done before we go away at the end of the month. 

Regards
Elizabeth
Regards
Kris
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06-07-2017, 06:25 AM,
#6
RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
We need a show of interest for this trip. Put your name down if your coming. Remember its easier to prepay for this location. It should be cold but plenty of firewood available.

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06-07-2017, 09:21 AM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
Just pack the Patrol and come with us Saturday  Big Grin
Happy 4wding

Steve (Weathermen)

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06-07-2017, 09:30 AM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
I would, if i could, but i haven't won lotto in the last few weeks. I also have to head over to Ipswich Nissan early Saturday moring to pick up a six pin relay to make my spotlights work again. This one relay is for about 3 different things. Why Mr Nissan, why.

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06-07-2017, 11:06 PM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
(13-06-2017, 02:27 PM)White Bush Pig Wrote: Hi everyone. Unfortunately, due to other commitments and the fact that I haven't replaced the broken end pole on my swag, I will not be able to attend this trip. Bugger.
Sad Confused Angry

You can try electric fence fiberglass posts, for your swag,
 these can be obtained from most rural supply merchandise outlets, can be bought in different lengths and thickness and are very flexible and strong.
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07-07-2017, 08:15 AM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
Hello Joe. You lurker. Would you be interested in sitting around a campfire on this trip.

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10-07-2017, 11:57 AM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
Please reply if your going to Gordon Country. A final decision will be made on Wednesday night.

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10-07-2017, 02:16 PM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
Hello Gents

I am of the belief that there is NO club night this week

Because Steve G + Peter R and Les N are somewhere out in the middle of Australi

Also it was said that there was a footy game on

Johnny
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13-07-2017, 07:49 PM, (This post was last modified: 13-07-2017, 08:05 PM by daggy.)
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
Last call for Gordon Country, this weekend.

Meeting at BP Aratula @ 8.00am.  Leaving no later than 8.30am.

Don't forget prepayment is preferred. https://www.gordoncountry.com.au/
The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get to the office. Robert Frost (1874-1964)

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13-07-2017, 10:59 PM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
(06-07-2017, 11:06 PM)Joe b Wrote:
(13-06-2017, 02:27 PM)White Bush Pig Wrote: Hi everyone. Unfortunately, due to other commitments and the fact that I haven't replaced the broken end pole on my swag, I will not be able to attend this trip. Bugger.
Sad Confused Angry

You can try electric fence fiberglass posts, for your swag,
 these can be obtained from most rural supply merchandise outlets, can be bought in different lengths and thickness and are very flexible and strong.

Thanks for the suggestion Joe but ended up ordering online through Darche. Less than $20 delivered to my door.   Big Grin
Regards
Kris
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19-07-2017, 06:41 PM, (This post was last modified: 19-07-2017, 07:44 PM by daggy.)
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TRIP REPORT
Gordon Country Weekend

Well, the River City Club finally made it to Gordon Country for a weekend.  After a delayed start it was Paul and family and Darryl that made the trip.  Meeting as usual was at BP Aratula.  Leaving just after 9 we arrived at the front door of Gordon Country around 11am.
 
A quick check in at the office, maps for camping and 4WDing were handed over along with some advice on possible camp sites.  There are numerous camp sites that have facilities that range from showers and toilets, toilets or no facilities at all.  We had a rough idea where we wanted to camp and off we set.
 
We decided that we wanted to have a look at Banshee Junction, little did we know that we drove through the camp site and realised when we reached the locked gate to the National Park.  While we were there we took the opportunity to collect some firewood (from Gordon Country).
 
We drove around a few more camp sites and settled on Black Cockatoo, sitting on a high bank above the creek.  Nice level sites throughout, plenty of established fire pits and mown grass.
             

After setting up, a quick lunch, we couldn't get Connor out of the creek and away from his new found play mate so Paul and I set off for some 4WDing .  We decided on the A track as that took us up onto the ridgeline (Gatton Valley Escarpment and the top of the Great Dividing Range) and access to some mobile phone coverage.
 
Along the way we stopped and collected some more firewood.  While on the track we started to get a little more rain, the track was wet and muddy in places to dry and dusty.  We got toward the end of the track we decided to take heed of the 4WD directions.  'Unless experienced - return the same way - do not take the steep track down from the top of escarpment as suitable experienced drivers only.  So what did we do?  Down the steep track of course.
             

How steep is it?  1st gear low range, brake hard up against the firewall and still sailed on down the hill.  The odd wombat hole just to make it interesting.  Heart in the mouth stuff.  Correct assessment on experienced drivers.
 
Back to camp, fire started and make coals to cook dinner.  A brief shower had us looking for shelter.  Paul cooked a lamb roast in the camp over.  One word 'fantastic'.  A few beers and in bed just before the rain set in for the night.
 
Morning and the skies clear, fire relit and Paul's at it again, this time bacon and eggs.  After breakfast we decided that due to the overnight rain we would stay off the 4WD tracks and check out the National Park at the end of the road.  Some really nice level camp sites both with long drop toilets.
 
While we were there we went and checked out the Mt Castle Lookout.  There is some spectacular scenery to be seen in this area.  
   

Back to camp pack up and head for home.   A great weekend away and looking forward to heading back to Gordon Country to check out their other 4WD tracks.
 
The only disappointing thing to happen on the weekend was both rear spring hangers on my trailer ripped out.  There is some rebuilding that needs to be done.  I managed to find some fencing wire and wired the hangers in place and was able to travel home safely.
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24-07-2017, 12:32 PM,
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RE: 20170715 Gordon Country
Thanks for the trip report Daggy! Shame I couldn't make this one. Oh well, hopefully next time. Sounds like there was still plenty to explore there too.
Regards
Kris
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