Hidden Valley

Submitted: Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 22:14
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Hi,

Has anyone heard of a place called Hidden Valley which I believe is near Rathdowney and Mount Barney in Queensland.

I can't find it on any maps but I have picked up that it could be a good spot to visit.

I would be most appreciative if anyone can shed some light on this spot.

Cheers

Brian
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 22:19

Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 22:19
It's a race track near Darwin V8's race there.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 08:51

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 08:51
G'day Baz,

Some useless information.
I was the first Secretary an founding member of the Darwin Motor Sports Council which had control of the initial Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex. Later I was responsible for the building of the 4x4 track in the complex where we held lots of trials and mud racing events. Not sure if the latter still exists within the complex.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 16:45

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 16:45
G'day Willem, good to here from you mate, a man of many talents. I thought they only raced cars there, oh did you enjoy your trip apart from the well mentioned problem, glad to be home to relax, or are you planing more adventures, without incident of cause touch wood.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 21:37

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 21:37
Hey Willem, i was there too.

I remember the army building the 4x4 track for us using the old car bodys for hills etc.

Geez that was a long time ago !
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:08

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:08
Baz,

Yeah having a bit of a relax and waiting for streams of visitors to arrive.
Going out to the Flinders again for a week at the end of the month.

Kev,

Yes mate, that was 16 years ago when the two of you were still young fellas. We had a lot of fun. When the army tried to build the mounds with their D9 in the wet season they bogged it up to the drivers seat. Then they got a humungous army truck with a 20,000lb winch to come alog but it too got bogged. So they hired as very big crane to rescue both vehicles. What a mess!! But the Army were good to their word and finished the project.

Cheers
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Reply By: Shaun - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 22:26

Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 22:26
Also a town (pub) called Hidden Valley west of Paluma in NQ.

Shaun
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Follow Up By: Brian - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:48

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 12:48
The pub is the Town!!!!
Beer is cold though have tested it!!!!!

Brian
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Reply By: joc45 - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 08:43

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 08:43
And there's one near Kununurra in WA
(that doesn't help you, but I just thought I'd mention it)
Gerry
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Reply By: hoffy - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 14:33

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 14:33
There is a Hidden Valley just south of Grandchester ( between Ipswich and Laidley). This may be the place you are looking for. I understand there is a convention center there which can be hired for weddings etc.
Graeme.
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 16:51

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 16:51
Seem like there were a few people who did'nt want to be found or one bloke who kept moving when he was found, lol, sorry i know it does'nt help but, well, i just could'nt help myself !!!

Baz.
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Reply By: Nomad - Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 23:22

Sunday, May 09, 2004 at 23:22
G'day Brian,

Hidden Valley is now known as Paradise Valley. That's probably why you can't find it.

It's on the Lions Road south of the NSW border, before you get to Simes Road. Heading south that puts it on the left hand side. About 9klm south of the border. It's on Grady's Creek.

Camping fees are (where) $5 Adults, $2.50 kids under 12. Self contained cabin $55.

Contact phone no. 02 6636 6140, fax 02 6636 6226, email paradisevalley@bigpond.com .

They also have a 4WD camping area for the "serious camper".

Hope this helps.

Cheers
Nomad
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Reply By: Rod - Monday, May 10, 2004 at 09:22

Monday, May 10, 2004 at 09:22
A group of us stayed there easter 2 years ago. The place was very green and grassy with lots of rain that particular time of year.

I was disappointed with the quality and quantity of amenities there given the number of people that they let camp. Apart from isolated drop toilets, there was just 1 toilet and shower per sex. Also the plumbing seemed to be missing something as when the toilet flushed, an unpleasant odor wafted up from the shower drain.

The train passes though the valley about 3 times a day. As the campground is on a bend in the line, it can be quite noisy.

Check if they have improved/enlarged the amenities. It is a pretty place however on the creek.
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