anyone in Townsville

Submitted: Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 01:08
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Does anyone in the Townsville area know of any decent 4 wheel driving locations, within a couple of hours. We've just moved to the area and having come from Central Vic, we were a bit spoilt for choice. Also any map suggestions would help. We had the 4 wheel drive day trips from Melbourne book and just wondered if anyone knows of a similar type of book for Townsville.

Cheers,
Nino & Kerry
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 08:20

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 08:20
Hey Nino have a look at this mate.

Look here ! you might find some other tracks near by.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 09:40

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 09:40
That is a fair old drive away from Townsville, 41/2 hrs...still our Townsville club does that one each year. There are two great tracks withing a few hours of Townsville- one on private property (you will need to be a member of our club) and one on gazetted road. The one on gazetted road is a long drive to get to, and only about 25 k long but definitely a challenge and damn good driving with a great camp site.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 15:26

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 15:26
It's closer than Victoria !!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 20:30

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 20:30
Yes but think of the fun you could have getting there.
I have corresponded with these guys and they are looking for predominently day trips. There are not too many challenging day trips around Tvlle. Still Paluma and Hidden Valley and such could be a good long day trip. I guess you could even run up to Blencoe falls and back in a day.
Beach driving is available at Wunjunga heading south toward Rocky Ponds Creek near Cape Upstart, but beware of the tide!!

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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:29

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:29
I kind of thought that it was fairly close right up the top and there might have been other places near by, they are nice people Nino & Kerry we have met, good luck guys and take care..

Baz.
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Reply By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 08:42

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 08:42
I know this sounds wierd, but post this question on the forum at www. pajeroclub.com.au.
There's a guy ther who goes by the name of "pelbo" who has lived in Townsville for yonks. He's into 4WD'ng in that area.
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Follow Up By: Nino & Kerry- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:41

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:41
Thanks for that Rosscoe, I will get on their site and see if we can track him down.

Nino & Kerry
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 09:36

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 09:36
Nino,

Message me and I will give you my phone number, or email me at admin at djolsen dot com. I was trip co-ordinator for Townsville and District 4wd club and still a member. We have lots of interesting places to go.

We have a trip in Feb that is heavily oversubscribed, but you may be able to get in the convoy as a visitor.

Dave O
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Reply By: Member - Kevin R (QLD) - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 10:56

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 10:56
Nino

CREB track currently closed for wet season

Cheers

Kevin
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Follow Up By: Rob from Cairns Offroad Training & Tours - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 20:27

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 20:27
The CREB track is 470klms north of Townsville

Cheers Rob
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Reply By: Gordon - Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 14:48

Monday, Jan 31, 2005 at 14:48
Nino,
You might like to have a look at the Black River 4wd Club - next meeting Feb 15 Hodel Room Thuringowa City Council Chambers 7.30pm.
We are a relatively new club catering to families right through to Extreme.
Regular meetings are every 3rd Tuesday as above.
Hope to see you

Cheers,

Gordon
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Follow Up By: Nino & Kerry- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:43

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:43
Thanks Gordon,

We'll definitely be there and check things out. Looking forward to it.

Nino & Kerry
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Reply By: trolute - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 09:46

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 09:46
Head up to Hidden Valley (back of Paluma range) and follow the road all the way around to the Harvey range road. There are plenty of off shoots to explore along the way. Stop at the 'log cabins' at hidden valley, and the owner (chris?) will tell you where there are good tracks

If you like sand, go down to the AIMS road, just past Aligator ck, and go down to the dunes for the day. Take a shovel!

Need to see the bush? Head out to Charters, then go up the Lynd to the lollworth road, and loop around that back to the flinders about 60 ks west of charters.

TrolUte
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 12:45

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 12:45
where is access to dunes from that road?
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Follow Up By: Nino & Kerry- Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:44

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 22:44
Thanks Trol

Now all we need to do is get some maps. Could you suggest any maps that might be suitable?

Nino & Kerry
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Follow Up By: trolute - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:12

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:12
dunes access from cungulla, just go to the end of the road (to the east)

if you want sand, and are a bit concerned about ripping into dunes right next to a national park, then head to Ayr, and go to alver beach (signs off the highway) and play out there. everyone from Ayr goes there, and it get s rebuilt after cyclones, so the damage is relative....

Maps, really there isn't much for TSV that I know of, but SunMaps over in Garbutt sell topographic maps, and have these maps that have 4 normal ones in one scale (dont' ask me what size, they will know what you need) and these are fine for travelling about.

I'm only in town for awhile, and too busy to join a club, but would highly recommend doing so. They would know of heap of places.

TrolUte

p.s. for a bit of tyre ripping fun, just go to the old cattle yards (junction of bruce hwy and ingham rd, go past the firestation, and head up the hills there.
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