welcome to the asylum! as mentioned above, been a bit quiet lately as the main guys who organise rides are doing other stuff now.
could be worth linking up with the new guys in this thread who are starting to do some adventure riding around brissie...
Beginners offroad ride - Brissy Northside - Sat 13 Oct
here's no reason you couldn't just post the idea for a ride like these guys did, there's always a few guys at a loose end for the weekend who'll be happy to link up and show you around a particular area.
if you get a gps, we've put a fair few of our routes here
for download, a mix of one, two and three day rides.