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Old 01-09-2012, 04:08 AM   #1
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Bunya Mountains - Finding locked gates all over SEQ.

Day 1
This is my first attempt at a ride report - my mate Joe usually does this stuff.
I started this ride in Melany after attending a wedding the night before, I managed to angle it so I could take my bike and gear with me and my girlfriend can take my suit home with her

A quick sprint over to Maroochydore on my WR250R(Blue/White) to meet Joe (Black/Wite WR250R) and Stuart(DR650) at noon and we were off.


The plan was to try some untested (to us) roads and be at Bunya Mountains National park campgrounds by sundown.

We had small highway and tar stint to get to the first bit of dirt and it wasn't long before there was something(somebody) to laugh at. Joe in the lead had stopped to check his maps near Cooloolabin Dam, I pulled up on his right and Stuart gracefully slid his bike up on Joe's left - only it was on it's side with Stuart still riding it like nothing is wrong . Stuart had discovered his heavy load and worn tires weren't a good combo.

This road, turned out to be a no go, and with no backup route we followed Joe back to the highway and headed north...
Eventually we turned off at Imbil and headed west down Yabba Creek Road...
Talking to a prospector near Yabba Ck

..and then Bella Creek Road until we hit Kilkoy-Murgon Road...







after Stuart showing us how to dismount on concrete causeways...


At one stage I noticed Joe up ahead lift his feet up towards the handlebars and then spotted an angry little snake getting out of Stuarts way (I was far enough back that I couldn't hear them squealing), it looked like it was ready to have a go at something so I followed suit and lifted my feet up high and checked my rear vision mirror as I passed .

A couple more "shortcut" roads attempted ended in locked gates or farms (they looked good on our maps).
By the time we hit Kilkoy we were pretty stuffed and it was after 4pm...

...so we decided to do the last 130km on the tar.
But had to collect some firewood on the way.

Trying to get there before dark.




Made it just in time to get the tents up in the last bit of light.
And we even had a fire started by the time we got their due to the DR exhaust and a cleverly (mis)placed log!
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:09 AM   #2
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Day 2

After a pleasant night sleep assisted by a cask of port..

we headed back down the mountains, Stuart heading north-east to Maryborough and Joe and I heading East to try out some other new (to us) roads.
And enjoy the scenery along the way


Filling up in Cooya after 400km and just hitting reserve we found some shade and compared milage


We followed another hopeful track...

and found another locked gate just after Mount Binga State Forest

this old machine was not too far from the gate in the scrub

we decided to take a detour through Googa State Forest and then Blackbutt - only we never made it to Blackbutt...
The call of Benarkin State Forest was strong

that place was littered with plenty of nice dirt roads and barely used tracks.

We had a ball navigating our way through towards Moore. I had to check this hill before committing.

Resorting to the Hwy for a small stretch to get some air through our sweat soaked jackets to cool us down.

Turned South Just before Moore, encountering another 2 roads blocked by fences and farm houses.

but managed to find an open (gated) road though farmland heading towards Harlin.

the gate-bike shuffle




Heading east again towards Kilkoy, we take another little side trip up Pohlmans Range Rd which has a nice climb

and fantastic view

but we part way along we were stopped by a sign saying "Private Property - No Entry".

So my bike lay down in disgust... ;)

It was pleasant to coast back down Pohlmans Range Rd with the bikes off and in Neutral.

After splitting up at Kilkoy

I headed back to Brisbane via Dayboro and Samford

and arrive home to a happy girlfriend who gladly hosed me and the bike down while we sat in the back yard :)

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:28 PM   #3
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good RR - nice country
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:07 PM   #4
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nice one mate!
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:40 AM   #5
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Good part of the world out that way....like your left handed photos.. I'll have to try that.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:31 AM   #6
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Awesome stuff! Even though my route didn't go to plan whatsoever, it was still fun riding with you, as always!
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:35 AM   #7
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Top spots you found there.

Don't worry about that cause way. It has claimed "MANY" casualties.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:56 AM   #8
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Looks a great weekend away and come to think of it I reckon we saw you guys heading out of Cooyar on the dirt as we were heading in
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:03 AM   #9
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Great review

Hi,
Just rear your report, sounds like you all had a great time. Do you think a VStrom would handle the ride? What time of year did you go?

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