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Old 09-12-2008, 11:36 PM   #1
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Bathurst to Fraser Island

Six of us set of on Thursday 4th September 2008, 3x Stroms, 1x Transalp, 1x F650Dakar and 1x Dr650.


Day 1.
From Bathurst up through to Kandos/Rylstone and through the valley to Bylong


Time for a quick pee break before Merriwa, check out that lovely Strom.


Everybody got seperated so it was time for a quick rendevue at the Gundy general store.


From Gundy it was up through Waverly and Timor, spectacular roads through this area.


A stop over at Nundle, 1 of us was smart enough to stay at the pub, the other dickheads decided to camp out near Hanging Rock in an absolute gail.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:24 AM   #2
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Day 2
We left Nundle under some heavy cloud and a good chance of rain.
From Nundle we head to Bowling Alley Point.




While the rest of the boys went up through Limbri I headed up through Niangala and a peice of road called Port Stephens Cutting, excellent little peice of road.


From here it is were it started to rain, we were told later that they had had 150mm of rain around the Dorrigo and Grafton areas. I set of for Walcha to catch up with the boys but they were nowhere to be found. Ok no time to hang around just in case they have already come through. I headed out through Gostwyck and Dangarsleigh up into Armidale. Asked around and still no sign of the boys so off again down the Waterfall Way to Wollomombi Falls.


Finally made contact with the other boys who had only just arrived in Armidale. Due to the weather I decided to wait in the shelter at the falls and cook some lunch and wait for the boys to arrive. A short run down the road to Ebor falls and it was here that you could tell that they had had a bit of rain.


Her is the Strom again trying to blend in with its surrounds.


It was from here we went up the Armidale road to Nymboida. From here it was up Glens Creek Road, TR old Glen Innes Road Then a quick TL into Doboy Road, this then turns into Ramornie Road, it was up here that the rain was evident with the last section about 10klms before the Gwyder Hwy, it took us about 90mins to do the 10klms. Up to Jackadgey for a camp at the caravan park.
The mighty Strom before the next days ride.
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:26 AM   #3
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:23 AM   #4
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Day 3
Out of Jackadgery TL up the Jackadgery/Lilydale Road to Lilyvale and Winegrove.


Then TL onto Clarence Way up through Baryulgil, up to Alice then TL into Plain Station Road up to Tabulum.


Straight on up Paddys Flat Road, (to me very similar to Swallow Tail Pass but on a grander scale). Further up the road it turns into Upper Tooloom Road then Kangaroo Creek Road.
Crossing the creek near Paddys Flat.






This hillside along the way was just covered in these magnificent Black Boys (Grass Trees)


Kangaroo Creek Road goes up through Urbanville and into Woodenbong. A short stint up the Mount Lindsay Hwy and over the Border.


No chicken strips here after a blast down this strech of road.


TL into Boonah/Rathdowney Road for a run to Boonah. Unfortunatley the boys missed the Cannon Creek Maroon Road so we just tarred it into Boonah. From Boonah it we were guided by the GPS the get us through Ipswich and up to Fernvale.
At Wivenhoe TR into Wivenhoe Somerset Road and up to the turn off to Mt Glorious. We now know why they call it Mt Glorious, sensational. Up through some back roads to Malaney.
After finding out that the local was booked out for a wedding, we had a headed discussion about were to stay so I decided to ride to Kenilworth in the dark down this dirt road that was awesome in the dark I would like to see it in the day. Kidman Creek Raod.
Accommodation booked at Kenilworth the boys would rock up later after some tucker in Malaney. The dickheads missed a fantastic pub meal at Kenilworth and the homemade Mango Cheesecake just brilliant.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:41 AM   #5
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:24 AM   #6
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Day 4
No stuffing around, just straight up to Hervey Bay for a ride on the ferry to Kingfisher Bay.




First test of sand is just 500 metres from the ferry.


The inland tracks were in great condition.


Just a quick gathering to make sure all is good.


Scooter found the sand tough but still done a great job, well done Scoot.


First trickey downhill, I found that if you toke some speed with you the bike would track nicely.


Scoot taking in the big ones on this little get together.


The beautiful Lake Mackenzie.


A Dingo dropped in to say g'day.


After a night run up the beach to get to Cathederal Beach Resort to set up camp it was straight up the next morning to get to Indian Head.

Day 5
On the way up to Indian Head.
My bike with Giddy Goanna with a brief stop at Red Caynon.
That is not a new paint job on Giddys Strom it got a bit tired in the sand and had a little lay down.


Ah Indian Head and time for a rest.


Did I say rest, we walked almost over to Orchid Beach, thanks for the excercise fellas.
Another night run down the beach to coincide with low tide to get back to the camp ground.

Day 6
Next day we set off to leave the Island, low tide 9am perfect for a 7am start, not far down the beach at the Maheno wreck I find Childsy bogged to the rear axle of his Strom trying to get 2 japanese tourists too help, good luck buddy.


After he is out we have a quick photo.




A quick wash down at Eli Creek.


Then soon we are of on the Inskip Point ferry to Rainbow Beach.


One last bit of fun the short very soft peice of sand to negotiate back to terra firma.


Just a straight run down to Kilcoy to spend the night.
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:21 PM   #7
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Nice ride.. no idea where Fraser island is relative to the mainland.. riding those bikes on the beach looks like fun.. unless you get stuck! Glad to see the bike was rescued before the tide returned.
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Awesome, I have been to Fraser Island on one of those unguided tours where they stick 10 kids in a Land Cruiser and everyone takes turns driving. Some of that sand is pretty hard core.

Did you guys go to Lake Mackenzie?
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Old 09-13-2008, 07:28 PM   #9
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Great report Gricho,
Awesome to see the big bikes on the sand. Some nice shots there along the beach front.

Thanks for posting up!! Dan
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Nice ride.. no idea where Fraser island is relative to the mainland.. riding those bikes on the beach looks like fun.. unless you get stuck! Glad to see the bike was rescued before the tide returned.

Here ya go mate....

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Old 09-13-2008, 10:12 PM   #11
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Sorry for the bad joke, just read an article about it last night.
great pictures from along the beach, thanks
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Old 09-14-2008, 01:35 AM   #12
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Sorry did I say a straight run down to Kilcoy, we found this magic peice of dirt somewhere along the way.

Day 7
A run down beside Somerset Dam, some good twisties in this strech. Swap over for a run down the other side of Wivenhoe Dam. Back track over the same roads to get through Ipswich.
Out of Boonah this time we went for Beaudesert/Boonah Road to Beaudesert. T/R Mount Lindsay Hwy down to Innisplain for a link up with the Lions Road back over the Border into Kyogle in NSW.


From Kyogle it was a run down to Casino and then out through Busbys Flat and back over to Baryulgil. Back down the Clarence Way to a T/R into Carnham Road which takes you through some glorious farmland and into Cangi.
Once to the Gwyder Hwy T/R for a run up to Boundry Falls camp ground in the Gibraltar Range National Park.

Day 8
Head toward Glenn Innes and T/L into the Old Grafton Road, once again to me very similar to the Bridal Track only 4 times as long and alot smoother.


This road brings you back out at Nymboida, from here it was down to Dorrigo for lunch.
Back over the Waterfall way to Armidale, this is were we had a little discussion and I went off on my own down the back roads to Nowendoc and through Bretti and up into the Barrington Tops for a solo camp.


Day 9
In the morning it was off the western side of the tops.




Down to Moonah Flat and over to Gundy for some fuel and a much needed Bacon & Egg roll.
From Gundy it was down to Aberdeen then some back roads to Muswellbrook, it was then over toward Denman T/L to go through Edderton, over through Jerrys Plains. Over to Bulga and Broke for a run down to Wollombi and then down Settlers Road to St Albans.
From here it was a run around to Wisemans Ferry then up to the Bells Line of Road for the run home.
9 Days 8 Nights and almost 4000klms this was one good adventure.

Thanks Boys.

P.S sorry about the lack of photos as I only had a small card in, some of the others might contribute to some pics if I can get them away from the coffee machine.
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:25 AM   #13
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Old 09-14-2008, 11:43 PM   #14
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Way to Go!!

Great report and Pics Myte!!

Seems like you and Giddy had a great time!!!

Way to Go!!

Knowing that me Tiger Loves the sand.... I will not show her this ride report... Hehe...

More pics....More....

Cheers

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Old 09-17-2008, 12:36 AM   #15
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Great ride

I took part on the adventure. So impressed with the Vstrom. I took it places where I would of only taken my Wr450. I took a bit more time on the rougher stuff trying to nurse my bike, however after stripping it for a service this may of been a bit pointless. The big fella got his 650 off the ground a few times- wow to see Vstroms fly is different. Despite the few blues along the way it was a great ride and good times. I was oh so happy when my bike was rescused from the surf as I thought it was going for a swim when I bogged it. I came up with a saying along the way- "we survied the wind, the rain, rocks, blues and the sand to ride the adventure."

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