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South East Queensland Parks Closed

South East Queensland Parks Closed
Photo by Flow Mountain Bike

Due to heavy rainfall and damaging winds across South East Queensland, from ex Cyclone Debbie, QPWS has closed all camping areas, walking tracks and day-use areas in the Sunshine Coast area until further notice.

Stay safe and informed of closures and weather conditions:

  • Listen to your local ABC radio station
  • Check the Department of Transport and Main Roads website
  • Check weather updates on BOM website
  • Obey all QPWS signage

Areas will be reopened when it is deemed safe to do so.

For further information check and follow @QldParkAlerts on Twitter.


Plantation forests closed in south east and central Queensland

Plantation forests closed in south east and central Queensland

All pine plantations in south east and central Queensland state forests and on HQPlantations freehold land have closed due to extreme heavy rainfall events.

Affected plantation areas include the Fraser Coast, Elliott River, Beerburrum (including the Glasshouse Mountains), Mary Valley, Jimna, Yarraman, Pechey-Esk, Passchendaele, Byfield and Kalpowar areas.

The plantations are closed to all public access until at least Wednesday, 5 April 2017 to allow proper assessment of risks and recovery from the weather event.

Due to the localised and heavy nature of rainfall events many of the plantation roads and tracks may be subject to flooding and may be damaged creating a serious risk to people attempting to use them. The potential for rapid rises of streams and waterways from heavy rainfall in the plantation areas is high increasing the risk to life and property.

HQPlantations is appealing to the public to respect this closure so that safe and responsible access to the plantations can be restored to the public as soon as possible.

Further information and contact numbers for HQPlantations offices can found at


IT’S ON!! This year’s first race – Bottle’n’Glass Hill Climb – 17/04/2017 Easter Monday

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IT’S ON!! This year’s first race – Bottle’n’Glass Hill Climb – 17/04/2017 Easter Monday
Bushrangers Inaugural Hill Climb race

Have you been waking up each day feeling that something is missing or something is just not quite right? Well we have no idea what that is BUT we think you should come along and race up a nasty hill really fast. 

This is the first of a series of races we have planned – some big, some small. We’ve got the sweet timing gear, we’ve got the locations but now we need the competitors. So come do it to challenge yourself and for the chance to win lots of glory!! (what does glory come in anyway? like a bucket or something?)

Here are the details

When: 17/04/2017 at 8am (Registrations from 7am to 7.30am)
Where: Browns Creek Road, Cooloolabin.
Categories: A, B and C
Race format: Point to point hill climb – wave start for each category
Prizes: Official certificate of glory, bragging rights etc
Who can ride?: Open invite to anyone
Costs: Free! (But donations to trail-care are always appreciated)
Distance: 4km  with 330m elevation (small but nasty)
Strava KOM: 15min 17sec (male), 24min 53sec (female)


No vehicles are allowed on the trail, only bikes and the rescue vehicle.
Spectators can get great views from the intersections and the finish line without impeding the riders.
Do not impede Buckby or Browns Creek Road when you park your car.
While you are in the area you can ride up to the Point Glorious lookout and check out the amazing view.


Yandina/Cooloolabin Ride Summary – 26/03/2017

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Yandina/Cooloolabin Ride Summary – 26/03/2017
Upgraded lookout! Nice work QPWS

I like this ride because I can sleep in as it’s only 15 minutes drive away. I guess I could save a dolphin and ride to the meeting point…

Now this ride is split between two meeting points because the Bottle and Glass Road is a hefty climb and not everyone likes to start their day on the side of a dirt road vomiting up their breakfast due to over-exertion. However if this sounds like your kind of thing then make sure you come along to our Bottle’n’Glass Hill Climb race in Easter! That said quite a few riders chose to start in Yandina and brave the large climb to meet with the other group near the Cooloolabin Dam trail head.

Once the two groups had merged we started along the Cooloolabin Dam single-track that goes along the dam wall and follows the shoreline and eventually finishes in the day use area near the spillway. The recent rains had caused a bit of debris along the track but nothing that couldn’t be easily moved or ridden over.  This trail brings nice water views, beautiful little thickets of trees to ride through and nice loamy soils with the occasional obstacle to tackle.

This week’s predicted rain will hopefully give Cooloolabin dam a good top-up


2017 Bushrangers MTB Club AGM Summary

2017 Bushrangers MTB Club AGM Summary
Bush Rangers MTB Club 2017 AGM

We really need better models

The Maroochy Botanical Gardens was beautiful as always and it’s always a great place to have meetings. The rain held off but the humidity still came to the party but despite the mugginess the meeting was well attended and went pretty well (considering the dodgy secretary didn’t know what he had to do). Ben, Susie and Craig let us all know what was happening with the club, GoGirls and the money and there were some good ideas introduced by the members that are going to be researched then instigated ASAP.

We’ve filled the 10 positions for the upcoming coaching clinic so we can have some more MTBA qualified coaches in our ranks. I’ll also look into getting group rates for first aid certificates so I’ll let everyone know about that (just in case Carol crashes again).