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Camping Trip 03/01/2018 – Toogoom/Promisedland – RSVP 24/11/2017

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Camping Trip 03/01/2018 – Toogoom/Promisedland – RSVP 24/11/2017

Yo, all you happy campers.

After collating the feedback and doing a ring around to camp sites our January camping destination is Bundaberg – Toogoom/Promisedland. Being Chrissy hols many campsites are booked out. But fear not we’ve found a place to pitch our tents / park our vans.

We are heading to Bundaberg from Wednesday 3 January until Saturday 6 January. You are welcome to stay more or less nights – that’s just when we’ll be there.

Details

Other: 

  • About 10km into Bundaburg
  • Suggest dinner at a pub in Bundy 1 night 
  • About 30km to beach for post ride swim
  • Promisedland is about 1/2 hour away
  • Toogoom is about an hour away

We do need let them know numbers. Let us know if you are in before 24th Nov (and how many nights you are hanging around for).

We’ll let the local club know we’re heading their way and see if want to peddle with us. This is a Bushrangers Club trip – but other club’s MTBA members are welcome to join. We just need numbers by 24th Nov.

If you don’t do camping, there should be plenty of options in Bundaburg that would love to have you, just ask your friend google.

If you have any questions just email [email protected] and we’ll make up an answer.

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Wide Bay XCEN Series – Race 1, Bundaberg Summary

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Wide Bay XCEN Series – Race 1, Bundaberg Summary
Royce in 2nd place overall and in category at the 2016 Wide Bay XCEN - photo courtesy BundabergMTB

Nice trails, great club, perfect weather made for a fantastic event. Also the race start being at 9am provided plenty of time to arrive and warm up or sleep in. On top of that any earlier and the cold would have been something to contend with because I don’t think it really started to warm up until the last lap.

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Promisedland and Toogoom Roadtrip Summary

Promisedland and Toogoom Roadtrip Summary

What a marvellous tour of the Wide Bay trail networks. After waking up (a little late) to clear autumn skies we scoffed down breakfast and quickly threw the usual roadtrip necessities into the Bongo Brawny campervan i.e. bikes, helmet and…. well thats it really. The engine fired up (always a pleasant surprise) and then we wombled onto the highway and headed north. After traversing the incessant roadworks (wouldn’t that be a nice problem to have on mountain bike trails) we found ourselves pulling into Childers at 9:45am, an optimal time for the ‘second coffees’.

We found the rest of the group (Kerry, Toby, Max, Paul, Susie, Pete, Donna, John, Tanya, Sonja, Luke and Craig) and then we convoyed up to the Promiseland trailhead, which was only another 15min or so up the road past Apple Tree Creek and Cordalba where we met Terry, Rod, PeterC and Al. Note: Use the second entrance as it has the sheltered area with tables, tank water and toilet.

The Promisedland trails are difficult to describe to someone who has only ridden around the Sunshine Coast or areas close to the coast. They consist of a kind of small aggregate mixed with in sand and dust. If you haven’t got your flat corning technique down then you might find the bends a bit sketchy at first. The first loop taken was the most recently created one which is the same course the first round of the Wide Bay 3hr series will be using although we did it in the opposite direction. 18km over a good mix of rocky sections, flowy berms intermixed with doubles and rollovers, and traditional twisty single track. You could just ride that trail and be happy to go home and call the trip a success.

Once we clocked that course we had a quick catch up at the shelter and then set out to the ‘old’ trails towards the eastern side of the forest. Here we rode Barking Owl, Ironbark and Cow Bones to mention a few. After that we kinda split up so that we can either repeat favourites or do ones we may have missed or a in different direction. Before heading off we had a good chat with the BundabergMTB guys about what they’ve done with the place and how good it all was. Fantastic effort guys you should be proud and we hope it continues to benefit the area.

We headed off to the Hillcrest Van Park but dropped off into Childers again to pick up something for dinner and some drinkies. That night we settled down to eat, drink, and talk about all the things you’re not meant to like politics, religion, and unsanctioned trail building.

The morning sun popped up and the local bird life took it upon themselves to scream right next to our camping spots. We had to get to the Toogoom trailhead by around 8:30am to meet Mike. Luckily there is a nice cafe in Toogoom so I could delay the morning coffee routine for the 12 minutes it took to get there.

Sufficiently caffeinated we arrived at the trailhead ready to tackle the next bunch of single tracks that wiggle their way from a single point in the northern part of the Vernon State Forest. Local Mike showed us each track and we tried to make up our minds on which was our favourite with tracks 10 and 11 rating highly. Honestly I think they’re all good and it would take a long time riding them before you would lose interest.

After the north part of the forest was completed the group split with some of the adventurous of us crossing the Hervey Bay – Burrum Heads road into the southern side of the forest to explore the offerings there. Here there was a bit more climbing and a lot more loose rocks to contend with. After a few choice trails we called it a day. Thanks for building and maintaining a great set of trails Fraser Coast MTB – they’re certainly popular with us and we’ll keep coming back.

Once again I’m pleased and humbled that we have such a great group of people to do these kinds of things with and I look forward to the next trip which might be sooner than we expect.

Ben Johns
President – Bush Rangers MTB Club Sunshine Coast

 

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Club Roadtrip – Toogoom & Promisedland Trails – 7th/8th May

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Club Roadtrip – Toogoom & Promisedland Trails – 7th/8th May

Since the last trip was so good we’re doing it again! 

DAY 1 (Saturday 07/05/16)

Drive north from Sunshine Coast for 2 hours 40 minutes to Childers where everyone meets at the Childers Woolworths carpark (https://goo.gl/maps/tCSzhDojsv72) around 10:00am (so you’ll be wanting to leave the Sunshine Coast by around 7:00am to account for roadworks and Ben’s bongo van etc). Then we all drive a further 20 minutes to the Promisedland MTB Park, Cordalba and we ride 2-3 hours.

We leave Promisedland and drive 45 minutes to Hillcrest Caravan Park, Burrum Heads.  Where we bunker down for the night and eat, drink and be merry.

DAY 2 (Sunday 08/05/16)

We drive 17 mins to Toogoom MTB Park and ride for 2-3 hours. Then everyone has a safe 2.5hr drive back to the Sunshine Coast – happy days!!

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