BUNDABERG & DISTRICT CHAPTER
Established 1 July, 2017
This was formerly part of the Wide Bay Chapter and the members were affectionately referred to as the "Bundy Crew".
The number of members has grown so that it has now become a Chapter in its own right.
David and Jenny Cook
Home Phone: 07 41595116
Agnes Waters & 1770
With another perfect day in Paradise we all met at the usual Quay st car park for a chin wag before I led the procession of 10 cars over the old bridge & down the Agnes Waters rd to Rosedale, the traffic was quite heavy getting caught behind a procession of caravans which I did not pass, we had an enjoyable morning tea & a conversation with Adam a member of the Gold Coast Chapter who was travelling around in his motorhome. We left Rosedale & headed to Town of 1770 & up to the lookout where a few hardy souls walked to the lookout at the end of the path.
I had booked lunch at the Agnes Waters Tavern so we all headed there & had a very good meal in a great location. After much more conversation a few left for other commitments while 4 cars decided to try the Yandarin Pub as they used to lease the Biggenden pub & we had been there a few times.
Last time we were there they said come to the Yandarin Pub so what a pleasant surprise it was with a coffee shop at the back & advertisement for Big Breakfast, so looks like a breakfast run in the near future. After our refreshments we wandered back home.
Another very enjoyable day with like minded people. Nice to see Graham & Marilyn in their Bentley having a run before purchasing a MGB.
Participants :- Graham & Paula Mini, Ian & Tracy MGA, Clive MGF, Larry & Brenda Porsche Boxster, Bob & Sue Porsche Macan GTS, Les Subaru (I have the engine out of his MGB), Peter & Val Rover, Graham & Marilyn Bentley, Darren & Laura Lotus Elise, John & Maria MGHS & Jenny & I MGF
Bundaberg MG Crew
South Burnett Sojourn By Jacqui Mutton
Participants: Paula & Graeme Brown, Jenny & David Cook, Brenda & Larry Lipscombe, Sue & Bob Murray, Tracey & Ian Inness, Clive Pearce, Val & Peter Walkington, Jacqui & Ray Mutton.
The much anticipated long weekend trip to the South Burnett had finally arrived – yeeha!!!! And all 13 of us, 2 were joining us down the track, met at our usual place on Quay St Bundy, with much excitement. Though a few backed out of driving their open cockpit cars when the weather forecast, especially for Kingaroy & the Bunya Mtns, was to hit the very low single digit figures on the temp gauge!!!!!NO matter!!!!! It was the comradery & the experience that was the draw card!!!
With thermos’s filled & sandwich’s in lunch boxes, beanies pulled down & scarves tied, we headed off and meandered our wat to Biggenden via the Isis Sugar Mill. Sooo good to leave the hussle & bussle of the coastal roads behind and pass through beautiful, green forests of eucalyptus, & hardly a vehicle to be seen. So so good for the soul!!! Peter & Val, from Woodgate, met up with us at Biggenden for morning tea taking our merry band of travelers to 15.
Next stop, Wondai via Ban Ban Springs. And what a glorious drive that was. Through rolling hills and river flats. We pulled up in the neat little park on the outskirts of Wondai and partook of our lunch. And, as was planned, we all had an hour to drive into the village and have a meander around and check out the antique shops, timber museum and grab a coffee. All done & dusted, we departed Wondai and headed further south west to our stay for the night at Kingaroy. Those that needed to, fueled up before arriving at the motel. Time to unpack, make a motel cuppa and collect ourselves. Word passed around that wine and nibblies at the rotunda by the pool for the obligatory noggin & natter!!!!!
The moment had come to grab beanies, gloves and coats and head off to the Kingaroy Observatory, after we sampled the very pleasing meals at the RSL. We had all been warned and we all thought that we were very well prepared for the cold night but none of us were prepared for how ridiculously cold it got. It became excruciatingly cold and I am sure it was this temperature that hindered us from viewing the ‘wonders’ that James, our very knowledgeable & eccentric tour guide, was trying to point out to us from the 4 outdoor telescopes. I am so glad that I wasn’t the only person who accosted several strangers trying to find our way back to seats that very pitch black freezing night!!!!!! Never has a hot shower and a warm bed sounded so so inviting!! Sharing in a port when we got home wasn’t even considered!!!! The temperature in the morning of 4deg felt quite balmy after the night before, so we all surmised that it must have dipped to below freezing!!
With brekky eaten, ports back in our cars, thermos’s filled, beanies, coats and scarves on, we headed off up to the Bunya Mtns Now this was a stunning drive. The rolling hills, patchwork colored plains and the forever changing colours of the soil and the strong, earthy odors were so amazing!!! And then we climbed up the mountain, stopping for morning tea half way up at Burton’s Well before traversing to the top at Dandeba. The adjectives passed around from our little group of ‘breathtaking, amazing, magnificent, astounding’, were just a few. All said that this place was not what they were expecting and were, ‘absolutely blown away’!!!! After we all went on our little wander around the Bunya Mtn’s community we all met for lunch at the café. It was quite pleasant, temperature wise, till after we left the café, when a sneaky little breeze arrived. Time for us to head down the mountain and head towards Goomeri, our stay for the night.
What a great motel with tables set up in the driveway ready for get togethers. So not to disappoint, after unpacking, it was make a plate of nibblies and grab a vino or a beer and a noggin & natter it was. It was quite a relaxed get together as there was to be no driving until the morning. At the appropriate time we all wandered down the Goomeri Pub, which was to be one of the most memorable meals we all had. The service fantastic, actually beyond fantastic, considering the pub was full. The meals were of elite restaurant quality, and between all of us we had tasted nearly the complete menu. We all concurred that we all will be back.!!!
Back on the road again for our last day – oogh!!! Morning tea at Kilkivan then heading off for lunch at Bggenden via Woolooga. I was pretty pleased with myself at this point with my planning and organizing. In trying to find alternate roads to go on, I neglected to see the 10km of dirt road on the Woolooga/Biggended road. Very sorry folks!!!! And this might have been ok except for, one can only describe them as, idiots, traversing the opposite direction not slowing down!!!- Aaagh!!! Put a dampener on yet another beautiful and very different drive.
Lunch eaten, and after being thrust together as little family for the last few days, it was time to say farewell as we all headed back to our own little world. What a sensational time we had!! Wonderful company, spectacular scenery, great food and even the weather gods smiled down on us. Memories are made of this.
A huge THANKYOU to you all!!
Bundaberg MG Crew
On Sunday 15th August, we all met at our usual place in Quay St and had a catchup chat before we headed off on our run. Dave & Jenny finally arrived & we decided to complete the formalities at our morning tea stop.
We started out on the Agnes Waters rd. then on to some back roads which took us through to Bucca and Bullyard, and from there it was a nice drive to Wallaville for morning tea.
After we chatted a bit more over a cuppa, we packed up our things and proceeded on down more back roads to our next destination which was Childers (Apple Tree Creek) for lunch at Mollydookers which is a very nice Canadian Cafe.
Tracy and Steve Gable met us there for lunch as they couldn't join us for the whole run. It was a lovely day with great company. Thanks to Steve & Teena Johnson for organising the day.
The people who accompanied us on the day were:
Bob & Sue Murray, Larry & Brenda Lipscombe, Graeme & Paula Brown, Peter & Val Walkington, Dave & Jenny Cook, Eric & Janelle Beckman, Darryl & Laure Copithorine, Steve & Tracy Gable & Les.
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