SE Qld members weekend
Neurum Creek Bush Retreat
Held on the
weekend of Friday, Saturday &
Sunday, 5th, 6th & 7th of November 2004
Creek Bush Retreat
Neurum Creek Bush Retreat (
www.ncbr.com.au ) was chosen as the venue for the second South East Qld
CamperTrailers Forum get together & Friday 5th,
Saturday 6th & Sunday the 7th November 2004 were the
NCBR is adjacent to the Mt Mee State Forest & less than 90
mins north of Brisbane, once turning off the D’Aguilar Highway just outside
of Woodford it is an easy 15 minute drive.
It was originally planned to be the Saturday & Sunday but as
time went on it was discover that over half the attendees were in fact “ wagging
“ work on Friday to make it a long weekend. Rex & Ann had actually decided to
make a week of it & arrived at NCBR on the Wednesday & stayed through till the
Wednesday after, not a bad lurk I must say.
We departed Brisbane on the Friday morning around 9.00am in
the company our friends Mark & Tammy who had 6 month old baby Cameron on his
first Camper Trailer expedition, with the skies opening up & dumping on us on
the North side of Brisbane, starting what turned out to be a thoroughly
enjoyable but pretty wet weekend. Many others turned up around the same time as
us & by lunch we had most of the crew on site & set up ready for the weekend
ahead, unfortunately the rain arrived as forecasted and set in pretty well, not
allowing too much activity other than to hop from Camper to Camper & do the all
important introductions & socialising.
Those of us who were set up got to watch a few arvo arrivals
set up in the rain, Annette & I had our 12ft x 20ft extension zipped on the
front of our standard awning so we had plenty of room for socialising at our
place. I just have to mention Les & Sue Webb from Toowoomba, who arrived late
in the arvo when it was raining quite “ heavily “ and proceeded to set up with
no apparent interest in the drenching they were receiving, the only tell tale of
the downpour was the plastic raincoat/poncho's they were wearing. We had
ourselves & 5 others under our awning having a late arvo cuppa (Penny Heath
was drinking Rum) & had full view of Les & Sue’s effort, and watched them
closely for quite a while & too their credit we saw no evidence of a domestic
dispute at all, how they did it so quickly & calmly has got me beat. Once they
got organised & wandered up to our place for a relaxing drink they amazed us all
by telling us that in fact it was the first time they had set up the annexe &
walls, having only used the camper previously without the awning. You 2 deserve
The rain continued regularly during the rest of the day &
night & was quite heavy on occasions, & stopped any chance of lighting a fire or
having any sort of outdoors group gathering at night so it was a case of bunny
hopping from camp to camp between the showers, & trying to leave your empty
bottles under whoever’s camper trailer you last visited. Pretty early night was
had by all, hoping for a fine day Saturday so we could get on with the
Saturday mornings weather wasn’t great, and the forecast was
awful & the sky wasn’t showing any promise, so it was a case of make the best
with what ever weather we were dished up.
Being so close to Mt Mee State forest we wanted to go for &
drive & general wander around, we had John Heath in the group who mentioned on
Friday (over a rum of course ) that he & Penny had done a lot of 4WDing in Mt
Mee Forest with the Mitsubishi Club of Qld and was equipped with a GPS with
lots info & tracks so John was appointed trip leader for a Saturday morning
trip into the Forest.
So John & Penny, Les & Sue, Paul & Fern, Nick & Ben, Mark &
Tammy, Annette & I took Robert Martin with us as he
didn’t have a 4WD headed off in the drizzle.
John took us on a great drive & we ended up at a lookout,
with views over Lake Somerset & the Stanley River. Once again the rain put an
end to our lookout expedition so we ventured down to the Sawmill site picnic
area of the forest, some staying on for lunch & others returning to camp.
Saturday arvo saw the arrival of a few late stragglers & more
relaxing & camp wandering to check out each others set ups.
The owners of NCBR had organised for a local winery to hold a
hold a Wine Tasting at NCBR at 4.00pm on Saturday & must say this created quite
a bit of interest amongst the campers, by 10 to 4, I don’t think anyone was left
in camp, however we ran into a little technicality with the owners of the Winery
forgetting to turn up for the event.
A quick reminder phone call from NCBR had them arriving at
about 4.45pm, but most of us had got sick of waiting & returned to camp to start
our own happy hours at various sites around the park.
Saturday night was another a missed chance for a campfire due
to wet weather, so any socialising was limited to camp jumping between rain
showers. Our awning was full all night with people coming & going, & I made sure
no one left their empty booze bottles under our camper. We broke out a box of
Cadbury’s favourites for all to share, what I had forgotten till we got home &
unpacked was I had bought 2 x 18 packs of Lamingtons for after dinner, sorry
folks it was accidental I promise.
Sunday morning was a pretty relaxed time, with many taking a
break in the clouds mid morning to pack up, & say a few goodbyes before heading
off for home.
The highlight of the morning being a visit to Rex & Ann’s
camper for morning espresso coffee as only they can serve it, it’s a BYO milk
deal with them, so be warned, lucky I like black coffee.
Rex is the King of Electrical Gadgets & we must get him to
send some pics of his “ Loo Torch “ and do a write up for the Tech Tips
section of the camper website outlining the components, tools & instructions
required to assemble this piece of equipment. After having seen it I get the
feeling Rex must have been involved in the building of Spacecraft some time in
We stayed the extra night along with Mark & Tammy, Malcolm &
Desiree & of course Rex & Ann who were the there for the week.
Monday morning was the best weather we had since we left
home, luckily we had a dry pack up & headed off home around lunch time.
We also had some day visitors over the course of the weekend,
who couldn’t make it camp for the weekend & these included Alan & Kathy who
had purchased an Aussie Swag Camper the night before, we also had Scott &
Also I have to thank John, Judy, Dave
& Narelle the owners of NCBR for their hospitality & have to
say how good it was to be in a park where the owners were genuinely happy to
have us at their place.
Finally I also have to clear up a little matter in relation
to someone you all met that weekend, & he introduced himself as the Reverend
Malcolm Lee, who happens to be Tammy Weirs step father.
NCBR have a strict speed limit, and enforce it politely, well
it was casually mentioned to the Reverend that he should slow down a little
around the park.
He promptly came back to camp & told us all he had been fined
$ 10.00 for speeding & got all the sympathy & attention he wanted for the rest
of the weekend.
Well the old bugger was pulling your legs, he didn’t get
fined at all.
Thanks to all those who attended & sorry about the weather.
Cast of NCBR is
& Annette with Dudley the dog
Jeep Grand Cherokee & Cape York Camper Trailer
& Ben. (Annette’s son & Mate)
Wrangler & tent each
& Penny Heath with Rum bottles & knitting needles
Pajero & Trackabout Camper Trailer
& Fern Smith
Toyota Hilux & Tent.
& Tammy Weir with baby Cameron & Khan the dog
Series Landcruiser & Customline Camper trailer
Malcolm ( Reverend ) & Desiree Lee
Speeding Nissan Patrol & Customline Camper
Mitsubishi Challenger & Jayco Caravan
Fairlane & Cub on-road Camper
& Kate Dukes with 2 doggy’s, Papillons Minky & Bella,
Series Landcruiser & Highlander Camper
(Magnus) & Ann
Mazda Tribute & Modcon Camper
& Marg Clodd
Nissan Navara & Aussie Swag Camper
Kevin & Karen Bourke with Samantha & Benjamin
Grand Cherokee & Camel Camper
& Sue Webb with Cocco the dog
Grand Cherokee & Aussie Swag Camper.
Thanks to Mark for putting the report together
Thanks to Mark, Robert & Fern
for the photos
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