WOOLGOOLGAOFFROAD.....about me

I started Woolgoolga offroad back in the early nineties, after moving north of Coffs Harbour. Not only do love medium to hard days, l also love getting out and exploring our wonderful north coast with it's array of rainforest, long stretching beachs and our awesome views. Several times a year we venture afar for camping trips, and depending on our work schedules it determines on how far we go.

The best feature we have, here at Coffs Harbour, is that it is the closest spot on the east coast where the great dividing range meets the pacific ocean. So this means, we lock our hubs in when we turn off the highway, cant get better than that !

Over the last few years i have been lucky enough to have competed in various competitons, with various degrees of success. Travelled extensively in and around the north coast, west to the Olgas, The Flinders, Ayres Rock, Kings Canyon around the simpson desert and to the centre of Austraila.We have traversed through and around several deserts that include- The Simpson, Strezlecki, The Stony just to name a few.

The idea of my blog is to highlight the travels where I go and what is happening in my 4wd and camping world.


I always hear people from our generation saying "Ahh, living the dream" when they are doing something out of the ordinary - for example: sipping cocktails in a spa at a fancy resort or perhaps they post "living the dream" as the caption beneath a photo of them moving into their new $500,000+ mansion-esque home they have just mortgaged their life away for. At first I was confused by how simple my ambitions were. All I wanted was to live in a caravan and be able to spend as much time enjoying the outdoors with a partner ( anyone out there ??) and my daughter, surrounded by friends and without my partner having to be at work all the time.

So for me, this became my simple dream. I find myself having those "Ahh living the dream" moments when I am sitting in a natural hot spring with my partner and daughter and maybe a few friends around too , drinking a beer, and maybe ten feet away from a crocodile inhabited river. Now all I need to do is to work out which way I shall turn at the roundabout at the end of the street.

Another passion of mine is photography, i have a host of albums on my Facebook page so   jump across to my page and browse my photo albums of places where I have been, explored and discovered. We are lucky enough to live here on the Coffs Coast, so there is always plenty of places to get out to take advantage of any weather conditions that may arise. I will also be writing about personal experiences and more.

Or another alternative is to take time and check out this online publication, great for those soft roaders 

http://issuu.com/coffscoast/docs/coffscoasttouringtrailsfinalissuu

And yes I know I post a lot of pics, but dont they say a picture tells a story ??
Anyone keen for a trip ?

Make sure you add me on facebook too !!!
https://www.facebook.com/woolgoolgaoffroad
Kev
woopi4x4@bigpond.net.au











CURRAWINYA NP...QLD with CTA

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CULLENDORE STATION

Cullendore is in the heart of granite country where unique borders sit quietly weathering away. This is a secluded station where you travel nearly 3 km from the front gate just to office, and then some to the many camp grounds around the property. To welcome you when you arrive, Stuart, Wendy and their son Matt go all out in typical country style to show you around, help in any way and answer any questions. Matt does a great job suppling firewood if you need some and will even deliver it to your campsite. A property map with named tracks and an information sheet is provided when you book and gives you all the relevant information.
Cullendore is a 4000 acre working cattle station, yet the owners have set aside nearly half for outdoor activities from camping, mountain bike riding, canoeing, bushwalking and has nearly 20 km of 4wd tracks located on the property. Now don’t come here expecting twin diff locked kind of tracks as this isn’t a 4wd park. The trails here are only to explore this expansive property.
Some tracks you will need to engage 4wd so you don’t do any damage, wether it be heading down to the Maryland River for a swim or heading out to the Lookout for the most stunning views into the distance. The owners have spent the past three years getting this property up and running with pristine campsites in several locations, installing flushing toilets and hot showers and with the popularity of this hidden gem they are soon opening more secluded camps with facilities.












CUNNAMULLA

The locals in Cunnamulla- western Queensland, all say their town is ‘’appealing naturally !!’’, …to me it was just another pass through town to somewhere else, until now. I was actually passing through to go further west but several very hot days had me grounded in the Cunnamulla shire. Now while I love a free camp, it was decided to find a caravan park for some down time. Just 3km south of town on the Warrego River is the Cunnamulla Riverside Caravan park, with plenty of sites for the big vans they also have a paddock area where you can find a little piece and quiet on the river bank if you don't need plug in power. They have easy access to the Warrego River and for the cooler times there are fire pits at most camp sites. They call it ’The free camp area !!’’.
Cunnamulla is a good 800 km drive west of Brisbane and could be called the gate to the outback with several major highways intersecting the town. Back in 1846 Sir Thomas Mitchell explored the floodplains of the Warrego River, but being so far away from the goldfields and other favourable areas, growth was slow. But by 1860 there was an influx of settlers and graziers a courthouse was built and the Cobb & Co coach came to town. Soon
Cunnamulla the was becoming the hub for several intersecting stock routes the population grew and with that the railway came to town, shops opened including a soap maker and a cordial factory, a school was built and new areas were being discovered.












ST GEORGE QLD exploring with Camper trailer Australia

A lot of people may not know that there is a bucket load of history in western Queensland and you don't have to travel for days to find it. Just 520 km west of Brisbane, or a good days drive, is the quiet town of St George in the Balonne shire. Major Thomas Mitchell camped just below the present day weir back in 1846, and when his party crossed the Balonne River it was Saint Georges day back in his home country, and thus the township of St George was named. A stone memorial and plaque has been put in the exact spot where Mitchell camped and can be found at most times when the river is at normal levels.
Getting to St George is camper trailer friendly too with all tar access from Brisbane and surrounds, you don't need an off-road trailer out here as the roads are generally in good condition yet they may seem long, straight and narrow but there is always plenty to see. The camping options are pretty awesome too with free camping up near Lake Kajarabie 20 km north of town, or head south and camp at the infamous Nindigully pub and true riverside camping just 9km north of town at Kapunta Fishing Park on the Balonne River.
The whole story is out now in the Summer edition of CAMPER TRAILER AUSTRALIA magazine. 










NARRABRI..NW NSW

Narrabri in the NW region of NSW is a great spot with some hidden treasures nearby. A bustling city that is home to wheat, cotton and cattle growers where two major highways intersect the town. Great cafes, wineries and touring routes it’s not a bad place to spend some time at. Normally I drive straight through in the past, but now its my first overnight stop heading west. If you’re not keen to camp in town there are other options where you can base yourself for a few days. A hidden gem is Yarrie Lake, 30km west of Narrabri on the edges of the Pilliga forest. This 3km circular lake was reported to of been made by a falling meteor thousands of years ago, and now its a water haven for many birds. When full water skiing is popular here so keep that in mind if your camped there around the holidays. The eastern side of the lake has free camping with no facilities but on the western side its a little more civilised with hot showers, shelters and proper toilets. A full time caretaker looks after these facilities and with a small fee there are plenty of waterside camps available. Kayaking and throwing a pot in for yabbies is great for the kids and there are several walks around the lake for birdwatching and photography.

Getting away from camp for a day you can head 10km away to the Narrabri CSIRO Observatory. This place is amazing !!!…..as soon as you enter their property there are skeletor remains of old satellite dish’s through the scrub. The central viewing area has some great hands on displays for the kids outside and interesting displays inside the visitors centre. Just outside the building it’s a bit hard to miss the 6 massive satellite dish’s that tower above. While you can’t get up close and personal they are pretty impressive as they point towards the sky.

Heading back through Narrabri some 50km to the NE on the outer edges of the Mount Kaputar NP you can explore the stunning Sawn Rocks. An easy walk to the viewing platform and down to the creek to look at these tube like blocks of rock that reach to the sky are a must, and if you look closely down at the creek you can see where they left their shape imbedding marks in the creek rock.
If your after more rocky action, head straight into the Mount Kaputar NP from Narrabri. This volcanic area was formed some 20 million years ago and after weathering we are left with some absolutely stunning rock formations. There are several camping options here but there are restrictions on the size van you can tow in. The whole area is scattered with amazing walks to various formations, stunning viewing points, cliff edges and range from 100 metre sections to full day walks. To fully appreciate this park a few days are needed to full grasp what there is to offer. Dont be put off by the scale of this area and your fitness level, as there are walks for everyone and there are several platform walks right beside the road even with wheel chair access. I’ve found best time to visit is spring. One winter we camped at the top area ( Dawsons ) and it dropped down to -6……although there are hot coin operated showers it was still cold. Summers can reach towards 40 so be prepared.
Enjoy Narrabri.













CUNNAMULLA DREAMING......camper trailer aust magazine

The locals in Cunnamulla- western Queensland, all say their town is ‘’appealing naturally !!’’, …to me it was just another pass through town to somewhere else, until now. I was actually passing through to go further west but several very hot days had me grounded in the Cunnamulla shire. Now while I love a free camp, it was decided to find a caravan park for some down time. Just 3km south of town on the Warrego River is the Cunnamulla Riverside Caravan park, with plenty of sites for the big vans they also have a paddock area where you can find a little piece and quiet on the river bank if you don't need plug in power. They have easy access to the Warrego River and for the cooler times there are fire pits at most camp sites.

Cunnamulla is a good 800 km drive west of Brisbane and could be called the gate to the outback with several major highways intersecting the town. Back in 1846 Sir Thomas Mitchell explored the floodplains of the Warrego River, but being so far away from the goldfields and other favourable areas, growth was slow. But by 1860 there was an influx of settlers and graziers a courthouse was built and the Cobb & Co coach came to town. Soon Cunnamulla the was becoming the hub for several intersecting stock routes the population grew and with that the railway came to town, shops opened including a soap maker, cordial factory, a school was built and new area’s were being discovered.

Read my full rundown on this area in the current edition of Camper Trailer Australia. Summer edition OUT NOW. Great value at only $8.95