Took the BT into W.Kunderang last weekend .

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 20:16
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What a beautiful place and Cindy is a font of knowledge on the area . We did a walk up into the dry rainforest - peaceful , cool , beautiful . On the walk , we found a dead moth which measured 12.5 cm long . Canoeing would be good there , although there appears to be few decent rapids in that section . From the various campsites , there is 4WD is access to 10 klm of Macleay River for fishing , but this requires a number of river crossings .

To get there , you turn south off the Kempsey / Armidale Rd on the Rasp berry Firetrail ( about 52 klm of dirt ). Prior bookings have to be made with Cindy on 02 67781264 . Drop toilets , good shade , some drinking water , fire wood , no yobbos , grassy camping spots and no power.

They say that an 18 foot offroad van can negotiate the track down into the gorge and I had no trouble with Elvis my 16 footer , on the wet track .

Unfortunately the area had had a fair bit of rain and the Macleay River was running a banker so the bass fishing was cancelled . Drank a bit too much red and cracked a 1958 Orlando Tawny which was pretty awesome .

Saw the Innkeepers van parked in Armidale and actually stopped behind it - tossing up whether to drop in . Thought they might be a bit busy , so kept going .

My wife and I received very sexy member cards today , but we are at a loss to know what we can do with them . Can anybody tell me of what use I can put mine to .The only thing I can think of , is to attach mine to my shirt for identification at BT "getogethers".

Cheers ,

Willie
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 23:45

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2008 at 23:45
Willie,

On the owners forum you will find that by showing your card you can make a considerable saving on a product used in your Bushtracker. Hopefully more discounts will follow.

At gatherings you will be issued with the plastic card holder to fit them in.

It saves a lot of thinking and head scratching when you see a fellow BT owner and know that you have met him before, but cannot put a name to the face. We have found the old cardboard cards have worked well at Rallies.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 00:04

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 00:04
Hi Brian ,

I am a bit thick, so can you please explain - how do you mean I can get a discount on the "owners forum" ? Do you mean on the site run by Steven G ? If so , how would I get a discount on something there ?

Sorry , but I am discombobulated !

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Noosa Fox - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 00:17

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 00:17
Willie,

I am not a member of STG forum but from what I have heard about it, it might cost you more if you show him our card.

What I meant was that Bob Pollock our president has brokered a deal with a national company to supply goods to our Financial members at a discount on production of this membership card.

If you switch to the financial members section of this forum you will see the details in the recent postings.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 01:10

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 01:10
Thanks Brian ,
I am off now to have a look . I am a bit confused about the Member / Non Member forums . How come so many members post on the Non Member Forum ?
Willie .
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Follow Up By: Innkeepers - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 17:31

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 17:31
Hiya Willie,
Great to read about your time at West Kunderang...I've looked at it on the Nat Park brochures and wondered how steep the Macleay River access tracks might be.... Julie doesn't like steep roads and corners too much....she certainly won't get on the back of my 1600 V Twin.....

You should have called in to say hello as we always make time for fellow BT owners passing through...we find ourselves in Armidale around 4 times a year for around 6-8 weeks at a time...so with that are always on the look out for nice spots to go with the BT.....looking into some of the old gold fields in the region at the moment....

Happy Trails
Cheers
Rick
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 18:57

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 18:57
Rick ,

Sorry now I did not say hello - must have been that old fear of rejection !

I am very interested in old gold mining areas too - both from a historical and detecting perspective .

As soon as I got home , I Googles Hillgrove and Halls peak . I remembered the name Halls Peak from my younger days in the stock market and was surprised to see that it was not a gold mine . It appears that Straits Resources has started up the Hillgrove Mine again .

Have you found any interesting places in the area ? I am retired and looking for such places to visit - so if you ever need anyone to join you in an adventure to one of these gold areas , I would be keen .

I am off now to check on what the stock market promises today . Lot's of excitement yesterday .

Cheers ,

Willie .
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Follow Up By: Innkeepers - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 22:04

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 22:04
Yeah Willie, Oh well next time....we have a fair bit of contact with the Hillgrove miners as they stay with us in the motels we do......they're contracted workers of Monadelphous....who are the labour supplier for Straits....anyway they reckon that a bit of a look around in the gorge directly below Hillgrove would be a good clue.....a steep drive down though....haven't looked at that road yet...

Straits are mining Antimony as their chief interest and say that they should recover 20,000 ounces of gold per annum as a by product of the Antimony mining....
"BY PRODUCT" 20,000 ounces of Gold @ $880.00 US per ounce...do the sums....

Wouldn't mind that myself....

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Rick
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Reply By: CD & JW - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 04:32

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 04:32
Willie

It seems that owners are just as social a mob as non owners.

Those of us who are looking at purchase of a BT ask questions and are helped a great deal by owners happy to answer on the open forum and also chat to us. Then the chat goes on...and on.....and on.....
We certainly have appreciated seeing so much info on the open forum, but also understand that to keep some things out of general view e.g., special campsites owners have discovered from being inundated, that these would mostly be on the owners forum and therefore only able to be viewed by owners.

LJW
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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 19:08

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008 at 19:08
LJW,
Yes , it was very helpful for me asking questions on BTs here while I was searching the second hand market for a 16 footer .
Willie .
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Follow Up By: Motherhen & Rooster - Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 06:42

Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 06:42
Hi Willie

It is not just potential BT owners who follow the non-member forum; some people with other brands of off-roaders find our site more relevant than the general caravaners websites.

Was that your BT in Jo & Mark's pics of the West Kunderang rally?

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Follow Up By: Willie - Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 07:40

Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 07:40
Howdy Mrs Hen ,

We must stop meeting like this ! Yes , that was Elvis in all his glory . I was happy with the way he handled the Raspberry Firetrail and the steep track down to the bottom of the gorge .

Still unhappy with my water tanks either not filling properly , or not picking up the full 80 liters . I am off to Melbourne tomorrow . I am taking my hen down to see the Australian Open finals for her birthday present . When I get back I am going to drop all the tanks and perform major surgery .

Cheers ,

Willie .

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Reply By: CD & JW - Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 08:01

Friday, Jan 25, 2008 at 08:01
WOW!
And what a tennis final that is shaping up to be. Lucky you and your hen.
Just watched the semi on TV. Still stunned by the wonderful (if one sided) game.
And no disrespect to Nadal.
LJW
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