2008 Rally At Quilpie

Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 00:29
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I am posting this message here as we are aware that there are a number of Bushtracker owners who read the public postings but have not yet joined up as financial members.

Perhaps some information about our forthcoming rally may encourage you to "come over".
The rally is open to financial owner members only.
We do encourage visitors who wish to gain information about Bushtrackers and our group.
There is limited accommodation in Quilpie or you are able to camp at the lake not far away from our group.


The registration facility for our annual rally is now open.
Just go to the “Rally Registration” tab at the top of the page and fill in your details.
We have a lot of long term planning with this rally, we need to be able to closely approximate our numbers as early as possible so please assist us by registering as soon as possible.

Following member requests we have a new venue this year, well, new to us anyhow.
The rally will be on the shore of Lake Houdraman, about 4 kilometres outside the town of Quilpie Qld.

This site has been chosen following requests to have our rally in a more remote location, something more like “real BT country”.

Lake Houdraman is a large permanent waterhole, the lake attracts a lot of birdlife and fish do get caught there.
The area where we will be camping has a boat launching ramp so bring your tinnie or kayak.

There are no facilities at all at the lake and this would normally create some problems for a large group, waste disposal, sewerage and fresh water are essential requirements for a rally such as ours but thanks to Quilpie Council those problems have been overcome.

The Council is assisting us by providing a dunny dump facility, fresh water supplies and firewood.
The Council is also arranging for a marquee for our meetings and supplying a generator to power the lighting and Bain Marie’s on the dinner night.

The Council has also offered to supply a bus to ferry members to town and back should you wish to have dinner at the pub or one of the other venues.

I have had phone calls from members of the local business community offering assistance if required. (None required so far)

I encourage members to support the Quilpie community, they are going out of their way to ensure that we have a successful rally and one of the best ways to support the town is to do your shopping there.
The local butcher, Neville McConnell is a friendly bloke and if you want to pre order meat you can phone him on 07 4656 1126 a week or so before your arrival date.

There is a bakery and a good supermarket in town so why not return a few favours and save your shopping until you get there.

I will post more details later, timetable for events, catered dinner menu etc but in the meantime your comments and suggestions are welcome.

Regards to all.

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Reply By: CD & JW - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 02:12

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 02:12
Could we have a date please.
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Follow Up By: Turist - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 02:37

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 02:37
A slip up there, the date is published on the Owners Forum.

Start date Sat September 20th, finish Fri September 26th.

Quilpie show & rodeo Sept 13th.
Quilpie race meeting Sat 27th.

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Follow Up By: CD & JW - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 08:57

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Reply By: Wilmo7 - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 02:45

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 02:45
I can attest to the bakery. Marie and I have been through and in Quilpie many times and the bakery is probably on of the "best in the west". It is owned by a wonderful young lady who has won many world prizes as a shearer, not only in the women's divisions, but in the men's as well. Now I don't know how you get from shearing to baking, but the resluts prove she has succeeded. If you are camping at the caravan park before or after the event you will find it to be better than you would expect for that part of the country.
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Reply By: Lozz and Davo - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 06:58

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 06:58
Bob and other BOGers

Greetings from the newest newbie. This is as much a test post as a real question. I hope I am not banished into BTless oblivion before even starting.

Management (aka SWMBO) and I are getting close to joining the queue for a new BT. I have read on this forum that others in our position have attended past rallys to look over vans, get ideas and talk to owners. From your introductory blurb I get the impression we would be welcome to visit the Quilpie rally provided we stayed "nearby".

Also, are rallys fairly informal with owners hanging around their vans socialising (I recall Merlot is popular), or are there lots of formal activities that we could not attend. It would be a long way to go if there was nobody around to talk about their vans.

Enough questions. I had better click on "submit reply" and see what happens.

Regards, Davo.

PS Thanks to you all for many months of interesting reading on this great site.
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Follow Up By: Turist - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 18:35

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 18:35
Yes the rallies are informal apart from the AGM.
This is the only activity that visitors are excluded from.

To maintain the "integrity" (for want of a better word) of the campsite only owner members can camp in the main area.
There is ample camping a short stroll away.

Yes Merlot is popular however if being bribed the timing is important.
I take a dram or three of single malt until the sun goes down and then I am partial to a good Shiraz.

Remember, once you have a confirmed deposit paid order with the factory you are entitled to become a financial member.


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Reply By: CD & JW - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 09:57

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 09:57

If this Rally is anything like the one we attended over a year ago there will be plenty of BT owners very happy to show you their pride and joy, and talk to you about their particular likes and dislikes, and what they have added etc, etc, etc.
Most owners were extremely generous with their time.

We were only able to visit for a about 24 hours (a few hours when we arrived and then until lunchtime the next day) on the first weekend of that rally, after a very long drive. We took lots of photos, and some measurements too. CD took the photos and I took the notes to coincide with the photos, noting size of van and any particular comments from that owner.

This has given us a great resource to look at.
Of course not all of the ideas are what we will use (Yes, we have now ordered).

There was only one owner whose attitude wasn't as friendly as the others, but even they did reluctantly let us "intrude" on their campfire chatting, and perhaps they had already been interrupted a number of times before we walked over.

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Reply By: Turist - Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 01:50

Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 01:50
For those that are visiting and camping without toilet facilities we have arranged for 2 Porta-Loo style dunnies to be on site for the duration of the rally.

All other facilities are BYO but this should help those without a BT.

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