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WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4

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WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
LET ME START BY SAY THIS WEEKEND WAS AWESOME!!!!!
This trip had been in the planning for quite some time and after lots of discussion with Eric the Owner we finally had everything in place. I picked up the key from his on Tue 27 Feb 18 and the trip went from a plan to a reality.

Thu 01 Mar 18 saw me (Budds), John (Superjacs) and Lesley (Mrs Superjac) depart my place at approximately 1315 for the property. We stopped at the Gull in Karagullen (why is Diesel so much cheaper in the country and the offer the RAC discount). Before continuing on to Austrax. We arrived at the property at about 1500. As we drove into the property we caught glimpses of the 4WD track. The drive in meanders through the middle of the property until you reach the camp amenities that consist of a big shed (no Access), two, four bedroom dongas and the camp kitchen. These are set up in a big square providing a large quadrangle in the middle that has a decent sized fire pit.
We set about getting organised and this consisted of firing up the Genset, opening the camp kitchen to retrieve the water pump after this is connected the toilets flush and the showers work. Each Donga has an instant gas hot water system attached to it.

Once the camp amenities were up and running we selected our camp sites and setup our trailers, before settling down for a cold drink to await the arrival of Paul (Kinang) and Tiala (Mrs Kinang), they arrived about 1700 and setup their tent before we all sat down to a hearty dinner of Curried Sausages and rice with some nice crusty bread. After dinner we all sat around chatting and discussing a plan of attack for the next day.

Friday morning saw Kinang and I up early have a coffee before the others rose about 0700. After breakfast we headed out to discover the 4WD track. It definitely had not seen a lot of use in a while as parts of it was overgrown. Although it was not overly difficult it is enough to give members an added boost of confidence in using their Trolls. Having said that the difficulty level would increase with some water on the property as it meanders back and forth through several creek beds.

There were some photos taken and I am sure they will be posted on here (hint, hint). I also attached my GoPro knock off on to my bulbar for the drive around the track I will put some of the footage up soon. The next to arrive was Colin (Big Col), Lorraine, Catherine and Angel (Fur Baby). They picked out their spot and setup before coming over for a chat. We had two more arrivals on Friday being Greg and Pauline (Jonesy) and Steve, Megan and Lane (Stevo79). Stevo79 and family took residence in a couple of the donga rooms while the Jonesy’s setup their camper. Jonesy, Steveo79 and Kinang then went for a drive around the track before settling down for the evening and preparing dinner. We actually had another LATE arrival Friday being Bill and Lisa (BillSTS) who arrived after dark.

Saturday morning dawned and the camp stirred as members surfaced from their slumber. Tea and coffee was brewed and hotplates heated up to prepare the standard camping breakfast fair of Bacon and Eggs. This then saw some members dart into Brookton (20 minutes up the Hwy) to pick up some last minute items for the communal cook up. During all of this excitement Aaron (Grover) and his son Liam arrived and they quickly setup camp before heading off for a drive of the track. Although the Prohibited Burning period had ended on Wednesday, I decided that due to the winds a fire would not be prudent (we had already prepared members for the No Fire possibility). We did however fire up two Choofers and a Weber Kettle. Once these cooking appliances had reach the optimum temperatures the cooking began in earnest.
Below is the list of what was prepared.
Budds – Roast Lamb, Roast Spuds and Carrots, Apple Crumble (x2) and Custard.
Kinang and Mrs Kinang – Roast Beef Shoulder.
Superjacs and Mrs Superjac – Yoghurt Flat Bread and Roasted Marinated Chicken Drumsticks.
BigCol and Lorraine – Chicken Satay and Rice.
Jonesy and Pauline – Meatballs in Mushroom and Bacon Sauce and Rice.
Steveo79 and Megan – Curried Sausages and Rice.
BillSTS and Lisa – I can’t remember???
Grover and Liam – Roast Beef.

Noting the above we had a feast fit for a king, there was lots of food but when the dust settled there was very little left in the way of leftovers. The Apple Crumble was there then it wasn’t, with Pauline snagging the last bit to have the next day. We all sat around the communal area fighting of food comas and telling tall tales. During these discussions we devised a plan of attack for Sunday with Jonesy to lead our intrepid bunch on a Fence Line track in the Wandoo NP. We all turned in around 2300 after an awesome evening.

On Sunday we awoke to another glorious day and all got on with our brekky preps. BigCol and family headed into Brookton as we made preps to head out for a Sunday drive. Jonesy held a drivers brief and I volunteered to be TEC (Tail End Charlie), with final instructions issued and tyre pressures lowered we departed camp just shy of 1300. We had a short stretch of Black top to negotiate before we were back on the dirt. Jonesy soon found the turn he was looking for and we headed into the scrub only to be halted by a large tree that had fallen across the track. Although we had a chainsaw with us it wasn’t big enough for the job so we found a track off to the left and followed it. This track wandered through the bush before joining back to the fence line. We meandered along this track slowing for some small challenging sections and for the obligatory group photo.

Photo taken we continued along the track until we hear Jonesy on the 2 way say that he was stuck in a hole, followed by Pauline saying we are bogged. So we all hop out to assess the situation, only to discover that Jonesy wasn’t bogged but had dropped his LHR into a FBH (Flippin Big Hole). So Kinang sprang into action while Jonesy, Superjacs and I setup the recovery gear. Kinang took up the strain on the snatch strap and with a little tap of the right foot out popped Jonesy. We then all pulled up to have a leg stretch and look at a rock formation that had a striking resemblance to the Pacific Island Idol out of Night at the Museum. The track continued to wind through the bush until we came to our final hill climb. We all got out to have a look. It looked tougher than it was 1st gear LR and an even amount of right foot and the Trolls just walked right up. Doing it in the wet could present a whole other set of challenges.

We popped back out on to the main drag and headed back to camp. On arrival we were greeted by none other than our very own Mr Evil Twin (Graham) who had come to join us for the evening before heading home (was good to see you on a trip again Mr ET). Having decided earlier to have some sundowners as this was our last night the folding table groaned under the weight of all the chips and dips, cheese and crackers, salami, chorizo and haloumi. We grazed on this until some went off to cook dinner while others continued to graze stories were told and the trip reviewed before we bid farewell to ET and began turning in.

Monday dawned and we set about packing up and cleaning the camp amenities before we all begrudgingly headed for home. It is at this point I would like to thank a few people for their assistance in running this trip.

John and Lesley (Superjacs and Mrs Superjac)
Paul and Tiala (Kinang and Mrs Kinang)
Greg and Pauline (Jonesy)

I would like to also thank all who attended and made the weekend (I believe) an outstanding success (I am biased though).

I would also like to point out that this is close enough for members to pop out for a day trip. Having spoken to all of the members there over the weekend and all agreed that this is a hidden gem that could become a boon for us in the planning of future trips.

If there are any pics available from this trip please post up and add to this trip report.


Lest We Forget

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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #1 on: 06 March, 2018, 10:00:35 AM »
WPC 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING
FRI (Days 1)
Our first time to go camping with WPC people …. so excited to mingle with members of our new club.  Arrived at the venue at around 2pm and set up our camper trailer. So relieved we’re not camping in a bushy bush.  I started going walkabout to explore the camping site – took a photo of facilities, etc.  Wow, There’s a huge undercover building containing the kitchen and lounge room.  The kitchen was full of gadgets like toaster, frypan, and a big fridge.  Sofas in the lounge room in front of a fireplace and a small tv.  So I said to myself… “not bad” roughin it. 
In the courtyard between the dongas and kitchen building was a fire pit.  Unfortunately, fire ban was still enforced.  The dongas has flushing toilets (this made me smile) and hot showers too.  Wow, wotta relief for me that I didn’t have to disappear among the tall grass.
So, Day 1 was a nice intro to other members and where they go camping. 


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« Reply #2 on: 06 March, 2018, 10:15:04 AM »
SAT (Day 2) – Shared dinner tonight
We all gathered for morning tea and a group photo.  Another nice socialising day.  For us (Jonesys) it’s listening to all stories about members’ experiences and getting to know our new club.  Chit chat with members was the best way to get info.  Another member Aaron (Grover) with son Liam arrived to join the celebrations.
At around 1pm, the bbq people (Budds, Kinang, and Mr Superjac John) brought in their bbq contraptions (weird-lookin gadgets).  Budds had lamb with his very own secret spices; Kinang (Paul) made sure the temp was right for his beef with Tiala’s secret marinate recipe; John and Lesley were baking their popular savoury flat bread and chicken drumsticks.  Meantime, other contributions were being cooked by the rest of the mob.  At 6pm – dinner was served!  Heaps of foods and lots of leftovers.  The grand finale…. the much-awaited dessert – a masterpiece of the President…. APPLE CRUMBLE with custard.  WOWIE! Yummo (eyes rolling in ecstasy)!  I happened to scrape whatever apple crumble was left on the alfoil ‘cuz I brought an empty container.  Guess what’s my brekky the next day?
Twas another nite of drinking and be merry!! The atmosphere was oozing with unity and camaraderie – reminded me of “Hot Fuzz Sanford Neighbourhood Watch Alliance” (one of our fav movie)… for the greater good!  Members told me that this was nothing compared to previous communal dinners – oh! Yeah bring it on. 



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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #3 on: 06 March, 2018, 10:19:15 AM »
More Day 2 Photos.


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« Reply #4 on: 06 March, 2018, 11:02:43 AM »
SUN (Day 3) – Easy Trip led by newcomers, Jonesys (Greg & Pauline)

Newcomer Jonesy (us… Greg & Pauline) offered to take the group for a drive.  It was supposed to be an “Easy Rating” – a track that Greg has done 5 years ago but haven’t surveyed recently.  It started with a straight forward clear track until we found a big tree across the track. Greg got out and surveyed the condition of the log – whether we can reposition it or we had to devise a Plan B.  Decision – we had to detour and continued on until we met up with the original track on his GPS.  Meanwhile, there were a few more fallen branches that had to be cleared along the way, and one of them was a branch that was still hanging from the tree.  So, John (Mr Superjac) got to play with his chain saw while everybody watched around him.  The atmosphere was exciting – this is what 4wd is all about. There were a few places where I got my eyes shut and with my camera on one hand next to the windscreen, I started clicking while repeating “OMG! OMG! OMG!  We encountered more deeply rutted and very narrow tracks where we had to fold our side mirrors in. 
Finally the big rocks were in sight and we were discussing whether to stop and have a break exploring the big rock that looked like a finger “up”…. when suddenly BOG!!  Wot da pluck is that? (no swearing in this club)  Greg tried to get the Patrol up the rut and it was just bogged and wasn’t goin nowhere.  Out came the snatch strap and Kinang (Paul), who was behind us had to pull us out of the rut. With Budds coordinating thru radio - a very successful demo of “recovery” was over in 5 minutes.  Steve said he hasn’t seen a recovery done that way and was impressed.  So, this trip became a refresher course for old members and on the spot training for others.

I thought the worst was over, then came in front of us, a very high steep wall. I started to panic – I think I stopped breathing and my brain was running at a hundred miles per second.  I begged Greg to turn back and I said “you’re not seriously going to climb that?” I said “you don’t know what’s on top and where it will go?”  He ignored moi.  Perhaps, I better shut up to give him time to think on what to do next – survey by walking.  So, he got out of the Patrol and walked to investigate.  I walked with him and SUGAR!! (not allowed to swear in this club) it was sooooo steep and full of slippery little suckers (pebbles and rocks).  I could only walk halfway this steep incline and I said I’m staying here.  Even if I’m scared of snakes, I’d rather meet a snake than ride upwards to the heavens.  I know I should feel safe…. I’m in a Patrol!  In the end, it had a happy ending and all got up that steep mountain of slippery rocks.

After this scary and stressful part of the trip, I suggested “let’s go home”.  He still had the northside of the track on his mind but Budds and Greg agreed to explore that other half next time.  Thank goodness the rest of the convoy didn’t hear my screaming over the radio but it will be full of “sugars…”.
Back in the camp for more socialising and eating and chatting.  ET showed up and we gotta meet him and chatted with him.  A 10/10 for me.

SUMMARY:  We would like to thank the 3 hardworking officers & their partners (Budds, John and Lesley, Paul and Tiala) plus the regular dependable crew of Bill & Lisa, Big Col & family.  Meantime Jonesy, Grover and son, Steve/Megan and son had a great time – it was AWESOME!!!! Do it again…. Do it again please.  Before I forget, I’ve been shaking my head with disbelief as  I have never seen a President worked so hard like Budds.  I said WOW!  Can’t believed that he was also the Master Chef and he was like a wedding planner – everything was set up – a table full of food.  John and Lesley did a great job bbq the finger food – chorizos.  THANK YOU for having the Joneses.  Rating for the trip: Moderate


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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #5 on: 06 March, 2018, 11:04:32 AM »
More Day 3 Photos


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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #6 on: 06 March, 2018, 11:05:49 AM »
The End.

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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #7 on: 06 March, 2018, 01:22:41 PM »
It sounds like quite a pleasant weekend was had by all.
Good to hear :) :)
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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #8 on: 10 March, 2018, 12:53:50 PM »
some pictures

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« Reply #9 on: 10 March, 2018, 12:55:29 PM »
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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #10 on: 12 March, 2018, 10:10:31 PM »

I forgot this group photo on the Saturday morning tea - a nice souvenir photo for the 10th anniversary camping.


Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #11 on: 08 April, 2018, 12:07:43 PM »
Bit late.. just learnt how to upload photos

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« Reply #12 on: 08 April, 2018, 12:11:09 PM »
and more  :)

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« Reply #13 on: 08 April, 2018, 12:48:39 PM »
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Re: WESTERN PATROL CLUB 10TH BIRTHDAY CAMPING TRIP TO AUSTRAX 4X4
« Reply #14 on: 08 April, 2018, 04:38:18 PM »


That's a bad view of my bum... Mrs Kinang.. can you please edit it ...hahaha!!!