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Old 25-04-12
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I just got through a trip from Bellthorpe village to Kenilworth.
The Bellthorpe Range road was closed so there was a bit of a detour.
The first section through the State Forest was really nice and basically just a gravel road. Really well sign posted. With grading details for the tracks. Really pretty good.
But either we were heading into a no through section or we missed a turn because what was graded as "easy" (is called the Jimna Bellthorpe road on Google Maps) we made our way onto what can eventually be called Grigor's Road. (also called Postman's track). It comes out on the Maleny - Kenilworth Road.
15km of 2+ foot deep ruts going down 10 - 20% grades with washed out bridges.
My wife had to get out 4 or 5 times to guide us through the ruts effectively. At one point I had to push her out of the car because she couldn't open her door - the car was already at a crazy angle of at least 20 degrees.

Sorry there aren't any more pics, and especially of the tough stuff, but we were too busy not getting hung up to think about taking photos.

This trip was to be testing out the new sunny and mud tyre combo and I'm hugely glad we had them as it was a huge challenge.

Also extremely happy with how we and the car handle it as it was seriously washed out but a great bit of fun.
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Old 26-04-12
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Hi MTN-KAT,
Thanks for the info...sounds wonderful!
Do you have any other details of that trip? What is the track over the mountain like? Is the creek crossing reasonable? (We've got a snorkel).
Monto's near Cania Gorge, isn't it? Can you camp anywhere on the mountain? I suppose QLD National Parks would be the people to contact re info?
Do you have to arrange anything with the farm owners beforehand to cross their property?
How'd you find the trip? Need anything "special" on your Paj? (We don't have a winch).
Thanks in advance for the info!
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Hi Sally, it was a long time ago. We were camping about and stayed in a cabin at Cania Gorge Tourist Park as it was raining. Lots of very colorful birds there. They gave us a mud map and said don't go in the wet. Stayed another night when the rain stopped and followed the map. Creeks are more slippery mud. The climb would be too slippery in the wet. Farmers are good. Just shut the gates. Usual drill. Your Paj will do it easily. Need permit. We camped on grass area near info board near top with easterly aspect and saw best sunrise. With binoculars can see over Gladstone to ocean. Big healthy pig ran across track into forest while there. They are everywhere there is water. They rip up plants for the bulbs. Have just googled Kroombit Tops and saw comments on Pradopoint.com from others. Cheers.
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Default Eurimbula National Park

Eurimbula National Park is another nice spot, Bustard bech camp gound is on the inlet side of 1770, and if you can get to the spot at the top of the hill at middle creek it overlooks the bay as well and the sunrises are awesome, not shae at this one so winter is a better time to camp ontop of the hill.
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If you want to travel further afield in Qld then Expedition Range just north of Taroom is a good spot. Plenty of walking tracks and things to see and photograph. Very basic ameneties, a toilet and water tank. Take all you need with you. We were camping there and didnt see anyone else at all.

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The valley Tracks through the mall hey? That'd be fun.
Jacki Chan did it in a Pajero in McWhirters in the Valley years ago... it's in one of his movies

On a more serious note , Just got back last week from Cooloola->Leisha track->Rainbow beach then back through the western firetrail. Sand was firm & easy from the rain , but the firetrail got an inexperienced victim bogged to his guts in mud. I ended up pulling him out only to find he had highway pressures in his tyres. He was stuck for 2 hrs with no phone reception.

2 Weeks before that I tried Caballo rd up to Tamborine mtn. Got to within 400m of the end but it was raining & the track was really chewed up (red clay). It's a 60m-400m altitude climb in about 6k's of track with some tricky sections and some awesome hill climbs(luckily I dropped my runners the week before , or I would have bent them for sure). Don't try this track alone, its pretty remote,and best of all , it's a gazetted public road !

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Talking about gazetted public road, we just got back from driving and camping the Alpine tracks in Vic High Country and drove the stock NL up to the top of Mt Pinnibar. This is the highest public road in Aus at 1770m. Cheers.
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I'm thinking that the roads up past Charlotte's Pass to the car park at Kosciusko is higher actually. But probably not nearly as fun.
The attached pics were taken in the October school holidays a couple years ago from memory. It was our first trip going through what snow was left over.
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Hi LDV60, great pic of the snow road. The altimeter pic sure confirms higher than Mt Pinnibar. The claim for Pinnibar is it's a gazetted public road or so I'm told. Was the altimeter reading on a track or a public road? If the latter then Pinnibar loses. Cheers.
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I can vouch for both Eurimbular NP and Kroombit Tops, both great places and right in my own backyard. That plane wreck at Kroombit is a must see.
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There also used to be "Dirty Weekends in Central QLD", I have a copy but do not see it on their website now?
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