Terrible Creek 2-4 June 16

Terrible Creek – 14 vehicles, 9 camp ovens, 2 bogged cars, 1 box party and endless fun and laughter!


 Date: 2-4 June, 2016

Date: 2-4 June, 2016
Trip Leader: Brad Jones

Brad & Fiona
Ray & Colleen
Leon & Debbie
Wayne & Marie
Robert, Margaret, Alisha, Kevin
Rick & Renata
Nic & Bev
Dale & Leanne
Nick & Val
Steven & Vikki
Heather & Carmel (Visitors)
Ray, Belinda & Cody (Visitors)

Trip Overview: Townsville – Gumlu – Bowen River Hotel – Terrible Creek – Townsville 

Day One – Sat 2 June

  • Left Townsville on route to Terrible Creek
  • 13 vehicles in tow – everyone numbered for the convoy in order
  • Used the opportunity to take advantage of the cheap fuel in Ayr & Home Hill
  • Off the blacktop, with Trip Leader Brad, operating two radio channels to ensure no unfortunate mishaps with mine trucks!
  • Followed Lindsay & Heathers rule of ‘never pass firewood’ and all vehicles stocked up…..with enough firewood to power a small town!
  • After a traditional stop at the Bowen River Hotel (never pass a waterhole), we arrived at Terrible Creek
  • A big THANKS to Ray & Colleen for holding the fort, turning their hats sideways and turning up the music – so that we all had sufficient space to spread ourselves out with each campsite
  • Dale was the designated firebug for the weekend and took it upon himself to ensure we had no firewood left at the end of the trip
  • Great first night Happy Hour and get together, with a welcome to the visitors on the trip


Day Two – Sun 3 June

  • Leisurely start to the day we decided to follow the roads on Hemma maps and do some exploring. Unfortuantely this lead us to a padlocked gate – so we decided to do some 4WDg in the sand creek and test some skills!
  • 4 vehicles attempted this – 75% got through the mud and 75% made it over the sand. Fortunately it was 2 separate vehicles that needed winches !
  • Great can to use recovery gear and to test out winches!
  • Special mention to Steven and Brad – no explanation needed!!!
  • Returned with some muddy cars and a couple of winches used and some great laughs
  • Happy Hour started early at 4pm with the “Box Party”. Orange fluro beanies with lights, chocolates and a Darth Vader Mug where popular choices for swaps. Limited negotiations and swapping of precious and more desired gifts. Great imagination with gifts. Look out for Version 2 Box Party when Brad & Fi lead another trip!
  • Huge camp oven turnout with 9 on coals
  • Off to bed after many a drink and laughs


Day Three – Mon 4 June

  • A few left early with commitments back in Townsville
  • 11 vehicles headed off together for a steady drive home – each given a new number on the way home
  • Topped up with cheap fuel again
  • Drove into Townsville with a bit of rain to wash of those adventurous types that got into the mud!


Special Mentions & Thanks:

  • Ray & Colleen who held the fort at Terrible Creek
  • Chris M for being Middle Sweep and making comms so efficient
  • Nick & Val for chewing the dust at Tail End Charlie – making sure everyone arrived at each destination

Huge effort by all to keep the convoy in order and a great turnout by members and visitors.

Check out all the great photos from this trip on the Clubs Facebook page or visit the album.


  1. George and Trish Tanks on 23/07/2016 at 11:48 am

    Hi, we are interested in joining your club. We have been happy campers for many years, although these days we like to use a camper trailer. Are your camping adventures suitable for camper trailers or do you advise tents?

    • Club Admin on 23/07/2016 at 6:32 pm

      Hi George & Trish,
      Most of our adventures are certainly suitable for off road camper trailers. This last one to Terrible Creek was ok for AWD campers. Some adventures do require either swags or tents, but you can decide whether you participate in these as they come up.

      Our next meeting is this Tuesday 26th July @ 7.30pm at the Bicentennial Building, adjacent to the Thuringowa Library (and old council office). Parking is available behind the library off Hinchenbrook Drive, Kirwan. The meeting usually goes for approx an hour. Please feel free to drop in and have a chat with President Brad.

      If you need any further information, please feel free to email us. We look forward to meeting you.

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