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RGSQ Map Group – Upper Brisbane Valley road trip

  • 5 Aug 2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • 6 Aug 2021
  • 4:00 PM
  • Upper Brisbane River and Stanley River areas
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Trip Manager:  Ralph Carlisle    Mobile  0435 460 667

Topic Overview: This two-day road trip will be an exploration of the Upper Brisbane River and Stanley River areas.   Themes will include geology, physical geography, aborigines, early European explorers and settlers, pastoral and agricultural activities, forestry, mining and quarrying, the former rail line, flooding and water management, weather prediction.

The general route will be as follows:

  • Day 1: Lowood – Wivenhoe Dam – Esk - Somerset Dam – Toogoolawah – Moore - Linville
  • Day 2: Linville - Mt Stanley - East Branch Rd - return to Linville – Moore - D’Aguilar Highway – Benarkin State Forest - D’Aguilar Highway – Kilcoy – Peachester – Crohamhurst – Mary Cairncross Park - return to Brisbane

It will be a self-drive, tag-along, ‘through’ trip of about 300 km from Lowood to Mary Cairncross Park with an overnight at Linville.  Roads are sealed throughout except for unsealed but good roads along the East Branch Road (8 km return unsealed with concrete causeway river crossings) and in Benarkin Forest (4 km return).

It may be cold at night so bring your winter woollies!

Accommodation:

  • Lowood (start of trip 8.00 am Thursday 5 August at Lowood Showgrounds, Station St)  There are three options:
    • Make an early start from Brisbane that morning or
    • Drive from Brisbane on Wednesday afternoon 4 August and:
      • Camp overnight at Lowood Showgrounds, or
      • Stay overnight at the Lowood Club Hotel-Motel (50 Railway St, about 100 metres from the Showground) or other accommodation
  • Linville (overnight Thursday 5 August) – Two options:
    • Stay overnight at the Linville Hotel (on the road through Linville) or
    • Camp overnight at the Somerset Regional Council camping reserve over the road from the hotel (free, large area, two powered sites, toilets, showers at hotel, no bookings)

Tentative block accommodation bookings have been made at Lowood Showgrounds (0455 187 201 – Annette and Scott, caretakers) and Linville Hotel (5424 7780) but remain the participant’s responsibility to finalise and pay for.  If making a booking, please mention that you are part of the RGSQ group.

Meals and refreshments will be participant’s responsibility and own expense.

Event Requirements:  This event will be conducted in keeping with Health Department Covid-19 directions regarding social distancing, good hygiene practices and group size in force for the venue at the time of the event.

Costs for the two days:  RGSQ Members $30       Non-members $50.         This covers RGSQ administration costs and daily information handout sheets.  If you wish to attend for one day only that is OK although the cost will remain as above.

Limit:  20 participants.  Registration on the RGSQ Website required.

Google map of Station Street, Lowood.

https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Lowood+Showgrounds/@-27.4622335,152.5805333,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b96bb2c1b51b4c1:0x38746c4b2c5f44c7!8m2!3d-27.4622335!4d152.582722



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