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October 2011

SUBARU 4WD NEWS Meetings of THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC. are normally held at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the

Rotary Hall, 55 Sandgate St., South Perth Subaru 4WD Web Site: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au SUBARU 4WD CLUB of WESTERN AUSTRALIA INC P.O. BOX 434, SOUTH PERTH, W.A. 6951


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PRESIDENT:

2011 COMMITTEE Tony Richards

9386-7705

president@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

SECRETARY:

Phillip Read

0438926274

secretary@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

TREASURER:

Keith Wilcox

9344-6830

treasurer@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

SOCIAL ORGANISER:

Tom Minto

9382-4678

TRIPS CO-ORDINATOR:

David Peck

0402177886

Joy Unno

0429473709

EDITOR:

editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Rob Griffiths Jim Wilcox Keith Low Ian Johnson

0411249933 6467-7063 9459-3358 9448-5419

MERCHANDISE:

Tony Richards

9386-7705

WEB MASTER:

Karl Boeing/ Rob Griffiths

9341-5087 0411249933

webmaster@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

4WD ASSOC DELEGATE: David Peck/ Tony Richards

0402177886 9386-7705

M’SHIP CO-ORDINATOR: Keith Low

9459-3358

membership@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

PROPERTY OFFICER: Peter Andruszkiw/Simon Newton Club member of the year 2010: Rob Griffiths LIFE MEMBERS Fred Offer, Keith Anderson, Jonel Householder, Ray Stewart, Ian Johnson, Peter Andruszkiw and Ron Caunce. Page 2


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PRESIDENT’S REPORT Oct 2011 Fellow Members, I have a number of important things to mention in this report, which I have already sent by broadcast email to all members. Annual Dinner Last plug for the Annual Dinner. It is on Saturday 15 October at Yanchep Inn. Please see the promo later in the magazine. I would like to see as many members there as possible, as this is our “gala” event of the year. So, please jump on the Club website now and add you name to the attendee list or let me know at the October general meeting. Club Member of the Year This important award is made at the Annual Dinner, which is just around the corner, so please get your vote in now. A Voting/Nomination Form is on the Club website. You can email your votes/nominations to the Club Secretary, Phil Read, at secretary@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au or bring the completed form to the October general meeting and deposit it in the voting box. Copies of the voting forms will also be available at the meeting. Please make the effort to vote for this important award. “Silly” Awards” Also presented at the Annual Dinner are “silly” awards. These awards are made to members who have managed to draw attention to themselves in circumstances that have generated a good laugh. Generally, it is something silly like getting themselves bogged or running out of petrol or getting lost etc. As noted previously, please submit nominations for these awards using the website. or email or give them to Phil or another Committee member. There is also provision for these nominations on the Voting/Nomination Form. Committee The Club Annual General Meeting and Club elections are held in November. A number of Committee positions will become vacant as the members holding them have done so for 2 years – Keith Wilcox, Treasurer; Tom Minto, Social Co-ordinator and Joy Unno, Editor. I urge you to consider standing for one of these positions or simply as a member of the Committee. If you are interested and want to know more about what’s involved, please feel very free to ask me or any Committee member. You can also nominate a member for a position, but of course they do need to accept the nomination before it can proceed. A Committee Nomination Page 3


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TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT Oct 2011 Form is on the Club website. Printed copies will be available the October general meeting. Of course, as in previous years, nominations can also be made at the AGM. Membership Renewal The Club’s financial year ends on 30 September and all members then become unfinancial. So please renew your membership as soon as possible. Memberships can be renewed at a general meeting, by post or by direct crediting the relevant membership fee ($50.00 family/$40.00 country) to the Club’s bank account. If you pay by direct credit, please ensure you also let the Membership Co-ordinator or Treasurer know that payment has been made in this way. This can be done by completing the Membership Renewal Form available on the Club website, which also contains the Club’s bank account details. Please note only financial members can vote at the AGM. Medical Form A Club Medical Form is available on the Club website, which all Club members are asked to complete. Once completed, the form should be kept in the glove box or centre console of your car, where it can be accessed, if need be, to assist with the provision of first aid or other medical attention. Forms You can find all the Forms on the Club website under Links > Information from club members. October Meeting – Kimberley Capers Slide Show At the conclusion of the October general meeting, there will be a slide show of images from the Kimberley Capers Trip. For those who did not go on this trip, it will be an opportunity for you to get a glimpse of what’s on offer in the north of WA! Quaalup Finally, my thanks to Nina for organising the trip to Quaalup in the Fitzgerald River National Park. It was all very enjoyable, particularly the whale watching. Regards, Tony Richards. Page 4


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TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT Oct 2011 Hi All, We have had a couple of good trips recently and this is the best season to be getting out there as everything is lush and green and the wildflowers are putting on a great display this year. There is still time to contact Adrian and join his Wilbinga trip on the 9th this is a popular area and a chance to see how well your Subaru goes on the beach. Phil has put in a huge amount of work into his Subarogain and this should be a bit of fun and a chance to try something different to what we normally do. I encourage you to come along even if you don’t want to get serious with the event you can still and see some of the local attractions around Pemberton and enjoy a long weekend away from the chaos that CHOGM is sure to bring to Perth. Australia day next year is on Thursday 26th January so we are taking the opportunity to make a long weekend of it by having Friday off as well (put in your leave applications early). We are planning to camp along the banks of the Blackwood River probably between Bridgetown and Nannup There will be the usual day trips organised and the area, a 4WD trip and for those interested a canoeing day trip or possibly an overnight camp. Cheers, David Page 5


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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION

DON'T MISS OUT ON THE

ANNUAL DINNER SATURDAY 15TH OCT AT YANCHEP INN YANCHEP NATIONAL PARK DRINKS AT 6.30PM DINNER AT 7.00PM The dinner will be buffet style, at a cost of $39.50 per person. The menu is as follows: Entrée – Leak & Potato soup. Main: Continental Meat Platter (including various cured meats, cheeses & continental variety) plus: Leg of Pork with crackling & apple sauce; Baked Barramundi Fillets with lemon & herbs; Lasagne; and South-West Beef slowly braised with onions, button mushrooms & red wine. Potato Selection: Jacket potatoes. Vegetable dishes: Mixed seasonal greens and Baked Pumpkin. Salad Dishes: Greek and Pasta. Dessert: Apple & Blueberry Crumble. We should be able to cater for any vegetarians Accommodation at the Inn is available at various tariffs, depending on whether you choose to stay at upmarket motel units or in the historic old Inn itself. The old hotel rooms are $105 a night for room plus buffet breakfast included the next day. The rooms are clean and open onto private verandahs overlooking parklands. There are some 21 rooms available in the old Inn itself, some with extra beds for family groups. Members wishing to stay should contact the Inn direct on 61 8 9561 1001. There is also the nearby Capricorn Resort for rooms or camping. Page 6


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SUBAROGAIN-PEMBERTON AREA FRI OCT 28TH -SUN OCT 30TH It will be a novelty for all of us which I had great fun planning. I have realised that there is enough time for some additional activities so I thought the following itinerary would be fun to capture more of the area: People arrive Thursday night / Sat Morning. Friday afternoon - 1:30 pm onwards - SubaRogain dry run. Sat Afternoon: 12:30 onwards SUBAROGAIN Sunday - home. Pemberton Caravan Park. I have booked 10 sites but everyone will HAVE TO PAY OWN DEPOSIT before the 30th September. Just mention that you are from the Subaru club wa and the sites are booked under my name. I will also email the Pemberton caravan Park with the list of registered names so they know who to expect to call. The Pemberton Caravan Park contact details are as follows. Ph:(08) 9776 1300 email: park@karriweb.com.au Costs per night $35 for 1 or 2 adults $7 per child 3-11 $10 for each additional person. Full Details of Rules, etc., are available on the Club website. Page 7


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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION

Let’s do -----------BREAKFAST ! (or Coffee and Cake if you prefer)

This Social event provides the chance to enjoy a lateish breakfast in the company of other club members. The venue is the “Lo Quay” café, situated right on the waterfront at Wilson. The café has a range of breakfast options including muesli, porridge etc as well as hot breakfasts. The latter dishes range in cost from around $16 to $21. The morning I checked it out, the place was well patronised, even in Winter, so springtime is likely to be busy. I have booked an outside table. Call me on 9382 4678 if you have any queries. Date: Sunday 6 November Time: 9am Location: 215 Fern Rd., Wilson (cnr Bridge St.)

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PERTH 4WD SHOW Fri 18th-Sun 20th Nov

This is an annual event. We need members to "man the stand" for the 3 days. Come along and enjoy the company, the people, the 4WDs and what's on offer. This is an annual event. We need members to "man the stand" for the 3 days. Come along and enjoy the company, the people, the 4WDs and what's on offer. There are 6 "shifts" and I am looking for 2-3 members per shift: More info is available on the 4WD website: http://perth.4wdshow.com.au/index.phtml

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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION PINNACLES/LANCELIN 26-27TH NOV WEEKEND TRIP The idea is to travel on Indian Ocean Drive to Cervantes stopping to view the Pinnacles, camp overnight then meet up with the people at Lancelin on the Sunday to play in the dunes on the way home. We will camp at the Pinnacles Caravan Park in Cervantes - http:// www.pinnaclespark.com.au/ . Please make your own booking. Unpowered sites are $27.00. Onsite vans and cabins are also available - see the website. Time permitting, we may also have a quick look at Wedge Island (for those, if any, on the trip) who have not seen it. The Pinnacles Desert This unique desert is about 19 kilometres south of Cervantes and three kilometres inland from the beach. The desert covers about 404 hectares and is 60 metres above sea level. In the abstract desert landscape, thousands of huge limestone pillars rise from yellow sands, some jagged and sharp, others resembling tombstones, and the tallest is up to four metres. The formation of the Pinnacles is a fascinating tale about the unique wind and rainfall erosion of limestone created by prehistoric marine life. It is thought the Pinnacles have been covered by shifting desert sands and then revealed at different times over the millennia, and have been exposed for the past few hundred years. Put your name down on the website or contact Tony on 9386 7705. Page 11


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CLUB CALENDAR October 2011 S

S Tue 4th: Committee Meeting Sun 9th: Wilbinga day trip 1 30 31 Tues 11th: General Meeting 22 3 4 5 6 7 8 Sat 15th: Annual dinner Yanchep Inn p 6 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Wed 26th: magazine articles deadline Thurs 27, Fri 28-Sun 30th: Suba 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Rogaining p 7 M

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January 2012 S Tue 3rd: Committee Meeting 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Sun 8th: Beach Run Tue 10th: General Meeting 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Thurs 26th: magazine articles deadline 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Thurs 26th-Sun 29th Jan: Blackwood Rv TL: David P. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 S

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12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SCHOOL AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS School Holidays: Oct 1-Oct 17, Dec15-Jan31 Public holidays: Oct 28, Dec 26 & 27, Jan 2, Jan 26 Potential members are most welcome to come along on any Club activities before joining. Please phone the Trip Leader for further information. Register with the trip leader if you are wanting to join a trip or social. Also contact the trip leader if you have to cancel, as we don’t want to wait for someone who does not turn up! Some trips are ideas only and may be subject to change. Some of the later trips need trip leaders – volunteers please.

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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION LANCELIN SAND DUNES SUN 27TH NOVEMBER Peter A. will again be leading our annual, excellent day out at the Lancelin Dunes. This is a trip for all members in all model 4WD Subarus (except unlifted Libertys or Imprezas). Outbacks have had a few front clearance problems in the past, so if these owners have any concerns please contact the trip leader. Also it pays to remove the plastic splash tray under the engine if it has not already been replaced with a sump guard. Prospective, new and existing members are all invited to learn the capabilities of their vehicle and their driving ability. We split into groups depending on experience and start off easy, progressing to something more challenging. It is a fun day in a safe area with experienced members who will give you advice on all facets of driving on sand including tyre pressures, choosing the right gear ratios and how to get out after getting stuck in the sand. Bring: Full tank of fuel, lunch, drinks, snacks, tyre pump, tyre pressure gauge, hat, sunscreen and camera.

Contact: David P on 0402 177 886 or put your name down on the website.

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS ELIE'S TENT RESTAURANT OUTING We saw the Wilcox family on the way to the restaurant, as we were heading along Riverside Drive. I'm not sure quite what happened next, but we ended up arriving at the restaurant a few minutes ahead of them. When we arrived, most of the rest of the party was already there and food was on the table. So we sat down and hopped straight into it. All but one had agreed to buy the banquet meal, so the courses kept on coming. I particularly liked the chicken and beef shashliks, which were really good. And, of course, we had a bottle of white wine and that certainly helped to wash everything down! Originally, the harem eating area had been booked. It can hold up to 17 people and is arranged as though you would be eating in the Middle East, seated in low cushion chairs surrounding a central low table. However, while this sounds quite good, we were more than happy to be sitting at a table. The evening was proceeding well, with plenty of chatter of the table. Some of us were also keen to follow the Eagles/Carlton finals match, which was on that night. Someone at the next table must have been on the internet, following the match, and she was keeping the whole restaurant updated! There was also a hotel across the road and they had the match on big screen. While it was difficult to see much of the screen from where we were seated, we certainly new when a goal was kicked from the huge roar that erupted! A little later, I began to wonder when the belly dancer would make an entrance. Needless to say, just as I was about to ask, the music began and out came a young female belly dancer, who did a great job of entertaining everyone in the restaurant. She did two major dances, one with some sort of baton/stick and the other with a sword. They were quite good. The most laughter occurred when she got one of the male patrons up and dancing and he really got into the spirit of it, actually doing quite a good job of imitating her movements! After the banquet had finished, some of the group had some dessert. It looked very tasty. It was a very pleasant night. Thanks to John Cahill for suggesting it. Tony R. Page 15


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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS MUNDARING POWERLINES AUGUST 2011 Eleven cars gathered at the meeting point at the corner of Great Eastern Hwy and Flynn Rd under an overcast sky and drizzling rain to test ourselves on the challenging Mundaring Power Lines track. The group represented a wide range of experience from the veteran off-roaders to those of us looking forward to our first real experience of what a Subi can do. As we let down our tyres and listened to Peter’s (our leader for the day) instructions a steady stream of ‘heavies’ turned into Flynn Rd and headed towards the Power Lines. When everyone was ready we moved off in convoy with the newer members scattered amongst the more experienced off-roaders. When we reached the Power Lines we turned east. It didn’t take long for the first challenge to present itself. A number of different options were available to either go through or around our first large puddle (or mud hole). After careful consideration Peter led most of us around the edge of the water hole and up a slope to higher, flatter ground. For the two younger drivers of the group (Adrian and Luke) a water hole was an opportunity not to be passed up. They had fun going through a few times, then Adrian decided to take a trickier route back down to the puddle. He managed to park his Subi in a manner we newbies have not seen before. After much discussion and consideration a snatch strap was utilised and Luke pulled the vehicle back up to the higher ground. The rest of the group used this opportunity for morning tea. This was to set the scene for the day with many breaks in progress as tricky situations had to be accessed and all cars safely guided through. Talk amongst the group was that the track was affected by the amount of rain we have had lately and a lot of use by ‘heavies’, who were certainly Page 16


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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS out in force this day. Towards the end of the morning we came across a steep incline that had been very dug up and looked to be a very difficult challenge for most of us. Peter and his support crew of experienced drivers decided we should take a track around the side. However, this shouldn’t be considered a ‘chicken’ route as it was extremely rocky and a path had to be slowly picked through rocks of greatly varying heights. This was made more difficult because of the damp ground. It proved to be very slow progress and by the time we had all passed through there was a bit of a queue of ‘heavies’, most of whom were also choosing this path. Despite progress being slow it was never boring. Watching the group work together was a fascinating experience and by this time the clouds had cleared and it had become a beautiful day. From our high vantage point we looked over the lovely valley of trees and granite, against the background of blue skies. All cars made it to the top and as we prepared to move on it was an impressive sight seeing 11 Subis parked at the top of the ridge. I think a few of the ‘heavies’ that passed by would have been a little impressed (even if they weren’t prepared to admit it). This proved to be the last significant challenge for the day. The main highlight after this was a couple more water/mud holes that proved irresistible to Adrian and Luke. I wonder, are mud baths beauty treatments for cars as well? We gathered for a late lunch at the end of the track, sharing our experiences of the day. Tyres were pumped up and we headed off around 2:30 PM. Many thanks are to be given to Peter and his support crew for their sage advice, assistance and patience with those of us who are less experienced. Joanne R.

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS Wandoo / Mt Observation Trip Report 11th September 2011 We arrived at “The Lakes Roadhouse” meeting point around 8:30am where some of us got a quick cup of coffee and some snacks from the Roadhouse cafe while we waited for all of the trip members to arrive. After a quick and informative briefing of the trip ahead by David Peck (Trip leader). We climbed into our cars and headed down the Great Southern Hwy towards the turn in to the Wandoo track. The start of the track was a little narrow but soon opened out into some nice open bush area where we stopped a few times to look at some of the trees and flowers this area has to offer. About midday we were well on our way to Mt Observation with a few little trickier bits of the track negotiated without much fuss. On the last stretch of the hill towards the summit we were stunned by the view of the canola crops on the distant hills with a few of us pausing to get some pictures. After a relaxing lunch on top of the mountain we started our decent through the trees again in to more open bushland and with it came some large mud puddles to cross which most people avoided but others relished in. Then we had a tricky little uphill section where there was some washed out parts of the track from the recent rains which required some careful wheel placement, Most people made it up first time. Due to an unscheduled parent pitstop, I managed to end up at rear of the convoy temporarily where everyone had a bit of a laugh at me Literally being a “Tail End Charlie” But when we had our last tea stop I slipped back into the middle to hide (camouflaged in mud). Soon we were on our way out of the track on to Yarra Rd where most of us disapeared into the dust until we met up at the junction of Great Southern Hwy where most of us parted way's to continue our journey home. We all had a great day out and the weather was perfect. Charlie B. Page 19


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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS KIMBERLEY CAPERS TRIP REPORT Saturday 11 June (Middle Lagoon) We had nominated a departure time of 9.00 to time with our arrival at Bardi for the tides. So it was a pretty leisurely get up. Had breakfast and packed up. Our mosquito nets had worked pretty well. There was a lot of noise during the night. I thought that it might have rained, but not so. I think it was mostly wind. Magella and Damian (the property owners) came to say hello. At about nine o'clock, we headed off back out the track. We had hoped that we might get in at La-Djardarr Bay but, when we passed that way, the gate was still locked. We continued on to the highway. From the highway, we headed straight up to Bardi and One Arm Point. When we got to Bardi, we went out past the airport on the way to the point. We stopped at a beach stop. We had a bit of a look there for evidence of crabs, but the tide really wasn't out far enough. And, where we were stopped, the sand was apparently the wrong type for the crabs. Just a further half km on, we arrived at One Arm Point itself. There was an aquaculture centre there, as wells as a hatchery. They had some barramundi and some touch shells and some trochus. There was also someone there turning trochus shells and making trochus artefacts. That was pretty interesting. And there were some views from the top of the peninsula around and over the water. After spending a bit of time there, we headed back towards Kooljamin. Keith had indicated that he would like to visit the Pearl factory that we past on the way – Cygnet Bay Pearls, so we stopped there. By then it was about one o'clock and we were a bit hungry. There was a café, there, so we all sat down at a table outside in the sunshine and had some lunch – very pleasant it was indeed. We also had a look at the gallery that was there. In the end though, we didn't take a tour of the complex, which was the only way that you could see it. Joy did ask about being given access to the beach but, no, they wouldn't give her access to the beach either. From the Cygnet Bay pearl farm, we were going to look at Bulli Creek campground that was on the coast. We thought that it was just a short distance on, but it wasn't. Jim gave us a call on the radio and said that he had gone ahead and he was at the Kooljamin turnoff. So we all then travelled on to Kooljamin. I think it must have been about 2.30 in the afternoon when we arrived and it was starting to get on a bit. I had been told at the Broome Visitors Centre that we could get petrol at Koolja-

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS min seven days a week, but it was simply not true. Not only did they not sell petrol on Saturday or Sunday, they didn't sell it during the week either! Most disappointing. So we topped up our tanks from the petrol we carried in jerries. Jim wanted to head to Bulli Creek that was further down the road, so he and Joy went and did that and the rest of us paid our $10 day visitor fee to reception and went for a walk around the headland. Great walk. The weather was fine and we got some good photos. We also took in the Kooljamin camping complex, which was really very good, with a variety of different accommodation. And that must have taken probably the better part of hour. Got back to reception, had an ice cream, packed up and then headed down the road. By then it was about 4.30 and time was marching on pretty quickly. When we came within radio distance, Jim told us that he had tried to get into the Bulli camp ground area at Mudnunn but, as a Prado had become stuck in mud ahead of him, discretion was the better part of valour and he had returned to the main road to wait for us. He told us that he was going to push on to Middle Lagoon and that he had actually made a booking and booked us in, which was good. So he went ahead and we just followed on and, by the time we got to the Middle Lagoon turnoff, I think it was something like 5.30 and we still had 40 kilometres to go. And that 40 kms was a very eventful drive, because we came face-toface with a bushfire burning right alongside the road. We took a couple of pictures. All very interesting! We finally arrived in camp, in the dark, at 6.00. We then proceeded to set up camp and had all that in place by 7.00. Dinner was chicken cordon blue, followed by dessert. All very nice, thank you. Sunday 12 June (Derby) Slept very poorly last night – strong winds had the tent fly flapping noisily during the night. Jim got up to peg down his tent and then I also got up and pegged down the fly a bit more to hopefully stop it flapping, which it did. Up at about 6.10 for a 9.00 departure this morning. Before leaving, we went down and walked along the beach, took in the scenery and looked for any crabs. Unfortunately, we didn't see any. So back to camp and we were away

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS by about 9.10. Paid at the office and checked on the Bedunburra Road and, yes, that was open. There was a tourist bus going down there today, so that was all good. The reason we left at 9.00 was because we had arranged to meet Keith at 10.00 at Beagle Bay. When he got to the fire (he was travelling separately), he had turned around and gone back to the main road and then all the way around to Beagle Bay. He had ended up sleeping in the car park opposite the mission church. And apparently had quite a reasonable night. That was after he had knocked on the door of one of the locals and had borrowed the daughter’s mobile phone to ring Jim. And then he was asked to go on and speak to Father Bill about whether he could stay at the car park and Father Bill (a yank – Keith thought he had an accent) was happy for them to camp in the car park. We went straight to Beagle Bay via the Beagle Bay back road, through a big pall of smoke from the same fire, which was still going. Arrived at Beagle Bay at about 10.10, after a little bit of confusion – there were tracks everywhere. Had morning tea and then we were off back on to the highway, down the highway a few kilometres and then left on to the turnoff for the Bedunburra Road. The original section of the turnoff – the east west section heading east had a lot of good sections, but also had a lot of heavy sand, and I started to worry that we wouldn't have enough petrol, because in the heavy sand (and I mean heavy sand) petrol consumption was up at about 20 to 30 litres per hundred kilometres. Thankfully however, the road got better, relatively, and we were able to make about 60 km/h. After some driving, we reached the actual turnoff heading south and made reasonable time. We stopped at Jaugle Lake, which we reached via a sidetrack. The sidetrack was necessary because Jaugle Lake had a lot of water in it and the water was across the road. We had lunch and Chris went looking in the wetlands that were created. After lunch, we proceeded on. We made fairly good time, as the track was reasonable, with some slow patches, but mostly firm sand. We were generally able to travel around the 60 km/h mark. We then hit another wet section and took another sidetrack. And then back on the main road again. And further down the track, at the Fraser River, we had some free entertainment, because the tourist bus (truck), with a trailer on the back, that the Middle Lagoon people had told us was heading down the track, was indeed down the track and had just crossed the Fraser River and was stuck on the other side. The driver hadn't kept as far right as he should have done and had slid down the side of a sand bank. Jim hopped right in there. They unhooked the trailer from the bus and the bus was then able to reverse back across the river to firm ground. And then Jim went across the river in his vehicle and was able to pull

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC the trailer clear, using a snatch strap. The bus was then able to get across the river and hitch back up. We got lots of video, lots of photos, and Jim ended up with a nice bottle of red. From there, we travelled on uneventfully to the highway. I think it must have been about 2.00 or thereabouts. We pumped up our tyres (we had let them down a bit earlier) and then headed through to Willare Roadhouse. We had an ice cream and then we went on our way to Derby. We tried one caravan park in Sutherland Street that was full and then we went to the Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park and ended up with grassy, powered sites, which was good. And no wind! Once the tents were all set up, we went to a recommended fish and chip shop for barra and chips. They went down quite well. Jim proposed that we stay a second night here in Derby. I canvassed that idea and everybody seemed happy to do that, so we have decided to stay a second day. The caravan park area was good. This gave us some time for some shopping, to get some fuel, to go and see the Prison Boab Tree, check with DEC, check with the Visitor Centre, check with the Shire, wash clothes and – that’s about it! I was looking forward to the lay day tomorrow to do those things, heading off on Tuesday down the Gibb River Road. Jim also checked with Mornington and, yes, they are open, but you have to be at the gate by 11.00 in the morning or earlier, to be sure to get a place to stay there. Tony R. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS MAGAZINE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE HELD BY THE SUBARU 4WD CLUB OF W.A. INC. Please send articles and photos to the Editor by the Thursday before the end of the month (earlier is better). Email: editor@subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au in Word format or plain text Subaru 4WD Club WA Website: http://www.subaru4wdclubwa.asn.au

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