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Sept 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 Sept 2011 Fellow Members, Well, September is the last month of the Club financial year. Hasn’t it come around quickly! And with the end of the Club year comes the Annual General Meeting in November and Club elections. Please give some thought now to participating in the management of the Club at office bearer or Committee level. 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. You can get a nomination form from me at the general meeting. Did any others see the cover of this month’s Modern Motor magazine? What a great looking machine! If your interest in Subarus extends beyond Foresters and Outbacks, grab a copy of MM and read about what might be in the pipeline. Another reminder now for silly award nominations (just click on the “Nominate for Award” button on the right-hand side of the individual trip page) and for the Annual Dinner. While numbers are looking good for the Dinner (with 26 so far), I am hoping to get close to 50 members at the Dinner, so please get your name down now. Finally, please note that we have a speaker at the September General Meeting – see the promo on Page 5. Regards, Tony Richards.

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TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT Sept 2011 Hi All, G’day everyone we had an interesting trip from Yarloop to Baden Powell and couldn’t do some of the sections listed in the trip notes because recent rain in the area had created some very big wash aways. Another problem was that a cold front had passed through a couple of days before and there were a number of branches and trees down over the track which gave us good exercise to clear them. We ended up with 10 cars on the Mundaring powerlines run and thanks to Peter for capably leading the trip as he always does. Every one had a good time and managed to go away just that little bit wiser and we didn’t have any major troubles with everyone getting through (though for some of us this meant in a cloud of smoke from the clutch). Unfortunately we have had to cancel a couple of trips this month. The camp oven cook-out and gymkhana was cancelled because the little stream we camped next to last year is now suitable for white-water rafting and the adjoining paddock is too wet to drive in. John spent some time trying to find alternatives but didn’t have any luck. Simon has had to cancel the proposed trip to Cairns next year to see the eclipse due to a lack of interest. I think most of us figured it was a long way to go given that in November it will be building up to the wet season and will most likely be overcast and muggy. This raised the question about an extended trip next year and at the committee meeting someone said they would like to redo the Great Central road, another said they would like to see Uluru and Alice Springs, and another said they would like to do Googs track which leads from the trans Australian railway to Ceduna (and has been likened to a miniature Simpson desert trip). So within five minutes we had the basis of a trip planned and will probably travel down the old Ghan railway from Alice past Finke to get to Googs track. We will try to do the trip outside school holidays (which finish July 22, 2012) to avoid the crowds.

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TRIP CO-ORDINATOR’S REPORT Sept 2011 If anyone would like to express an interest in joining this trip or there is somewhere you would like to go on the way please let me know. Cheers, David 11 Sept

Wandoo North Day trip- TL David P

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Restaurant Meal Eli's Tent Fitzgerald NP – Quaalup – up on Website. TL Nina

9 Oct

Wilbinga- TL Adrian L

15 Oct

Annual Dinner-Yanchep Inn

LWE Oct 28-30

Subarogain – Pemberton area – TL Phil and Liz R.

6 Nov

Lo Quay Breakfast

18-20 Nov

4WD Show

26-27 Nov

Pinnacles-Lancelin weekend trip

27 Nov

Lancelin Dunes

10 Dec

Xmas Party at Rob & Wendy's

8 Jan 26 -29Jan

Beach Run possible trip to Blackwood River

NOTICE – SEPTEMBER MEETING SPEAKER ON SOLAR PANELS Mike Burns of Mandrake’s Solar Power (www.solarsteve1950.com) will be at the meeting to talk to the Club about solar panels. If there was ever anything you wanted to know about solar panel here’s your chance to ask someone who knows!

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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION The historic Yanchep Inn within the surroundings of Yanchep National Park is a pretty, historical venue, perfect for our Annual Dinner. Combining first class cuisine and service with the serene and tranquil surroundings of the Park, located just 45 minutes from Perth it is the first time the Club has visited here for the Annual Dinner. Built in 1936, from locally sourced jarrah and limestone the Inn has had an interesting history. The RAAF took it over in 1943 during World War Two as a rehabilitation centre for servicemen. After the war, the Inn returned to private hands. The Inn became known as the “Honeymoon Hotel� as numbers of people marrying and enjoying their honeymoon in beautiful settings rapidly increased. There is still a military link, as there is a picture on the wall where the 10th Light Horse are portrayed charging the enemy and the local RSL club hold Anzac day memorial there as well as regular meetings.

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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION The dinner will be buffet style, at a cost of $39.50 per person. The menu is as follows: EntrÊe – 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. Other accommodation options include units with spas and modern facilities. Members should contact the Inn for details, or if camping, the Capricorn resort, nearby is an option. The Inn is clean and comfortable but basic, with bathrooms at both ends. With open fires, weather permitting, and the charm of leadlight windows, the beautiful Banquet Room overlooking the gardens should be a lovely place to spend some time together. Put your name on the trip list online with any special dietary requirements. Page 7


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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION WANDOO NORTH DAY TRIP SEPT SUNDAY 11TH Come along on another of David's interesting day trips from the 4WD Days out of Perth. This trip is a scenic forest drive that follows the route in Trip #1. The trip follows a series of forestry tracks from "the Lakes" past Mt Observation before circling the edge of the water catchment area through undulating Wandoo forest. Bring a full tank of petrol, lunch, etc. for a day in the hills. Members sign up on the website. Visitors call Trip Leader David on 0402 177886.

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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION ELIE'S TENT RESTAURANT MEAL SAT 17TH SEPT @ 7PM Come join us for a journey to Lebanon with the magical flavours and atmosphere of the Middle East at Elie's Tent Restaurant in Victoria Park. http://www.eliestent.com.au/index.html This Restaurant really does have the atmosphere of Lebanon with the delicious food served in their Harem eating area and entertainment by beautiful, alluring belly dancers courtesy of the Jabbour family who own and run the restaurant. The Harem eating area can hold up to 17 people and is arranged as though you would be eating in the Middle East, seated in low cushioned chairs surrounding a central low table where your select the morsel you would like to eat, whilst sharing the good company and conversation around the table. They are offering a banquet meal at $35/person and you can BYO. I f you would like to come get your name in quick on the website for this great dining and entertainment experience. Or call Tony R. Elies Tent, 610 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park, WA 6100 Tel: 9361 5175

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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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TRIP PROMOTIONS / INFORMATION Quaalup Quest – Fitzgerald River National Park September 23, 24 and 25, 2011 – optional extra day Sept 22 Here is your chance to visit the Fitzgerald River National Park, with over 1,800 known plant species - 250 of these being rare and 62 only occurring within the park. There are a greater number of flora species in Fitzgerald River NP alone than exist in the whole of the The weekend will have a wildflower theme, as the season should be in full swing with the rare Quaalup Bell and stunning Royal Hakea in flower. There will be several guided walks, including a wildflower walk, a bush sundowner, and an easy climb up West Mt Barren. There is also excellent kayaking in the Gairdiner River - access just 2k from camp - as well as whale watching from Pt Ann. Please note that this trip will NOT be on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend as originally planned, as that holiday has been moved to the end of October – no good for wildflowers! So you may need to arrange a day off to make the three day trip – why not take two days off and really relax? It is outside of school holidays so there shouldn’t be any crowds! Unpowered Camping Accommodation: Please register with trip leader Nina or club website; first night’s camping fee as deposit by Aug 2011. Other Accommodation: Apply direct to Quaalup Homestead at richelmann@web.de or 98374124 (please do not ring before 10am). Accommodation (other than camping) is limited, so if you don’t want to rough it, please book as soon as possible.

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WILBINGA DAY TRIP SUN 9TH OCT

Wilbinga is the bush area that lies between Two Rocks and Moore River. It consists of mainly low lying scrub, small trees and rolling hills. The terrain varies from limestone, to hard sand, very soft sand, rutted out hills and varying height and inclination of assorted sand dunes and hills to conquer. Most of which is possible in a stock Forester/Outback. lift kits will make a handy advantage. Low range should not be necessary. Wilbinga is also known for good fishing with tailor, mulloway, herring, whiting the common catches in the area. The group will be taken through a variety of terrain to help practice what you may come across on outback travels. Tyres will be let down, starting at about 18psi for getting around the back tracks, but lower pressures will be used. Strongly recommend 10 psi or upto 14psi to be used for the sandy terrain. Sand Flags are definitely recommended for this type of terrain, 4WD equipment recommended: Compressor, tyre gauge, deflator, shovel, recovery snatch/shackles, recovery tracks (xtrax/maxxtrax). Personal gear required: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes/boots, beach/swimming gear? fishing gear? Vehicle checks: please make sure you have no radiator overheating issues as there will be sand driving, and it may be a warm day. For automatic owners, make sure oil is in good condition or has been serviced recently as there may be a long beach run. Please have a full tank of fuel. Bring food and water for morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack. Would be leaving the area around 3-4pm ish, people can stay to fish if they like. Please advise if you need a radio to be hired from the club as radio communication will be essential. Members join on the website, visitors phone Adrian on 0424723558. Page 13


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CLUB CALENDAR September 2011 S Tue 6th: Committee Meeting Sun 11th: Day trip Wandoo North p 8 1 2 3 Tue 13th: General Meeting 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Sat 17th: Eli's Tent restaurant p 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Fri Sun 23rd-25th: Quaalup Fitzgerald NP p 12 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Thurs 28th: magazine articles deadline S

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November 2011 Tues 1st: Committee Meeting Sun 6th: Breakfast Lo Quay p 10 1 2 3 4 5 Tue 8th: AGM/General Meeting 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Fri 18th-Sun 20th: 4WD Show p 17 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Sat 26th-Sun 27th: Pinnacles/Lancelin Wed 30th: magazine articles deadline 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 S

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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 tba 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 S

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29 30 31 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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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. Phone Phil R. on 0438926274 Page 16


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PERTH 4 WD SHOW 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: Shift 1 is Friday 9.00 to 1.30; Shift 2 is Friday 1.30 to 6.00; Shift 3 is Saturday 9.00 to 1.30; Shift 4 is Saturday 1.30 to 6.00; Shift 5 is Sunday 9.00 to 1.00; and Shift 6 is Sunday 1.00 to 5.00. If you can help man the stand, please indicate in the Shift field on the website or ring Tony R. More info is available on the 4WD website: http://perth.4wdshow.com.au/index.phtml Page 17


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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 con-

tact Tony on 9386 7705.

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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS KIMBERLEY CAPERS TRIP REPORT – 8 TO 10 JUNE 2011

Wednesday 8 June (Broome) Tuesday evening had been very exciting with driving and camel rides on Cable Beach and watching the sunset. After retiring to our respective lodgings and caravan park, we had a little bit of rain overnight. On Wednesday am we were all up reasonably early, ass usual. And then we took it fairly quietly, sitting around, chatting a little, doing this, that and the other, waiting for our 11.30 Horizontal Falls Tour pick up. We were picked up at 11.37 and driven to the airport. After a safety briefing, we got on to the seaplane. It was a good flight up the coast to Cape Leveque and then across to Horizontal Falls . Plenty of great photo opportunities, including Cape Leveque itself and the many islands in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Page 20


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At Horizontal Falls, we landed near the “Barra Shack”, which is the name of the floating accommodation moored there. The first activity on offer was the shark and croc cage at one end of the accommodation platform. So, in we went. They had been feeding the sharks, so there must have been about a dozen sharks around the cage, but unfortunately no crocs. We were in the cage for about 15 to 20 min and then, after we got out of the cage, we had lunch. Lunch was chunks of very tasty barramundi, with a little olive oil and some salt on the barbecue plate (so it does not stick) and some lettuce, tomato and a bread roll. All very good. After lunch, we were all loaded on to a 500 hp boat (the fastest boat in the West!?). We were seated not on ordinary seats/chairs, but on a “bucking bronco” type arrangement (like you were on a horse/steer), so you could grip the seat with your thighs as the driver took the boat through the falls and the water pushed you from one side to the other. Page 21


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There were two falls. The second falls were narrower than the first and therefore more exciting. We went through each falls a couple of times and we even went through the second falls backwards. I know that sounds like the falls must have been a bit tame, but I can assure you they weren’t! It was all very exciting. We took plenty of photos and videos. We then went and saw where the driver (Adrian) lived – his “shack”. It was an old floating pontoon that he (and his brothers, who owned the operation) had bought off the Paspaleys. After having a bit of a look around, we then went back to the Barra Shack and watched the seaplane land. We then re-boarded the seaplane and it took off on a direct course (south-west) for Broome, landing at the airport. It had been a great trip, a great flight and a really fun ride on the boat! We got back to camp at about 5.20. After nice hot showers, we all headed out for dinner at Zanders Restaurant at 7.00. The night at Zanders was good, with good food. There were not many people there. We walked back to camp at about 9.00 and fell into bed. It had been a very good day!

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC Thursday 9 June (Broome) Up at about 6.00 again. We went around to Beaches (where David and Marion and Keith were staying) to see how they all were. David and Marion were heading back today. As they wanted to take in the local sights before they went to the airport, they were looking for somewhere to put their case. We offered to take it and drop it off to them at the airport at 12.00. From Beaches, we then went to Woolworths to buy enough food to get us through to Derby. And then we used the docket to get four cents a litre off the price of petrol and filled up the two remaining jerries and the tank – $150 worth of petrol. From there we went to the Visitors Centre to check on the availability of fuel at Cape Leveque and the condition of the road to Mitchell Falls and Kalumburu. And the news at the Visitors Centre wasn’t good. Whilst we could get petrol at Kooljamin over the weekend, which was good, we were told that the Kalumburu and Mitchell Falls roads were closed. Not only closed – they have been washed away and will not be reopened until at least July. And the Shire of Wyndham and East Kimberley is actually looking for government money to rebuild the Kalumburu Road! A very big disappointment unfortunately, as two of my prime destinations now seem to be out of reach. We will need to look at alternatives – spending longer at other places and perhaps seeing some things that we weren't going to see before, north and south of the Gibb River Road. We will of course just need to make the best of it. From the Visitors Centre, we went to Town Beach, which was very pleasant, with green grass and good views. We had lunch on the grass, which was great. From there we went into town and explored a little. And then we went down to the Port for a very quick look and then along the coast through to Gantheaume Point. We spent about 20 minutes there looking around at the rocks. I took a couple of photos of the dinosaur footprints and then Wendy and Robert came along as well. We got back to camp at about 4.00. After happy hour, we decided we would go into McDonald's for dinner, Page 23


SUBARU 4WD CLUB NEWS eating at about 6.15. Then back to camp, chatting until about 8.00 or 8.30. We had a vistor, a bold male possum that climbed out of a tree and stole our apple cores. After 8.30, people started going to bed.

Friday 10 June (Maddarr) We were off and away up the Dampier Peninsula today. Scheduled departure time was 8.00, but most of us were ready by about 7:45. We headed straight out up the highway. At about the 10 km mark, we took the left-hand turn to Cape Leveque. There was probably then about another 10 km of bitumen and then something like 80 or 90 km of dirt road before we got on the bitumen again. Thankfully, it was a reasonable dirt road on the whole and we managed around 80 km/h on the way up. Nonetheless, my suspension took a pounding. Clearly, something was wrong – either the driver’s side rear strut had gone again or I needed some stronger springs in the back of the car. We stopped just after we got on to the bitumen again to check the car and have a leg stretch. There we decided that Jim and Joy would press on for La-Djardarr Bay (or Disaster Bay) and the rest of us would go to Beagle Bay and visit the mission. Jim had already seen the mission and Joy was happy to miss it, as she wanted to get to La-Djardarr Bay and start looking for her soldier crabs. We went into the mission and had a good look around. We made a donation to gain entry. Took a few photos and then had a look at the comPage 24


SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC munity store. There really wasn't much else to see. We then left town heading for Disaster Bay, as we had arranged to meet Jim and Joy there for lunch. It was about 10.30 or 11.00 when we left and we figured that we would get there at about 12.00.

Down the road we went, a single lane sandy track in reasonable condition, and we managed about 60 to 70 km/h. But when we got to LaDjardarr Bay, there was a padlocked gate and a note from Jim and Joy that, as the gate was padlocked, they had gone on to Maddarr. So, on we went. The road became a little bit overgrown towards the end. I don't think anybody had been down it for a while. We arrived there about 1.00. Lunch was the first order of business! The place was significantly rundown and it was considerably overgrown all around the place. But still, it was habitable and we chose a hut for the night. We slept on the beds with our mozzie nets to keep the mozzies at bay. We were going to stay 2 nights, but pretty quickly we decided that we would move on to another camping ground tomorrow night. Maddarr – it was a bit of a track in – it took us an hour just to get in and it will take us an hour to get out, but really, it’s not that bad. It is on the beach with some spectacularly colourful cliffs a short walk from camp. Page 25


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TRIP & SOCIAL REPORTS After getting ourselves organised, we went out onto the beach. Joy had gone straight out onto the beach when she got there and was still there several hours later! We walked probably a couple of kilometres up the beach looking for crabs and eventually we saw the little sand balls, which were tell-tale signs of soldier crabs. We eventually found some crabs on the move in a big swarm and got some good pictures. Joy was pretty happy that she had found the soldier crabs and didn't get off the beach until the tide was coming in.

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SUBARU 4WD CLUB of W.A. INC a fire and cook some meat on the BBQ hot plate. However, when we looked at actually starting a fire, the wind had got up and, as the fire was a mound rather than a hole (and it was going to be too hard to dig it out), we decided to cook elsewhere. So we went to a half drum just outside our hut and started that up as a fire. It went well. And several of us cooked on it. We ate in the “dining hut”. There were some stoves in there and some other people were cooking as well - various bits and pieces. Everybody seemed to enjoy their dinner. After dinner was cleaned up, there was the usual chitter chatter amongst the group. Most of us were in bed by 9.00.

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 Page 27



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