It's time to escape the city. It has been far too long since you have been away on a 4WD adventure. It is time to pull another trip from "Dirty Weekends in South East Queensland", The Essential 4WD Guide by Brad McCarthy.
If you haven't already, make sure you get the new 6th edition of the book as it comes complete with all new updates and revisions to make your 4WD experience even better.
So on this day, on this trip, it is time to head to Yandina where you will check out the Blackall Range trail, Tour 11 in the book. It is a short 39 kilometers, and easy if you are new to 4 wheel driving off road.
It is always a pleasure to leave the busy Bruce Highway behind and make for less travelled tracks. This one passes right through Yandina, the home of the Ginger Factory. You may even choose to stop here and do a tour, plan that into your day if you so chose.
Leaving Yandina your excitement builds, your sense of adventure has the blood pumping strong as you make your way to Point Glorious through the Mapleton National Park. Follow the instructions in the book and your trip will flow easily. We find that it is best to have a navigator and a driver on these trips, it reduces yelling and you can have a marvelous day checking out the new scenery and sights that you pass along the way.
The Maroochy catchment area that see from the lookout is spectacular. Green valleys, towering trees, rolling hills and homes dot the landscape. This is a hot, humid and hazy day, the air with that smoky look about it. Thankfully, however, it is not, and you can see Mt. Coolum and the Sunshine Coast in the distance.
If you look carefully at the ground on the outside of the safety fence you will see anchor bolts in the ground for the purpose of abseiling. What a spectacular view you must get going down this mountainside. Perhaps this is what brings you here today, to lower yourself to the ground down the mountainside, adrenaline pumping, making you feel alive.
Carrying on, you make your way to Cooloolabin Damn for a picnic lunch. On this hot day the water looks inviting and refreshing. The shady table is yours and the Azure Kingfisher is most entertaining, flitting around here and there.