TORRENTIAL rains leading up to the latest trip for the Bundaberg 4WD Club didn't phase members keen to explore the area around Granite Creek, and more precisely the Bulburin National Park, about 65km north of Gin Gin.
Bulburin National Park holds one of the best subtropical rainforest remnants in Queensland and protects the only known population of the endangered Bulburin nut tree. The tree is so rare fewer than 40 exist.
The group headed out to the four-wheel drive loop.
The track passes through the rainforest and the open ridges provide unbroken views of the Many Peaks, Dawes and Bobby Ranges.
The forest protects the catchments for the Boyne and Kolan rivers and Baffle and Granite creeks. The tracks were in good condition and had dried out enough to traverse without causing any damage.
As part of the trip the group headed out the western side to visit the Many Peaks pub.
The Grand Hotel was originally the Railway Hotel on Bramston St in Gladstone.
In 1907 the hotel was systematically numbered and dismantled then carted to Many Peaks by horse and dray.
With the flourishing mining industry and influx of people, several pubs were established, however, with the decline in mining in the area a number had to shut.
The Grand Hotel has never closed down and still to this day serves beverages and great meals.
Being in a club we are fortunate to have various property owners who allow us to camp at locations the general public are unable to use.
Those in the group that made a weekend of it and campers were treated to a campsite of green grass and unlimited firewood from an old sleeper cutters' camp nearby.
Clear skies away from the city lights made for some excellent star gazing.
Property tracks enabled us to head up a nearby mountain.
The tracks have not been driven for a while and with recent rains the grass was higher than the vehicles in some sections.
The view across Lake Monduran and down the highway was the reward for making the climb, even if a bit of track clearing along the way was needed.
If you intend on heading out to the Bulburin National Park, go to the website http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au and download a map and read up before you go. Knowing a bit about the area and its attractions makes it more than "just a drive".
To find out more on the Bundaberg Four Wheel Drive Club and activities it has on, email bundy4wd@ bigpond.com, visit www.bundaberg4wdclub. com or find the club on Facebook.