Well the weekend just passed was a group weekend away (mid winter down here) for a group of mates who love cars and finding great driving roads.
The idea was hatched following a long weekend to Bathurst 12 Hour WEC race in January 2020, and the inability to go this year due to Covid and its deprivations.
We planned a 2 night stay in the Bunya Mountains (about 3 to 4 hour dive from Brisbane) as it was known to one of the guys and it promised some interesting driving.
We met before dawn for an early coffee starter at the all night coffee mecca "Death before Decaf" in New Farm. then proceeded to go over what passes for a mountain in these parts (Mt Nebo & Mt Glorious - elevation of 600m above sea level) and down the other side to the Brisbane Valley which is home to our city's major water storage dams (Lake Wivenhoe & Lake Somerset), with a stop at Somerset not long adfter sun up for a stretch and a chat.
From there we made our way along some fabulous twisty country roads with little traffic in sighta nd stopped for breakfast at Blackbutt a small rural town in the southern part of the South Burnett with a population of 860 people. Breakfast & some passable coffee later we moved on towards the wonderfull roads between Maiden well and The Bunya Mountains.
where there was some lovely rainforest and stunning roads. The stretch between Maiden well and the top of the climb being a highlight (including the few kms of gravel to suitably dirty up the previously pristine collection of cars)
The view from the lookout to the west from the Bunyas is quite special
and the locals live a very peaceful and easy life due to the verdant microclimate
The accommodation was rustic but perfect for the two nights
On Saturday we headed further north to a local Vineyard - Dusty hill Wines in Moffatdale
where we again found some mostly un inhabited windy roads through some wonderful Australian countryside. The Vineyard was a hive of activity and provided a pleasant venue for a quiet Saturday lunch (much needed after Friday night)
saturday night saw us back at the Bunyas after "THAT" climb up from Maidenwell - what a treat
Sunday was time to come back home along similar roads to the way up there and the convoy of V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage, Vanquish, Jaguar F Type, C632 Merc and the mighty MGB all acquitted themselves brilliantly, with the only hiccups being some badly damaged and cracked windscreens form flying gravel.
A greta weekend, lots of laughs, lots of wonderful driving, no incidents and a brilliant group of friends
thanks to TM, GR, AH, RS, GM, and CB for the fun!