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The Great Crows Nest Adventure Weekend 28/29 March 2015

posted Mar 30, 2015, 10:43 PM by Secretary - Westfield Car Club Qld

At around 10am on the Saturday the main group of participants met in the grounds of the church on the Mt Glorious Road at Samford (much to the surprise of a number of its parishioners, who were in the midst of a working bee at the time). The weather was looking slightly iffy, so most of us donned wet gear in case we got a drenching going over the top of Mt Glorious and set off just before 10.15.

There was really very little rain but the road was quite slippery in places, so we were all pretty cautious for most of the first leg of the trip, which ended at the Old Fernvale Bakery, where we met the rest of the travelling team. The Old Fernvale Bakery offers some pretty good food, not just pies and cakes. Some of the latter were pretty impressive, though, and I highly recommend their pear, walnut and feta salad. It’s now much more up-market these days due to the significant passing traffic, and for us it had the bonus of a carpark at the rear; great for clubbies.

With the group all sufficiently fed and watered we tracked back to Esk and onto the Ravensbourne Road for the main leg to Crows Nest. This road is pretty good for clubbies all by itself, but the deviation to the Cressbrook and Perseverance Dams provided some more good clubbie roads. We had a bit of a split at this point, with most of the group diverting to Cressbrook while the rest continued straight on to the Perseverance Dam and Crows Nest. The rest of us back-tracked from Cressbrook back to the Ravensbourne Road and on up to Hampton, where we turned onto the New England Highway for the final leg to Crows Nest.

After booking into our rooms at the pub (everyone stayed there) we settled down to some serious chat and well-earned libations. Some folk took time for a bit of a wander around the town, which doesn’t take very long in a place the size of Crows Nest (though the antique shop is worth a look, if only to marvel at just how much stock the place has; it’s absolutely chockers and clearly buys in bulk).

Dinner was in the hotel bistro and we can happily recommend the pub food here. The hotel proprietor is very proud of the fact that he has “actual chefs” in the kitchen, and the menu is standard pub with a bit of extra flair. Very good!

Given the size of the pub dinner I’m not sure how some of the troops managed to front up to the Big Breakfast at Dinger’s the next morning but they did, and it disappeared at a fairly impressive rate. All takers declared it to be as good as advertised. The last of our trip participants joined us at brekky, having driven up from Brissie just to join us for the Sunday activities.

After brekky it was time to check out and either head for home, which some chose to do, or to the Qld Auto Museum at Hampton. This little museum deserves a look, if only for the knowledge, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial flair of its owner/manager, Roy (whose last name escapes me and isn’t anywhere on their website). Roy is the “real deal”, a bushie boy who’s done almost everything, and the knowledge and intelligence he displayed during our tour of his operation made this visit a highlight of the trip. The museum features Holdens primarily, and that’s Roy’s key area of knowledge and expertise, but his experience is far broader than that, and his operation is rather more than a simple car museum.

After thanking Roy profusely for his time and trouble the group headed for home, most going back more or less the way we had come and enjoying a coffee at the Maiala cafe on Mt Glorious before heading down the mountain and taking their separate ways home.

All in all this was a very enjoyable and relaxing weekend away for those folk who participated. 

Ed.

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