Big Valley 2010

Trip Leaders:  Roger and Jan Freegard & Martin and Karen Archer

When:  19th November to 22nd November 2010

Location:  Big Valley Campsite,  Rosa Glen,  Margaret River WA

Participants:

This trip has been run for the past 6 years and keeps getting more popular. This year we had 21 members registered to attend however with late withdrawals we ended up with 19 camp sites occupied.
The destination was Big Valley Farm, about 7 kilometres east of Margaret River along Rosa Brook Road. The property is a working sheep farm nestled between state forests in a picturesque valley. The owners, Kevin and Shelley Silverthorne, are very down to earth and welcoming people who run the caravan park as a side business to their sheep stock. The camp grounds are divided into two large areas. One area is for individual campers whilst the other is reserved for large group bookings such as ours. A large open sided shed protects a huge camper’s kitchen including refrigerators, BBQs and gas cook tops. There are plenty of toilets and showers with hot running water. The shed is surrounded by a grassed lawn while the camp areas are shaded by large white gums.
 

Some members arrived as early as Wednesday to set up and prepare for a relaxing weekend. By Friday afternoon, all had arrived in anticipation for the first event on the calendar; a Friday night feast of lamb on a spit.

With 19 vehicles to consider, 3 separate day trips were planned to be run on Saturday. This was reduced to 2 trips following a pre-trip on Thursday where it was found that a water fall at one destination was lacking its vital ingredient (water). So with Roger’s trip canned, it was down to two groups, one being led by Martin Archer to Joey’s Nose, and the other being led by Chris Partington to Boranup Forest and beach. Saturday morning developed into a hot and humid day with some cloud cover. This made it perfect for trips to two very good swimming locations.


Notes of the Joey’s Nose trip by Roger Freegard...
Leaving Big Valley camp site at 10.30am, nine cars proceeded along Caves road and then off road along a reasonable soft sand approach to the beach at Joeys Nose.
The naming of this spot being associated to the limestone promontory being in the shape of an over sized non impressive nose.
The beach area unfortunately at this weekend period was full of other 4WD family enthusiasts, dogs, surfers and fishing folks, unlike the midweek pre trip by some members, who enjoyed an empty beach for a walk and lunch.
Undeterred our trip leader Martin forged onwards and upwards, off the beach along the coast a little way and discovered an equally impressive beach without occupants, possible due to the slightly less ease of access. Cars were quickly unpacked, bathers put on and a dip in the sea was enjoyed by the majority of the members present. This was followed by a leisurely lunch, strolls, sand castles, fishing activities and the inevitable discussions about the various pieces of 4WD equipment, currently available in the market place.
After an enjoyable few hours on the beach the convoy departed, climbing off the beach with little difficulty, with the exception of he who shall not be named, as he is the trip report writer.
An easy trip was encountered on the way back to tarmac land, with only a couple of cars taking a slightly more difficult return trip to experience some rock traverses, which proved to be easier than expected.

Thanks again to Martin and Karen for an enjoyable day out.
 

Trip notes for Big Valley Campsite (South East of Margaret River) to Boranup Beach (North of Hamelin Bay) – Saturday 20/11/2010 Glenn Bignell
At 10:30AM, 7 vehicles departed Big Valley Campsite comprising of 6 Mitsubishi’s and 1 Toyota. The weather was fine with a warm breezy day ahead of us. Friendly banter on the radio waves put pressure on for the sole Toyota driver in the convoy.
The convoy comprised of Chris Partington and Lester Cousins as joint trip leaders in Lester’s Pajero. Jeff and Maxine Otway, Keith Parker, Ian, Robin and baby Emma, Guy and Wendy Lehman, Glenn Bignell and Richard and Helen Kingston as tail end Charlie.
After leaving Big Valley Campsite, we progressed down Wallis road, left onto Rosa Brook road, left onto Bussell Highway, through the small town of Witchcliffe and onto Karridale. At Karridale we turned right onto Bushby Road, right onto Caves Road and then after 200 meters we turned left onto Reserve Road (the track) to Boranup Beach.


Within 50 meters the fun began. A steep uphill left hand bend with huge wombat holes was indeed a challenge for all. Half of the group stopped to air down while the other half continued on to air down further down the track. As it turned out this was the worst part of the track with only a few minor challenges until we reached the beach.
At the beach car park everyone aired right down in anticipation of soft beach sand – which it was. The group headed north along the beach for about 5 kilometers and to within 100 meters of the rocky headland where we stopped for photos, lunch and a swim by the brave – the wind and waves were up making for some body surfing and a cold departure from the water.
After lunch the group packed up, headed north for the rocks, took more photos and decided that an ice-cream was in order to top off the day. So it was with this in mind that the group headed for home via the same track and roads and ended up at the Rosa Brook general store for the goodies and eventually back to Big Valley campsite for showers and refreshments. 

A good time was had by all – thanks Chris and Lester.
 

 Returning to the Big Valley camp, most settled down for a relaxing afternoon nod before contemplating dinner. After dinner most stayed around the camp kitchen for a Quiz Night. 

The quiz questions were compiled by John and Sue Bromberger, who unfortunately had to withdraw from the trip. The MC role was therefore taken up by Roger and Jan who, following last year’s competition, were a little anxious about how serious some members take quiz competitions. 

With the expectation of a riot happening, Jan strategically employed the children to read the answers. After all, who is going to argue with a 5 year old? 
The winners of the competition were on a table other than mine, so I won’t indulge their ego by naming them. Be it suffice to say that everyone had a great evening thanks to Roger, Jan, Matt, Sam and Locky.
Sunday was a very casual morning with the hint of drizzle in the air. Some stayed around the camp for the morning while others headed into Margaret River for site seeing. An early morning round of 9 post golf was had by many on the Freegard Pines Golf Circuit. The winner of the golf tournament will be revealed at the next club meeting.
 

At mid-day we all headed to the Bootleg Brewery for lunch. Despite a reservation being made and later confirmed for a group of 32, we found the reserved seating somewhat short. Eventually those without a seat found a spare table on the other side of the grounds. Having received local recommendations for other locations, Bootleg is booted from next year’s itinerary. Despite the separation of the group, lunch was enjoyed by all before we moved on to the Chocolate Factory for an afternoon coffee. We then headed back to camp feeling somewhat uncomfortably full.
 

Thanks to Roger, Jan and Karen for their majority contribution in organising this year’s trip. Next year’s Big Valley trip may be scheduled at a different date due to my work commitments around the CHOGM event. As soon as a date is organised it will be listed on the 2011 calendar.
Martin


Big Valley Campsite (South East of Margaret River) to Boranup Beach (North of Hamelin Bay) – Saturday 20/11/2010

At 10:30AM, 7 vehicles departed Big Valley Campsite comprising of 6 Mitsubishi’s and 1 Toyota. The weather was fine with a warm breezy day ahead of us. Friendly banter on the radio waves put pressure on for the sole Toyota driver in the convoy.
The convoy comprised of Chris Partington and Lester Cousins as joint trip leaders in Lester’s Pajero. Jeff and Maxine Otway, Keith Parker, Ian, Robin and baby Emma, Guy and Wendy Lehman, Glenn Bignell and Richard and Helen Kingston as tail end Charlie.
After leaving Big Valley Campsite, we progressed down Wallis road, left onto Rosa Brook road, left onto Bussell Highway, through the small town of Witchcliffe and onto Karridale. At Karridale we turned right onto Bushby Road, right onto Caves Road and then after 200 meters we turned left onto Reserve Road (the track) to Boranup Beach.
Within 50 meters the fun began. A steep uphill left hand bend with huge wombat holes was indeed a challenge for all. Half of the group stopped to air down while the other half continued on to air down further down the track. As it turned out this was the worst part of the track with only a few minor challenges until we reached the beach.
At the beach car park everyone aired right down in anticipation of soft beach sand – which it was. The group headed north along the beach for about 5 kilometers and to within 100 meters of the rocky headland where we stopped for photos, lunch and a swim by the brave – the wind and waves were up making for some body surfing and a cold departure from the water.
After lunch the group packed up, headed north for the rocks, took more photos and decided that an ice-cream was in order to top off the day. So it was with this in mind that the group headed for home via the same track and roads and ended up at the Rosa Brook general store for the goodies and eventually back to Big Valley campsite for showers and refreshments. 

A good time was had by all – thanks Chris and Lester.

Glenn Bignell.

 

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