CLUB MEETING: Friday 01 June at 7.00pm at St. Anthony’s Community Centre.
Our speaker for the June meeting will be Andreas Helwig, senior lecturer in Electro-Mechanical Engineering at USQ. He will talk about USQ’s solar array and connected research.
CLUB OUTING: Sunday 03 June Pine Mountain Bush Reserve & Lakeside Bushland Walk, Wivenhoe.
After two shorter outings, this one is a bit further from home. Pine Mountain Bush Reserve near Blacksoil is a little known but very attractive reserve with a graded walking track. It is easy walking with only a slight grad-ient. Small dams hidden away make for good bird attractors and the vegetation is very interesting.
The Bushland Lakeside walk at Cormorant Bay on the southern end of Wivenhoe Dam appears seldom used, despite the proximity to the popular picnic ground. It has some interesting understory plants and is a good water bird and bush bird observation area. There are generally well-graded paths and the scenic walk is approximately three kilometres return.
Meet at Neil Street carpark at 8:00am for carpooling. For those travelling independently, travel toward Bris-bane. Take the Esk turnoff just before Blacksoil at the overpass. Then almost immediately turn right at the traffic lights into Bayley Road. Follow this road through the next roundabout then turn left into Velvet Street. This road eventually becomes Pine Mountain Quarry Road, some of which is gravel, though suitable for 2-wheel drive cars. The reserve is approximately 3.5 kilometres on the right. There are picnic tables though no toilets. We will have morning tea before our walk.
We will leave at approximately 11.00am and travel about 20 kilometres on the picturesque Pine Mountains Road to rejoin the Brisbane Valley Highway near Fernvale. There are toilets at Fernvale and the picnic area at Cormorant Bay. Park near the top toilet block at Cormorant Bay as the walk starts near there. We will have lunch at this site, either before or after our walk. Koalas are often seen in this area. The round trip is approxi-mately 200 kilometres, so please pay your driver $8-$10.
There is a shorter route home through Glamorganvale to Marburg, should drivers prefer.
This month’s outing was planned by Tricia Allen. Phone 0458979258.
With thanks to Tricia, Sandy Eastoe’s contact number is 46385708 or 0423688225