Clarence River Wilderness lodge

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  1. Weekender

    Weekender Well-Known Member

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    I have just had a weekend at the Clarence river Wilderness Lodge - kombi camping.

    http://www.clarenceriver.com/

    It was a 400 km round trip from Brisbane and used 46 litres of fuel. About 30 of graveled roads each way and that last 7 km on the property was very rough. My travel companions - who towed in camper trailers - used low range in their 4WDs up and down the steep climbs. This is not a place for lowered kombis!

    Saw some rock wallabies, 2 snakes and some large goannas.

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  2. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Kombi - complete vehicle.....no camping trailer required! ;)

    Looks like a great spot for a getaway. :)
     
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  3. paul77

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    Bet they were envious of your ride!
     
  4. stusbus

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    Looks like a nice spot
    Mite just have to put that 1 on the To-Do list I think !!:D
     
  5. jobell

    jobell Active Member

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    Love a kombi keeping company with four wheel drives for a camping weekend. Just goes to show what they are capable of. Looks like a fabulous camping spot too! Thanks for sharing.
     
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  6. cbus

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    Good mileage Leo.
    can see you pushing it further and upgrading to a spare set of wheels with BFG MT 235/70 -15 pretty soon ;):D
    give the 4x4's with school delivery tyres a shift down the pecking order.
     
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  7. tillis

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    Nice! I was in the same area. Travelled to Stanthorpe for the 'apple and grape' festival via Rocky River...camped or parked i should say on a huge granite slab metres from the river ...would post pics but the files are too large....oh yeah and already have 235/70/16s...need the clearance on that road....Rob
     
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  8. Weekender

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    Yes Paul - one of the guys wife owns a new Beetle and previous had owned a 75 bug - all restored - she was most impressed with the kombi's hill climbing ability!
     
  9. Weekender

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    OK Col - like the look of those tyres! Now where do I get the rims???

    I always run with 98 fuel.
     
  10. cbus

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    they do a 14" 215/75 if you can find some syncro 6" rims , otherwise merc steelies or mags?
    Tyres meant to be quite smooth running on tar for the type and perform well on mixed tests
     
  11. chris taylor

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    What a top spot to get away from every thing ,and in a kombi to fully self contained and no towing to boot. Honestly towing a van every where is not my idea of fun. :( with a kombi just pull up lift the roof grab a beer and watch every one else set up camp.:rolleyes::)
    If ever over this way {sth Aust} take a trip down to Rapid Bay camp ground , Fully lawned, Large pine trees to camp under, toilets, BBQ, kidies play ground, $6 a nite per person, not sure about kids. Big jetty good fishing and squiding or off the beach.
     
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  12. paul77

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    I think the front of your bus is still too low for these off-roading adventures. It is crying out for some mild baja treatment imho;)

    I am seriously considering levelling my bus by raising the back 4cm.
     
  13. chris taylor

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    I run 95 where possible but out in the bush its a bit hard to get especially in smaller towns, its usually (91 or 98} Don't like 91 and will not use ethanol.
     
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  14. Weekender

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    Tillis - just where is this Rocky River? and where is the access road?
     
  15. cbus

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    And a full belly pan :D
     
  16. tillis

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    Hi Weekender, 'Rocky River' also known as 'Timbarra River' is accessed off the Bruxner Hwy just before Drake. The turnoff is to the south named as Long Gully road. After about 20k it becomes Rocky River road and eventually becomes 'Birririmbi' road(??various spelling) which can be followed up the range to Tenterfield. The river is fenced most of the way but there are two sections not fenced and the second one is superb...all granite and many rockpools....take firewood! Rob
     
  17. tillis

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    on a rock.PNG

    ok here is one pic...looks like they all need to be cropped to under 1mb...as you can see no dust gets tracked into the kombi!
     
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  18. 68BUS

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    Good stance. I think that is what I want to raise mine too. But considering I cannot fit it under the carport currently with the roof rack on it may have to wait for my new carport.
     
  19. tillis

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    Hi, finally found some time to visit this place....man what a road in...steep in the extreme and was freshly graded or bulldozed so was loose and it rained most of the night...caused me some concern but no! The kombi handled it with ease!
    Awesome place ...and quiet...well i was there midweek...only noise was the river burbling away...full moon til it clouded over

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