Extended Outings

The Noosa Parks Association Extended Outing Group undertakes excursions to destinations throughout Australia, and very occasionally overseas. There are usually two outings each year, in Autumn and Spring, typically up to 14 days duration.

Some outings involve camping, others cabin accommodation. Catering is sometimes included. Participants are able to enjoy many outdoor activities in the natural environment, including walking, climbing, bird watching, botany, fungi, historical sites and even canoeing.

Cecily Fearnley ‘founded’ the Extended Outing group in September 1987 with the first trip by coach to Carnarvon Gorge National Park. That outing was completely arranged by Cecily, taking all the food etc. for a busload of passengers.Her contribution to extended outings for so long, is greatly appreciated. Ralph and Jean Duffield stepped into the leadership role from 1997 to lead the group to such places as Storm King Dam and Lawn Hill. When Ralph ‘retired’, Cecily resumed the position, but in June 2012 Cecily felt the need to ‘slow down’ and wished to hand the convenor banner on to a new leader. At a meeting on June 1st, 2012, Brian Jones was officially welcomed as the new convenor of the Extended Outing Group. His contribution to the group to this point had been considerable. His ability to research new and exciting places to visit, had already greatly enhanced the group activities. He had successfully lead the group toBiggenden in 2006, the Conondales in 2010, and Mt Tamborine in 2011. Now 8 years later, and after leading 14 more wonderful excursions, Brian has decided to step down from the leadership role to pursue other activities.

The position of Convenor for the Extended Outing Group needs to be filled, and members are looking for someone to volunteer for the role. The pay is lousy but the rewards are immense!

Duties required of the Convenor for the Extended Outing Group include calling and chairing meetings as necessary and appointing someone to write minutes. The meeting group will decide the destination and leader of the two outings for the year. The convenor is not expected to lead every outing but may be required to help with research. The convenor is also required to contribute to the quarterly Noosa Parks newsletter as well as report to the NPA committee as necessary.

Interested members can contact Noosa Parks secretary at office@noosaparks.org.au

THE FIRST Outing FOR 2019 is 33A to TANDORA Q – POSTPONED (4/19)

Tandora is a 4,500-hectare property which runs up to 1,200 Brahman breeder cattle. The property, owned by Lindsay and Noela Titmarsh, is situated on the junction of the Mary and Susan Rivers near Maryborough, Queensland.

Dates for this outing will be Thursday 9th May to Wednesday 15th May.

There is no accommodation on the farm. The outing will be a very basic camp for those with tents or caravans. Participants are advised to BYO toilet and shower. One Portaloo will be available. No fires will be allowed in the present conditions. The farm has not had rain in months. Campers are welcome to kayak on the dam, but there are crocodiles in the river. BYO all food and supplies including kayak. There is no cost to camp on the farm.

Tandora is rich in history. Lindsay grew up on the property with his parents. When he was a boy, he would help his father run cattle through the now 109-year-old concrete dip, and he learnt the hard way to be extra careful around the high walls.

There is now a healthy population of Koalas on Tandora. Researchers will be on the property every 3 months to monitor the re-located Koalas. The next study will commence on 25th March.

In 2011 Lindsay ‘discovered’ the native Watermice in the mangroves on the edge of the river.

The property boasts a variety of habitats that will interest Bird Observers and Botanists. Mangrove Gerygone is just one species that might be found in the mangrove areas. The Botanists will be interested in the Woody Pear and Xanthorrhoea in the bush area.

There will be ample photographic subjects and opportunities.

I am happy to help with any questions regarding this outing.

Valda McLean 0754 762123  braelochaen@bigpond.com