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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s second outing, 32b, is to Bingara, NSW.
The outing is being held from the 17th to 24th October 2018, at Bingara NSW. The small town of Bingara is situated south of Warialda and west of Inverell. Participants will be staying at Bingara Riverside Caravan Park, each making their own accommodation booking. There are cabins, for those without caravans, or camp sites, available. An early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. http://www.bingara.com.au/bingara-riverside-caravan-park/
In October, the minimum average temperature is around 10deg. and the rainfall is 65mm which means beautifully days and cool nights. Truda and Melissa have explored the area and planned some very interesting days. You can be assured that this will be another good outing, highly recommend by those who have experienced previous outing where Truda has been leading. If you have any questions regarding this outing please contact Truda on 54463550
On the banks of the beautiful Gwydir River in a pretty valley, Bingara is a charming town in the splendid New England region of NSW. You’ll find plenty of outdoor adventures, from bushwalking and birdwatching to fishing and fossicking. You can also visit an important indigenous memorial.
Gold fever struck the district in the 1850s and diamonds were discovered in the 1880s. In these colonial times, Bingara was Australia’s largest diamond producer.