HU Travellers Meeting Australia Queensland 2014
THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS
Horizons Unlimited 11th Australia Travellers Meeting
Friday Oct 3 - Monday Oct 6, 2014 - Beaudesert, Queensland
It's All About Overland Adventure
Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...
Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.
The event is taking place from Friday, Oct 3 to Monday Oct 6, 2014.
The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Friday, Oct 3. HU Film Festival from 2 pm. Meet and greet from 4 to 6 pm. Dinner from 6 pm, and the first presentations beginning at 7 pm. Last presentations will be Sunday night.
There will be slide shows and tech clinics on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Come early and make it a great weekend! We recommend riding on Friday and Monday, and participating in the presentations and clinics in the evenings and Saturday and Sunday.
As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.
Monday morning - after breakfast, repeat presentations may be scheduled depending on presenter availability, demand and numbers of presentations.
More detailed schedule will be posted online 1 week before the event.
Presenters at HU Queensland 2013 included...
Heike and Filippo Fania, Germany, 2 Live the Dream
From Europe to the Himalaya
With two motorcycles from Europe to the Himalaya in N-India - deserts, mosques, machine guns, trains, people, and stunning landscapes.
We are two, Heike & Filippo, and we live our dream. We travel around the world on our motorcycles since May 2012. We want to see the world, and explore the different countries and cultures.
Monica Joseph, Keep Moving
Tokyo To Cape town By Motorbike
Planning and managing a motorcycle ride from Sydney to Cape Town via Tokyo, Russia, Mongolia, Central Asia, Europe, North, West and South Africa.
Monica Joseph is a social worker and modern-day adventure traveller. She has written her first book Keep Moving: Tokyo to Cape Town by Motorbike after a tough and rewarding year on the road on her bike accompanied by her husband Simon. They live on five acres in rural New South Wales.
Their trip covered 50,000 kms and 30 countries. Monica will talk about the highlights of the trip, low points, challenges and favorite countries. Practical aspects such as preparation, packing and visa requirements will be covered, as well as motivational insights - stepping out of one's comfort zone, using good stress and living the dream.
Colin and Dee Masters, Wrinklies round the world!
UK to Australia - the good, the bad and the memories!
We have travelled to Australia by bike, 1150gs, in 2006. We have also travelled in Russia, Asia, Africa, India & all of Europe. Dee rides pillion everywhere! We did all of this in our 60's.
Peter and Kay Forwood, 193 Countries on a Harley!
How this motorcycle became the World's Most Traveled Motorcycle!
Andy N Robinson, Black Frog Publishing
Iran - The Hidden Gem
Iran - The Hidden Gem
A closer look inside one of the most mysterious countries in the world. I will introduce Iran before taking people on whirlwind tour of the country, explaining a few things most people are unaware of, debunking a few myths and showing a unique side to a wonderful country.
Overlanding in Groups and Publishing
Overlanding on tour trucks, the benefits and life after overlanding. Explaining briefly how overland works on tour, the huge benefits of being in a group, how it changed my life and what is next (how our company Black Frog Publishing) works.
Andy is a veteran overlander with more than 10 years on the road across Asia, the Middle East and extensively through Latin America. With groups, film crews and independently he loves the road. Now writing about overlanding for Black Frog Pubishing, he will soon be emigrating to QLD with his partner... and former tour leader.
Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!
Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!
Linda Bootherstone-Bick, RTW Solo Traveller
Even a Grey Haired Old Lady can do it! Spain to Australia experiencing an earthquake, bike confiscation and a 60th birthday - all part of the fun and material for a song or two!
During 50 years of motorcycling Linda Bootherstone-Bick has travelled the world, solo. In the 60s - Great Britain and Europe, USSR; the 70s Australia and Africa; in the 80s America and in the 90s, eastern Europe, Ukraine and North Africa. During her 60th year she rode from Spain to Australia - and she's still going!
Paul & Jan Dwyer - Globetrekkers
Africa - How to argue from Nairobi to Cape Town!
Michael and Ann Ahlberg
Europe 80 days on a '97 Harley Springer
Presentation video and music covers 22 countries. 28,000 k. UK, Paris, Barcelona, Sicily, Prague, Berlin, Arctic Zone, Norway, Copenhagen, Brussels, London, Dublin, Scotland.
Michael Ahlberg and his wife Ann, known only as Royal in all clubs, just turned 60 (2013), ridden MC since 1969, last 16 years on Harley Heritage Softail Springer -97 and Unigo 1-wheel trailer. With this Harley, toured most of Australia (210,000 k), all of New Zealand (9000 k) and 22 countries in Europe.
Richard Winter - Travelling Strom
Europe to Oz Overland via China. What happens when the whole reason for your trip goes up in smoke, but you have already left and are on the road!
Since HU meetings are about informing, not just inspiring, we've got a great lineup of interactive workshops for you!
Equipment and DIY Bike Showcase
An open forum and description on travelling with low cost bikes and working on and preparing them yourself.
What are the advantages of travelling with cheap bikes? Why are they worth considering even if you can afford better? If you do choose a cheap bike what can you do to set it up yourself so that it is a reliable and comfortable long distance mount? These and similar ideas will be aired and people encouraged to add there own views; strong opinions will be encouraged!
Mike Ferris, Ferris Wheels
Tricks of the Trade - Useful, practical tips on how to: buy beer in a dry town, steal an Embassy car, and get your bribe back from the border police.
Mike Ferris is Australia's original pioneer of commercial motorcycle tours. He bought his first bike (an Enfield!) in Kathmandu at the age of 37 and chanced upon the highest road in the world with a pair of socks on his hands. Twenty years later he's done that same road 50+ times and taken 1,000 riders with him.
Emergency First Aid - Revision of first aid principles in the trauma setting, inc helmet removal techniques.
Emergency First Aid is aimed at people who have a background in first aid but will also be useful for people who don't have a first aid certificate.
"This session will be revision of current resuscitation guidelines and treatment of trauma patients. The session will begin with resuscitation principles then progress to helmet removal techniques. We will discuss the signs and symptoms that are shown with trauma to certain body regions and how first aid can be applied to trauma patients."
This session does not replace a full first aid course.
Jackson Allan - The Great GallivantFilm your own adventure on any budget! Put together videos people will want to watch. What I learned from filming and editing over 200 hours of footage (down to 3!) while riding for a year in Europe.
Riders Skills! Motorcycle skills on and off the road...
Riders skills for off road riding and on the black top, plus rider safety and awareness, packing and lifting motorcycle after a crash.
Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere!
Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tyre changing contest.
Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.
"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine
This seminar will cover - how to navigate the site since the redesign - mega-menus, search, the HUBB. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!
Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
Bike mods and ergonomics!
Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.
When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.
Panel discussions at most HU events include...
Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!
Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.
Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.
For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!
Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!
Walk arounds / Show and tell!
Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!
Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.
The Horizons Unlimited Queensland 2014 travellers meeting will be held at:
49 Albert Street,
S 27° 59.507', E 153° 0.228'
Spacious presentation rooms, great facilities for camping and catering, lots of room - we have the whole venue!
Beaudesert is a great base to explore the surrounding areas. To the east is the Canungra and the Gold Coast, this area is popular with motorcyclists and has the beautiful Lamington National Park a world heritage site you can ride through. To the west are the Border Ranges.
Beaudesert enjoys the subtropical climate of South East Queensland. It is relatively dry during October and averages 27°C during the day and 14°C over night.
There are excellent camping facilities on site, including power, flush toilets and hot showers. Camping is $10 per person per night. You are most welcome to bring your caravan, campervan or motorhome. Camping is available from 3pm on Friday 3rd October. The site must be cleared by 11am on Monday 6th October.
You have the option of pre-purchasing our fully catered two course dinners at $25 per meal.
Friday - Make your Own Mexican (Wraps provided!)
Chilli Con Carne beef mince
Chicken Enchilada Mix,
Black Bean / corn salad,
Ensalada (green and mixed salads),
Mexican rice, Corn chips,
Mexican bean mix, Salsa,
Grated cheese, Sour cream
Individual Pavlovas with Vanilla Cream and fruit
Saturday Roast Dinner
Steamed seasonal Vegetables
Mud cake with vanilla cream
Sunday BBQ Buffet Dinner
Marinated Boneless Chicken Pieces
Sauces and Condiments
Apple Slice with Fresh Cream
That is $75 for all three nights! These dinners are an excellent way to meet fellow participants and talk to presenters, and since you're eating right there on site, you won't miss any of the after-dinner slideshows. Always enjoyable. You will NOT be able to get it on the day, so order when you register!
Special requirements such as allergies, gluten free, vegan etc must be advised as early as possible. Additional notes in the comments box please and we'll do what we can.
Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast and Lunch options will be provided by local community groups. These can be purchased on the day.
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
ONLINE REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES
Includes admission to all slide shows, tech clinics & demos Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Camping and meals are NOT included and are priced below.
Register & Pay between:
(all presentations and workshops)
Dec 1, 2013 & Jan 31, 2014
Feb 1st & Mar 31, 2014
Apr 1st & Sep 26, 2014
$50 (saves $45)
$65 (saves $30)
$75 (saves $20)
AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER SEPTEMBER 26)
Pay Cash on arrival
Full Pass (IF space is available!)
MEALS - Fully catered two course dinners - Yum!
You will NOT be able to get it on the day, so order when you register!
Friday Mexican Night
Saturday Roast Dinner
Sunday BBQ Buffet
days to go!
What happens at HU events?
HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park
From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.
"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"
"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."
Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.
We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.
We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation/GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications/blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging/bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.
There are 40 and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats, plus a new Pecha Kucha option (20 slides x 20 seconds each).
Comments about HU Queensland
"What an awesome event and great value."
"What a fantastic meeting! A big thank you to the organizers and presenters - we had a lot of fun and enjoyed everything! And thank you also to all that came to our presentations.... it is wonderful to be able to share our experiences with so many like-minded people!"
"Great meeting great people. I'll be back next year."
"It was FANTASTIC and so well organised. Such interesting talks and great food and wonderful people."
"The presentations ran back-to-back all weekends and we suffered an overload of marvellous photos and interesting talks and funny, lovely inspiring people! It's hard to imagine a world beyond travel where the real people exist with jobs and mortgages and bills..."
"I had a great weekend, and met a heap of people who I never met before, except by online."
"Had a great time. It was the first time I have attended one of these gatherings and I might say it was inspiring."
If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.
Poster in pdf format (500kb) full colour A4 Event poster:
Really Large Hi-Res Poster in pdf format (5.5 MB) Event poster
You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."
Departing or Returning?
If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?
We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.
Book your Trade Stand space
Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.
The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.
Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.
Advertise at HU Queensland
Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Queensland but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.
Beaudesert Show Grounds
49 Albert Street
Beaudesert, Queensland 4285
S 27° 59.507', E 153° 0.228'
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Head south from Brisbane along Ipswich road. Take a left onto Beaudesert road (route 13) and follow the signs to Beaudesert. Once in Beaudesert turn left in the centre of town (at the lights), keep an eye out for the show grounds on your right.
Follow the directions toward Brisbane along highway 2. Take the Beaudesert Road exit (route 13) and follow the signs to Beaudesert. Once in Beaudesert turn left in the centre of town (at the lights), keep an eye out for the show grounds on your right.
From the Gold Coast
In Nerang follow Beaudesert-Nerang road (route 90) when you reach Beaudesert look out for the show grounds on your left.
Head north along Summerland Way (route B91), turn right at the Mount Lindsey highway (route 13) and follow this to Beaudesert. Once in Beaudesert turn right in the centre of town (at the lights), keep an eye out for the show grounds on your right.
Brisbane - 80 km
Sydney - 858 km, 10 hours
Melbourne - 1630 km, 17.5 hours
Beaudesert Caravan Park
The Beaudesert Caravan Park is next door. They have one onsite cabin and 20 powered sites. Call them directly on +61 (07) 5541 1368
Local Motels and B&Bs
Annalee Motel Beaudesert
2E Telemon St Beaudesert QLD 4285
+61 (07) 5541 2766
163 Brisbane St Beaudesert QLD 4285
(07) 5541 3378
Kerry Court Motel
Albert St Beaudesert QLD 4285
+61 (07) 5541 1593
All major banks are in Beaudesert
ANZ, NAB and Bank of Queensland are nearby on Albert street
Mobile Phone and Internet Access
Telstra and Optus mobile phones and Internet work fine at the showgrounds.
Local Shops and Fuel
Supermarkets - Coles is on William St
Woolworths and Aldi are on Brisbane St
Petrol - Caltex is on Tellmon St
Bottle Shops - RSL sells takeaways
Cellarbrations can be found at Beaudesert Hotel
Beaudesert RSL (07) 5541 1810
Happy Valley Chinese (07) 5541 2044
Spice N Nice Indian (07) 5541 0919 Beaudesert Fish and Chips (07) 5541 3800 Mangiamo Italian (07) 5541 2504 Railway Hotel Steak House (07) 5541 3848 Domino's, KFC and McDonalds can be found on Brisbane Street
Any info you have on the area, rides etc, please let me know.
Shane Kuhl and Helen Black are the local hosts for this event, ably assisted by Scott & Sarah McMurtrie, Carien & Derek Swale,
John Harpour, Karen Lewis, Anthony Holzwart, Stuart Bradley and Marcos Linhares - we're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.
If you have any questions, contact Shane at sha...@landau.com.au with rideout registration, vendor, venue and speakers questions.
We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register (above)!
New to Horizons Unlimited?
Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.
Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.
You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.
We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!
If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...
Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.
Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.
Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.
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- USA Colorado: July 11-13
- Ireland: July 18-20
- Canada West: Aug 21-24
- USA North Carolina: Sept. 4-7
- Canada Ontario: Sept. 11-14
- NEW! UK - Haggs Bank: Sept. 19-21
- USA California: Sept. 25-28
- Aus Queensland: Oct 3-6
- Aus Perth: Oct 10-12
- Aus VIC: Oct 24-26
- NEW! South Africa: Nov 14-16
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Voting will commence soon for the 2015 HU Calendar winners!