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 2014 so far...
How to be a chicken in Turkey (& Iran) - A novice rides around Turkey & Iran on a cheap ebay bike
Purchasing a $1000 bike of ebay in England and riding solo around Turkey and Iran, Helen proves that you don't need expensive gear or heaps of experience to fulfill your desire for adventure. This is a humorous story of how a 'chicken' discovers amazing landscapes, friendly people and the nerve to keep going.
In her forties and after been given a double on the back of her partners bike, Helen decided this motorbiking thing was horribly scary, so she'd better be on the front!
Trevor and Rachel Skipsey
Making it up as we go along - Long distance motorcycle travel with a sense of humour (as a married couple!)
Two weeks in the Alps - Travelling the French and Italian Alps the scenic and the adventure way
My short trip through the French and Italian Alps in summer 2012 had two different targets:
Since it was my summer holiday I wanted to ride as many scenic roads as possible.
But I also wanted to gathering experience in dirt riding to be prepared for my upcoming adventure travels. The Alps gave me a perfect destination for both ....
I did two short trips on my motorcycle in Europe before I went on my one year trip around Australia. The Queensland meeting will be the end of my trip.
Note: Dominik started his Australia trip from HU Perth last year with a great send-off! Let's give him a warm welcome to Queensland and congrats!
Brian and Shirley Hardy-Rix, Aussies Overland
RTW two-up! and Roads Less Travelled London to Melbourne
Two up around the world
We rode from the bottom of South America to the top of Alaska. A lap of Western Europe and southern Africa before heading home to Australia. 16 months on the road, more than 82,000 ks through 32 countries. We crossed the Andes, deserts, visited Antarctica and Galapagos. It was the ride of our lives!
London to Melbourne on roads less travelled
We left London with a year to get home to Melbourne. We were on the Isle of Man for the TT and rode the circuit on Mad Sunday. We travelled through the European heatwave and down the Dalmatian coast, through Greece and Turkey. Into Iran and then Pakistan where we had to ride under armed guard on some dangerous roads. We rode high into the Karakoram mountains, then through Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore and home into Darwin.
Shirley and Brian have written a book about their travels: Circle to Circle - a journey through the Americas and beyond. The book will be available at the event - get your copy signed by the authors!
Stuart Ball, The Great Australian Ride
"For some of us, when a huge reality gap opens, it actually helps us to clarify our purpose in life: we get in touch with 'the big picture', we reflect on what life is all about, we connect with our true core values, and we grow and develop. We may even discover a greater cause or create a mission, which ignites our passion and gives us a sense of vitality."
"I am honoured to be part of The Great Australian Ride #4, every time I leave Cape Byron with Team GAR I am filled with immense pride and admiration for our riders. And I know that our actions will help and contribute to those families who have sadly been effected by Sids. The guys have made the ride far greater than I ever anticipated, amazing friendships have developed and for that I am indebted. Happy travels."
On the 1st October 2011 Stuart Ball founder of The Great Australian Ride rode his KTM990 Adventure motorcycle solo 6000km across Australia. This was a daring and difficult ride with many challenges and hardships along the way. Raising $5200.00 for The Children's Health Foundation to help work wonders for sick kids. Starting in Byron Bay, eastern most point of Australia and riding unassisted through The Simpson and Gibson Deserts with only a map, no GPS, no sponsor or support to reach his end goal, Steep Point in WA, the western most point of Australia.
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!
11+ years later, they finally made it, through 50 countries - Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, North and South America, with a side trip to Antarctica! Hundreds of great pics and some amazing stories!
Pocket Adventures - How to have an affordable adventure before the boss even knows you're gone!
Adventures in our our backyard, starting with a motorcycle tour of East Timor and then looking at various Internet and other resources to make travelling within Australia both exciting and affordable.
Shane describes himself as the clumsy traveller. "If one learns from their mistakes, I must be the smartest traveller in Australia. I've managed to leave parts of motorcycles in many locations in Australia."
Race around the Kimberly
Take a quick four week dash across Australia into the Kimberly and back With an unexpected month of downtime (well I am yet to officially get the time off work), I will be heading off June the 1st for a slightly mad dash across Australia to the Kimberly region in WA and back again.
With a good friend in tow with whom I have widely different travel goals, motorcycling experience, time constraints and budgets, I will lay bare in this presentation what is either going to be held up as a model of short trip planning and execution...or....a cautionary tale of what not to do.
Either way its going to be an adventure!
Not yet able to travel the world, John is a motorcycling geek who tries to combine his work travel with his two wheel addiction. Although sleeping in tents on the side of the road doesn't always go hand in hand with the corporate life John squeezes in many short motorbike trips every year in both Australia and New Zealand.
Confirmed presenters (topics TBA) include...
Scott & Sarah McMurtrie
Since HU meetings are about informing, not just inspiring, we've got a great lineup of interactive workshops for you!
Fiona McColley, Wilderness First Aid Consultants
First Aid for your adventures - how to treat common injuries that may happen when biking in remote areas.
When you travel to remote locations you need the skills and knowledge to be able to look after yourself or others if things go wrong. We will cover how to treat common injuries like fractures, problems like dental emergencies and offer practical sessions on suturing and wound management.
Fiona has lived and worked in the outdoors for over 18 years. With a B.A. in Outdoor Education, an A.A.S in Emergency Medical Science (as a Paramedic), and a W-EMTP certification she has traveled all over the globe. Her passion is helping to set up medical clinics for those in need. A love of biking, travel and adventure lead to the creation of international adventure travel company for kids, and she has presented biking safety and risk management workshops at conferences throughout the USA. Fiona has been teaching Wilderness Medicine for over 8 years.
Remote Navigation in Australia & Setting up your Spot Tracker
Remote Navigation in Australia - Using Spot Trackers, Satellite Communication, and Smart Phones to stay safe in remote Australia
Working on the assumption that I actually DO stay safe on my upcoming Kimberly adventure, we are going to be running a bunch of different technologies for location finding, tracking and communications and a short presentation on what worked and what didn't in the Australian Outback context may be useful when planning these kinds of trips.
Setting up your Spot Tracker
Spot Trackers are often used as a simple way to let those who are interested in your travels to follow along on your adventure in more or less real time.
As with any technology there is a right and wrong way to use these amazing tools. This "workshop" orientated presentation will provide a quick run through on the capabilities of the various Spot models (and similar devices) that are available along with a demonstration on how to setup Spot Tracking pages to be shared with friends and family.
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 be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes 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.
LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.
How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.
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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