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Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Seventh Annual Australia Meeting, Cooroy, Qsld

April 23-25, 2010

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Why Come to a Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers Meeting?

You can meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or Africa or across Asia, or even around the world! Admit it, all your 'normal' friends and most of your family fears for your sanity! So, this is your opportunity to meet the people who will encourage you in that craziness, share their experiences and advice on how to do it, and maybe you'll meet them again in Mongolia or Timbuktu!

Crocs are here!

  • Discussion Thread for this event. See who went, what happened, photos and plan for next year!

Event posters!

Want to know what people thought of other HU Meetings? Is it worth coming to the Meeting?

"I'm so looking forward to another UK meet. My only problem is that I simply can't get to every talk I want, such is the amount of terrific presentations on offer. Each year I've been astonished at how articulate, intelligent, informative and entertaining the speakers are. I'm willing to help with anything that doesn't keep me from a talk - and my timetable will be full to bursting!"

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up on Friday afternoon, meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech clinics are planned throughout the meeting, starting Saturday, possibly something Friday night. More Detailed Schedule here.

We can always use some help! If you want to assist, please sign up to volunteer to assist on the day or here for advance work or to ask questions. Thanks!

 

2010 Speakers and Tech Clinics:

  • GPS - what's it good for?
    • Andrew Roberts
      Instructional session and discussion
  • Russia!
  • RTW once is not enough
    • David and Cheryl Laing
      Introduction, top 10 hints, then a Q and A session
  • RTW by Vstrom
    • Richard Winter
      The Americas, from Prudhoe Bay to Ushuaia
  • 4 years on the Road
  • Maleny to Mullingar
    • Ken Taylor
      Australia to Ireland on a $500 Honda Transalp
  • Canada-USA-Mexico
    • Errol Goodenough
      Tim Hortens-Maccas-Tacos & other atrocities
  • Intro to GPS navigation
    • Andrew Roberts
      Basics of GPS navigation
  • Packing Demo
    • Glen Cochrane and Leeanne Holden
      Squeezing it all in
  • Sumatra Touring
    • Marcus Phillips
      Cruising the high road, Indonesia
  • Asia/Middle East
    • Haydn and Diane Durnell
      Nepal to Jordan 2010, Off the beaten track
  • Eurasia 09 - Turning Dollars into Dust!
    • Dennis Barber
      Solo journey in 5 months through 23 countries on an 18 year old Boxer
  • Stove Cook-off
    • Everyone bring your stove and lets see what works - and what doesn't!
      The Pros and Cons of stoves, fuels and pots, recipes, pans etc
  • Bedding Discussion
    • Discussion in the camping area
      What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you warm and comfy!
  • Tent Discussion
    • Discussion in the camping area
      What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry and comfy!
  • Breakdown Diagnostics
    • The bikes stopped at the side of the road. :(
      Now what?
  • For Women Only
    • Panel discussion.
  • Tire Changing!
  • And more how-to's of course!
  • Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

 

Rideouts

Rideouts - limited to 10 people per ride per group.

Guy Basile knows all the tiny paths back to front, and will be organizing mud maps with points of interest and food and petrol stops. Sign up to ride on the day.

Vendors

The following companies will be on site with products and have generously donated raffle prizes. Vendors can register here, or if you have any questions, please contact me for details.

  • Bike Her - Motorbike clothing & accessories for women who ride
  • MT Downunder - Lachlan Campbell will be there to show you the latest Jesse Luggage products.
  • Motorcycle Adventure Products - Suppliers of quality motorcycle accessories for adventure, cruising, commuting, sport & touring
  • Team moto - New and Used motorcycles, parts & accessories, riding school
  • Moto Components - Distributors of motorcycle parts and accessories - suspension, tool boxes, fasteners, specialty components
  • Tyres for Bikes - Road and off road tyres
  • Coastline BMW - Motorcycle Division
  • Aussie Biker Industries - Tours and rentals, importers of AirHawk Comfort Seating Systems, Rivco Products for Triumph cruisers, Rain-Off overgloves

Contributors

The organisers also wish to express our thanks to the following companies, who have generously donated raffle prizes or products/services to help make this event happen!

  • Touratech Australia - World’s leading accessory manufacturer for the touring, rally and adventure motorcycle market.
  • ARB 4x4 accessories - Built for the harsh conditions of the Australian Outback, ARB's 4x4 accessories are designed tough to withstand the extremes faced by enthusiasts the world over.
  • Andy Strapz - Straps, panniers, bags, clothing, bike covers, secure luggage, travel accessories, gloves
  • Trailbike Adventure Magazine - Magazine and website
  • City Hire - Event and party specialists

Schedule

It's all over!

Registration is over!

2011 Event is in the planning stages, information to come as soon as we know. See the Meetings index page for details on all events.

You can help!

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 approx) full colour HU Australia Travellers Meeting poster. (You may need to right click and choose "save target as...")

Thanks for the help!

The Meeting Location for 2010

Near Cooroy, Queensland.

The closest town is Cooroy, and Noosa for all types and prices. Noosa is more of a resort town with beaches etc. Cooroy is a country town.

There will be signs along the road as you approach the area to get to the exact spot. Watch for the HU logo!

We're at:

Riders Rest
699 Cooroy - Noosa Road
Cooroy
QLD 4563

For maps, GPS etc see below: "Maps"

We have several large buildings on the property available as shelter, work area etc. There will be a large Marquee for presentations. Also extra toilets.

Caution - crocs!

Pond in the campground

Campground

Campground

facilities

Toilet block

Maps

Distances:

Brisbane - Cooroy: 132km, 2 hrs 16 mins
Sydney - Cooroy: 1114km, 14 hrs 52 mins
Melbourne - Cooroy: 1935km, 23 hrs 51 mins

GPS Coordinates of Site

S26 24.044 E152 57.863

GPS Coordinates of closest town, Cooroy

S26 25.025 E152 54.634

Camping

  • One price, only $10 per night per person, no reservations required. (Not included in registration fee, so only campers pay)
    • Pay on the day
    • Huge grassy field right at the meeting room, which will be a large marquee. We also have several large sheds available if needed.
  • Showers onsite.

Other Accommodation

Links to local Hotels and Motels

Budget Accommodation is available in Cooroy (about 7 km from the HU Meeting Site)

Cooroy Motel & Caravan Park
30 Elm Street, Cooroy
PH 07 54476444

and 5.5 km in the other direction towards Tewantin is the

Bougainvillia Holiday Park (Big 4)
141 Cooroy-Noosa Road,
Tewantin
PH1800 041444 0754471712

Royal Mail Hotel (8.5 km from HU Meeting Site)
120 Poinciana Avenue,
Tewantin
PH 07 54471644
$50.00 Single $60.00 Double $70.00 Family

More expensive and upmarket accommodation is available at

Cooroy Country Cottages
532 Black Mountain Road
PH 07 54426819

Cudgerie Homestead
42 Cudgerie Drive,
Cooroy
PH 07 54426681

The Plantation
142 Mary River Road,
Cooroy
PH 07 54477476

There is so much accommodation available in Tewantin/Noosa that it is probably best to contact a local accommodation centre: Noosa Accommodation Centre, Noosaville. PH 1300790830, or use an online accommodation booking service.

Information about the area

Closest Hotels & Bottleshops

Victory Hotel (7 km from the HU Meeting Site)
38 Maple Street,
Cooroy
PH 07 54476355

Royal Mail Hotel (8.5 km from the HU Meeting Site)
120 Poinciana Avenue,
Tewantin
PH 07 54471644

BWS (7km from the HU Meeting Site)
Shop 3, Outlook Shopping Centre St Andrews Drive,
Tewantin
PH 54741466

Closest Grocery Stores

Lukes Super IGA (7 km from the HU Meeting Site)
3 Emerald St,
Cooroy

Noosa Outlook IGA (7.5 km from the HU Meeting Site)
63 St Andrews Drive,
Tewantin

Woolworths Tewantin (8.5 km from the HU Meeting Site)
Blakesley Street

Closest Restaurants/Eateries (7 km from the HU Meeting Site)

Suko Thai Restaurant, at the Bowls Club
5 Opal Street
Cooroy QLD 4563
07 5472 0228
Owner is a rider! :) Open for evening meals from 5pm Tuesday to Sunday

Bistro Bistro
2A Emerald Street,
Cooroy
PH 0754477144

Cooroy RSL
25 Maple St,
Cooroy
PH 07 54476131

Peter’s Café
2 Emerald St,
Cooroy
PH 07 54425588

Tramcars
Maple Street,
Cooroy
PH 0408 351486

Victory Hotel
38 Maple Street,
Cooroy
PH 07 54476355

Eagle Boy Pizza Shop
1 24 Cedar St,
Cooroy
PH 07 54720860
ORDERS 131433

Ploy Thai Restaurant
16 Maple St,
Cooroy
PH 07 54425549

Reel a Pizza (5.5 km from the HU Meeting Site)
141 Cooroy Noosa Road,
Tewantin
07 54556022

Royal Mail Hotel (8.5 km from the HU Meeting Site)
120 Poinciana Avenue,
Tewantin

Other Useful Information

RACQ
Noosa Civic Shopping Centre
28 Eenie Creek Road,
Noosaville
PH 07 54424666

RACQ Road Side Assist
PH 131905

Cooroy Doctors Surgery
8 Emerald St, Cooroy
PH 07 54426833 AH 0408 713395

Maple Street Surgery
46 Maple St,
Cooroy
PH 07 54476644

Noosaville 7 Day Medical Centre
(The Homemaker Centre)
Cnr Thomas & Mary Streets,
Noosaville
PH 07 54424922

Cooroy Amcal Pharmacy
3 Emerald Street,
Cooroy
PH 07 54476899

Tewantin Amcal Pharmacy Shop
3 99 Poinciana Avenue,
Tewantin
PH 07 54497899

Noosa Hospital
111 Goodchap St,
Noosaville
PH 07 54559200

Nambour Hospital
Hospital Road,
Nambour
PH 07 54706600

Eumundi Markets

Any info you have on the area, rides etc, please let me know.


Local Motorcycle Clubs and Dealers

The Wild Geese Motorcycle Club: "...a multi-national, multi-skilled, multi-lingual, multi-talented, non-political, non-sectarian bunch of bike-loving bikers"

Ulysses Club Queensland Branches


Local Hosts

Danielle Murdoch, Glen Cochrane, and Guy Basile, (plus a lot of others) are the local hosts for this event - 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 with rideout registration, vendor, venue and speakers questions.

We can use help on the day too in order to make it all work smoothly and keep the costs down! If you want to join in the fun, please sign up to volunteer to assist on the day.

Editors note:
We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.
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