HU Travellers Meeting Queensland 2013


Horizons Unlimited 10th Australia Travellers Meeting

Thursday Sep 26 - Sunday Sep 29, 2013 - Dayboro, 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.

Horizons Unlimited Queensland Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Sep 26 to Sunday, Sep 29, 2013.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Sep 26, with the first presentations beginning at 6 pm. Last presentations will be Saturday night.

There will be slide shows and tech clinics on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and all day Friday and Saturday. Come early and make it a great weekend! We recommend riding on Thursday and Sunday, and participating in the presentations and clinics in the evenings and Friday and Saturday.

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.

Sunday morning - after breakfast, no presentations are scheduled but possibly a ride-out if weather permits.

More detailed schedule will be posted at the event.

Presenters at HU Queensland 2013 include...


Heike and Filippo Fania.

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.

Heike and Filippo Fania.

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.

Heike and Filippo Fania.

Monica Joseph.

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.

Monica and Simon Joseph, Samarkand.

Monica and Simon in Samarkand

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.

Monica Joseph, crossing Mongolia.

Crossing Mongolia

Colin and Dee Masters.

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.

Colin and Dee Masters.

View from the back - what's that coming!

Peter and Kay Forwood.

Peter and Kay Forwood, 193 Countries on a Harley!

How this motorcycle became the World's Most Traveled Motorcycle!

Peter and friend in Kenya.

Peter and friend in Kenya

Kay Forwood in Gabon.

The other half in Gabon!

Andy Robinson.

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.

Andy Robinson.

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.

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!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

Linda Bootherstone-Bick.

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!

Linda Bick with kids at orphanage in Nepal.

Paul & Jan Dwyer

Paul & Jan Dwyer - Globetrekkers

Africa - How to argue from Nairobi to Cape Town!

Paul and Kan Dwyer in Africa.

Michael Alberg.

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 and Ann Alberg.

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

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!

Richard Winter and bike heading to Colombia.

Educational Sessions

Since HU meetings are about informing, not just inspiring, we've got a great lineup of interactive workshops for you!

Mike and Denise Ferris.

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.

Mike Ferris in Khardungla.

Man at work.

Sarah Taylor.

Sarah Taylor

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.

Sarah Taylor.

Jackson Allan.

Jackson Allan - The Great Gallivant

Film 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.

Jackson Allan in Moldova.

Derek Swale.

Derek Swale

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.

Derek Swale.

Derek Swale.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

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 Johnson's audience for Tire Changing at HU California meeting.

Grant's tyre changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

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!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson.

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.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

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!

Stove Cook-off - Everyone bring your stove and let's see what works - and what doesn't! The Pros and Cons of stoves, fuels and pots, recipes, pans etc

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.

Horizons Unlimited Queensland 2013 Ride-outs

Rideouts - will be 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.

A dual sport ride through Mount Mee State Forest is planned. More details to follow.

We are looking for volunteers to take a road ride over Mount Mee, Mount Glorious, Brisbane Valley etc.

Ride leaders and sweep riders wanted!

Do-it-yourself Ride information and pass information.

More ride info to come. Send in any you have!

Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend!

The Horizons Unlimited Queensland 2013 travellers meeting will be held at:

Dayboro showgrounds
Memorial Showgrounds
Corner of Don Kerr Memorial Drive and McKenzie Streets,
Dayboro, Queensland

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

Layout of venue

Dayboro showgrounds layout


Dayboro Camping

Pay the caretaker direct, we don't handle the camping fees at all. The caretaker's van is parked near the pavilion. Payment is strictly cash and correct money would be appreciated. There is no camping in the area.


  • $12 Powered Site (2 adults) There are many powered sites available in a number of places throughout the grounds. Those wishing to use powered sites need to make sure they have appropriate length power leads. The powered sites between the pavilion and the arena will be put aside for vendors.
  • $10 Non-Powered Site (2 adults)
  • $3 each for additional campers per night
  • No rooms or cabins available onsite

There is a caretaker onsite. The local police are close nearby and will come through a few times across the weekend.


For breakfast and lunch you can cook for yourself or dine at a local restaurant only a few km away.

Saturday Dinner. NOT to be missed! It will give you lots of opportunity to meet fellow travellers, and since you're eating right there on site, you won't miss any of the after-dinner slideshows. You will NOT be able to get it on the day, so order when you register!

Rough numbers needed by four weeks prior and final numbers two weeks prior. Participants may also be needed to help show society staff with serving. Special requirements such as allergies, gluten free, vegan etc must also be advised as early as possible. Additional notes in the comments box please and we'll do what we can.

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Services and get your HU $15 discount!


Join the Volunteer Crew

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.

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HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park


Be a Presenter

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).

Click here to submit your ideas

Comments about HU Events

"I don't even have plans to go ride around the world, but the presentations and people were great and you guys did an awesome job!"

"It was wonderful!! Loved the chance to rub elbows with experienced rtw'ers, and get their experiences/ views/ perspectives. The mantra I took away was 'just do it'."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

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) full colour Event poster:

HU Queensland 2013 meeting poster.

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Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition in 2013, 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.

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU Queensland 2013

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Queensland 2013 but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

Queensland 2013 Venue Location

Memorial Showgrounds
Corner of Don Kerr Memorial Drive
and McKenzie Streets,
Dayboro, Queensland

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Brisbane - 46 km
Sydney - 983 km, 12.5 hours
Melbourne - 1750km, 21.5 hours

Other Accommodation

Accommodation is available:

Each of these venues offer different styles; some cater for couples, some for families and some for groups. Dayboro is not a large town. If the address is in Dayboro, it should be within walking distance. Check when booking. If the address is Mount Mee Road, chances are it is a short but very pleasant drive/ride. I've never stayed in any or these, so cannot make any recommendations. (Shane)

Blue Ridge Lavender Farm & Retreat
Dayboro Sherree Matthews
3336 Mt Mee Road, Dayboro QLD
From $175 Double Room/Night
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1 cottage
Phone: 07 3425 1936 Mobile: 0413 458 788

Brockhurst Cabins Farmstay and Retreat
Murray and Debbie Baker
2250 Mt Mee Road, Ocean View, QLD
Phone: (07) 3425 3314
International: +61 7 3425 3314

Dayboro Cottages & Llama Walks
3229 Mt Mee Rd Dayboro QLD 4521
Phone: 07 3425 2774
Fax: 07 3425 2714 Email:

Glengariff Estate
3234 Mt Mee Rd Dayboro Valley Qld 4521 Phone:07 3425 1299 Fax: 07 3425 2255

Oceanview Estate Winery
2557 Mt. Mee Road, Dayboro QLD
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Phone: (07) 3425 3900
Fax: (07) 3425 3800

Cabins @ The View
89 Freds Road, Ocean View, QLD 4521
Phone: +61 7 3425 3221

Alternative Accommodation in and around Petrie

To get to Dayboro from Brisbane you travel through either Petrie or Samford. Petrie has several hotels and the ride from Petrie to Dayboro takes about 20 minutes on sealed roads. The Sunday Markets at the Pioneer Village are great fun and there is accommodation and a museum on-site as well.

Alternative Accommodation in and around Samford

Samford is about 20 minutes on good sealed roads from Dayboro. Samford is at the base of Mount Glorious, a famous ( or should that be infamous? ) motorcycle road.

Other Alternative Accommodation

The next towns and cities such as Kallangur, Lawnton, Strathpine, Caboolture, Woodford and Redcliffe all offer the full range of accommodation. If I was after a good ride each morning and and evening there and back, I would be looking for either Woodford and Caboolture and going over the top of Mount Mee each time.

Information about the area


No licence for this event and strictly BYO. Crown Hotel is in walking distance

There is a drinks fridge and bar there in the pavilion and you can leave your stuff there, but it will be on a non-policed honesty-scheme basis.

We should have bottled water and soft drink to sell, any profits going to the charity, Angelflight.

Closest Restaurants/Eateries

Dayboro is within walking distance and lots of options!

Pitstop Cafe is a motorcycle cafe on the tourist route of Mt Mee Rd. and has great views, coffee and other refreshments as well of lots of motorcycling memorobilia and bikes on display. it is situated at 2070 Mt Mee Rd, Dayboro. Facebook. Tell John we sent you!


There is an ATM at the IGA and one at the Crown Hotel. Otherwise there are full amenities in Caboolture, Kallangur or Petrie.

Mobile Phone and Internet Access

Telstra and Optus mobile phones and Internet work fine at the showgrounds.

Local Shops and Fuel

IGA is open seven days, time to be confirmed. Otherwise there are full amenities in either Caboolture, Kallangur or Petrie.

Within 30 minutes ride/drive Petrie, Kallangur, Lawnton and Strathpine shopping areas D'Aguliar Pub and General Store across the top of Mount Mee, but I'm not sure if this is an easy 30 minutes, never timed it before.

Petrie markets in Pioneer Village are on Sunday morning and should be interesting to some.

Pioneer Village Country Music Club quite often have some good acts.

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

Local Hosts

Shane Kuhl and Helen Black 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 Shane at 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.

Susan and Grant Johnson
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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.

HU Events Refund Policy

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 10 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 10 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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