HU Travellers Meeting Queensland 2015


Horizons Unlimited 12th Australia Travellers Meeting

Thursday Sep 24 - Sunday Sep 27, 2015 - Boonah, Queensland

You missed it! Go here for current event!

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 24 to Sunday, Sep 27, 2015.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday. HU Film Festival from 4 pm. Meet and greet from 5 to 6 pm. Dinner from 6 pm, and the first presentations beginning at 7 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.

The DRAFT schedule is available here! PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time - all the presenters are volunteers and travelling, thus they may be delayed or unable to get there. Some may have anxiety attacks and be unable to perform! ;-) And sometimes travellers show up unexpectedly with great pics and stories, so we try to fit them in! Details of changes to presentation times or other matters of note will be posted at Registration and other locations.

Presenters at HU Queensland 2015 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Georgia Melville.

Georgia Melville

From Scotland to Africa and back - 22 year old girl experiencing the world through solo motorcycle travel

"You can't go by yourself its too dangerous". A statement I found to continually come from people's mouths the minute I indulged them with my plan...

Its not until you travel that you realize how wrong other people are about other countries. I found this statement to be incredibly true after returning from my three month adventure from Scotland to Africa and back on a BMW F650 GS. Looking forward to sharing my experiences, laughing a lot and inspiring others to get on the bike and head for the horizons.

Georgia Melville and camel.

"Originally born in Scotland and migrated to Australia in 2001, I am 22 years old and work for NSW as a Paramedic. I have travelled solo the last 2 years on and off riding a BMW F650GS from Scotland to Africa and back. I ride an F800GS when I am at home and have been all over Australia and NZ exploring. I love inspiring people to ride, especially women and showing that anything is possible if you set your mind to it."

Stuart Ball.

Stuart Ball, The Great Australian Ride


Just back from the Great Australian Ride 2015 for SIDS and Kids Queensland, Stuart will have some great stories to tell!

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."

Stuart Ball, Great Australian Ride.

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.

Alan Curtis.Lyn Williams.

Alan Curtis and Lyn Williams

Moroccan Magic and Forgotten gem - Eastern Europe

Moroccan Magic

Come with us on a 3 week trip to Magic Morocco, from learning the tricks on the ferry crossing, to the Atlas mountains (2700 meters), from Sand storms to Rain storms, the magnificent gorges, the wild Atlantic Ocean and the mighty Sahara Desert at Erb Chebbi.

Lyn Williams in Morocco.

Forgotten gem Eastern Europe

Come with us on a Journey through Eastern Europe, from Motocamp Bulgaria, the border hassles into and out of Turkey. tour the Transfagara?an and the Transalpina Passes in Romania, take in the sights of Budapest, Prague, the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Slovakia and Poland, the magnificent scenery and the campsites along the way.

Alan Curtis and Lyn Williams in Romania.

Lyn and Curt left Australia on the 1st April 2014 to travel the world. They shipped to Singapore, this is where their adventure begins. Through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, airfreight the bikes to Germany, then their Europe travels began taking in most of the EU countries over the last 16 months. Seeing many amazing things, meeting great people and riding magnificent roads.

Chris and Dale Bartlett.

Dale and Chris Bartlett

OMAN: Beauty Has An Address - How Dale and Chris got 'stuck' in Oman for five years during their Overseas Odyssey. What is really so beautiful?

To travel and pass through a place is one thing. To stay, work and live in the land of another is something else. When Dale and Chris thought they would take their 1998 Moto Guzzi Quota 1100ES, find work and live in Oman for two years, little did they know their Overseas Odyssey would extend to six years and still counting!

Chris and Dale Bartlett.

The Middle East is a region like no other. Oman is a Middle Eastern country like no other. Picture deserts, camels, dishdashas and abayas, but then imagine 3000m high mountains, green and flowing waterways, friendly fun-loving locals, high quality roads well suited for motorcycles, colour, vibrancy and much, much more...

Dale and Chris Bartlett hail from Cairns, Australia. Over coffee one day, Dale said he'd like to return to Oman. Sounded like a plan, so in 2009 they sold their business, modified a 1998 Moto Guzzi Quota 1100ES, flew the bike to Dubai, then free camped to Muscat. Six years and a zillion experiences later, the couple are now living in Qatar and planning a ride from the UK back to OZ.

Peter Thoeming.

Peter 'The Bear' Thoeming, Australian Motorcyclist

Borders - The culmination of 50 years on the road

Australia's best-known motorcycle writer, Peter has written for The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Road Rider and now Australian Motorcyclist. He edited Two Wheels magazine before starting Bike Australia, Australian Road Rider and Australian Motorcyclist. Peter also authors the Hema Motorcyclist Atlas + top 200 rides of Australia.

Peter Thoeming 'The Bear' by Gretchen Beach.

Peter Jeremijenko.

Peter Jeremijenko

International Motor bike riding for Fun!

Adventures Around Europe, Asia, and Australia.

From Bergen in Norway, I had planned to ride to Paris to propose. After that the plan was to 'have no plan'... so my new Fiancee decided she would like to go to Greece. Wow! what an adventure- and home via the eastern bloc countries, a total of 25 countries. I have some advice on the best roads e.g. Dolomites and Croatian coast and the worst Roads and what not to do: e.g. put tank bag magnets next to your credit cards in a foreign land.

Peter Jermijenko.

X Stunt Rider Peter Jeremijenko tells stories about: how he accidentally rode around 25 countries in Europe and then 5 in Asia; the best Fun charity rides around Australia and how to do it all on a shoe string Budget! Jenko hopes to inspire, educate, entertain and get a few laughs.

Bundy and Tex.

Tex O'Grady

Tex and Bundy - Charity Fundraisers

Tex and his Cattle dog Bundy talk about their charity work, the adventures together as they travel the length and breadth of Australia. Also hear about Tex's successful attempt at the Around Aust' Record in 1978, 15,500 klm's in just under 9 days!

Tex and Bundy, charity fundraisers.

Tex & Bundy are a well known Australian motorcycling, charity fundraising duo. An Aussie bloke (Tex) and his stumpy tailed cattle dog (Bundy) who love & live to ride together, Tex & Bundy have ridden over 600,000km together for charity all around Australia supporting countless charities.

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!

Jacqui Kennedy.

Jacqui Kennedy, ScooterGal

Around Oz on a Postie Bike. Seriously? Go small. Go slow. You don't need a big bike - you just need to adjust your attitude.

Why on earth would someone voluntarily spend two years in the saddle of an under-powered, over-loaded little bike which steers like a washing machine on a good day.

After taking one year to cover 33,000 kilometres, Jax and Mo (the bike) were only halfway round. Find out which parts of Oz kicked their butts.

Jacqui has spent the last few years on the road, first on a scooter up the Swiss and French Alps and then on a Postie Bike circumnavigating Australia.

Jacqui Kennedy.

Trevor Gibson.

Trevor Gibson

Riding for a Cause
A Qld Road Trip on Royal Enfields: Do's, Don'ts & Why Not?

A father and son plan to ride from Brisbane to Darwin on one old and one new Royal Enfield raising funds for charity. What could go wrong?

"My son Jonathan and I set out to ride from Brisbane to Darwin on our Royal Enfield motorbikes. Jono rides a 1969 350cc Bullet and I have a 2012 500cc Chrome. Jono continued his ride overland to London while raising funds for Beyond Blue. There were many more twists and turns than we expected on this road trip and not all were the roads!

Trevor Gibson.

With no support vehicle, a swag and a tent, no dedicated GPS and a tight travel budget, this was no luxury bike tour. Self-sufficiency was the key on this 3 week, 3,600kms road trip for us as we traveled some great Queensland country roads through Gayndah in the south east to the Gillies Highway in the tropical north before tackling the Savannah Way and heading west. Lessons learned and tips for next time will be covered in this presentation."

Trevor Gibson bought his first motorbike in the early 1970's and notwithstanding a full time job and a misplaced passion for old English vehicles, be they motorbikes or cars, he is still keen to feel the wind in his face and explore the road less travelled.

Helen Black.

Helen Black and Anthony Holzwart

In search of a temple in Nepal

Renting classic Royal Enfield bikes, Anthony & Helen set off to reach a ancient temple high up in the Himalayas.

The goal - a temple in Nepal.

The goal

From crazy Kathmandu traffic to the icy valleys winds of the semi arid Annapurna valley.
With one good rider and one... well... not so experienced rider crossing boldered river beds, experiencing local village life and climbing steep rocky 'roads' / tracks, the question is, do they make it?

The road along Himalayas to get to the temple in Nepal.

The road along Himalayas to get to the temple in Nepal

Anthony has been riding bikes since he was a kid, Helen on the other hand...

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 Johnson on pipe bridge in Peru.

Grant crossing a river on a pipe bridge in Peru

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!

Workshops and Educational Sessions

...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!

Martin Livingstone.

Martin Livingstone

Preparing Your Mind, Road Food and Minimalist Touring

Preparing your mind for the road - Some helpful tips and strategies to keep a strong mindset when travelling

Adventure motorcycle travel will always come with it's share of highs and lows. This presentation will help you develop a mindset which may better allow you to keep a positive outlook and how to deal with any roadblocks along the way. It will be an interactive session and there will be opportunity for input on the audience as to their experience and their own strategies.

Road food: what works - A beginner's guide on packing food to sustain you through a trip

When travelling in remote and/or rural areas, we need to pack food to sustain us through a trip. This session will cover some important aspects of what foods are (1) easy to pack and (2) nutritionally sustainable. In addition, we will also cover the variety of cooking implements. The presentation will also contain lots of examples of meals and there will be plenty of opportunity for audience members to share their ideas.

Martin Livingstone.

Minimalist touring - Touring on a 250cc or below machine: it's not impossible!

This session will explore the world of a minimalist touring adventure (i.e. bikes 250cc and under). People may think you're crazy to tour on a small bike, but we will discuss why it can be a smart choice and why you don't need 150 horsepower to have a good time. Included in the presentation will be tips on packing light and setting up your bike.

Martin has found his love of adventure of motorcycle grow dramatically over the past couple of years. He has traveled through NSW and Vic, but is currently planning 'The Big One' for a lap around Australia.

Shane Kuhl.

Shane Kuhl

Bike Mods and Electrical Bike Workshop and Changing Wheel Bearings

Shane will do THREE technical workshops this year!

1. The bike modifications workshop, starting with the Suzuki DR800 and then moving onto other bikes.

2. Electrical bike workshop (for non CANBUS bikes):

  • Basic tools
  • Basic testing.
  • Soldering techniques
  • How to NOT set your bike on fire.

3. Changing wheels bearings. Shane will be doing the wheel bearings on the DR800. It will be a first for him on this bike and so hopefully everything goes fine. The pressure will be on as he plans to use the bike for a rideout on Sunday!

Shane Kuhl's beloved DR800.

Shane's modifications to the Suzuki DR 800 have been written up by Mark Hinchcliffe in Motorbike Writer - see here for the details!

Chris Jensen.

Chris Jensen

Novice's guide to major maintenance work

A look at my experience as a novice mechanic tackling a major mechanical job for the first time

I knew little about my R1200GS mechanically apart from changing the oil and filling the fuel. In a deranged moment of overconfidence, due to a slipping clutch, I decided to "have a go" at changing the clutch out. How hard could it be? I had most of the tools needed (so I thought). Now I know a lot more about my bike and am a hell of a lot more confident about future service work, especially after having to work on the clutch twice to get it going.

So what did I learn? Don't be afraid of the bike, tools or process and take your time if you are unsure. Manuals are helpful, blogs and forums even more so, youtube is a lifesaver, iPhone's are fantastic tool for a fading memory (yes I am an Apple fanboy) and it pays to invest in the right tools to do the job.

Chris Jensen.

Chris describes himself as: "A guy who loves to ride and isn't afraid to dive into big trips. My motto is throw the gear on the bike, take off the watch, ride and see what you find."

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 be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes 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


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.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Exhibitors Confirmed

Reiden Industries presents FootThrottle - Australian own fatigue management solution.

Australian owned Reiden Industries has developed a fatigue management solution, designed to eliminate tired, sore and tingling wrists and fingers. Keeping you in control without compromising your safety, comfort or performance. Leaving you with the ability to enjoy longer rides without stiffness or soreness in your right side.

Full demonstration of how it works, will be available for you to hop on and try it for yourself on our purpose build trailer designed to let you try it, feel it and experience it.

Dougal and Kelly Fisher have been riding motorcycles since the age of 18 years of age. We started on 250 road trail motorcycles which began our spirit for riding. Since then, we have tranistioned onto road bikes and developed Reiden Industries and FootThrottle as a result of many long trips from QLD to NSW traveling to charity events. We are passionate about riding and the comfort and safety of the journey, which was part of the developing phase of our product.

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Exhibitors please contact me for details.

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.

Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend!

NEW! Change of Venue! The Horizons Unlimited Queensland 2015 travellers meeting will be held at:

The Outlook Training and Resource Centre
4001 Ipswich-Boonah Road
Boonah QLD 4310
(07) 5463 1900

-27.988988, 152.700271

The Outlook is situated on the outskirts of Boonah approximately 70 minutes south-west of Brisbane and has been operating since 1979 as an experiential and adventure learning centre.

The Outlook, Boonah, Queensland.

Air-conditioned modern presentation rooms, great facilities for camping and catering, lots of room - we have the whole venue!

Presentation Hall, The Outlook, Boonah.

Boonah 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. The town is positioned near the Fassifern Valley, Main Range and Lake Moogerah in the beautiful Scenic Rim.

Border Ranges, Queensland and NSW.

Scenic Rim, Queensland. 

Scenic Rim, Queensland.


Boonah enjoys the subtropical climate of South East Queensland. It is relatively dry during September and averages 27°C during the day and 14°C over night.

Border Ranges - Queensland and NSW.


There are good camping facilities on site with indoor toileting facilities. Camping is $14 per person per night. You are most welcome to bring your caravan, campervan or motorhome although there are no powered sites. Camping is available from 2pm on Thursday. The site must be cleared by 11am on Sunday.  

Camping views at the Outlook, Boonah.


There is the option of room accomodation. The Outlook has dormitory style rooms, with twin beds in each and the cost is $43.00 per night, per bed. If you are on your own, you can have the room to yourself if you wish. If you are not on your own, you can share the room with your partner but be aware that the cost is per bed, not per room. The rooms don't have ensuites, you still need to go down the hall to the shower etc.

It's pay in cash when you get there and take a bed because we haven't had a chance to put this up and collect and so on. Anyhow, another option for those who do not want to camp.

Forgot to mention that the beds do comes with linen (sheets and blankets) but do not come with room service. Make your own beds and bring your own mint chocolates.




NEWS FLASH: For 2015, we have a new caterer who comes highly recommended! You have the option of pre-purchasing our fully catered dinners at $25 per meal. 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!

Thursday: Thai NightVery GC Catering examples.

  • Yellow Chicken Curry
  • Pandang Beef
  • Spicy Asian Vegetables w/ coriander and Hoi son sauce
  • Steamed Jasmin Rice
  • Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Friday: Hot Roast Dinner

  • VeryGCCatering examples. Succulent crackling pork off the bone w/ lashings of apple sauce
  • Seeded Mustard roast Beef with traditional rich meat sauce
  • Golden roasted baby potatoes in jackets
  • Sweet oven tossed Butternut Pumpkin
  • Caramelized pearl Onions
  • Melody of fresh steamed seasonal vegetables
  • Baskets of freshly baked dinner rolls
  • Cheesecake

Saturday: Italian Buffet Feast

  • VeryGC Catering examples. Italian Coriander Beef Balls in creamy Roma Tomato Sauce
  • Butternut Pumpkin & Almond Ravioli W/Roma Tomato and fresh Bush basil Sauce
  • Traditional Spaghetti Bolognaise
  • Chicken and Mushroom Tagliatelle
  • Bowls of garden Fresh Salads w/ Bulgarian Feta Kalamata olives
  • Creamy Potato Bake
  • Apple crumble and custard

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.


Member login


Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Are you an Overland Adventure Traveller?

Does the smell of spices wafting through the air make you think of Zanzibar, a cacophony of honking horns is Cairo, or a swirl of brilliantly patterned clothing Guatemala? Then this is the site for you!
Hosted by Grant and Susan Johnson, RTW 1987-1998

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.


Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details


HU Achievable Dream is Online
and available now to stream on Vimeo!

ALL 15 chapters of the HU Achievable Dream Guide are available to download on Vimeo!

Achievable Dream - The Whole Enchilada!

Binge watch over 18 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers!

"a cross between entertaining stories, tech tips, and reference guide"

"A timeless introduction to Motorcycle Adventure Travel!"

Originally launched as a 7 DVD set, The Achievable Dream series can now be downloaded anywhere. OVER 18 hours of solid info take up zero space in your panniers. How convenient!



All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.
NOTE: As an Amazon Affiliate we earn from qualifying purchases - thanks for your help supporting HU when you start from an HU Amazon link!