East coast 2020 gathering

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05 Nov 2019 12:00 #1 by Harry
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Well it is that time of the year again
Steve Oka 393 asked me if there was going to be a gathering in 2020
Anyone got any suggestions?????

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02 Dec 2019 07:41 #2 by Tim R
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Hi Harry
what about Fry's Hut or Pineapple Flat great large camp areas on the Howqu ?

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02 Dec 2019 23:11 - 02 Dec 2019 23:31 #3 by Rick Whitworth
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Fry's and Pinapple both great spots
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03 Dec 2019 03:53 #4 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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Might we be better to delay it until later in the year to cooler weather and have it somewhere more central like in NW NSW or western Qld so that it is more central and possibly more of the South Australians and Queenslanders could attend.
It would then be a truer East coast get together rather than a Victorian with a few NSW or a NSW with a few Vics and Qlders.
Australia Day weekend is always very warm which in turn means we have to head to the higher altitudes or somewhere with water as does most of the population at that time of year.
Maybe we should also try to organise a National one down the track in Central Australia? Holmz?

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03 Dec 2019 04:11 #5 by 210greg
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also have issue with fires don't think I would like to venture to far into the bush this summer

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03 Dec 2019 15:29 #6 by Paul Scherek
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Agree with both Peter and Greg. The traffic at that time of year is also a pain - and it would be nice to locate it more 'National Friendly'.
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04 Dec 2019 05:59 #7 by Harry
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Sounds like a plan
Pick a date and a place and let’s
Lock it in ( Eddie ) ha ha
Hay NSW might be an idea ???
Sandy Point Reserve
Meriola Point Reserve
Just for thought as it would be more central for NSW / VIC / SA and others that want to attend
Cheers

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04 Dec 2019 07:09 #8 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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I was thinking of somewhere more central to all 4 states like around Louth NSW which is pretty much equidistant from the three eastern state capitals and Adelaide.
But not worth doing that until the drought breaks as it is extremely dry out there.

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12 Dec 2019 17:48 #9 by Lang
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I remember working out the most central point from every capital city is Currawinya National Park near Hungerford. I was there last week with my grandson (in the Nissan Patrol Ute). It is famed as one of the best bird places in Australia, Unfortunately in this drought everything was dry so only the usual desert birds. If there is water in the big lakes - one salt and one fresh - as there usually is, it is teeming.

Hungerford and the 130 year old pub is a destination in itself. From Bourke for the souherners and Cunnamulla for the northerners. From memory exactly the same distance for Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. A couple of hundred more for Melbourne and Alice Springs (via Plenty).

Lang

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12 Dec 2019 18:10 #10 by Holmz
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Peter and Sandra OKA 374 wrote: Might we be better to delay it until later in the year to cooler weather and have it somewhere more central like in NW NSW or western Qld so that it is more central and possibly more of the South Australians and Queenslanders could attend.
It would then be a truer East coast get together rather than a Victorian with a few NSW or a NSW with a few Vics and Qlders.
Australia Day weekend is always very warm which in turn means we have to head to the higher altitudes or somewhere with water as does most of the population at that time of year.
Maybe we should also try to organise a National one down the track in Central Australia? Holmz?


It is a bit warm in the centre, and I probably have less knowledge than average on the centre.
But the idea sounds good.

As Sean needs to get his & Yasmin's vehicle over, I was looking at this post to see if dates fit ;)

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15 Dec 2019 16:51 #11 by Peter Davis
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I would of thought around March/April would be ok for camping near Hungerford. Pick a date and I'm sure people will turn up.

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15 Dec 2019 18:30 #12 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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The big problem is Peter that there has been no rainfall for a few years and none expected in the near future so it is very very dry out there at the moment.

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15 Dec 2019 21:39 #13 by Holmz
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Peter and Sandra OKA 374 wrote: ...
Maybe we should also try to organise a National one down the track in Central Australia? Holmz?


How does one organise a club in Au with insurance etc?
We may need to form an OKA-ASP club to manage these things...

Are any OKA owners in central Au this week?

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16 Dec 2019 04:05 - 16 Dec 2019 04:18 #14 by Lang
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The Long Range Maranoa Rain Forecast (Includes Currawinya) is slightly below average for January and above average, including a couple of "Well Above" months for the entire year.

We did get a few heavy showers in the area when out there a couple of weeks ago but very local. Far from getting the creeks flowing.

Holmz

I think the OKAroos are a pretty independent bunch and it would be like herding cats trying to have a rigidly organised event. There is no club at the moment so no liability, committees, bumph-churning secretaries and more importantly, rules. The forum gives everyone contact and advice (the kids would call it an e-club) and it has been proven that very simple and polite to and fro on the forum has created good roll-ups for several years.

If you have a beaut Central Australian idea I am sure you will get a good idea of attendance from the posts. I certainly would look at supporting a gathering anywhere agreed by the mob, as in the past.

Lang
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16 Dec 2019 08:29 #15 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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As Lang said it was decided many years ago to avoid having a "club" as such as it avoids all the legal stuff.
Those that were at Geehi a few years ago where we had discussion with the NPWS rangers who were upset that we didn't advise them that a club was visiting the park on the Australia day weekend couldn't get their head around that "nobody" organised it and "nobody" knew how many were attending. As Lang said it was just announced that from X date until X date Oka's were welcome at X and nobody ever knew how many were attending etc as there was no formal organisation.
Oka owners from say Melbourne might have an idea who from that area was attending but nobody would know exactly who was coming from where as it was just usually word of mouth/internet.

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19 Dec 2019 10:04 #16 by Dodge47
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Hi all A’s new OKA owners we would be up for a Hungerford visit, we’ve stayed at 10 mile bore just north of Hungerford a few times in the past. It used to have a tank and plenty of bore water flowing into a small lake last time we were there.

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21 Dec 2019 19:41 #17 by Lang
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As of two weeks ago the bore and tanks are still OK but the little lake - a couple of hundred metres across at the best of times, was only half full. The bore is actually on about 50 acres of public land near the road and not part of the park so you can have good camping without approvals,

Lang
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30 Dec 2019 08:58 #18 by Peter and Carla #396
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Carla and myself are at Lake Cargelligo.
I think it would make an excellent location for the 2020 gathering as it is central to Sydney Melbourne and Adelaide (sorry Queensland)
There is still plenty of water in the lake,excellent swimming and 2 large camping areas on the shore to choose from.
I suggest we make it on Wed 4th March as it would be good swimming weather still and then a easy travel to Corowa for those who are going to the military gathering.
What do you all think?
Cheers Peter

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30 Dec 2019 09:25 #19 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
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Sounds good, might be a bit cooler by then too and you never know it might rain as well!

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30 Dec 2019 10:10 #20 by Harry
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Sounds like a plan I like it
All the very best for the year 2020 guys travel safe and keep healthy cheers

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