Planning ahead - Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting, Cavendish Victoria, 11-13 October 2013

In 2013 we are planning two Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings. The first is in Dayboro, Queensland and the second is in Cavendish Victoria. Some details to hand at this point from the meeting organizers:

On behalf of the people of Cavendish we would like to invite all World Motorcycle Travellers (or those planning to travel) to our town next October.  This will be our first HUBB meeting and the first one in Western Victoria and we are planning to have a good time.

Date                Friday the 11th to Sunday the 13th, 2013
Place                Cavendish Recreational and Camping Ground
37°31’21.85”S. 142°02’35.76”E
Cost                $
Saturday night meal        Pay at time of ordering meal.
Camping fees        Pay caretaker on arrival (currently $6 per person per night)

Cavendish is a small town of about 150 people, we have a hotel called the Bunyip Hotel a Post Office and a hall;  the only shop closed down some time ago.  The people of Cavendish are a very friendly and helpful and in the past have hosted over 300 Ulysses members at the camping ground.

The Bunyip Hotel is open 7 days a week and serves amongst other things tea/coffee, light refreshments and meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

For food and fuel the nearest town is Hamilton (about 30km to the south).

There are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area. Cavendish has the Settler’s Walk which is well worth walking, including an old jail and a settler’s cottage (about 1.2 km total length) and is a short walk from the camping area.  Nearby are the Grampian Mountain Ranges and the Black Range.  At this time of the year many flowers and other fauna are to be found, many are only found in this area.  To the south is Port Fairy (stop on the wharf for fish and chips) and Portland.  The area to the south is also an old volcanic area featuring extinct volcanos, lava flows and lava tubes.

The camping area is a very large public camping ground with a limited number of powered sites.  As you enter the camping area it is fairly level with the powered sites nearby.  You can camp here or you can go over the cattle/sheep crossing and down the hill to a very picturesque area on the Wannon River and camp near the river (you may need mosquito nets).  The showers/toilets are at the top near the Cavendish Football Club rooms which we will be using for the forums etc.  There is also a camp kitchen consisting of a covered area with a bbq and dish washing facilities.

Local service clubs and associations will cater at the Football Club rooms from Friday morning to Sunday midday;  they will provide breakfast, lunch and tea and other light refreshments.

Itinerary for the weekend

Friday            meet and greet

Saturday        Forums (to be announced)

Saturday night    Social meal (at the Bunyip Hotel, short walk from the camping area).  We are planning on booking the hotel out, so please indicate when booking whether you want to have a meal (it is a good quality pub meal)

Sunday        Rides - 2 to pick from

Ride 1, Bitumen.  Byaduk caves or Mt Eccles National Park, explore the local volcanic places of interest.

Ride 2, Hard packed gravel and some sand.  Visit local native paintings and a short scenic walk in the Black Ranges.

We are looking forward to meeting everyone

Anthony and Janet Morrison

And some photos of the area: