Necessity is the mother of invention - especially in the country - and when the drought prevented the Crows Nest Trailride fundraiser from taking place in both 2017 and 2018, the Crows Nest State School P&C decided to take a different tack.
"Because of the drought we don't have access to the normal areas of land." says Trail Boss Brian Burton. "We have to look after our land-holders because they're all farmers, but our kids like nothing like more than to see all the people come from Brisbane and ride here, so we found a way they won't miss out."
The answer was a two-part family fun event - a collaboration with the Crows Nest Pony Club to turn the club's land into a small-course motorcycling fun park for the weekend of February 16 and 17, and a scenic, 80k, high-country dirt road adventure ride for the registered bikes/licenced riders.
The joint venture packs the 80-acre pony club land with a 600m PeeWee track, 3km novice trail loop, novice motocross track, as well as a 2km Enduro-X track that includes a rock-box, criss-cross logs and much more(and every obstacle has a B-line just in case).
The enduro-x course is largely shaded, while spectator viewing points will provide hours of entertainment.
There's also a gymkhana event where you can try your hand at looping, the slow course or the clover course (barrel racing). It's a novelty event for every rider to try.
The other advantage of accessing the pony club grounds is access to full amenities including toilets, hot showers and canteen to add some relative luxury to the camping experience.
For more information, hit the Crows Nest Trail Bike Ride Facebook page, or please contact Brian Burton on 0427 127 388.