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Inaugural Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo opens to the public tomorrow Print
Thursday, 05 March 2015 16:32

Inaugural Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo opens to the public tomorrow

The inaugural Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo will roar into life tomorrow at the iconic Manly Boat Harbour with thousands of outdoor , 4wd and marine enthusiasts expected to attend the event this weekend (March 6-8) .

To ensure easy access for consumers, a range of transport options have been confirmed.  Trains from Central Station to Manly Train Station will run every 10-15 minutes during peak time and every 20-30 minutes during off peak.  Manly Train Station is within walking distance of the event site. 

Patrons wishing to drive to the event are encouraged to park their car at 880 Manly Road, Wakerley and board the Park N Ride Shuttle Buses. The shuttle busses will operate on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March (8.30am to 5.30pm). There will also be smaller shuttle buses picking up at designated council bus stops along Royal Esplanade between Lota and Wynnum giving people the option to park close by and catch the marked shuttle buses to the show entry.

Event Ambassador and Entertainment Coordinator Simon Christie said getting there were plenty of public transport and parking options for visitors to the event.  “Manly Boat Harbour is an easy drive from the Gateway Arterial and offers free local street parking as well as designated remote parking locations supported and free and regular shuttle buses,” said Christie.

“These options ensure that those who would like to drive,  have numerous (free on Manly Rd and a gold coin donation at 880 Manly Rd (Park and Ride location) parking options for convenient access. “Extensive public transport, a proximal railway station and a coordinated public bus service will efficiently bring any non-driving visitors swiftly to the venue. Local visitors and those parking along the Manly Esplanade will also have the option of a free shuttle bus running in regular shifts,” Christie continued.

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Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo set to bring off-road racing to Manly Boat Harbour Print
Friday, 13 February 2015 13:38

Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo set to bring off-road racing to Manly Boat Harbour

The Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo will bring two unique off-road racing features to the iconic Manly Boat Harbour foreshore for the inaugural event on March 6-8.


The Adventure Track presented by Oricom, will host the AusTruck Challenge and Queensland Quad Riders Association, with a schedule of heats for each series to be held daily as part of the event.


Featuring some of Australia's best competitors from the Extreme Winch Challenge, the AusTruck Challenge will pit drivers against the clock in a series of time trail sprints on a specially designed course featuring off camber turns, difficult terrain, moguls, wombat holes and jumps.With the tables turning on the sport, which has traditionally been dominated by males, Warwick's Emily Taylor will be behind the wheel of her pink Toyota 75 Series Cruiser while her partner Chris Cahill, who also races, assumes the role of navigator for the weekend.


Taylor, who is a regular top-ten finisher in the national competition, is looking forward to showcasing the sport to crowds at the Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo. "I am really looking forward to the event," Taylor said. "The time trial sprints are great fun and it gives me a chance to work on my speed. "Normally Chris is competing against me in his own vehicle but on that weekend he will be my navigator. "I am sure these sprints will be a big hit with the public. They can expect to see some big jumps, a few spills and a lot of loud, fast action," Taylor added.


The Queensland Quad Riders Association will field a line-up of their best racers who will go head-to-head in a series of demonstration quad races on the challenging track. Shannon Wright from the Queensland Quad Riders Association said the demonstration races would appeal to the whole family. "As a series we encourage participation by the whole family. Our junior classes start for kids from the age of four and progress right up to seniors," Wright explained. "We are really excited to be bringing our championship to the Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo. We will demonstrate safe riding and showcase many Australian championship winning riders.


"Over the three days of the Expo our riders will showcase motocross quad racing and flat-track quad racing on a course which will feature table tops, jumps, straights and turns," Wright added. The inaugural event, which encompasses the proven Explore Australia Expo and Queensland favourite, Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show, offers consumers a spy, try and buy experience, all in the one place. 

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Iconic 4x4 vehicles to feature at Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo Print
Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:32

Iconic 4x4 vehicles to feature at Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo

Some of Australia’s best 4WD vehicles will be on display at the inaugural Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo at Manly Boat Harbour on March 6-8.

The Korr Lighting Show n Shine will feature thirty of the best 4WD vehicles from Queensland and interstate, judged on the presentation of vehicles and functionality of accessories.

In a huge coup for the Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo two very special vehicles have been confirmed to perform demonstrations on the purpose built Adventure Track.

A fully restored 1978 40’s Series Landcruiser dubbed ‘THE 40” and the two-time Deni Ute Muster overall vehicle winner ‘Ned K’ based on a 1977 FJ45 will be a sight to behold.

Entertainment Coordinator, Show Ambassador and Media Partner, Simon Christie, who restored “THE 40” said it would be popular feature of the show.

“The 1978 40’s Series Landcruiser was renowned for its use in building the Snowy Mountain Scheme so it is a very recognisable model,” Christie explained.

“Both NEDK and THE40 are exceptionally capable recreational 4WD's. Expect to hear the roar of their performance V8s and watch in awe at the spectacle of them tackling some of the Adventure Track obstacles.

"No where else in Queensland will you see two such highly recognised and awarded vehicles, not just parked on show but actually in action. For any real off road enthusiast, having both of these seriously engineered vehicles at the Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo is a real treat," Christie added.

A full schedule for the Adventure Track, which will also host test drives, demonstrations and entertainment, will be released in the coming weeks.

The inaugural event, which encompasses the proven Explore Australia Expo and Queensland favourite, Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show, offers consumers a spy, try and buy experience, all in the one place.

Visitors to the Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo will have the chance to win a 4x4 and marine package valued at $10,000 thanks to Narva and Boating and RV.

All ticket purchasers will recieve an entry form for the competition which can be lodged in the entry boxes located at the Narva or Boating and RV stands at the show.

The Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo is supported by key community groups within both the marine (Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club) and 4wd (FWD Queensland) sectors as well as the Brisbane City Council, Transport & Main Roads and the Manly Village Chamber of Commerce.






For further information regarding the Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo visit www.4x4andMarineExpo.com.au

 

 
Free sailing experience for kids at the 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show Print
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:24

Free sailing experience for kids at the 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show


• Register your children for a FREE sailing experience by following the link via:  www.qld.yachting.org.au

Marine Queensland has teamed up with Yachting Queensland and the Discover Sailing program to offer free sailing experiences for children at the 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show, from March 6 – 8 at Manly Harbour, Brisbane.


“The Discover Sailing Tackers program is a great way to get kids out on the water and educate them about the sailing program in a safe and controlled environment, ” said Ben Callard, the Executive Officer of Yachting Queensland. “Yachting Queensland and Discover Sailing are thrilled to be attending the 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and it’s great that the organisers have bought the show to the water – where we can educate young children and adults in the environment of the industry, it’s perfect.”  Callard said.


In addition to free sailing experiences, there will also be an interactive Kids Zone, with a variety of fun, water-based games, activities and entertainment across the three-day program.   


The one of a kind Yamaha Supertank will also be on display, giving spectators a fish eye view of the world that lives beneath their boats and fishing gear. The Yamaha Supertank is a giant 15-metre long, transparent mobile fish tank harbouring natural habitat and loads of fish.


Fishing experts Brett Thomson and Michael Cooke will host demonstrations from aluminium boats inside the Supertank for all to see. They will show spectators how fish react to different types of fishing lures currently on the market.


The 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show is guaranteed to be a fun day for the whole family.


Tickets are on sale now; with the adult ticket price just $13 and children under 15 FREE when accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets to the 2015 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle show please follow the link via: www.tinnietackle.com.au


To register your children for a FREE sailing experience please follow the link via: www.qld.yachting.org.au

 
Marine Expo and Tiinie and Tackle Show 2015 Print
Monday, 02 February 2015 09:51

The Australian 4x4 and Marine Expo, which incorporates the iconic Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show and Explore Australia Expo will take place from an all-new on water location this year – the Manly Harbour, Brisbane from March 6 – 8.

“The new on water location will allow us to showcase the Marine Industry in its natural environment with the perfect backdrop of the Manly Harbour,” Marine Queensland’s CEO, Don Jones said. “We are able to deliver a hands on event, with interactive displays, educational platforms and a range of on water demonstrations,” he continued.

Whether you are a super keen fisherman, an outdoor adventure lover, a well-travelled 4x4, novice adrenalin junkie or love nothing more than taking your boat to the open water, Brisbane’s biggest outdoor expo has something for everyone in the family.

The 2015 program includes the popular Engel Fishing stage with a panel of well-known industry experts, the Downtown Toyota On Water Demo Zone, the Yamaha Supertank, a seafood cooking station and for the first time, free introductory sailing lessons for children thanks to Yachting Queensland and the Discover Sailing Program.

 This free activity will be positioned on the water of the Manly Harbour precinct, giving children the opportunity to learn the ropes of sailing in a safe environment with experts.

“The Manly Harbour precinct and surrounds offers a fantastic family destination – within close proximity to Brisbane’s CBD. With pristine waterways, family parks and a great café and restaurant hub, it is a true destination and ideal venue for such an event that caters to all outdoor recreational enthusiasts,” said Marine Queensland’s CEO, Don Jones.

Tickets are on sale now; with the adult ticket price just $13 and children under 15 free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information and ticket purchasing details, please visit: www.tinnieandtackle.com.au

 
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