Welcome to Sydney Cyclist and the Touring & Camwest groups, Jo.
Hope to see you on another ride (maybe a tour?) soon.
I'm happy to organise a local 2 or 3 day tour if you (or anyone else) wants to try a short tour.
If interested, I'm planning to do a ride with Faye and maybe a few others this Saturday, starting at Vineyard Station at 8am. I'll be riding from Rooty Hill, leaving around 6.45am if you'd like to extend the ride. See http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Vineyard-Mitchell-loop. A few short sections of gravel road.