Scenic Rim veterans enjoy a Tamborine Village tank ride.

TANKED: The Scenic Rim veterans enjoyed touring the Tank Ride facility.
TANKED: The Scenic Rim veterans enjoyed touring the Tank Ride facility.

SCENIC Rim veterans who are part of an informal support group in Beaudesert have enjoyed a trip to Tank Ride, a Tamborine-based facility that allows visitors to see, touch and try a variety of wartime vehicles.

Tank Ride owner Tim Wood described the facility as a "live museum".

"We have a collection of more than 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers as well as bikes, trikes, trucks and wartime memorabilia from across the world," he said.

"Everything here is operational, available for rides."

Mr Wood said the veterans group was able to reminisce about their own experiences with the vehicles.

This Centurion gun tank had no problem with mud.

This Centurion gun tank had no problem with mud.

Spokesman for the veterans Peter Rewko said the group started with a coffee catch-up in Beaudesert earlier this year and evolved quickly, with more people joining and meeting up for lunch and regular outings.

Mr Rewko said the group was comprised of professional servicemen who had served in conflicts including Vietnam, Cambodia, Somalia and Iraq, with the oldest member being in his 80s and the youngest in his 40s.

He said the core group of about eight veterans met once a week and gave members an outlet that had not been provided by the RSL Sub-Branch.

"We don't have a president or a constitution and we don't raise funds from the community," he said.

The last operational Centurion bridge-laying tank in the world is at Tamborine.

The last operational Centurion bridge-laying tank in the world is at Tamborine.

Mr Rewko said the idea that all veterans were suffering from PTSD was a misconception.

"Certainly there are some of us who do have PTSD and many had problems with post-military adjustment but in our group most of us are broken -  physically injured as a direct result of our years of service."

Mr Rewko said the group allowed members to enjoy camaraderie, humour and the ability to speak freely.

"We talk about things we would never speak about in public, I don't think people would understand our humour," he said. 

The group enjoyed the opportunity to revisit the military vehicles at Tank Ride.

"The next nearest place you can see them is at the tank museum in Cairns, so it's unbelievable that this place is so close to us," he said.

"The place is a hidden gem really - it's not every day you get to ride in a tank."

Bookings for Tank Ride can be made at tankride.com.au