7 day High country trip

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7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 1st, 2011, 9:15 am

Finally, I can stop dreaming & start packing. My wife & I (& the dog) planned to do this trip a few months ago but the rain set in. I let a bunch of mates know too, now only one can make it. He's in a new 79 series ute with a canopy all decked out for the desert, ya know; HF, water tank, etc. I'm in a 78 series troopy, also with the usual recovery gear (except a drag chain & hi lift jack but he's got that covered) & we both have diff locks. So on the 3rd we head for Walhalla making our way to Licola then we go up Butcher country & decide on Zeka Spur or Snowy Bluff to get to Wonnangatta (I'm hoping for Snowy so I can see Howitt Hut & the Pinnacles). Next stop is Dargo, from here we just guess our way with maps to Omeo. This area is new to us & should be a highlight, once we get there we'll make our way along the Great Alpine Road to Mt Hotham & go check out Blue Rag & some of the other stuff near Harrietville. Then we're going through Bright to turn up Buckland valley, on to the Abbeyards & the back of Mt Cobbler to get to Bindaree Falls & Craig's Hut via Monument Track, we then have to go to Mt Buller because the Circuit is closed at both sides of Mt Stirling ( I was in Mansfield last week & I got a list of all closed trails from the info centre). I think we'll be just about out of time when we get to Mansfield so the rest is black top to get home.

I'll post a ton of pics in a few weeks

& Happy new year :drink:
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by oneills » January 1st, 2011, 4:49 pm

Sounds great :-)
Girlfriend and i are headed to same areas on Monday as well. Will be starting at Walhalla and heading up through Donelly's Ck to Licola then to LOst Plain (Kellys Lane) then across to the Pinnicles then not sure. Either down Billy Goats Bluff to Dargo or Down towards Briagalong. Just had new tyres fitted to the 100 series cruiser and want to see how they perform :-)

Have a great trip....might see you along the trails.

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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Agent 13 » January 1st, 2011, 5:11 pm

Tomactroop wrote: decide on zeka spur or snowy bluff to get to wonnangatter (Im hoping for snowy so I can see Howit hut & the pinnicls).
That'd be Billy Goat Bluff? ;)
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 2nd, 2011, 9:22 am

I stand corrected, it is Billy goat bluff :o .

Change of plans
We're now driving straight to Licola to save time & avoid any bush traffic, & because at Omeo we go east heading for Suggan Buggan . It would've been good to catch up on the trails oneills. Feel free join us if you want, or I'll PM you for the next one, though I doubt it will be a 7 day. I was looking forward to Blue rag, Bright, Buller etc, but then I'v never been past Dargo, so that will be a whole new aera. A bad day in the bush is better than a good day at work :p

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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Agent 13 » January 2nd, 2011, 9:33 am

Yeah its a common problem for High Country trips! Where to go and how long it will take. Sounds like you have a plan.
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by 60kroozer » January 5th, 2011, 2:16 pm

just came back from up there..( see report in forum) and the traffic is starting to slow down again.. not too much in the way of 4x4's compared to last week anyways...
hope you enjoy it and have fun.. PM me next time your going and we'll see if we cant organise a trip online for this year some time.

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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by VB » January 5th, 2011, 5:08 pm

I am doing a horse ride from Stratford to the Mountain Cattlemen's Get Together at Hinnomunjie leaving on Sat 8th and arriving for the Get Together on Friday 14th.
Day 1 is from Stratford to Cobbannah along the Insolvent Track. Day 2 takes us in to Dargo where we have a rest day for the cars and floats to catch up. Day 3 to Mathieson's Flat on the Upper Dargo Rd. Then we go straight up the hill from the river along the Old Stock Route to Dog's Grave for the night. The next night we end up at Omeo in the caravan park for a well earned shower!! The last day is a short ride out to Hinnomunjie, then the fun begins at the Get Together!!
So for the week, I will be 4 hoof riding rather than 4 wheel driving, but still a great way to see the bush! If you come across a party of about 20 riders, stop off and say g'day! And if you aren't doing much on the weekend of the 15th & 16th, come along to the Get Together! A fun time is guaranteed!!

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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 8th, 2011, 10:29 pm

Wow, what a trip. I got home today at 12.10 in the morning, got about 300 pics to upload to photobucket. Im still a bit tired so I'll chuck em on in a few days.

VB, you should like the pics of the Brumbys we had at the Playground camp site on Cobbler track, there must be thousands of wild horses around there, judging be all the poo on the trails.

60kroozer, thats sounds great, lets set up a trip in the near future :thumb:
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 9th, 2011, 10:09 pm

Well the the trip was cut short by 2 days, but It was still a good run & Im not complaining. We started In the usual way...on the black stuff, witch got us to Licola at approx 10.30am with a few stops along the way. It was a change for me as I'v only been there on my trail bike via the bush. Then we took Heyfeild Jamieson rd to a little track that cuts down to Glencairn licola rd (that changes to Middle ridge rd) & turned right at Bull plain rd. Now the good stuff was just around the corner, Black soil tk was the next right & we only covered about 1 klm before we stoped to drop the tyres to 25psi & switch to 4wd. After traversing down the dry & dusty trail for roughly 5ks you pop out to Macalister river.
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There's a few crossings that are all easy but very rough. Around 8ks you meet a trail on your right called Butcher country tk & we stoped for some senic pics about 3ks up.
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For the first time I needed both lockers & 1st low In some places on this one.
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I no it dosn't look steep but trust me it is. We ended up camping just off the trail at the top in the high plains, it was very cold.
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 9th, 2011, 10:25 pm

Day 2; In the morning we when't to Howit hut before going down Zeka spur tk to get to Wonnangatter, & met a convoy Queenslanders going the other way. Zeka wasn't as bad as I thought, because I'd only done it on a bike.
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After the orignial Wonnangatter Homestead was burnt in the late 60s a Hut was built with the remaining tin
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& the Widowmaker is just behind the hut to the right
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Then we back tracked to the cemetery
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This ones looking back from the cemetery
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 9th, 2011, 10:55 pm

Now we turned back down the valley heading for Humffrey tk witch has some easy river crossings. (3rd gear pinned haha)
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Not long after we turned right up Wombat range tk, this trail had some very tuff spots where you could see others had a lot of trouble & while climbing these sections there's a crazy, almost sheer drop on the passengers side, so my wife wouldn't take any pics until we got to the top.
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From hear it's a casual up & down trail to Cynthia range tk where some of the ups & downs get a little more steep, but generaly a good dry surface.
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 9th, 2011, 10:59 pm

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We've taken these pics from approx 1k back
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From here we go all the way to the bottom of the valley & camp next to Crooked river.
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That nite my mate cooked up roast beef & veggies in the camp oven. Day 3, we cross Crooked river & go left up Randels tk witch has had a lot of use & provided some rocky steps with holes in front of them, one of witch caused my mates 79 to reach for the sky before he backed off to try another line. When you get to the top its all easy till the final decent on Gradys creek rd, nothing to bad though, just steep. At the end of Gradys its tar to Dargo for some lunch. We were to early for the pub, so we nearly cleaned out the pie oven in the general store & stocked up on chockies too.
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Travis22 » January 10th, 2011, 9:29 am

Looks like a lovely trip Tomac,

Butcher looks to be in very good condition.

You left out the bit where you dropped into a mates place after completing the sections through the Alpine National Park to pickup your furry friend before continuing on through the State Forest around Dargo :p

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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 10th, 2011, 1:53 pm

Yeah I no, isn't it a joke that you carn't take dogs, even on a lead. We don't have kids so the dog go's all most every where with us.
Butcher did have a few very tuff spots that with out diff locks you'd be winching, otherwize its not bad.
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Re: 7 day High country trip

Unread post by Tomac » January 10th, 2011, 3:05 pm

After filling our tanks & bellys we drove up to Jones rd via Upper dargo rd & followed it all the way to Wild horse tk (when you cross Wentworth river on Jones rd, your brakes are very hot due to the long 2wd down hill before the river).
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We only drive 1.5ks & turn right up Phesant creek tk. All the trails up hear are in near perfect condition, but Phesant nearly caught me out because I was cheekie & tried the first steep part 2nd low with only 1100 rpm... I think I can, I think I can. I only just made it but the 79s V8 deisel purred up with ease in the same gear & revs.
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Once at the top we turned right for Short cut tk to get to McDonalds rd. Mcdonalds is a easy 2wd rd that takes you out to Baldhead rd, we then took Baldhead spur tk to Boomerang spur tk. On top of Mt baldhead is 1300mts & we had a brief chat with some guys on Mt Blue rag over the UHF. Boomerang tk slowly decends down to Dawson city where it becomes very over grown
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