December in the Victorian High Country

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December in the Victorian High Country

Unread post by SaltHorse » March 10th, 2015, 9:28 pm

I realise it's May, this report has taken me a while to find the time to sit down and write. But as our next trip looms on the horizon, it's time to get this last one out in the ether.

The plan for this trip was simple enough;

Friday Camp 1
Moroka Junction
This camp is just up from where the Wonnangatta and Moroka Rivers merge, and the fishing is absolutely sensational. Moroka Hut was built back in 1946 and is a couple of hundred metres off the Moroka Road.

Saturday Camp 2
Dargo
Needs no introduction.

Sunday Camp 3
Blue Rag Trig Point
Spend some time winding up Crooked River Track and South Bassalt Knob, and we’ll find ourselves at the iconic Blue Rag Trig Point.


Along for the trip we had; myself and Will in the Patrol, 'Scotland' in the JK and Heato in the Disco.
We were leaving from the Mornington Peninsula with Scotland and Heato was leaving from Canberra. We worked out that we would arrive at camp about 4 hours before Heato. So we planned to find a nice spot and then send the details to Heato so we could set up camp. Previously we've met in a town or at an intersection, not so good when arrivals are a couple of hours apart.

Friday morning we were off. All good until we got to the first camp site, we wanted a place to wet a line and none of the huts were close to a decent stream. This meant we continued on, searching for that perfect camp site, each time sending Heato the coordinates, just in case we or he lose reception.
After many failed attempts and with sunset approaching fast we finally settled on a nice spot and sent the details off. Heato also took a lot longer to arrive than anticipated, he did beat midnight though.

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We're finally off road, hubs locked and gates open.

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Camp for the first night.

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Camp for the first night.

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Dinner.

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Dinner down and a beverage in hand, time to watch the bush telle and spin em until Heato arrived.
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Re: December in the Victorian High Country

Unread post by SaltHorse » March 10th, 2015, 9:37 pm

Day 2 and it was time to tackle Billy Goat. We'd been looking forward to this track for a long time and it did not disappoint.

We found a nice track that lead to a dead end by a stream on the map and decided this would be an ideal place to stop for lunch.

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Without a petrol axe it was elbow grease alone to get us through. Lucky Will's hero is David Foster.

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Our hunch about the lunch location was spot on, just a few more ants than we would have liked.

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Nearing the Pinnacles on Billy Goat.

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Posing with the truck.

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The weather was spot on and the views couldn't get any better.

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The trucks on Billy Goat.

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Our destination for the day, Dargo.

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A bit of cricket and a snappy beer at the Dargo pub before we headed off for camp.

Cheers,

Salty
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Re: December in the Victorian High Country

Unread post by SaltHorse » March 10th, 2015, 9:44 pm

Day 3. We decided to head up South Bassalt Knob track and on Blue Rag.

South Bassalt Knob was awesome, a great drive to start the day.

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The inside of a railway car looking box, an explosives magazine perhaps?

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The door of the box.

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On our way up to Blue Rag, a bush on th Disco's sway bar har flogged out. Only one thing for it, removal.

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The trig point.

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Taking in the view at the trig point.

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Taking in the view at the trig point.

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Will at trig point.

Cheers,

Salty
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Re: December in the Victorian High Country

Unread post by SaltHorse » March 10th, 2015, 9:51 pm

On our last night we said our goodbyes to Heato, he was heading back to Canberra Sunday night. We slowly made our way to the end of Blue Rag, across the stream and in to our last camp site.

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We finally had somewhere to put a line in, no fish though, but that's not the point.

Day 4 and Monday morning, it was time to leave the high country until next time.

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The landscape is still scarred from fires, the amount of dead trees look like grey hairs on the landscape. This dry timber burns really well, we used a lot to keep us warm at night, I hope they can remove most of it before the next big fires go through.

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Sausages were on the menu for lunch as we unlocked the hubs and hit the black top. Another adventure behind us as we spun our stories over the CBs.

Cheers,

Salty.
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