First time High Country trip

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First time High Country trip

Unread post by Clarkey16 » March 15th, 2017, 7:39 pm

Hi all,
Just got back from my first ever High Country trip :p

Weather was perfect, compony was perfect and not 1 mechanical issue with any of the 6 vehicles that went. Perfect!

Once a year I organize a Camping trip for the guys at work. It provides a break from the mundane day in day out work routine and gives those who attend the chance to relax and enjoy some off the clock time.

This year I chose the Vic High Country. I had never been there before and thought this would be a great adventure. When I first put out the word (6 months ago) I got 11 punters and their 4wd's put their hands up, but as usual as the date approached the number started to dwindle. On Monday the 6th of March 6 4wd's departed Lithgow for our adventure. Being it was a 750 odd km drive everyone made there own way to Dargo, by 6pm we were all there with the swags unrolled at the back of the pub, schnitzels were calling us to the bistro so we forced ourselves to have a few ale's at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of a real Aussie pub.
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2x Prado 95's 1x RC Colorado 1x BT50 1 RG Colorado and my WH Grand Cherokee

In the morning we all woke early, cooked up beaky and packed up the swags. There was some debate whether to top up the fuel tanks or not as most had filled up a Bright. Being I had only an 80 litre tank I chose to fill up along with 4 others. I also decided to purchase a 10l jerry from the general store just in case.

With the tyres aired down and excitement in the air I then lead the convoy into the unknown, about 2 hours later we were officially lost! The plan was to do the Wonnangatta loop. http://www.4wdvictoria.org.au/iconic4wd ... ngatta.pdf but being the human GPS I am we drove straight past the Billy Goats Bluff turn off & ended up at the Eaglevale campground. Not being one to back track I looked at the map & thought that if we climb the Eaglevale track and then do Cynthia Range track we would end up coming out only metres away from Billy Goats. Well you know what thought did! I lead the group straight to a dead end, a telecom tower had been erected in the middle of Neates track and the rest of the track down the hill had been blocked off :urgh: We turned around with me wondering how I was ever going to live this one down and headed to Crooked river track then Tablbotville road and finally found the start to Billy Goats Bluff.
Looking around the start of the track we found what looked like the remains of a sigh post, obviously someone needed a Billy Goats Bluff sign for their bar :calm:

All 6 of us climbed up the start of the first section of the bluff (going east to west) without any dramas, we traversed the ridge in awe of the view stopping several times for the obligatory photo.
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We set up camp that arvo at Horseyard Flat
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Re: First time High Country trip

Unread post by Clarkey16 » March 15th, 2017, 8:02 pm

Horseyard Flat
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This was a first real night camping in the High Country and what a night, clear skies and a million stars.
I can highly recommend a dip in the stream at Horseyard Flat, invigorates the sole :eek:

Next morning we set off for Wonnangatta Station but first off we had to visit the Pinnacles lookout, what a view
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We follower Moroka Rd then Howitt Rd to Howitt Hut where we had lunch
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I was surprised how popular this particular hut was, within 15 min of us arriving there would have been 30 more 4wd show up!
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Re: First time High Country trip

Unread post by Clarkey16 » March 15th, 2017, 8:40 pm

We left Howitt Hut and travelled down the road a short way until we turned off onto the Zeka Spur track, awesome drive that one, dropping us down to the valley floor to that nights camp at Wonnangatta Station
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You know I had to get a Jeep photo in ;)

The next day I got us lost again :whyme:
But it turned out to be a fantastic place to get lost in.
Instead of following the Wonnangatta track I took Rileys track then onto the Humffray River track, some nice low range stuff there and a few water crossings thrown in. We emerged onto Wombat Range track (where I almost went took another wrong turn). We followed Wombat Range till it joined Cynthia Range track and continued on till it reached Eaglevale track (this time we went down).
It was a bit early to set up camp so we headed for Black Snake camp ground only to find it was quite full so with not much of an argument we decided that Dargo wasn't that far away & headed to there camp ground at the back of the pub.

Now the fact that I can't read maps and took quite a few wrong turns was an absolute bonus :D we had a ball! I managed to turn a 200km trip into 270km, there was a fuel worry on the last day but all of us made it back without needing the 10l jerry I purchased before we left. the RG and myself both have 80l tanks, I took 70 litres to fill up and the Colorado took 68. Not sure of the size of the BT50 3.2l tank but it only used about 60l.
Here is the tracks we did.
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We had another wonderful night at the Dargo Hotel and I thank them for there hospitality and the free camping out the back. ;)
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Re: First time High Country trip

Unread post by pickle » March 25th, 2017, 5:34 am

Sounds like a great time. There are some fantastic places and tracks up that area.
Always love getting up there for a break.
Dave
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Re: First time High Country trip

Unread post by Clarkey16 » April 1st, 2017, 6:53 pm

Even got the T shirt to prove it :sillywink:
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