Vic Alps Walkabout – March 2015
This trip is fully booked and any further nominations will be placed on the reserve list. Trip Leader: Chris Nicholls. This trip will cover more of the iconic locations and tracks in the Victorian High Country. Planned route: Saturday 14 March 2015. Canberra, Tharwa, Adaminaby, Kiandra, Cabramurra, Corryong, Tallangatta, Kiewa Valley, Tawonga, Harrietville. (caravan park/pub/motel). Google maps says 431km 7hr 40min. Sunday 15 March 2015. Harrietville, St Bernard Pass, Twins Jeep Track, Tea Tree Range, Water Spur, Humfray River Track, Wonnangatta Track, Wonnangatta Valley (camp). 80km Monday 16 March 2015. Wonnangatta Track, Zeka Spur Track, Howitt Road, Butcher Country Track, (camp at Macalister River). 60km or continue to Licola +40km. Tuesday 17 March 2015. Macalister River Track, Black Soil Track, Bull Plain Road, Glencairn â€“ Licola Road, Licola ($$fuel and limited supplies/shop), Tamboritha Road, Mt Wellington, Millers Hut (camp). 80km. Wednesday 18 March 2015. Mt Wellington, Moroka Road, Pinnacles, Billy Goats Bluff, Eagle Vale, Eaglevale Track, Station Track, Racecourse Track, Talbotville (camp). 80km. Thursday 19 March 2015. South Basalt Knob Track, Basalt Knob Track, Blue Rag Track, Blue Rag trig, Dargo High Plains Road, Dargo ($$fuel and limited supplies/shop/pub), Dargo Road, Crooked River Road, Kingswell Bridge (camp). 150km. People who need to head home early should depart north on Dargo High Plains Road for Harrietville. Friday 20 March 2015. Up Billy Goats Bluff, Pinnacles, Moroka Road, Howitt Road, King Billy Track, Lovicks Hut, Bluff Hut, Bluff Link Road, Brocks Road, Howqua River (camp) 130km or possibly continue on to Mansfield. +35km While the daily distances look short there will be some long days on the track. Participants will receive a full written briefing on requirements (but read my article in the October 2014 edition of Southern Trails for a preview). This trip will include extensive low-range 4wding on steep tracks, and a number of river crossings. This is not a trip for novices â€“ participants must have completed their basic driver training and have at least 12 to 24 months of solid experience. All vehicles will need to be reliable, well maintained and equipped with good all-terrain or mud-terrain tyres. Better than normal ground clearance will be useful. Recovery gear must be carried. Fuel range of 500km with 30% low range work is required. Water and food for seven days should be carried. Limited supplies are available at Dargo and Licola. We ended our trip last March with an excellent group dinner at Maggies Magnolia Restaurant in Mansfield. That was so enjoyable Iâ€™d like to do that again. This will be an optional extra to top off the trip. Assuming we make it to Mansfield for Friday night, you might care to pre-book accommodation. Remember that the weather may cause delays or changes to our plans.