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First Vic High Country trip (3 days / 2 nights)

Discussion in 'Victoria' started by rnz2016, Nov 13, 2017 at 3:29 AM.

  1. rnz2016

    rnz2016 New Member

    Hi all,

    We are planning on doing our first Vic high country trip and are looking for some guidance on a possible route from Dargo to Mansfield. The plan is to depart Melbourne on Thursday 24th of November, Camp and at Dargo (or around this area) and then start the trip through the high country early on Friday 25th of November. Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip – would welcome any feedback and whether this would be achievable over 3 days - we are open to changes to the below :)

    We have 2 vehicles (a 80s series landcruiser with lockers and a 120 series prado)

    Friday 25th November
    Depart Dargo early morning
    Billy Goats Bluff Track
    Pinnacle lookout
    Crooked river track
    Talbotville (lunch)
    Wonngatta station (set up camp late afternoon)

    Saturday 26th November
    Depart Wonngatta Station
    Zeka Spur Track
    Howitt Road
    King Bily Track
    Bluff Link Road
    Brocks Road
    Sheepyard Flat (Set up Camp)

    Sunday 27th November
    Depart Sheepard Flat
    Mansfield
    Drive back to Melbourne
     
  2. jacnden

    jacnden Well-Known Member

    i think i would leave billy goat out of day one unless you want to come back down it which would make a big day. dargo, crooked river, talbotville , wonnangatta would be enough for me
     
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  3. unko84

    unko84 Active Member

    ^^ I would agree to this as i would allow 3 hrs for return trip to the Pinnacle lookout
     
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  4. Pubski

    Pubski New Member

    we did similar and it took us 7 days i think your optimistic over how much ground you can cover. we tend to stop early afternoon for camp as it more relaxing travelling at a slower pace and having time to setup camp get dinner don e before dark.
    I suppose if your up early and arrive late you' might get it all done
     
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  5. phs

    phs Well-Known Member

    First 2 days seem like a lot of driving if you are cool with that it's doable.

    My estimation is your looking at 8+ hours solid both days

    Add fluffing around its a lot more
     
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  6. rnz2016

    rnz2016 New Member

    Thanks Everyone. Will peal it back it a bit and maybe just drive to Talbotville on Friday
     
  7. ToyPrado

    ToyPrado Active Member

    I planned the opposite last year Craigs Hut to Dargo- feedback on here was expect 10-11 hours per day driving ,
     
  8. rnz2016

    rnz2016 New Member

    Thanks all for your feedback!
     
  9. aids84

    aids84 Member

    With only 2 cars and good weather conditions I reckon your original itinerary would be pretty doable. I went for a solo run in february (trip report is in the forum) and ended up adding Billy Goats to our last day as we had been making good progress and spending too much time sitting around camp.
     
  10. unko84

    unko84 Active Member

    if you budject about 80 to 100 km per day on avg that's about 6 to 8 hrs driving, its really nice to set up camp in daylight. and have a few beers late arvo, if things go pear shape you have a few hrs a of day light towing in the dark is very slow and painfull.
     
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  11. ToyPrado

    ToyPrado Active Member

    and get a good fire going
     
  12. Swaggie

    Swaggie Moderator

    Allow 10k hour in low on a lot of those tracks, that will give you an idea what your up against, your going to cover some steep areas in little time..
    King Billy for starters is slow going and rocky in areas etc

    Goodluck
     
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  13. ToyPrado

    ToyPrado Active Member

    Friday 25th November
    Depart Dargo early morning
    Visit Grant Historical area via McMillans RD

    Bulltown Spur Track to Crooked River Track - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.3265698,147.1126178,409a,35y,39.14t/data=!3m1!1e3
    Crooked river track to Talbotville (lunch)
    https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.3059701,147.1151336,358a,35y,39.28t/data=!3m1!1e3
    Continue on Crooked river track to Talbertville Rd - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.414139,147.116141,748a,35y,38.81t/data=!3m1!1e3
    Tablertville Rd to Wonnagatta Rd - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.4137582,147.116836,605a,35y,39.14t/data=!3m1!1e3
    Wonnagatta Rd to Billy Goats Bluff Track - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.4078996,147.0841676,603a,35y,38.83t/data=!3m1!1e3
    Billy Goats Bluff Track to Pinnacle Rd - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.4650053,147.0403136,337a,35y,39.01t/data=!3m1!1e3
    Pinnacle Rd to the lookout - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.4619285,147.0556747,297a,35y,39.07t/data=!3m1!1e3
    return back down to Wonnagtta RD Via Billy Goats
    Once back at the intersection of Billy Goats Bluff tr and Wonnagatta Rd its got to be at least 90 minutes to Wonngatta station (set up camp late afternoon) via Eaglevale track and then Cynthia Range track 10-50 kph.
    then Herne Spur which is all down hill to the valley from the ridge , ( I towed my mate disabled Jeep up Cynthia Range Track last year - he broke a rear CV joint. ) - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.2576895,146.946033,320a,35y,39.14t/data=!3m1!1e3
    and zoomed out
    https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.2875346,146.9328626,4257a,35y,38.6t/data=!3m1!1e3
    then pick up Wonnagatta Tr and a few more river crossings - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.2591967,146.9130811,310a,35y,39.29t/data=!3m1!1e3
    then its probably 30 minutes to the station - https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.3203241,146.9059636,10778a,35y,38.02t/data=!3m1!1e3

    I THINK WILL BE A LOT OF DRIVING but hopefully someone else can help, Ive done this over two seperate trips

    Saturday 26th November
    Depart Wonngatta Station
    Zeka Spur Track 33km at 10-15 kph average
    Howitt Road (high speed dirt rd)

    FROM HERE ON I DONT KNOW!!!!

    King Bily Track
    Bluff Link Road
    Brocks Road
    Sheepyard Flat (Set up Camp)

    Sunday 27th November
    Depart Sheepard Flat
    Mansfield
    Drive back to Melbourne
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017 at 4:58 AM
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  14. phs

    phs Well-Known Member

    I recon swaggies 10kms an hour is a good rate to bank on
     
  15. phs

    phs Well-Known Member

    Zeka can be slow if it's chewed out,
    Last trip up king billy was slow too

    Bluff link and Brocks are ok it's just a winding dirt / Rock road so don't expect to sitting at speed

    You could split Saturday into 2 days

    Wonnangatta to camping up near lovics
    Lovics to sheepyard via 16 mile jeep

    A lot of nice views along the way to stop And admire not to mention lovics and bluff huts
    There is a great camp site at the beginning of helicopter spur walking track
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017 at 4:59 AM
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  16. rnz2016

    rnz2016 New Member


    Wow! Thanks a lot for all this. Very helpful!
     
  17. ToyPrado

    ToyPrado Active Member

    maybe do the first part of you trip and inc Wonnagatta Station for camping the expore that area and head out via Licola bit more time for seeing the sights and views
     
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  18. Swaggie

    Swaggie Moderator

    Yeah mate that's accurate, it only takes a big tree to stuff up your plans tho...

    I can't remember what track its on, think it's up towards Brock's Rd somewhere as people load more crap on there roof racks they chain saw a piece out to get underneath the tree lol...
     
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  19. rnz2016

    rnz2016 New Member

    Yeah - I think we will see how we are tracking on Saturday and make a call if we head out to Licola or want to push on to Mansfield direction

    Thanks to all that have replied - all very helpful. NowI just need to pray to the weather gods!
     
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