11th Annual Victorian Gathering

Big Rig

4x4 Earth Contributer
Yea that's our NEW plan however I was keen to do Blue Rag on the way in. Looks like I miss out again.
 

GQ351C

Member
Also just noticed on the Vic roads website stays Dargo High plains road is likely shut until end of November

If Dargo High Plains Rd is closed, I was thinking of taking Crooked River Rd just before Dargo, I have never been to Talbotville and don't know what Crooked River Rd is like, looks like there are a few river crossings along that rd, does anyone know if they have bridges, or if not are the crossings deep?
Cheers Peter
 
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billolga

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If Dargo High Plains Rd is closed, I was thinking of taking Crooked River Rd just before Dargo, I have never been to Talbotville and don't know what Crooked River Rd is like, looks like there are a few river crossings along that rd, does anyone know if they have bridges, or if not are the crossings deep?
Cheers Peter
6 river crossings all easy.
Slow down before the Kingwell Bridge, don't cross it & there is a right turn.
 

Outrage

4x4 Earth Contributer
Keep in mind if towing, there is a very tight area on the Crooked River Rd, an ordinary camper would be ok, but if towing a van or jayco kind of setup, I'd go McMillans. In the past, the high plains road is usually open up to the Mcmillans/Grant turnoff as it's tarmac from Dargo to that point.
 

GQ351C

Member
Keep in mind if towing, there is a very tight area on the Crooked River Rd, an ordinary camper would be ok, but if towing a van or jayco kind of setup, I'd go McMillans. In the past, the high plains road is usually open up to the Mcmillans/Grant turnoff as it's tarmac from Dargo to that point.
I was planning on taking McMillans on the way in, but according to Google maps it was closed before McMillans, so I really appreciate your knowledgeable feedback, cheers Peter
 

discomatt

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Hey Guys
Newby to The Event - Any Vehicle Mods Required For The Trip? Or Can A Standard 4wd Make it & The Tracks?
Cheers
A standard 4wd will get in there and there will be different levels of trips run throughout the weekend ranging from easy sight seeing to hard , plenty just hang around camp and socialise
 

greenmav

Active Member
Anyone know what the firewood situation is in the grant historic area, do I need to lug my own from s.a. Or can we scavenge when we get there?
 

Big Rig

4x4 Earth Contributer
Me too, but you can still get to Blue Rag from Talbotville via South Basalt.
So what's South Bassalt like these days? It used to be pretty gnarly and only good for high clearance vehicles with good tyres.
I know the last time I saw it back in 2013 it had been graded and was easy as however I don't have the Rubicon any longer. Would it suit my Grand Cherokee with the standard A/T tyres. I do have air suspension and a rear locker but the approach, departure and break over angles aren't that of the Wrangler.
In fact how will I fare with Billy Goats Bluff as well these days?
 

billolga

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So what's South Bassalt like these days? It used to be pretty gnarly and only good for high clearance vehicles with good tyres.
I know the last time I saw it back in 2013 it had been graded and was easy as however I don't have the Rubicon any longer. Would it suit my Grand Cherokee with the standard A/T tyres. I do have air suspension and a rear locker but the approach, departure and break over angles aren't that of the Wrangler.
In fact how will I fare with Billy Goats Bluff as well these days?
Sorry Mate, I didn't take old people into consideration :cool::D , you can bypass the rough stuff by going up Brewery Creek Track.
We drove Billy Goats last year & it had been graded.
 

Big Rig

4x4 Earth Contributer
Sorry Mate, I didn't take old people into consideration :cool::D , you can bypass the rough stuff by going up Brewery Creek Track.
We drove Billy Goats last year & it had been graded.
Pot - kettle - black - much. Hahahaha
The grand is plenty capable, I just want to keep it standard and straight lol..
 

mac_man_luke

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Update on dargo high plains road - still listed as closed on vic roads website but lots of reports on facebook that the gates are open and have been for a while now - not sure how that goes with legalities of being on the road
 

Grey Ghost

4x4 Earth Contributer
Update on dargo high plains road - still listed as closed on vic roads website but lots of reports on facebook that the gates are open and have been for a while now - not sure how that goes with legalities of being on the road
Been talking to others who've spoken to the Alpine Shire and so far their response has been High Plains Rd is closed between Great Alpine Rd and Jones Creek rd (or Jones logging rd or Little Dargo rd, depending on your map)
Which translates to McMillans Track/ Grant Rd should be accessible from Dargo end.
But this is not confirmed yet....
Stay tuned, we as re trying to verify as we speak.
 
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