High Country - Corryong to Omeo

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesCorryong
FinishOmeo
DifficultyDifficulty 3.5/5
Suitable for4WD 
Distance237.59 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed41.4 km/hr
Driving Time5 hrs 44 mins
Article By: Member - Dave
Page Updated: 20 Apr 2013

Description

Commencing in Corryong, resting place of "The Man from Snowy River", Jack Riley, this trip travels out Nariel and up into the mountains from there. From Upper Murray Ski Hut you proceed to Wheelers Creek Hut and over Mt Gibbo, on to Mt Pinnibar and down to Tom Groggin Station. Tom Groggin Station being the place it is believed A.B. "Banjo" Patterson is thought to have met Jack Riley and been inspired to write one of our most famous bush poems. After a night at Tom Groggin, explore the Davies Plain and Davies Plain Hut before exploring old gold mines at Limestone where you can still access some of the shafts. To cap it all off, have a look around Benambra and Omeo on the way home.

You could link this trek with trek by doing either in reverse to make a 1 ½ to 2 week trip around the best Victoria's High Country has to offer.

If you wish to do a longer trip, this trip could be linked with the trek note High Country - Mansfield to Harrietville.

To link the two, reverse this trip or High Country - Mansfield to Harrietville trek and travel the bitumen between St Bernards Hospice (just on Harrietville side of Hotham) and Omeo. Fuel at Omeo if you do this, there’s no fuel at Hotham.

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Environment

The environment is typical high country Victoria, mountains, rivers and eucalypts. Dry and dusty tracks in summer, treacherous slippery tracks in some places after rain.

History

This area has some fascinating historical aspects. The route will take you through some of the high country that has become part of our mountain cattle heritage over the past 150 years. Unsolved murders and high country huts, cattle stations which were surely the most remote in North East Victoria, gold mining and aboriginal history abound. Parks Victoria can provide information on this area but some of the best information can be found in books by Tor Holth and Harry Stephenson for Cattlemen & Huts, and Rob Christie on gold mining from your local library. Either read up before you go or during the trip but it will double the enjoyment factor and give you or your kids a far greater insight into some of Victoria’s more fascinating history.

Preparation

Track Closures apply 31st May to the 1st December. Some tracks are precarious in wet weather (tracks are requested Dry Weather only by Parks Victoria) and some areas can experience snowfalls even in summer months. River crossing vary in difficulty depending on recent rainfall.

Vehicles with large tanks (Patrols, Cruisers, Prado’s) fuelling in Corryong will make Omeo without need to carry fuel, but if any of the many side trips you may like to do are to be taken then those with small tanks 70-80 litre tanks should consider carrying at least 20 to 40 litres.

Water is plentiful in many areas. There’s not much at Upper Murray Ski Hut, but at the other camping areas or at various points between water is readily available. Carry enough for any camps you plan which aren’t at water.

Lower vehicles may have clearance issues on some tracks due to the erosion control cross overs. Vehicles will require low range and all terrain tyres or better. Some of the steep tracks are dry weather only. This is not soft roader country.

Firewood is not hard to obtain at most areas but its collection is restricted to fallen timber only. You should be carrying a saw anyway so shouldn’t have any problem collecting firewood.

A chainsaw and recovery gear should be carried, fallen timber frequently blocks tracks. This will be more prevalent for a few years as trees damaged in the 2003 fires continue to fall.

Communications are limited to HF and Satphones for 95% of this trip. For emergencies your nearest emergency medical assistance is by helicopter (weather permitting and if you have communication) so drive carefully. This area is reasonably popular on weekends but is far enough from the capital cities to remain less than busy most of the time.

All food requirements before Benambra must be carried in and rubbish carried out. No dogs are permitted in the Alpine National Park.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol Wodonga (nearest 24hr fuel), Corryong & Omeo
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 46 litres *4cyl 38 litres4cyl 48 litres
6cyl 36 litres6cyl 43 litres6cyl 42 litres
8cyl 36 litres8cyl 39 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Please note that tracks are subject to seasonal winter closures usually between 31st May to 1st December so check with the Omeo Office Parks Victoria. Phone: (03) 5159 1231

Closest Climatic Station

Dartmouth Reservoir
Distance from Trek Mid Point 25.61km NW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C29.229.125.820.716.012.511.713.516.520.323.926.7
Mean Min. °C13.713.710.97.04.63.02.22.74.56.89.711.6
Mean Rain mm60.957.961.458.585.5102.4112.6125.2104.899.968.573.1
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

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What to See

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Victorian High Country touring, drive throught the Murray River, spectacular views. Historic sites and hutes, old mines and a few geocaches.

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Corryong to Colac Colac7.07 kmW252° 5 min
Colac Colac to McNamara Crossing15.41 kmS186° 9 min
McNamara Crossing to Nariel Creek2.1 kmSW228° 1 min
Nariel Creek to Willow Crossing3.09 kmS158° 1 min
Willow Crossing to Crawford Crossing3.09 kmSE150° 1 min
Crawford Crossing to Hodgson Crossing3.12 kmS169° 2 min
Hodgson Crossing to Scrubby Creek (Start of Track)2.49 kmS162° 2 min
Scrubby Creek (Start of Track) to Link Track to Six Mile Ridge11.72 kmSE146° 33 min
Link Track to Six Mile Ridge to Upper Murray Ski Hut0.08 kmNE41° N/A
Upper Murray Ski Hut to Six Mile Ridge Track4.16 kmS196° 10 min
Six Mile Ridge Track to Wheeler Ck Log Rd8.32 kmSW203° 24 min
Wheeler Ck Log Rd to Wheeler Creek Hut3.51 kmE82° 7 min
Wheeler Creek Hut to Paddy Joy Campground1.06 kmW253° 3 min
Paddy Joy Campground to Wild Boar Tk5.2 kmS188° 15 min
Wild Boar Tk to Pinnibar Gibbo Tk & Tom Groggin Tk11.49 kmSE125° 27 min
Pinnibar Gibbo Tk & Tom Groggin Tk to Scenic Reserve1.85 kmE83° 7 min
Scenic Reserve to Mount Gibbo2.4 kmNE56° 8 min
Mount Gibbo to Mount Anderson1.89 kmE79° 9 min
Mount Anderson to Mount Pinnibar11.53 kmN15° 36 min
Mount Pinnibar to Davies Plain Track17.38 kmE100° 55 min
Davies Plain Track to Murray River Ford0.1 kmE96°
Murray River Ford to Tom Groggin Campground1.63 kmNE23° 4 min
Tom Groggin Campground to Murray River Ford1.63 kmSW203° 4 min
Murray River Ford to Davies Plain Track0.1 kmW276°
Davies Plain Track to Davies Plains Hut16.23 kmS180° 49 min
Davies Plains Hut to Limestone Road41.05 kmS198° 2 hr 7 min
Limestone Road to Beloka Gap22.93 kmW261° 23 min
Beloka Gap to Benambra14.99 kmSW240° 12 min
Benambra to Hinnomunjie9.52 kmSW214° 7 min
Hinnomunjie to Omeo12.47 kmSW210° 12 min
Corryong to Omeo237.59 km  5 hr 44 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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