Comment: High Country - Corryong to Omeo

How tricky is the river crossing (and the rest of the track for that matter)? Could a decent AWD do it?
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Reply By: goddosglory - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:22

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:22
I did this trip two weeks ago..a fair bit of gravel road..a few tight turns..and the odd log truck..but i can,t remember any river crossing..and i towed a caravan..behind the new ford ranger..i was in 2wd the whole way....absolutely beautiful country..if your looking for some where to camp..nariel was great..also a great spot just south of swift creek..these are free camp sites..
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Reply By: Philby - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:23

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 17:23
...by the way we would be looking to head up there in early March
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 18:45

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 18:45
River Crossing??????

Philby can you be more specific? There are no river crossings on th emain route.
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Reply By: Andrew & Jen - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:03

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 19:03
Hullo Philby
My guess is that the people above are assuming you will take the road via Sassafras Gap, which as some have said, would present no problems for an AWD.
However, your mentioning of the river crossing and the fact that the article next to your post is about the Tom Groggin track and then south via either through Davies Plain or Mt Pinnibar suggests you are talking about the crossing of the Murray River at Tom Groggin.
If this is so, my opinion, for what its worth, would be that an AWD would not be suitable. But no doubt there will be others who might say it would be a piece of cake - presumably so long as it isn't their cake :-)
Secondly, the parks and forests in that region are very dry at the moment. Electrical storms can appear with very little notice and start fires which, with high temps and winds, can present a real danger, even for those with a lot of experience of the area.
I have put off my own trip to this area until late March/early April.
Cheers
Andrew
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 20:49

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 20:49
As for the track from Tom Groggin, through Davies Plain and on, it's a track that has to taken with care, but not overly difficult.

The river crossing varies depending on the water level (der) but generally isn't much more than a metre deep.

Depending on the driver's vehicle and experience it's not extreme, just drive with caution.

Steve
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:19

Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 at 23:19
I did Tom Groggin, Davies Plain, Limestone Creek and Blue Rag in my Freelander 2 in the last week of December. There's pictures of it in the blogs section.
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Follow Up By: patsproule - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:44

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:44
Tom Groggin up over Pinnabar would not be suitable for an AWD in my humble opinion. You need low range for some of the steep sections. The NSW side of the river is also fairly chopped up at the moment.
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 17:52

Monday, Feb 18, 2013 at 17:52
Sorry, I didn't read the AWD bit.

Brakes would be hot at the bottom of some bits and there'd be some scrambling going up others.

It depends on the driver but not recommended.
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Reply By: Philby - Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 15:13

Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 at 15:13
Once again thanks all for your replies! I look forward to this drive mid-March
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