Victorian High Country with Camper Trailer

Submitted: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 20:41
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Hi All,

The bride and I are looking to do the high country first week in June before the June long weekend, wondering if you can tow a camper trailer from Mansfield to Dargo. We have a 79 series with winch and recovery gear, just us, Aussie Swag camper and a fair bit of nous, no hurry to get anywhere just wondering from the experienced crew out there weather it is feasible and where not to go.
We realise that we could get snow, rain and all other elements, not into risk taking but keen for a bit of cold adventure in what is described as a spectacular place
Cheers in advance
Tony
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 07:18

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 07:18
Gday
If you let us know which roads you are taking , that would make it easier to give an answer.
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Follow Up By: Ron A - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:54

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:54
I think the OP was after suggestions of tracks from the forum.
Taking into account they are towing a camper trailer and that two weeks after they travel most of the tracks in that area close for obvious reasons as well as recent rains through out Victoria it would be my recommendation that they head along this route:-
Mansfield - Bonnie Doon - Yarck (drop in for a coldie) - Yea - (nice pie shop) - Yarra Glen - Lilydale - Cockatoo - Pakenham - then onto the Princes Highway at Nar Nar Goon turn off at Stratford before heading up Beverley's Road and following the signs to Dargo.
Apart from some minor roadworks this should be tar all the way and not create any risk.
Seriously though - at this time of the year I wouldn't be towing my mother in law through that country in a billy cart.
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Reply By: dad1340 - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:29

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11:29
G'day Teemac,
Towing campers across the Simpson or some area's of the High Country is not one of my 'likes' but the weather is the main factor for the whole deal.
The High Country weather can change so quick, particularly when your planning to go and your in there with a camper!

I'd go for setting up a base camp in an accessible spot and do a series of solo day trips keeping the Camper (and yourself) out of trouble.

Remember the old axiom - PPP = PPP

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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 13:02

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 13:02
Gday Tony
Maybe you can just go up to Bright and across towards Mt Beauty, take the turn to Dargo. Its a dirt road from Mt Beauty, but a good one. Just pick your rite days to do the trip. Dargo south is bituman. Mt Beauty to Dargo is the only dirt.
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Follow Up By: Nifty1 - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 15:18

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 15:18
That's a good idea, but it's Mt Hotham you want!
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 15:29

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 15:29
Gday Nifty
I new that , im having bad day.
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Follow Up By: Member - JOHN C16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 19:14

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 19:14
Hotham is correct. The boom gate at the Hotham end of the Dargo Road will be down and locked well before June as will almost all of the gates in the high country. The ski season officially starts Queens Birthday weekend in June although there is often no skiable snow then. However most gates to 4wd tracks are locked in May in anticipation of imminent snowfalls.
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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 13:13

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 13:13
If your camper has electric brakes and good off-road tyres on it, you should have no problems. In the High Country in winter, when it's wet, going down hill is always more challenging than up hill. Electric trailer brakes are a good thing for slowing you down and keeping everything straight in line.

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Reply By: carl h2 - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 17:50

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 17:50
hi teemac should be ok up to lovicks hut the track from here is a bit tight after this as it winds its way through the trees then on to Mt Howitt.The zeka spur track is rough half way down with a couple of ledges if you have high clearance you will ok. then on to Wonnangatta station. take Harts spur track up to Cynthia range track then down station track at the bottom turn right this will take you through a farm gate then past a farm called howittville you are now on the river flats.you can go to Dargo via Talbotville or Black snake creek hope this helps you.
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Reply By: teemac - Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 17:50

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 17:50
Hi Folks,

After sending the message I delved into the site a bit further and have decided to wait to Amore seanoable and sensible tome off the year
Appreciate the feedback from members and always recommend this site

Cheers
Tmac
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