Wonnangatta Valley Access

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 13:09
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I will be travelling alone to meet others in WONNANGATTA VALLEY Friday 12th April. Dont like sole travelling - but no option. What is the best way in from Myrtleford. Looking at the map want to travel Buffalo Track (West) to Harry Shepherds Track, then Van Dammes Track to WONNANGATTA Track.

I have been told East Buffalo Road, East Rileys Road, Van Dammes Track to Wonangatta Track is the way to go. On the Hema map does not look the best way.

Any help?
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Reply By: GUPatrol - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 13:44

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 13:44
Go down the Ovens hwy, turn right before Bright at Backland river towards beveridges station, then down water spur and Humffrey river track, this track has many crossings but is OK to travel on your ownand from memory the most direct route.
Up to Beveridges station is an easy road, bitumen some way then dirt, once you turn right it starts to get into a 4wd track.

There are other ways but I think on your own this would be the safest.
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Follow Up By: madcow - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:56

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:56
agree with the above and would probably be the quickest also. Water spur is a bit steep in spots but not a difficult track.
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Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 13:58

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 13:58
Hi Dave

I've come out of Wonnangatta Valley the way you are looking at. I believe we used the West Buffalo Road and Harry Shepherd's Track.

It was a bit steep and narrow in places but we were towing our C/T. Not really much of a problem.

What are you driving?

Mike
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Follow Up By: DaveB - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:28

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:28
Thanks for you reply.

A Jackeroo.

How long ago did you travel?

I have been into Wonnangatta before down the Zeka Spur - so I guess it is easier than that. In any case the Zeka Spur is coming from the wrong direction

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Follow Up By: Penguin (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:58

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 14:58
Hi Dave

We did the trip in January last year in a Landcruiser. We came into the valley via Zeka Spur track. From memory, the way out was a bit tougher and a lot longer than the way in but not too bad.

Mike
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Reply By: davidta - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 16:01

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 16:01
I've been in here hundreds of times (really !).
You have been told right. E. Buffalo, E. Riley, Wonnangatta Track is really easy. I havn't done it, but I reckon I could take a commodore as far as the bottom of the wombat range on these tracks. Towed a trailer in this way once in 2wd on the patrol.
The next easiest way would be Buckland valley, Tea Tree Range, Hart Spur, Wonnangatta Track.
Have fun.
David
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Follow Up By: DaveB - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 19:38

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 19:38
Seems to be the way to go.. Thanks
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 17:44

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 17:44
sorry dave but i have to ask
what year are travelling as i cant find a friday 12 april on my calender not this year anyway lolololol
steve
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Follow Up By: DaveB - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 19:05

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2005 at 19:05
Was a bit away in lala land. Going this Friday 15th!!!! Good to see someone is on the ball
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Follow Up By: madcow - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 07:34

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 07:34
Rain predicted for Thursday and Friday around there so dust should not be an issue!
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 00:13

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 00:13
Not sure if this helps but we were there in January - sorry we haven't yet published our Travel Journal for this bit yet. We came into Wongangatta Valley via Zeka Spur and went out via Hummfrays Trk (flooded crossings at the time but still no problem), then Harts Spur Trk (very steep incline over long distance but not rutted and it was pouring rain) and onto easier tracks well before Beveridges Station which meets up with Great Alpine Hwy near Bright. For us, the route leaving Wonangatta (could be your way in) only took a couple of hours, very scenic.

(yes, it rained on us throughout the Tas trip and then rained on us in the High Country in summer!$%)
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 13:02

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2005 at 13:02
Was there only a few weeks ago and came out the way you have suggested - very easy run (a bit steep in places but one of us had to come out in 2wd with a CT so you'll have no wories in a half decent truck - Extra care required if its wet. If you have OziExplorer I've got a track file so let me know. The tracks on the Vic maps are not up to date so make sure you get something more recent.

Gaz
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Reply By: DaveB - Friday, Apr 22, 2005 at 11:23

Friday, Apr 22, 2005 at 11:23
Thanks for all input.

Took East Buffalo, East Rileys and the Wonagatta Track. Raining but no worries only a slightly steep ascent and slightly steep descent - both only very short distances

Hema Map not complete - Wonangatta Track is wrong on their map.

Rooftop maps show correct track in
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