Finding a secluded spot within 1 day's drive of Sydney

Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 18, 2002 at 01:00
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I'm trying to organise a trek early next year that would take us to some secluded (read: private) spot within a day's drive of Sydney. The group that will be with us won't have that much 4WD experience, so I don't want to take them over the really advanced stuff, but a shallow creek crossing or two, some rough corrugations etc. would be OK. What I'm trying to find is a spot where you really will be likely to have the place all to yourself, and be able to camp in total isolation, so obviously the better-known tourist spots are out. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Reply By: felix - Thursday, Dec 19, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Dec 19, 2002 at 01:00
some friends of mine often go down to a place called Yalwal which is inland somewhere from Kiama. It is mainly a dirt bike area and not particularly scenic but there is a track you can go along which has a creek crossing and is not too heavy (if i remember correctly)

it could be jam packed over summer though so maybe ask around (as you have already done!)

just an idea

-felix
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Reply By: Member - Tony - Thursday, Dec 19, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Dec 19, 2002 at 01:00
Plexus,

I think not too many are going to reveal their secluded secret spots; that's why they go there themselves ;)

I'd suggest grabbing some books (4WD Treks Close to Sydney by Boiling Billy Publications is a good start). Then pick an area (say Gloucester/Barrington Tops), then grab some good maps, and then do some exploring.

I find that much of the enjoyment from 4WDing I get is from discovering new 'hideaways', those deserted, secluded spots in a forest, by a creek, by the coast, or wherever.

Good luck and happy 4-wheeling!

Cheers, Tony

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Follow Up By: Plexus - Friday, Dec 20, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Dec 20, 2002 at 01:00
Thanks but already found a place near Barrington Tops. 4WDing is fun alright :)
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Reply By: Jack - Friday, Dec 20, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Dec 20, 2002 at 01:00
Hi Plexus:

Have you gone through the "Treks" part of this website? Good place to start, and of course once you are there you can branch out and create your own trek. Go armed with a map and have a good time. Might be difficult to get a water crossing in the drought just now.
Have fun.
Jack
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Reply By: Truckster - Friday, Dec 20, 2002 at 01:00

Friday, Dec 20, 2002 at 01:00
camping with the place all to yourself, Xmas time?? Not going to happen.

Well you can get to the High Country in 1 day, Dargo, Lots of places, easy to hard 4wding.. And you *MAY* find a place to have on your own if you get there tomorrow !! Otherwise later same as everywhere all the good places will be GonE!!

Melbourne is only 8-9 hours from Sydney, so get a map, pencil, string and a pin..

Put pin on Sydney, put pencil on Melbourne, and then tie string on to the pin and string..

Now draw a circle... you should be able to get to any of these places EASILY within a day...

Then look for parks and things like that.

HTH..
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Reply By: brian - Saturday, Dec 21, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Dec 21, 2002 at 01:00
Hello plexus, you could try
1.wombeyn caves to yerranderie via limeburners,go midweek should be less populated.
2.bridle track to hillend not far from sydney.
3.join a local club they will help immensly.
4.check trek notes on this site.
happy camping.
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Reply By: forge - Sunday, Dec 22, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 22, 2002 at 01:00
Try Wattle Flat in the New England NP.
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Reply By: Truckster - Sunday, Dec 22, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Dec 22, 2002 at 01:00
Have a look here

4WD Treks Close to Sydney
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