Talbotville via McMillan Rd

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 17:03
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Havent been down McMillans for a while as I have always gone through the rivers. Can you still take a standard trailer or camper down through McMillans to get down to Talbotville. I know it is narrow in sections but is it still a rough ride?
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Reply By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 18:44

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 18:44
There was a Commodore and a Peugeot down there a couple of weeks ago!

Fairly easy dirt road these days.


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Follow Up By: pickle - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 19:26

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 19:26
Thanks Mark! So I should have no trouble getting my VW beetle and 22 foot van down there.
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:58

Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 23:58
McMillian's track is a little rough in places but with care one can get a 2WD in & out but is not really suitable for a 22 foot van. Imagine meeting another 22 ft van coming the other way. With limited passing oppotunities who would back up?
Cheers Craig............
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Follow Up By: pickle - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:46

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 07:46
Just kidding about the VW and van. Try a 4wd and 6x4 box trailer.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 08:12

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 08:12
Hi Craig

Its narrow enough with the cars - while we had no trouble our son drove out in his ute and came across a holdup which stretched to 25 cars.

A 3lt Nissan Patrol had blown a radiator hose in a tight spot.
took 30 minutes to change it - and during this time someone decided to change there spare wheel instead of just doing nothing - this took another 15 mins and so a net 45minute wait.

Should have taken the freeway instead.

Robin Miller

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:40

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 09:40
I had to re-read your reply Robin. I thought for a moment it said a Nissan had blown an engine in a tight spot & took 30 minutes to change it! So common are 3L failures this bloke must have been carrying a spare ;-))
Talbotville used to be such a nice spot before McMillans was put in as it was difficult to access from all directions thereby keeping most of the riff raff out. Was quite common to have the entire flat to yourself in the 80's.
Cheers Craig.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn H (NSW) - Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 21:49

Sunday, Jan 18, 2009 at 21:49
On behalf of the riif raff there on 7th to 10th January!! The McM Rd was much smoother than three years ago - many of the rockier sections had been graded smooth. About 25 or 30 vehicles with 5 or 6 C/T's and just one 12 foot caravan- but hey we're getting old and soft!! We took half an hour to descend out of the fog but as it was nearly 8pm when we arrived there were no other vehicles on the road. When we left at 9am a similar story - and besides you can see the road for several km ahead at times and there are plenty of spots to pull over.
No mobile reception at southern end of campground but walk 50m N and bingo, it works. Had scenic drive down Crooked R then up Billy Goat Bluff Spur Tk to Pinnacles Firetower - what a view. Got to see a Wedgie from the top rather than being 300m underneath. Flame chested robins, Pure Blondes - the beer and some lovely vintages. In 2010 us cockroaches will be down in Mexico again to visit this Mecca of 4WDing. .....Glenn

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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 05:41

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 05:41

Is this the Wedgie that you are talking about?

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I was also at Talbotville on the days you were there. We camped at the southern edge of the large camp site at the end of McMillan Track.

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Talbotville camp site December 2008, photo taken from McMillan Track.

I am not waiting until 2010 to return, I will be back in about 4 weeks.

When I was there in Dec 2008 they were installing the new mobile phone tower near the Billy Goat Bluff track. That is why there is more phone coverage in the valley now.

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