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Submitted: Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 18:49
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We are new to ExplorOz but have been reading the trek notes on the Victorian High Country. We are from Perth and spent a couple of days in Bright in early November and went through to mt Selwyn and then on to Dargo etc, Mt Hotham and back to Bright
We have a well equipped 06 Prado TD and a Tvan and would like some general advice re: a trip we are planning to do ????in late September/early October to explore the High Mountains some more. Is this time of year feasible to find a few good spots to camp with the Tvan and get out and about from there. We are not really into doing difficult tracks just for the sake of it but if the views etc etc at the end are the reason for going then we are quite happy to deal with and decide on conditions as we meet them.
Ideally we would like to include going via Anne Beadell/Connie Sue/Alice/Binns/Flinders and on to Victoria and then back to Perth the boring way. September works quite well for the first part but we are new to the High Mountains so any advice would be welcome.
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Reply By: Crackles - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:52

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:52
Gaday Mike. Unfortunately the seasonal track closures which includes the vast majority of the High Country are not open till the 1st weekend in November. There are a considerable number of tracks still open but all the iconic locations like Craig's Hut & Wonnangatta for example are closed. The closures also make it difficult to link a route togther mostly giving access to areas around the fringes of the Alpine Park.
If you are tied to Sept/Oct then you'll require some extra planning in order to work out whats open but by November 95% of tracks will be available.
Cheers Craig.............
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Reply By: SteveL (WA) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:57

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:57
Unfortunately,many of the more interesting tracks in the high country are closed until early Nov.There is also the question of the weather and if you like camping in very cold and wet conditions.
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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:21

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:21
For road closure info have a look at this link

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Reply By: Topend - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:30

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 07:30
We are also planning a trip to the VIC high country in late September early October. We are travelling from Darwin.

We have just found out that we will be attending a wedding in Brisbane in late October. Should we travel the high country before the wedding or will it be better to go after which would put us there in November? Will there still be snow in some areas during November?

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:49

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 18:49
November would be a far better time to travel the High Country simply as the more interesting tracks will be open & it will be warmer. Although it can snow at any time, in a good year patches of snow can remain on the south side of the higher peaks into November often leading to extended track closures of peaks like Mt Stirling.
Cheers Craig.............
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Follow Up By: Topend - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 20:46

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 20:46
Thanks Crackles, we will look at going in November.
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Reply By: Member - RobnJane(VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:28

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 12:28
Hello Mike,

Sounds like a great plan, as others have noted you need to review your schedule for the Vic High Country section, and once in the area there are plenty of opportunities for views/camping.
We travelled from WA via the Anne Beadell in late 2006 towing a Tvan and had no trouble with that part of the trip. Certainly more interesting than the bitumen.

Others might comment on the Connie Sue,we've not done that yet, however I beleive it gets less use than ABH and is often a little rougher (??) We travelled from Alice to the Plenty Hwy last year via Binns and that was fine, only issue is the number of water flow redirection culverts across the track. In some sections there seems to be a crossing every 100mts. Some great places to camp along the track prior to reaching the Plenty, if you are heading that way.



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Reply By: Member - mike H (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 12:23

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 12:23
Hi People,
Many thanks for the great information and advice.

We have changed our plans and will be going to Alice etc in early July and will plan to head over to the High Country later in the year. Would late November/early December be a good plan??

SWMBO requires that we are back in Perth before Xmas!!

While not relevant to this area does anyone have any comments to make about returning from Alice via the Gary Junction Highway and thru to the Rudall River national park. Obviously weather conditions need to be assessed but any other comments and advice would be welcome.


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