Wonangatta.........

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:14
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G'day all....

First time post on this Forum, so howdy every one!

We're off to Wonangatta with three other families over the Meln Cup weekend
for four days, and were going to head in through Mansfield, but are now contemplating going in via Licola.

Is anyone able to offer fairly specific road/track names and directions for us?

All vehicles going are quite well equiped with winchs, AT or MT rubber, suspension lifts etc....but one is towing a camper which may hinder our choice going in or out.

Any feedback would be great,

Cheers
Dean
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Reply By: Darryn - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:27

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:27
Hi Dean, if going in from Licola the only track in is the Zeka Spur track and it would be a definite no go for the camper. Check with Parks Vic at Heyfield 51397777 to see if the tracks are going to open the Friday before Cup Weekend. Which way do you intend to come out as there are many options in this regard. You may be able to come in with the camper down the Buckland river via Catherine Station but I don't know as I have never been that way. If you have some maps have a good look at them and work out some options then post them and you will get plenty of info which will help you work out the best route. Have a great time, I'm jealous I can't go too but be careful as there will be 4WD's everywhere. If you have any question don't hesitate to ask.
Regd's Darryn
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Reply By: Dean Mc - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:41

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:41
Thanks for the reply Darryn,

We're heading off from the north of Melbourne (Essendon area), so the Mansfield run is sort of the obvious option. I'll try and check out some maps tonight and pick a couple of options and maybe run them by you guys tomorrow if that's ok.

We're desperately trying to get this bloke to ditch his camper trailer for this trip.
Even though it's an TD 80 series with dual diff locks towing it, it's a lot of weight to be pulling around, particularly if it's muddy.
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Follow Up By: Darryn - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 13:03

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 13:03
Glad to help Dean, whats the camper guys problem with a tent or swag? Or is it his missus?
regd's Darryn
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Follow Up By: Tony - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 14:54

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 14:54
If your heading in from Mansfield and going down Zeka Spur the camper will be ok with care, but the best way out is up to Barry Sabble and out via Lake Buffalo.

There are tw hairpin bends at the top of Zeka, swing wide and you will get around in a Toyota, most Nissans need two goes because of their larger turning circle.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:59

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 12:59
Just follow the millions of others heading out there...
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Reply By: Dean Mc - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 13:03

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 13:03
It's already been suggested to us that that might be the case!

Do you reckon it's going to be painfully busy.

If it's too bad, we'll probably boot off and find somewhere more remote.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 14:34

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 14:34
Busier than a 1 legged man in an arse kicking competition...
Toorak Tractor Season.... 29203948029348023984 with 1 snatch strap between them, and 1 non rated shackle.

IM heading to Robe in South Aussie, cant get any further away from them with the time allotted!
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Follow Up By: Member - Wombat (Vic) - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 17:28

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 17:28
Geez Truckster

Diamond, Dodo & Soldierboy have told you 29203948029348023984 times not to exaggerate."Live today as if there may be no tomorrow"

Wombat
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Reply By: Andi - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 15:20

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 15:20
Dean Mc

I think it is best if you contact Licola General Store (03) 5148 8786 to see if the tracks into the Wonangatta are even going to be open. I mean it is still a couple of weeks away but with the heavily extended snow season, it still may remain shut past its normal opening date of October 31. Were heading to Licola ourelves to stay at a nice little spot outside of town as I am a bit of a "fair weather fairy" and like to let the tracks dry out untill Late December before giving em a go.
All the best though and have fun.
Andrew T
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 19:16

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 19:16
Are you going to be camping on the Barkly River?
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Follow Up By: Andi - Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 21:24

Thursday, Oct 16, 2003 at 21:24
No we just turn right before actually crossing the bridge into Licola (from Heyfield) and go a couple of kms up the road (with dogs) and about 18 kms (without dogs). Great camping along the Mcalister river all the way along.
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Follow Up By: Darryn - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 10:14

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 10:14
Andi you are camping on the Wellington River not the Macalister. the Wellington joins the Macalister just out of Licola opposite the farm with all the old machinery lying around. I agree about the snow, there has been plenty this year, along with lots of rain in the hills so the Gov't Greenies would love any excuse to keep tracks closed but public pressure to open Wonnangatta is huge so its a fair bet it will open.
Regd's Darryn
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 17:59

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 17:59
Thats a bit of a trap, I used to think I was on the Macalister River, but when the road leaves the river & then rejoins it ...thats the Wellington!
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Follow Up By: Andi - Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 21:59

Friday, Oct 17, 2003 at 21:59
Darryn, We are actually on the Macalister and Shaker you are right if you keep going into the Alpine National Park you do rejoin the Wellington River. We camp right opposite the farm you are talking about Darryn just below the junction where the Barkly, Wellington & Macalister all join (according to my maps). As we will be having dogs with us we cant go to the National park this time around, so this is one of the better dog friendly spots to stay.
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