Tom Groggin Track Vic Alps

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Hi, I'm planning a trip from Omeo to Tom Groggin in an OKA (high ground clearance,4wd,) motorhome. So from Omeo on C545 direction Benambra. Where the C545 turns off to Lake Omeo and Benambra we would go straight ahead to Beloka Gap, Beloka Road, Mt. Hope Road, Tom Groggin Track. We'll do the trip in January. Did anybody do the Tom Grogging Track that time this year and how was it. Dont want to have to turn around with Tom Groggin 'in sight'. OKA is 6 m. long.
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 18:56

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 18:56
willem269,

It was many years ago, but we did that trip in January towing a standard 6x4 trailer behind a SWB BJ40 cruiser.

Cheers,

Cruiser

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 19:49

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 19:49
Check out Murray River Ford in Places. Shouldn't be a problem crossing but your 6 metre length will be a bit squeezy on the entry and exit... W
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 23:25

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 23:25
Any reason you are going that way instead of Davies Plain?

Dave
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Follow Up By: willem269 - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 01:43

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 01:43
Hi Dave

the Davies Plain track, the one that is in the Exploroz Tracks, part of Corryong to Omeo Track, is marked yellow, saying 'seasonally closed, rough track'. Maybe better suited for Landcruisers, Patrols and so on instead of a 6 meters mobile home?
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 20:53

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 20:53
There's mobile homes, then there's an OKA....

I wrote the trek note. A mate of mine in Shep has an OKA.

I don't reckon you'd have any drama aside from maybe one corner between Buckwong Ck and the top where you might have to do a three point turn on a corner.

I was up there in April. Hasn't been much track maintenance done in the past couple of years but it's still in pretty good nick.

The ford on the Murray won't give you any grief.

Depends how much offroading you've done in your OKA I suppose as to what you feel comfortable with.

6m isn't that much longer than a Landcruiser or Patrol.

Dave
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Follow Up By: willem269 - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 15:25

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 15:25
Hi Dave,
yeah, I meant motorhome of course. But I'll be honest with you, it's not our Oka and my 4wd experience is very restricted. Did a little course in Holland (where we are from). We did a 5.5 years trip 107,000 K's in a (very different) motorhome in Oz (see: www.dutchjumbo.nl for pics and route, it's all in Dutch). Now these great friends Peter and Margaret from Adelaide offered us their Oka so you understand we want to be double careful. We'll do a trip from Adelaide to Eyre Peninsula via Gawler Ranges. Then it's back east to Melbourne, Victorian Alps, Snowy Mountains, Blue Mountains, New England to Brisbane. Start in Adelaide on the 6th of November, drop off the motorhome in Brisbane mid March. So now you know more about us. Want to see the Oka? http://www.oka4wd.com/xt196.htm
But who knows, by the time we get to the Alps we might be daring OKA pro's. But as they say, we're better safe than sorry.
Cheers,
Willem
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Reply By: hiluxcab - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 06:42

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 06:42
willem some good info on this site
http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/iconic4wd/daviesplain.htm
http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/iconic4wd/downloads/info/info_davies.pdf
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Reply By: 80seriescruiser - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 23:40

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 23:40
I did the Tom Groggin crossing the way you suggest about 2 years ago in December. The Murray River crossing has a solid foundation of rocks so just check the river height before you go. The only moderately difficult bit is actually the decent down into Tom Groggin station but if its dry you dont even need to lock in the 4wd. I actually did it all in my cruiser without being in 4wd. If the track were to get we however, different kettle of fish.
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