cowombat flat, source of the murray

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 15:01
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hi,
has anyone walked to cowombat flat from victorian side of the border during the winter. i am considering walking to cowombat flat during september,
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Reply By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 18:03

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 18:03
Did it a long time ago, there are a couple of track that get close to the head water.

From NSW there is a downhill hike of about 600 mtrs,

From Victoria about 1.5 km.

It can be very boggy and somewhat difficult to find in winter if it has been very wet, like this year. And cold....

For people who are unsure where this is, the Flats are left of the map and the Murray is the NSW - Vic border, where the straight bit goes wobbly...

Source of the Murray (click here)







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Follow Up By: BarberByTheBay - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:17

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:17
thanks tony. do you know if the cowombat flat area is snow covered middle of winter.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:52

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 19:52
It can be, there is really no close town to check with, Threadbo is the closest in NSW and you can drive via the Cascade Trail or Suggan Buggan to the South, I had been in via Benambra and the Cobberas (west) and from Threabo.

The Parks guys do check the area but not often and seems to be less and less in the past 10 years... Last visit was late August 2001, Didn't get there in 1998 due to snow... To old and fat to try now :)
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Reply By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 21:30

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 21:30
If u contact OMEO DSE they will be able to help
The road in is closed full time on vic side
It is a 7k walk to the flat
hope this helps
cheers reggy2
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 13:01

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 13:01
Thanks Reggy2,

It used to be seasonal, like I said its been a while since I was there.
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Follow Up By: BarberByTheBay - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 18:05

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 18:05
thanks reg and tony. we`ll be setting up camp at the native dog site, then walking to cowombat flat track all the way to the flat
will give omeo dse a call.
thanks for your help
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 19:47

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 19:47
Interesting, are tee NSW fire trails 9 Snow Gum Trail, and Cowombat track) open or locked for 4wd?

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Follow Up By: BarberByTheBay - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 21:42

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2010 at 21:42
my understanding is the cowombat flat track is permanently closed. will be contacting DSE to clarify track closures.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 06:31

Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 06:31
Thanks, I was wondering about the NSW side. I am pretty sure the Vic side is closed.

Does anyone know about Snow Gum trail or the NSW side of Cowombat track? Are firetrails in NSW generally open to 4wd?
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Follow Up By: BarberByTheBay - Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 07:18

Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 07:18
i fairly confident cowombat track NSW is permnently closed-only authorised vehicles.
dont know about snow gum trail.
my understanding is to get to cowombat flat from victoria we will have to leave the 4wd at native dog camp site and walk via cobberas along cowombat flat track.
i will post any info get that is clarified by DSE relating to status of track closures
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 08:59

Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 08:59
BarberByTheBay

It is Parks Victoria that you need to contact. DSE has nothing to do with National Parks. It won't help you much though.

The Vic part of Cowombat track is is closely guarded because it passes / goes through the Cobberas Wilderness Zone which is a big no no for 4wd access.

I understand that there is only one way to get access, the information below is specific to Cowombat track and recent.

"Access may be granted under a strict one-off access permit by a suitable organisation to undertake removal of grazing fencing, which is in accordance with the principal of removing/minimizing the impacts of non-indigenous human presence - this would require a plan to be submitted as part of the application, be under strict regulation and with Ranger supervision and audit."

I think that means no.

The Victorian National Parks Association, err, ahh, I mean Parks Victoria Management at work.

You could try here
Friends of the Cobberas

This group is part of VNPA though.

Good luck BBTB
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Follow Up By: BarberByTheBay - Friday, Aug 06, 2010 at 07:44

Friday, Aug 06, 2010 at 07:44
cheers boobook.
will have to make sure the hiking boots have more tread than the jackaroos tyres
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 08:15

Thursday, Aug 05, 2010 at 08:15
Here is a link to a previous EO discussion Source of the Murray Also see this Forest Hill Cairn
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Follow Up By: BarberByTheBay - Friday, Aug 06, 2010 at 07:48

Friday, Aug 06, 2010 at 07:48
thanks mate.
here is a link that contains some great pics, info relevant to walking the trail
http://people.aapt.net.au/~mtmajor/AAWT2008page7.html
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Follow Up By: BarberByTheBay - Friday, Aug 06, 2010 at 08:02

Friday, Aug 06, 2010 at 08:02
an re submiting link- http://people.aapt.net.au/~mtmajor/AAWT2008page7.html
if yoy have probs with link, search yahoo - rohan and nigel christmas.
cheers rod
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