Question: Vic High Country

can this trek be done alone or should you travel in a group? (Thinking of doing the trek en route from Sydney to GOR)
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Reply By: Crackles - Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 22:11

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 at 22:11
Emma this route is usually of an intermediate+ standard becoming difficult in the wet due to several steep hills & river crossings. It would be OK to do solo if you have a high clearance four wheel drive and are experienced in these conditions. While possible it's definately not a camper trailer Trek. Time of year can be an issue as well with some rivers becoming impassable requiring substantial detours. This is a very popular route so you'd normally expect to come accross quite a few others along the way.
Cheers Craig.....................
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 04:48

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 04:48
G'day Emma

Yep I reckon Craig pretty well says it all. Agree 100%.
Just take your time & allow for plenty of photo stops. Beautiful country up there.
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Follow Up By: emma t - Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 08:48

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 08:48
Thanks. We have a 90 series TD prado and a 4WD hard floor camper (with more clearance than the prado). Would like to raise the prado before we go - but there are a few thing we want to do to the prado before we go so it will all depend on $$$.
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Follow Up By: George_M - Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 09:54

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 09:54
Providing you don't get caught by wet weather you'll be fine with this outfit, Emma.

Have you considered which route you will take?

One to consider if this is your first trip through the High Country would be to:
. Ford the Murray River at Tom Groggin (just down the road from Thredbo)
. Set up a base camp at the Buckwong Ck camping area
. Do some day trips (Mt Pinnibar on a clear day would offer quite spectacular views)
. Then proceed over the Davies Plain Tk to Omeo
. And on to the Great Ocean Road.

If you do choose to ford the Murray River at Tom Groggin make sure you do a downstream loop.

Rooftop Maps offer a great map of the area, and Boiling Billy Publications offer a number of high quality and really useful books about specific tracks in the High Country. I think both are available from the Exploroz online store.

Have a great trip – it is a beautiful part of Australia.

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 18:53

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 18:53
George this is yet another confusing link to the forum from a question asked in the Trek section & is in reguard to a specific route that Emma is enquiring about.
Emma while a stock Prado would be able to do this trek comfortably there are several sections that when towing would be very difficult if not dangerous in the wet. Lovicks track past King Billy is very rough at the moment, Zeka spur is chopping up & the descent very slippery after rain. The rivers can be challenging when towing through Wonnangatta in the wet & Wombat spur out the other end will take every bit of power the Prado has being the steepest part of the route. While passable at the moment the Crooked river is best bypassed when towing & of course you wouldn't take a trailer out on Blue Rag instead leaving it on the Dargo road.
Realisticly it's best not to tow through the High Country unless aware of current track conditions & detours.
Cheers Craig..........
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