Coongulla/Maffra to Dargo via Avon River and Valencia Creek

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 20:41
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Hey Guys,

Havent been around here for a while. Heading over to Vic for a few weeks in May. Heading up to the old boys shack at Coongulla. Want to head up to Dargo for a look around.

Years ogo we got taken up there along a few tracks. Told it was the "Back Way" maybe call river road/river track?

I cant remember what the road/track was called but if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be greatly appreciates. It was dirt for at least 1/2 to 3/4 of the way and followed water for a fair bit.

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Reply By: snailbait (Blue mntns) - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 20:57

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 20:57
Hi mat
I would look for a different place this year as it has snowed in the high country and it is raining heavy
To night it is raining cats and dogs so to speak

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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 21:19

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 21:19
Gday Matt
If you google maps for Lake Glenmaggie, all the towns and roads will be in the one picture. Dargo is a bit East and North from Coongulla. You can go up Kentucky rd and around the area of Huggets Crossing.Nice place to camp. Dont worry about the rain and snow , sort that out when you get there. Give me a call when you come through, we might be able to tag along.




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Follow Up By: Matt(WA) - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 22:23

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 22:23
Thanks Muz,

Been up that way before. Not to worried about the rain and snow. I used to spend all my holidays up in the High Country when I lived in Vic. We wont be camping anyway. Staying at dads shack and doing a day trip, or staying at the pub for the night. If I remember correctly they do accommodation there.

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Follow Up By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 22:30

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 22:30
Matt,
A great pub, good meals and accomodation. Enjoy your trip.



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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 23:43

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2012 at 23:43
From Coongulla you could go out Hodges Rd, Millers Rd to Bulldog Junction then on to Smoking Point. Then down Chomleys Tk to Mount Margaret Tk turn on to the Chromite Mine Tk, quite good camping at the Chromite Mine, then go out via B2 Tk to the Tamboritha Rd. From there head to Moroka Junction turn towards the Pinnacles & then go down Billy Goat Track & head out Crooked River Rd.

I had a place in Coongulla for years in Wootons Cove, where is your Dads shack? I may even know him, I went up over Easter to catch up with friends.
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Follow Up By: Matt(WA) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 00:11

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 00:11
Hey Shaker,

On Woolenook way. Its Dot and Ern Halls old place. They were like Grandparents to me. Been going there ever since i can remember. Old boy bought the place when Ern passed away last year. Dad also knows the Savages.

Cheers for the road names.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:18

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 10:18
Matt, it is a very small world!
We lived 2 doors away at no. 55 & were good friends with Dot & Ernie, I was only talking the other day about his 70th? birthday bash at, the then quite new, Coongulla Hall.
We lost touch when we sold our place & I was very sad to hear of Ernie's passing. I remember when Dot was battling illness.
I would love to have a chat with you one day, maybe send me a contact through MM.
Cheers, Paul.
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Follow Up By: Matt(WA) - Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:16

Thursday, Apr 19, 2012 at 17:16
Found the track I was looking for.

Its called Freestone Creek Road, or alternatively Dargo Road. Runs from Middle of Braig through to the Main Dargo Road. Along Freestone Creek.

http://www.bonzle.com.au/c/a?a=p&h=25768&i=554&j=554&nudge=1&x=147.239863825438&y=-37.7161399654377&c=3&p=170605&w=25768&mpsec=0#map

Has anyone been along there at all recently? Would have been 20 years since I went along there last.

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Follow Up By: Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 20:08

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 20:08
G'day Matt,

Freestone Creek is still quite accessible. It isn't recommended to tow along it as there are some narrow sections and to meet an oncoming vehicle would be a problem.

It is a fairly weather resistant road but average speed would be 40-60km/h.

It is a bit slower than using the Briagolong-Stockdale Road to Beverleys Road through to the Dargo Road - but more scenic.

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Follow Up By: Matt(WA) - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 16:15

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 16:15
Thanks Tim,

Wont be towing anything mate. Be in the old boys Prado.

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