Wonnongatta in 2004?

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 11:13
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Hey all and Happy New Year

Now to business, I, along with 4 other vehicles, will be touring the Wonnagatta valley starting from Dargo end and probably going out through Mt Howitt, to Lovicks Hut and down through Sheepyard in Early Feb. Has anyone done this trip over the Xmas break and how did they find the going? My friends and I are all Wonnangatta virgins and some are a little precious of there near new vehicles, not so with my good old girl (a 1989 GXL 60 series) so I was wondering if anyone had any major difficulties or areas to watch for trouble on the route I mentioned? There will be two warn winches 1 tirfor winch and several snatch straps and shackeles amoungst all of us so recovery should not be a problem.

Any info will be appreciated
Andi
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Reply By: Justin - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 12:19

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 12:19
I was there over christmas. Absolutely Beutiful scenery! We came through the dargo end and didn't have any trouble. I drive a standard 60 series. Just take your time. I walked every creek crossing and found it an invaluable experience (although maybe a little chilly as the sun started to go down - expecially the King river brrrr!!!!!) I didn't go out through mount howitt so I can't really coment there. We went through the valley via eaglevale and Herne Spur Camped and headed up rileys creek track up the road a bit and across penny track up the west buffalo road and back down cobler lake road to cobbler lake and then down the staircase to king hut/ pineapple flat. As i said didn't have any trouble and I'm relatively inexperienced. My advice If in doubt look VERY carefully (apparently the water levels were a little higher normal?) but You should be fine. Have fun.
Cheers,
Justin
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Reply By: DARREN - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:19

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:19
Andi, We went in there for the first time last week, went via Mt Buller, Craig's Hut ,King Billy, and Zeka Spur Track, no problems at all with the tracks which several people said are now a lot easier that they used to be. It would a bit different after rain though I think. Re river crossings, we came across a couple of blokes who had drowned their diesel non snorkelled hilux on Humphries Ck? track (great track I might add), mind you they did not test the depth first and virtually drove straight from a drop off into above waist height water. We ended up driving in the river bed around the deep section with water not much over knee height. All other crossings encountered were relatively tame. As Justin said, just check water depth & let common sense prevail.
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:40

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:40
Hi Andi

did the same trip just before Xmas and it was a treat. River crossings very easy but if its been raining before hand levels will rise. Usual checks required obviously. Zeka spur, King Billy etc through to Sheepyard was ok but go slow around fallen logs. Some of them were cut by suzuki owners I suspect and I clearance is tight in spots but quite passable. Keep out of the bog holes in the northern end of Wonongatta although there is no need to go into that part. I'd be surprised if you will need to pull out any recovery gear!! Take a chainsaw just in case you are the first to come across a tree across the track. Other than that have a great time...it's a great place to explore and relax. CheersButcher Country Track - Vic
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 14:14

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 14:14
Andi,

I agree with Luxolk about the chainsaw. We saw heaps of logs that had already been cut that had fallen across the tracks. I only had to pull the chainsaw out once but it would of been a hell of a back track otherwise.

Leroy
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Reply By: William - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:45

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 13:45
You can drive that area by 2WD preferably with a limited slip differential
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:02

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:02
And when it rains?? hehe

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:06

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:06
would that be spiining the wheels to get up hills and damaging tracks?1999 NISSAN NAVARA DUALCAB
DIESEL 3.2 & SPRINGY CARLTON TOY
2 awestruck kids (dads driving!)
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:56

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 15:56
Toonfish,
You would only use a vehicle with a quality LSD for this type of work!! (almost fell off my chair when I read your reply LOL)

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Phil G - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 16:08

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 16:08
Driving a 2wd on those tracks does too much damage - too much wheel spin - chews them up. Better to do it in a 4wd without significant wheel spin, and this is one of the advantages of lockers.
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Follow Up By: macca - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 20:56

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 20:56
Excellent follow up Toonfish..:-)
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 22:54

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 22:54
Toonfish the 2by with LSD is a great hoon machine so easy to break the rear end away, especially in a ute. Reckon the river crossing mentioned in a 2by would be fun too and someone may need fishing out then. Think we may all be laughing.Regards

JohnR - Not enough of the right travelling, some here..... some over there.......
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Reply By: Richard - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 20:47

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 20:47
Just back from the Vic High Country based in Talbotville doing Billygoat Bluff and Blue Rag amongt other tracks. Tracks were no problem but the creeks were up after 8" of rain the week before but we got through OK. I run a 2001 NM Pajero Exceed with a few battle scars.
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Reply By: peterK - Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 21:45

Thursday, Jan 08, 2004 at 21:45
I only just returned after 10 days in there and agree with the responses above. Just want to add - Be careful about camping under or near trees. Not so bad in the valley or around sheepyard, but in other areas used to sit there at night and here them fall.
cheers
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