Today is New Years Day and
we woke up to another beautiful High Country summers morning
thinking the day trip to Wonnangatta wasn`t happening but to our
surprise found out from Ted Gray that it most definately was on.
So, in our usual well organised, well oiled manner we promptly got
ready to go ... :-) hehe Todays trip saw only 4 cruisers attend, Craig
Cheetham in his now turboed
105 series led the trip followed by Kelly F, Ted Gray and Pete Deigan
and I went tail end. ( 3 x 80 series petrol cruisers )
Once again i would really like to thank Craig and Darren for sharing
their knowledge and having the patience to take us LCoolers to places i
know some of us probably would not ever get to travel to on our own ...
:-) All of my high country travel has been with Craig and or Darren and
both are a wealth of knowledge on all things from vehicle preparation ,
techniques and the history of the region ... most of all great fun to
be with. You guys are awesome!
We left camp 2 and headed up Tea Tree Spur Track. During our ascent we
came across an oncoming TD 100 series which turned out to be Bob K and
Terry Leader who were taking Bobs truck on a test run after carrying
out the fan blade and radiator repairs the night before.
We continued up and turned left onto Mt Hart Track, continuing on to
Hart Spur Track and after crossing a few rivers had smoko on the banks
of the Humphray River.
After smoko we continued on our journey, crossed some more rivers on
our way to Wonnangatta following the Humphray River Track then on to
Wonnangatta Track to Wonnangatta. The Wonnangatta area was pretty
flooded in November during Melbourne Cup long weekend as most of us
would have heard and read stories about. Craig was there during that
long weekend and witnessed a fair few silly decisions made by other 4x4
drivers and shared his stories with us. I notice the walk bridge is no
longer there having been swept away by the flooded Conglomerate Creek.
We had a quick look around, take advantage of the drop dunny and look
at the hut and head off for lunch.
We crossed back over Conglomerate Creek the way we came in over the
river and had our lunch under the shade of the elm trees.
After lunch we veered left off Wonnangatta Track and followed the
others on the the lower original Wonnangatta Track when we came
across a fairly large tree branch that had fallen and we had to drive
under it, Craig and Kelly got under it no worries but Ted had to remove
his roof mounted gas bottle in order to get past, i got past by lifting
the branch a bit.
The track would have been pretty boggy when Craig and his friends from
the Jeep Club travelled along here in November.We followed this lower
track and eventually got back onto the Wonnangatta Track and continued
on to Herne Spur track, crossed a river before the climb.
Herne Spur is a pretty steep climb i did in mostly 1st low. Craig told
us some stories of vehicles with wet drum brakes that had come to grief
on this track and made sure we all dried our brakes off before the
climb. :-) At the top we came onto Wombat Range Track, we stopped for a
chat and took some photos of the view before making our way to
Cynthia Range track all the way to Station Track where we turned left
and headed down to Racecourse Track, turned left at the bottom back to
We crossed quite a number of rivers and creeks today but none were deep
enough to cause any concern for the three petrol 80s so didn`t
need to fit bras ... :-0 We also travelled on some nice climbs and
decents that i used 1st low on mainly Herne Spur which though easy
enough in the conditions we had today would be a completely different
story on another day.
Meanwhile back in Camp
A couple of things going on
- Raf and Maddy went for a drive into Dargo
- Wombat and Mark (and families) left for Melbourne via Dargo
- Adam, Matt and Jordy went liloing down to the river junction (6km)
- Terry did some more work with Bob, and took his car for a drive
Lots of photos around camp..
The liloing - Matty heads for the gap under the log
He's through - the rest follow
Back at camp - boogie board on the rope is a hit - is that a message
from Matty that we're meant to understand??
Wonnangatta - Pete relaxes
Ted with a brew
Ahh - all of the boys (on the Wonnangatta Day Trip) in the one photo
Back at camp, Ted cooks up a storm
Bob with his favorite Elf's Hat (for getting the most fines on the
Terry mops up
Ted's camp oven spick and span
Ivan and Ben cooked - so Matt, Adam and Jordy doing the dishes
Paula getting time to feed herself - and Terry watching the bush TV
Brian cooks up a storm
Kristen with more water on the boil
Oh the serenity!
Ivan and Matty with pizza for dinner - Darren looks on
Craig, Bob, Matt, Kristen, Paula and Terry having a chat