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Far East Gippsland

Discussion in 'Victoria' started by peace_fam, May 15, 2011.

  1. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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    Mount Martha
    Yesterday, we had the most amazing Day trip! We traveled from Bairnsdale to Buchan, the onwards to W Tree. W Tree is in the middle of nowhere and is the home to a Tibeten Yoga Centre, Alternate health practitioners and the head office of WOOFing in Australia. (Willing workers on Organic Farms) The road steadily climbs from sea level at Raymond Island (where we live)to 1000m just past Gelantipy.

    Gelantipy is really only known due to a Million dollar cattle sale each Autumn with world class high country Cattle breeders based there. Just past Gelantipy the fun really begins!

    The road turns(mostly) to dirt for a for a couple of hundred kms and has the most amazing views over Snowy River Country. First there's the Little River Falls that drop 500m to Little River. There's a camp site with a toilet, picnic tables and fireplace (in National Park). A beautiful area to walk.

    The road from here is impassable with caravans (though i just might try a small trailer) and is single lane for most of the next 40km! The drop of beside the road is 400m at times. Amazing spectacular views and a fun drive. The elevation drops 730m over 10km down to McKillop Bridge

    McKillop Bridge has a large bush camping area adjacent the beautiful Snowy River. The last bridge built was washed away by flood 11 days before it's official opening so they decided to build the new bridge 15m higher! It's a long single lane bridge with a timber top. Quite specci considering how remote the area is.

    After this you go through Deddick Valley, Tubbut (love the names) and on to Bonang where the first fuel is for app 150km (last fuel was Buchan l think). Then through Goongerah where a majestic old growth forest towers over the road, with a river beside and stunning tree ferns everywhere. It is so worth the trip just to experience the majesty of this section. You feel so small in the grand scheme of life when you travel through here. The road is still mostly 2 lane gravel with sections of bitumen. There is a bush rest area near Goongerah.

    The road continues app 90km to Orbost where we turned home.

    All up we traveled 450km, leaving home at 10.30am and returning 8pm with walks, lunch stops etc and some pretty solid driving (mainly in 2nd and 3rd gear between Gelantipy and Goongerah). Did it on 1 tank of fuel after filling in Bairnsdale. You would not want to be caught out in this remote area as there is NO mobile coverage for much of the trip.

    This is an amazing, mind blowing, area to visit and i'd highly recomend it to anyone in a reliable Kombi. Road Runner did it easily, although is filthy now! It was my first time driving such narrow, wet dirt roads.

    We experienced typical high country weather from sun to rain, fog and snow!!!! A truly memorable, amazing day! I'm definately going to go back and camp near McKillop Bridge when the weather warms.:[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  2. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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  3. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Nice spot there and that looks to be another one of those death roads that wrap around cliff faces - one lane only.

    Looks like the weather was a touch cool?

    Great photos - thanks for posting.
     
  4. peace_fam

    peace_fam Member

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    Just a bit. We have sun, rain, fog and sleety snow! Warm in Road Runner and took a thick jacket and hot lunch!

    Def one of those death roads if you're not very careful but sooooo worth it. An awesome drive and great views. :D
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    sunshine coast
    Good to see you are enjoying the 3.

    Set of mud type tyres great for those adventures. Makes a huge difference in the slop. A barrier between driver and front passenger also good as its prevents unexpected clouts to the back of head when picking adventerous routes/angles:)
    have done a bit of fire trail exploring in those areas and a set of snow chains got a fair working . Great for muddy roads and log climing

    cheers
    col
     
  6. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    Great pics. It makes me envious and wanting to head out again.
     

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