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  • Vic High Country trip

    Thought I'd throw up some pics and give a rundown from the weekend's adventure up in the Vic high country, which was absolutely fantastic.

    The trip was held over two days with two vehicles, starting in Myrtleford before heading out to Lake Buffalo and up the Abbeyard Rd. Then ventured along Mt Selwyn Rd before hitting Tea Tree Range Rd. Stopped at Sarah's Hut for a quick bite to eat, before heading down Sarah Spur Track. We got to Talbotville at around 3pm where we setup camp, amongst we estimated another 70+ 4x4s (and one VX Commodore wagon haha). We headed up the Crooked River track where we collected some firewood, before heading back to camp and calling it for a day.

    The following day we headed for South Basalt Track, only to find that it was still 'closed' due to fire damage. So we backtracked Brewery Creek Rd and then Basalt Knob Track intending to reach our destination - Blue Rag Range Track. I've heard numerous stories and opinion regarding Blue Rag Range, which I soon realised would become the highlight of the trip, just edging out the slow yet satisfying crawling descent/ascent of Sarah Spur Track. We headed to the trig point along Blue Rag Range - the views were simply amazing, and well worth the short and moderately challenging trip to the top. From here we ventured towards the Dargo High Plains Rd, coming out the Alpine Rd and heading home back through Bright.

    Overall the trip was short yet amazing, and look forward to hitting the Vic HC again soon.

    Couple of stats from the trip -
    Distance on dirt: 200 km
    Highest point reached: 1718 m
    Average speed: 22 km/h
    Average fuel consumption: 20.5 l/100km
    Min/max day temp: 3 to 28 deg C
    Steepest climb: Blue Rag Range, just prior to the trig point


    Lake Buffalo spillway


    Sarah's Hut


    Getting the BFG's dirty!


    Start of Mt Sarah Track


    The Paj and my cousin's Hummer, which actually proved itself beyond expectation!


    Mt Sarah Track


    Wongongarra (?) River crossing, Mt Sarah Track


    Wongongarra (?) River crossing, Mt Sarah Track


    Wishing I had bought that 2" lift before the trip!


    Paj crawling its way up Mt Sarah Track


    They see me rollin...


    Tea Tree ranges


    Hummer trawling along Crooked River Track


    Talbotville campsite


    Looking back down Mt Sarah Track from Mad Dog lookout


    Blue Rag Track, must have got cold that night!


    I know it's not a Pajero, but man doesn't this thing look mean?! Along Blue Rag Range






    On the way up Blue Rag Range Track












    Top of Blue Rag Range






    Back on the Alpine and reinflating.

    Cheers,
    Adam

  • #2
    nice trip.
    Yes Talbotville had a lot of people in there, we went though around 12.30 PM Sat.

    Paj, Jeep, Mav, Nissan.

    Regards
    Michael.
    2016 NX,GLS,DID,Auto. Rear DL, ARB deluxe BB, Warn winch, Safari Snorkle, Tow bar, Redarc tow pro, Front door windows tinted, Traxide SC80 dual battery system, Rino roof bars, Icom IC440 UHF, Lovells HD + 50mm springs all round, ????? shocks and struts, Proclip & Strike phone mount.

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    • #3
      So nice, cant wait to do blue rag.
      Old, NP Exceed 3.5 petrol, ARB Bull bar, Warn winch, Bush Skinz Bash plates ,2inch lift, Safari Snorkel. ***Now Sold***
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      • #4
        Originally posted by rad_23_3 View Post
        Awesome pic!

        Originally posted by rad_23_3 View Post
        Is that trig point on Mt Blue Rag? Last time I was there the trig point wasn't.
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        • #5
          Cheers mate. Yeah that is the trig point on top of Blue Rag - suprised it wasn't there last time.

          We camped at Talbotville on Sunday night, still plenty of people there, and many more on the way through. Definitely will be back there again sometime.

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          • #6
            Great photos! Looks like a fantastic trip.

            Thanks for sharing, and making me want to hit the High Country even more than i already do!!
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            • #7
              Thanks for the photos . Be spending a bit of time up there next week.
              Blue Rag looks like a walk in the park now.
              Dave
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              • #8
                Doing that track, again, with a few mates can't wait after seeing those great pics..

                Gus.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the report and great photos.

                  Vic High Country is on my to-do list, esp Blue Rag.
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                  • #10
                    I miss the High country. I'm headind out just for an overnighter to get back into it.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah Blue Rag actually was in a lot better condition than I was expecting - looks as though it was all that long ago they've trucked in some gravel and regraded it.

                      Best thing about the high country, you can spend as long or as little time up there depending on your timeframe! Whether it's a day trip or a week long bender, still a good trip!

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                      • #12
                        yeah they ruined the drive along blue rag when they graded it.
                        they also grade Basalt sth track ruined that to.

                        Michael.
                        2016 NX,GLS,DID,Auto. Rear DL, ARB deluxe BB, Warn winch, Safari Snorkle, Tow bar, Redarc tow pro, Front door windows tinted, Traxide SC80 dual battery system, Rino roof bars, Icom IC440 UHF, Lovells HD + 50mm springs all round, ????? shocks and struts, Proclip & Strike phone mount.

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                        • #13
                          Hi,

                          What was the name of the track or tracks that run along the ridge tops?

                          Going through HC starting on Saturday (in Colac at moment) and looking for some info, heading through to Canberra.

                          I don't have a snorkel or winch and will be towing a large camper trailer.

                          Cheers,
                          Mike
                          2007 NS Pajero, DiD Auto, Champagne
                          Done: DIY Dual Battery and tray, ARB deluxe bar, On board ARB air compressor, IPF 900XS Spotties and GME TX3440, Waeco 50L dual zone, Hayman Reese tow bar, 50mm suspension lift, Mickey Thomson ATZ.


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                          • #14
                            Blue rag stunning views but its dead ender.

                            Cynthia spur.

                            Tea tree not to bad either.

                            Billy Goat more stunning views.

                            The bluff from bluff hut to Lovicks,

                            Michael.
                            2016 NX,GLS,DID,Auto. Rear DL, ARB deluxe BB, Warn winch, Safari Snorkle, Tow bar, Redarc tow pro, Front door windows tinted, Traxide SC80 dual battery system, Rino roof bars, Icom IC440 UHF, Lovells HD + 50mm springs all round, ????? shocks and struts, Proclip & Strike phone mount.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks,

                              Will they be easily done with just a 2 inch lift?

                              Looks like we will now set up the trailer at craigs hut for 2 or 3 nights and then move to a more northerly site for a couple more, any suggestions for the next camp location, with 3 small children to play at?

                              Looking forward to the next 5 to 6 nights.

                              Mike
                              2007 NS Pajero, DiD Auto, Champagne
                              Done: DIY Dual Battery and tray, ARB deluxe bar, On board ARB air compressor, IPF 900XS Spotties and GME TX3440, Waeco 50L dual zone, Hayman Reese tow bar, 50mm suspension lift, Mickey Thomson ATZ.


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