Explore beautiful Pyrenees Ranges (VIC) - Overnighter or Day Trip (2-3 Aug) MEDIUM

Avoca, Victoria (Pyrenees Ranges State Forest), VIC

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Pyrenees Ranges State Forest

I've just found out about this beautiful place from a recent trip by 4WD TV crew featuring their Holden Colorado 7. It looks like a fantastic 4wd place to be explored.

Looking to run this as an overnighter but if you want to join us for a day trip, you are welcome to do so. We will be camping nearby (Location TBA).

We will explore the area and try on some easy to medium tracks. Depending on the group, we can try some harder tracks but the goal is to explore and enjoy the area and cover as much ground as possible within 2 days.

Meeting point at
Carpark/Park opposite to IGA at Avoca, Victoria http://goo.gl/maps/cid6p

Camp site @ Glenpatrick Reserve Camping Ground
903 Elmhurst-Glenpatrick Rd
Glenpatrick VIC 3469

List of 4WD Tracks we may try (To be discussed):

1. Fraser Track
2. Old Bluff Track
3. Old Tiger Track
4. Emery Track
5. Main Track
6. Sardine Track
7. Jackson Track
8. Mountain Hut Track
9. Cameron Track
10. Spring Creek Track

Requirement

  • Recovery Gear
  • Kelvin (TREXGQ) Trip Leader - Level 6 (Completed over 76 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    TREXGQ (1990 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch


  • Allan (Big Pig) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 10 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself only
    BIG PIG (2014 WK2 diesel)
    • 32" Tyres
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch


  • John (Bulldog) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 2 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself only
    BULLDOG (2011 JK unlimited)
    • 37" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Mick (Surfs Up)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Surfs up (1994 Surf)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted

  • Graeme (Patrol01) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Patrol (2005 Patrol GUIV Wagon)
    • 33" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Alex (AlexPatrol) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    GQ (1992 GQ)
    • 33" Tyres
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Chris (BDR)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    4.8 GU Patrol (2002 Patrol)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

Ants (Ants)
Is this a confirmed trip or fully occupied with 3 members?
09 Jul 2014
Robert (Rigger64)
Like Ants has said is this trip still a goer or is it full as im seriesrly considering going?
09 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Sorry guys, it was a glitch!.... I was trying to implement this quickly this morning before I headed off to Mt. Baw Baw.......
09 Jul 2014
Ants (Ants)
Sweet as... We're gunna be staying around Ballarat the couple of days previously so makes for a nice close jumping off point.. We will probably join ya to camp out (and hopefully it ain't too cold).. :)
10 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Sounds good Ants, thx for joining the trip.
10 Jul 2014
Darren Jacka (Jacka69)
WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
19 Jul 2014
Rowan Johnson (pnut)
Hi Kelvin. Do you know yet where you guys will be staying overnight? Keen to do this one but need to consider the kidlets if we overnight.
19 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hi guys, thanks for your interest in joining the trip. I will work out the trip details in the coming days. There are not many people know about this area, so need some time to find out the best campsites and tracks. I will keep everyone updated.
20 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Medium you say Kelvin, I think I've heard that before ( Cobaw ) just between you and me I love your medium trips,can't wait.
22 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Haha!...We split into 2 groups in our Cobaw trip right ?..... You picked the Big Boy class which should be HARD..... I know I know.... it's hard to judge the difficulties as we never know what's around the corner.....that's what adventure about, isn't it?
22 Jul 2014
Rowan Johnson (pnut)
So I have an excuse to get a 2 inch lift for this weekend then! Will it really help is another question, lol. Gonna have to Tippie Toe on the tracks then :)
22 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Yes, it will definitely help. 2" inch can make a huge difference. You are running a good set of mud tyres from my memory. The next MUST HAVE is a winch......
3 Most important upgrades:
1. Tyres
2. Winch
3. Lift
22 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hey Rob, this trip is a GO....We have 5 cars already, hopefully more will join in the coming days.......
22 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Ok, I think we will be camping at Glenpatrick Reserve Camping Ground. There are toilets and fireplace (we need it!)
http://www.exploroz.com/Places/102176/VIC/Glenpatrick_Reserve.aspx
22 Jul 2014
Robert (Rigger64)
Might give this one a miss this time.
22 Jul 2014
Graeme (Patrol01)
Hi Kelvin,

I might be able to help you with some info and camping locations for Pyrenees. Feel free to give me a buzz or message me.
Regards,
Graeme
23 Jul 2014
Gavin (wooky)
Hey Guys
What is the go for the day trip? I cant make the over nighter unfortunately.
24 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hi Graeme, thanks. I will send you a private msg shortly. Hi Gav, yes you can join us on either sat or sun.... just let me know...
24 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
G'day all ,I am heading down on Friday late arvo, I will book a room in Avoca so I will be fresh and raring to go, might even drop into the local watering hole and meet the locals.
27 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hey Allan, are you going to camp on Sat night? Rowan won't be camping as he has a little one with him so he will stay at Avoca cottage.
27 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Anyone else joining our trip?..... Please confirm if you could come or not, so that I can plan ahead better.
27 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Yep Kelvin absolutely camping Saturday night, I hope I won't be alone ,I will get the fire going.
27 Jul 2014
John (Evltd)
I'll be camping fryday night and Saturday night :)
27 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hi John, great, both me and Allan will be camping on Sat night. Ants will only do a day trip on Sat and Rowan will go back to Avoca to stay at the cottage.

We will camp at GlenPatrict Reserve. Will you camp there on Friday night?
27 Jul 2014
Ants (Ants)
We will join on sat morning and camp with ya guys sat nite.... but not sure if pitching a tent or sleeping in back of jeep for the nite yet... ;)
27 Jul 2014
Ants (Ants)
We will join on sat morning and camp with ya guys sat nite.... but not sure if pitching a tent or sleeping in back of jeep for the nite yet... ;)
27 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
@Ants, Oh great!... Allan will be disappointed if there are not enough people to see his fire :)
27 Jul 2014
John (Evltd)
Glenpatrick reserve is pet friendly correct
27 Jul 2014
Rowan Johnson (pnut)
I'm sorry I can't camp out with you guys but I have to consider my young family as mentioned to Kelvin. One thing I always enjoy are a fire and beer which I will miss out on. I used to rough it but for now until the kidlets grow a little bigger I have to be a softy! :)

Anyway, if I carry on any further I may just shed a tear! See ya blokes on Saturday morning in Avoca.
27 Jul 2014
Rowan Johnson (pnut)
Hi John,

Dogs are allowed. http://www.caravancaravan.com.au/entity/glenpatrick-reserve-camping-area/VIC
27 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Haha, no worries Rowan. Depending on Sat, we may go back to camp and set up the fire earlier (Allan ;) so you can have a beer with us before you head back to the cottage.
27 Jul 2014
John (Evltd)
Cheers pnut
27 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Who knows if fire wood is in plentiful supply around our camp , I will have a chainsaw. Kelvin I wouldn't mind making camp around 4 ish. as it will be dark by 5.30 and I want a cracking fire by then.
27 Jul 2014
Rowan Johnson (pnut)
Allan, I have about half a qubic meter of already chopped up wood. Do you want me to bring that? I have an over supply and it is good quality as I use the same for fires here at home.
28 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Rowan, I will let Allan respond to you but it would be great if you can bring them, at least it would be much easier to start the fire with good quality of firewood.

My plan is to explore the state forest as much as we can on Sat and just take it easy. It should be a relax day. We should get back to the camp and get the fire going by 5.

Can't wait!
28 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
pnut its half way through winter how can you have an over supply? some dry fire wood would be awesome, thankyou.
28 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Awesome!... We have one more car coming..... welcome John (johnnie)!
30 Jul 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
Thank you for making me feel welcome. Cant wait.
30 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Kelvin ,thats not a car it's a JEEP .
Johnnie , awesome you can make , some one to drink whiskey with around the fire.
30 Jul 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
Thanks Allan. See you maybe Friday night. whiskey sound like a plan.
30 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Where you staying Johnnie
30 Jul 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
camp out Allan not sure where, but doing the pub first maybe. you camping or glamping on friday.
30 Jul 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
may go to the waterfalls camping grounds. going to look into it a bit more tomorrow
30 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
I am going soft on Friday , got a motel room in the main street $98 well spent then a nice cafe breakfast that way I can watch the footy , I will be grabbing a pub meal though.
30 Jul 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
haha see you at pub then
30 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Alright alright Allan..... I let you JEEPs go on a date on Friday :) ......
30 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Will anyone bring a chainsaw except Allan? My chainsaw is stuffed!
31 Jul 2014
John (Evltd)
Yeah I'm bringing one
31 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Great, thanks John. See you on Sat morning
31 Jul 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Big Pig is all pack and ready to go ,will be getting out of town around 2.30pm
31 Jul 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
see you up at the pub Allan. should be leaving about 5pm
31 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
See you on Sat morning Allan!....
31 Jul 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
I always carry a chainsaw kelvin.
31 Jul 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hey guys, if you arrive today at Avoca, see if you can find out more tracks information from the locals. I've done some research but there are not much information available on the net.... The only 2 challenging tracks that I know is called Old Bluff Track and Fraser Track which is only 5km from the Glenpatrick Camping group. Otherwise, we will just explore the area and try out any tracks that look interesting. Either way, it should be a great trip. See you all tomorrow and drive safe.
01 Aug 2014
Ants (Ants)
Currently snowing at Ballarat and Avoca :).. not sure how slushy and muddy that'll make the tracks..
01 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Really?. it's going to be real cold at night.....better put my snow pant on......
01 Aug 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
have been advised that the tracks at Avoca are difficult in the dry. this trip is gonna be EPIC.
01 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
We can turn it to a hiking trip :) ..... Hope Rowan can bring us some good firewood.....haha
01 Aug 2014
Ants (Ants)
Damn... not sure I can handle the EPIC tracks lol...
01 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Haha,.... you have a bring new JEEP mate!...what are you talking about?........ Have you got mud tyres?
01 Aug 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
bring it on
01 Aug 2014
Ants (Ants)
Nah stock standard still on... will play on and ask for a tow if I get too bogged or stuck...
01 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Ok Ants, we will see how it goes. By the way, we will be using Channel 38. I will keep my radio on most of the time.
01 Aug 2014
John (Evltd)
Last minute cv replacement gotta lov it :)
01 Aug 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
Great photos kelvin. Thanks for a great weekend.
03 Aug 2014
John (Evltd)
Top weekend with top blokes Thanks guys
03 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Likewise Johnnie.... probably my coldest camping ever..... wish you had join us the rest of the trip.... found some nice and challenging tracks.... Ants has completely transformed today, and he could keep up with us most of the day........
03 Aug 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
well done Ants.I know I should have came with you guys. High country when the season opens Kelvin.
03 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hey Allan, thanks for doing all the hardwork so we can have a warm night with the campfire (same to Rowan, Johnnie and your mate) and for cutting down all the trees blocking the tracks............ great effort! ..... THANK YOU!
03 Aug 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Thank You Kelvin for putting that trip together , I love exploring new places and a great bunch blokes and ladies and children to do it with, Rowan hope to get you around the camp fire for an over nighter soon. Great team work by everyone.
03 Aug 2014
John (Evltd)
Need to go creek driving again :)
03 Aug 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
Make sure you take a Jeep with ya.
03 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
@John (Evltd), if you like creek driving, go to Deep Creek Tracks at Walhalla or try other proper tracks.... the creek next to the camp site is not supposed to be driven on....seriously, I know what you are thinking but you were actually damaging the environment, which is not impressed, besides, even you can get through the creek, then what?...... so don't take it personal but just be aware next time, luckily you have a jeep pulling you out......
03 Aug 2014
John (Evltd)
Gotcha mate
04 Aug 2014
Rowan Johnson (pnut)
Hello All,

A great day spent with you all and double thanks to the experienced guys for sharing their knowledge. Each time i go out i gain experience and i hope soon i can do that hill i chickened out on :) . Allan, going by the pics you guys made a killer fire. If anyone needs a runner on an overnight trip...give me a shout. I'm due for a solo weekend anyway. Seeya all soon.
04 Aug 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
Thanks Rowan. you drove well, but you should have brought a Jeep.👍
04 Aug 2014
Rowan Johnson (pnut)
I will Johnny. Already looking at Carsales.com.au!! :) Gonna get me a weekend Warrior.
04 Aug 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
that's the way Rowan. let me know when you do.
04 Aug 2014
Ants (Ants)
Thanks for all the advice and encouragement guys... Was a fantastic weekend and enjoyed ya company... the jeep has now been well an truely christened.. :) ( plus the better half is happy with what the jeep can do)... lol
04 Aug 2014
Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
She was certainly impressed what the Big Pig could do and I am impressed with what your JK did on day 2.
05 Aug 2014
Ants (Ants)
Well it has always been said that the stock wranglers can do almost anything... and im happy to try most... would have prob taken on the bog hole that ya did as well... ;) but the steps might have been a bit much...
05 Aug 2014
John (Bulldog) Premium Member
bog hole. did I miss a bog hole.
05 Aug 2014
Ants (Ants)
Yeah... ya snorkel would have come in useful... :p
05 Aug 2014
Trip Leader Kelvin (TREXGQ)
Hey Ants, get a set of muddies.... seriously, don't spend on anything else yet....muddies first
05 Aug 2014
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TRIP COMPLETED

5 GOING, 4 Interested
5 adults
Trip Date
02-Aug-2014 (Sat) to 03-Aug-2014 (Sun)

Meeting Point
Carpark/Park opposite to IGA at Avoca, Victoria (http://goo.gl/maps/cid6p)
8:30 AM (Sat, 02-Aug-2014)

Organiser 4WD TRIP
Kelvin (TREXGQ)

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