Weekend getaway to the Snowy River Nat park -15/16 NOV MEDIUM

Snowy national park, VIC

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Snowy River National Park 15/16th Nov 2014

Friday

We intend to set off early Saturday so please try to get there on Friday arvo. Let me know if you cannot make it so we can organize to meet Sat morning.

  • Arrive at my place Friday and setup camp.

  • Short brief about trip on Friday night, tea, fire, few drinks all fun.

  • I have decided to change the camp area to the bottom of our property for more space. It is flatter and sheltered from the wind. Will update photos shortly.

  • I have also hired a porta toilet from Coats which will be there for all to use. If you want I would love it if each one of you could dip in $15ea to cover the cost of it. Other than this there is no cost at all. I think it is best for the girls/kids and it is too far to our house for number 2s. There will be plenty of fire wood and a generator if required. Obviously as mentioned before you will need to bring your own food, drink, camping gear and 4WD.


 

Saturday. Up early...

I have uploaded 3 files.

  1. Map outlining the trip and its direction.

  2. Jacksons crossing over the snowy.

  3. Haunted Stream


 

Dedick Trail The trip starts from Buchan which is about 45 mins from My place. It is all black stuff north till we hit a little town called Seldom Seen (when you get there you will know why it is called Seldom Seen) From there we turn off onto Mickillops Rd (Marked as red on the map) This is dirt road but some caution is required along here as there is steep drop offs on the side of the road (no barriers) and it is in most places only one car width wide. Some amazing views from this road. After we cross the Mckillops Bridge we come across the Dedick trail on the right. This is approx 2.5 hours from my place. If we leave camp early we should have all day to travel on Dedick Trail and some of its side tracks. The Dedick Trail is marked in black on the map. At the end of the Dedick Trail we hit Yalmy Rd, this is a good dirt road and we stay on this until we get to the Varneys Track.

Jacksons Crossing After Yalmy Road we turn off on Varneys Track. This takes us down some hills into the snowy valley. I have included a map of the Snowy river crossing. This is quite easy when the river is low however it can be tricky. We will try to mark the crossing out the week before we do the tirp. We went out there a couple of weeks ago and in was not passable. But by Nov it should be ok and only 300mm or so average depth. The crossing needs to be taken seriously though as it has its dangers. If you are not confident on this crossing ask one of us to go across with you. It is daunting when you head out into what seems way too much water even if it is shallow. My son Joel and I know the crossing qute well, we will do it first then come back and take about 5 across at a time. After the crossing we head back to Buchan on the Jackson Crossing Track, we stay on this until we get to the Running Creek Track (marked as Green on the Map) This is steep and rocky but should be fine in dry weather (great fun when wet) At the end of the climb back out of the valley we return to Buchan on the Basin Rd. Depending on time we will divert for more tracks closer to home then eventually back to camp at my place.

Sunday. Up whatever time and packup.

Leave our place and head to Haunted Stream. I have marked the track as black on the map. This is about 45 mins from my place. We go through some private property for a while then make our way down into the valley. Please note this is not really a place for a camper trailer. So if you are bringing one you should leave it at my place then return to my place to pick it up. The track can be difficult at times but mostly simple. Heading into the valley the track has many large drop offs that are almost straight down for 100 meters or more. Once down to the stream it involves MANY crossings (40+) so please if you do not want to get your 4X4 wet do not come on this trip. You have been warned. It is one of my favorite tracks of all time. The scenery is magnificent and lush forest surround us everywhere. We should be back to Bairnsdale for lunch however I would pack lunch in case we take longer than normal. Those who want to head off early can do so from Dawson City (the end of the track) and work your way back to Bairnsdale or Stratford. If you have trailers you can follow me back to my place and head off from there or you can stay Sun night and head off Monday morning that is up to you which way you go.

You can call text or email me on the following.

Mobile: 0488 115 653

Email: dave at 4wdtrip dot com dot au

Requirement

  • Dave (disco) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 4 trips)

    GOING
    Myself only
    Land Rover Discovery 2 (2003 Discovery 2)
    • 33" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

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

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (14-Nov-2014 09:07)
    TREXGQ (1990 Patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Dave (Stoops) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 4 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (14-Nov-2014 10:52)
    Jeep Wrangler crd (2009 Jk Wrangler)
    • 33" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • 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

  • Gary (poppyg)

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    Myself onlyChecked-In (14-Nov-2014 13:52)
    4.5V8 diesel Landcruiser (2015 VDJ79R)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Jason (FauxBogan) Trip Leader - Level 4 (Completed over 37 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself only
    Wrusty (2014 Wrangler Unlimited Overland)
    • 35" Tyres, 4" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch


  • Christo (Lotriet)

    GOING
    Myself only
    4l v6 petrol (2013 Fj cruiser)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Gavin (VADER) I am first-aid qualified Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 2 trips)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 AdultChecked-In (13-Nov-2014 11:23)
    THE DUCK (2010 Wrangler)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch


  • Nichole Rose (nrose_hilux)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 Adult + 2 ChildrenChecked-In (14-Nov-2014 08:54)
    Toyota Hilux (2006 Hilux)
    • 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch


  • David (Davidb)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Nissan patrol (2010 Patrol)
    • 33" Tyres, 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Ray (Rusty)


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    3.2 Diesel (2012 PXRanger)

    • Glen Dobson (GQHSV8)


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      GQHSV8 (1992 GQ Patrol)
      • 35" Tyres, 5" Lifted
      • Front & Rear Locker
      • Winch

    • Sean (Seanrav)


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      Jeep JKU Rubicon 3.6l (2015 Wrangler)
      • 34" Tyres, 2" Lifted
      • Front & Rear Locker
      • Winch



    • Jarrod (Jarsar)


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      Patrol (2004 Gu)
      • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted

    • Anthony (atowen)


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      V8 Bruiser (2004 Uzj Cruiser)
      • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
      • Front Diff Lock
      • Winch

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


      I am Interested / In Waiting List
      BULLDOG (2011 JK unlimited)
      • 37" Tyres, 4" Lifted
      • Front & Rear Locker
      • Winch

    • Steve (Nav4x4)


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      2.5 diesel navara (2012 Navara)
      • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
      • Winch

    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    Great idea for a trip Dave, have wanted to do that area for some time.
    19 Aug 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Since there is a few Dave's going, I thought that I'd better have a think about this trip too?

    Looks like a top area that I would love to check out. Will know later if I can join.
    19 Aug 2014
    Andrew (Arnu)
    Sounds like a good trip. Once a date is locked I will be able to commit. Just have to check the work roster.
    19 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi all, changed the date to the first week as I have commitments now on the second weekend. So it will be 15/16th and you are all welcome to come on the 14th.
    19 Aug 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Sounds like a plan Dave ,Deb and myself will be there how ever Deb won't camp so we will grab a cabin in town for Friday and Saturday , very nice of you opening up your property to camp on sounds like we can all get around a camp fire for a few coldies and talk crap,
    .Happy days.
    19 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Hey Dave (Disco), like Allan said, it's very much appreciated that you can offer your place for us to stay. It will be a ripper trip for sure, can't wait!
    19 Aug 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    Hey Al I think the plan is to camp out at Jackson's crossing on the Saturday night, a decent drive back to your accomodation
    19 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi All, Yes we may not get back to my place on the Saturday night. Jacksons Crossing is about an hour and a half from my place on the Snowy river. There is some accommodation near Buchan called Buchan Farmhouse Accommodation (03) 5155 9394, my guess this is only 30 mins from Jacksons crossing.
    19 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    At this rate of joining, we may have 100 4wds going this trip.... Dave, you may need to buy more land to accommodate us :)
    19 Aug 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Looks like I did not read it properly I think I will have to reconsider or I go and it's another trip Deb can't go on.
    19 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Buchan Cave camping ground have some VERY NICE cabins.....not sure if it's near where we are going though
    19 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    http://www.driveaustralia.com.au/MultimediaFiles/Section/27000-27999/Images/27223_sb5.jpg
    19 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Yes Buchan is about 30 mins from Jacksons crossing on a good day.
    19 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Here is perhaps a better option. We leave all our gear setup at my place head off a little earlier then we just come back to my place regardless of time, that way we are all together and have a central return point. Then if we have time we can play a little at Jacksons crossing as there is a few short good tracks around that area. Joel and I will head off about 2 weeks before on our bikes to check the track as well to confirm it is all ok and open. We will also have a better idea of time by doing that.
    20 Aug 2014
    David (Davidb)
    G'day guys, would a d40 with 2inch lift muddys bullbar and winch be ok for this trip?
    20 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Hey Dave (disco), how far is the petrol station from your place?
    20 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hey kelvin, There is Fuel at Swan Reach (5 mins from my place) there is also Fuel at Buchan which is the last fuel stop on the way. On the way back we can also fill up at Buchan if anyone requires it. (We are doing a large loop of about 200KM) I would think most vehicles should be fine.
    20 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hey David (Davidb) I would think you should be fine. In most cases the trail is graded after Winter and as I mentioned above we will go and have a look a couple of weeks before the trip. It can get rutted out quick due to rain and other 4x4 going through but it should be fine. Winch/Tires and lift is probably most important.
    20 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Thanks Dave....
    I am happy to camp anywhere.....so I think there are few options:
    1. Camp at Jackson Crossing (far from any fuel stop but close to where we will be going on Sunday)
    2. Camp at Buchan Cave Reserve (amazing camp site with hot water facility, toliets and awesome cabins, but it's not free)
    3. Camp at your place (a big round trip going back on Sunday but with fuel stop)
    4. Rolling camping (anywhere that suit us on that day)

    Correct me if I am wrong Dave.....
    20 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Kelvin, Yes I am open with anything really, whatever works and suits all is easy with me.
    20 Aug 2014
    Brian (Hitman)
    WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Alas I am booked in for a HLT - Hot lap of Tassie that weekend....an annual trip to stretch the legs of our other steeds.....if the trip changes to the following weekend then I rekon I will get another leave pass.....Hitman
    20 Aug 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    i like kelvins option 3 but please don't hinge this whole trip on my needs, i try to get deb along on the trips as much as possible and i am sure we can make it work regardless of camp arrangements saturday night.
    20 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Alan, yes I agree option 3 would suit me best too.
    20 Aug 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    i like kelvins option 3 but please don't hinge this whole trip on my needs, i try to get deb along on the trips as much as possible and i am sure we can make it work regardless of camp arrangements saturday night.
    20 Aug 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Ok, lock me in please. Will have my two boys & hopefully the lovely Kylie will join us? My 2 cents is a base camp as setting up on rolling camp is a pain in the bum when the whole family come. Please let me know if there is any costs involved for camp.
    20 Aug 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    The base camp doesn't leave much time for wheeling on the Sunday, 1.5 hours to get to the tracks, 2 hours wheeling, 1.5 hours to get back to Swan Reach and then 3.5 - 4 hours to get home (bloody big day).
    20 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi David (Paul Patrol) There is no cost mate you are welcome to stay just bring your own food and drink and obviously camp gear. I have plenty of firewood. You can also use our house toilet on Fri or Sat night if required.

    Dave (Stoops) I was planning on Sat being the main driving day and Sunday bit of a sleep in then head home. I do know some other tracks around local to me (10 15 mins away) and we can do them on Sunday if you guys want to but I know it is a long drive home for you all. If you really want I know some very difficult tracks that are only 10 mins from my place.
    20 Aug 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    Sounds good to me Dave(disco)
    20 Aug 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Disco Dave my interest is getting aroused again, Stoops and myself thrive on difficult , 10 minutes from camp !!! Sunday funday.
    20 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    If you all keen we can do Haunted Stream on Sunday, it is 40 mins from My place and heads from the Alpine Hwy back towards Dargo. So you are kind of heading in the right direction. There is 40 river crossings on the Haunted stream track and it is a great track. Here is a video I found on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8tA5V6E8uI from mid through to end is the Haunted Stream. We can work this stuff out on Sun morning and make a decision on it then.
    20 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    "some very difficult tracks that are only 10 mins from my place."........ that is gold! .... I am in to it... leave the gear behind at base camp..... come back afterward and head home.... Iam fine with any arrangment....
    20 Aug 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Oh stop it Disco, 40 river crossings and I have to wait till mid Nov. your teasing me.
    20 Aug 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Hey Dave (disco), are there any challenging tracks that you want to try in the past but didn't want to venture alone? .... It may be good opportunity to explore them with so many experienced drivers in this trip..... just a thought..... my god... still 3 months to go!....
    20 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hey Kelvin, yes there is so many areas that I have still not ventured into but the problem in this area is you need a few days to do it properly and we normally do it on the motor bikes as it is quicker and does not spoil the fun of going back in 4x4 I will certainly find more tracks and have many more trips organised for you guys.
    20 Aug 2014
    Gary (poppyg)
    Hi Dave if you still got room love to tag along
    21 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Gary (poppyg) Yes there is room for quite a few. Probably a max of 15, so you are welcome.
    21 Aug 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hey all, I have uploaded a panoramic view of the camping area.
    21 Aug 2014
    Joel (Hutcho)
    WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason:
    26 Aug 2014
    Robert (Rigger64)
    Would like to tag along but i have other plans that weekend
    28 Aug 2014
    Christo (Lotriet)
    This trip sounds awesome ! I will sleep
    anywhere I can lay my head down ....
    In my swag .Thanx
    01 Sep 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Christo,
    Your welcome to stay on my property plenty of room. for you and your 4x4. All you need to bring is something to sleep in, food, drink and 4x4. There is a fire pit area and water etc. Trees for the men and house toilet for the girls.
    01 Sep 2014
    Christo (Lotriet)
    Thanx Dave
    01 Sep 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Jeez still over 6 weeks away,thought I'd brush the cob webs of this thread,am looking forward to checking out this area and I also think black sliders are overrated,lets brighten up the world.
    23 Sep 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    Yellow is ok but green is gay :-p
    25 Sep 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Yes yellow is the go
    25 Sep 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    I'll stick with black any other colour would look terrible on a red jeep
    25 Sep 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Welcome aboard Gav,is the whole family coming out ,are you bringing a camper trailer, a few of us where up in that area checking it out this week end, absolutely stunning and Dave (stoops) us Jeepers have to stick together , there will 2 disco's and 3 Jeeps , we should have them covered, highly offended by the gay slur,I might have to get my green hanky out.
    28 Sep 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    You know I will be there 100% for the Jeepers and it wouldn't surprise me if you had a green hanky
    28 Sep 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Neil good to see you have signed up ,it was great chatting with you and your wife at the market on Sunday, if you don't get on this trip keep checking in to see what pops up , even trips into the high country are not that far for you.
    29 Sep 2014
    Tim (Timmz)
    WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: interstate for work, was really looking forward to it.
    07 Oct 2014
    Gavin (VADER)
    G'day All, really looking forward to this trip, definitely need a break. Just checked out the you tube video on Haunted Creek, looks fantastic, can't wait.

    Hey Al, not sure if I am going to bring the Forward Fold Cruizer or try out one of the our new rooftop tents, it will depend on what location we agree to stay at. If were are going to stay at Dave (Disco) place I will probably bring the Cruizer.
    09 Oct 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Gav . the plan is to stay at Daves,he has plenty of room.
    09 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi All,

    Here is an update to the trip for November.

    Friday afternoon (or Friday any-time you like. (We intend to set-off early Saturday so please try to get there on Friday arvo. Let me know if you can not make it so we can organise to meet Sat morning.)
    Arrive at my place and setup camp.
    Short brief about trip on Friday night, tea, fire, few drinks all fun.
    I have decided to change the camp area to the bottom of our property for more space. It is flatter and sheltered from the wind.
    I have also hired a porta toilet from Coats which will be there for all to use. If you want I would love it if each one of you could dip in $15ea to cover the cost of it. Other than this there is no cost at all. I think it is best for the girls/kids and it is too far to our house for number 2s. There will be plenty of fire wood and a generator if required. Obviously as mentioned before you will need to bring your own food, drink, camping gear and 4WD.

    Saturday. Up early...

    I have uploaded 3 files. 1.. Map outlining the trip and its direction. 2.. Jacksons crossing over the snowy. 3.. Haunted Stream Track

    1.. The trip starts from Buchan which is about 45 mins from My place. It is all black stuff north till we hit a little town called Seldom Seen (when you get there you will know why it is called Seldom Seen) From there we turn off onto Mickillops Rd (Marked as red on the map) This is dirt road but some caution is required along here as there is steep drop offs on the side of the road (no barriers) and it is in most places only one car width wide. Some amazing views from this road. After we cross the Mckillops bridge we come across the Dedick trail on the right. This is approx 2.5 hours from my place. If we leave camp early we should have all day to travel on Dedick Trail and some of its side tracks. The Dedick Trail is marked in black on the map. At the end of the Dedick Trail we hit Yalmy Rd, this is a good dirt road and we stay on this until we get to the Varneys Track.

    2.. After Yalmy Road we turn off on Varneys Track. This takes us down some hills into the snowy valley. I have included a map of the Snowy river crossing. This is quite easy when the river is low however it can be tricky. We will try to mark the crossing out the week before we do the tirp. We went out there a couple of weeks ago and in was not passable. But by Nov it should be ok and only 300mm or so average depth. The crossing needs to be taken seriously though as it has its dangers. If you are not confident on this crossing ask one of us to go across with you. It is daunting when you head out into what seems way too much water even if it is shallow. My son Joel and I know the crossing qute well, we will do it first then come back and take about 5 across at a time. After the crossing we head back to Buchan on the Jackson Crossing Track, we stay on this until we get to the Running Creek Track (marked as Green on the Map) This is steep and rocky but should be fine in dry weather (great fun when wet) At the end of the climb back out of the valley we return to Buchan on the Basin Rd. Depending on time we will divert for more tracks closer to home then eventually back to camp at my place.

    Sunday. Up whatever time and pack.

    Leave our place and head to Haunted Stream. I have marked the track as black on the map. This is about 45 mins from my place. We go through some private property for a while then make our way down into the valley. Please note this is not really a place for a camper trailer. So if you are bringing one you should leave it at my place then return to my place to pick it up. The track can be difficult at times but mostly simple. Heading into the valley the track has many large drop offs that are almost straight down for 100 meters or more. Once do
    10 Oct 2014
    Shannon (Hound)
    Sounds awesome Dave, hey mate other than diff breathers would it be best I get a snorkel? Looks like the snowy river crossing can throw up a few surprises, let me know your thoughts.
    Cheers
    10 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Shannon,

    We will not be doing anything that deep, these creeks or rivers flow fast so we don't want to be too deep. It is up to you, I would always do snorkel just to be safe but should be fine for this trip.
    10 Oct 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Thanks for the up date Dave. Your trip sounds exciting. Can't wait.

    Shannon, get a snorkel mate. Cheap insurance.
    10 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Sorry my post was too big, it didnt all fit. See main trip details for updated post.
    10 Oct 2014
    Shannon (Hound)
    Thanks guys snorkel it is lol
    10 Oct 2014
    Andrew (Arnu)
    Sounds like this is going to be a top trip. Some good planning and preparation being done. I can't wait!!
    12 Oct 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Is anybody heading up to Dave's on the Friday & leaving from (or going through) the Berwick area & knows where your going? Would love to join you (re follow lol) for the trip up if poss.
    15 Oct 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Yes David, I will be heading up on Friday afternoon and drive pass Berwick. I can meet you and head up....
    15 Oct 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    That'll be great thanks Kelvin. Just let me know what time you're heading through. Good meeting point is the servo on the highway just past the Officer turn off if you like? Let me know your preference & I'll meet ya.
    15 Oct 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    David, Do you mean this BP ? Yes, I can meet you there, will work out the time closer to the date. Others are welcome to join us if you plan to head up (highly recommended) on Friday afternoon.
    https://plus.google.com/102850038695107507477/photos?gl=au&hl=en
    15 Oct 2014
    Shannon (Hound)
    I might join up with you guy's too, I'm in Cranbourne so it definitely suits me. Let me know what time.
    15 Oct 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Dave ,Deb and I are heading down mid morning on Friday and maybe grab lunch at Sale.
    15 Oct 2014
    Jason (FauxBogan) Premium Member
    I'll meet you guys at BP too.
    15 Oct 2014
    Gary (poppyg)
    I'll meet you guys at the BP as well I'm coming from carrum downs
    15 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Anytime Friday is fine Allan. Or anyone for that matter, I will be here all day Friday.
    16 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    [Private Message Sent] - If you are GOING, please check your inbox.
    16 Oct 2014
    Peter Morris (peter1)
    WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Dave, due to family reasons, I may not be able to make it on the planned weekend. I will not know for certain until a few days beforehand. in fairness to others that are on the "interest" list, I will pull out now so that someone else can join you. Disappointing, as it looks a great trip. Hope to catch up another time. All the best for the weekend - have an enjoyable time.

    Regards

    Peter
    16 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Peter, never mind I plan to have more in the future so I am sure we can do something for you then.
    Regards
    Dave
    16 Oct 2014
    Mien and Jack (DutchDuo)
    Hi Dave,
    Looking forward to it!! We'll be bringing our campertrailer, it it is only the two of us.
    We hope to be there on Friday late arvo.
    16 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    HI, no problem see you then, trailer will be fine.
    16 Oct 2014
    Steve (blue rangie 304) Premium Member
    WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: rolled car on walhalla trip sorry people
    19 Oct 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Bloody hell Steve. I hope everyone is ok. That's no good mate. Chin up.
    19 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Steve,
    So sorry to hear that mate, hope to see you behind the wheel again soon.
    19 Oct 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    Hi Dave,
    Really looking forward to this trip, I will be getting in late on the Friday ( about 9 pm)and I will have a camper trailer.
    20 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Dave.

    No problem mate see you then. Trailer is no problem. When you come down the drive you go past the house, to the left of the shed and over a steep edge and follow the drive down to the bottom of the property. You will see us camped down the bottom. I will probably see you any way and come up.
    20 Oct 2014
    Carolyn Carton (caz&keith)
    hello dave,
    keith and me are interested in this trip, but will possibly (probably lol) be taking the no camping option
    29 Oct 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Caz.
    That is fine. We will be leaving around 800AM ish so as long as you are here by then that is fine,
    Sunday leave time is not confirmed yet but we can work that out on Saturday.
    If you can call me on my mobile (should be under my profile) to confirm on Friday that would be great.
    29 Oct 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Tereza Todd women off mystery , welcome to this trip ,most have been waiting months for this one and now it's only a week away , always good to meet new members, by the way what are you driving.
    Regards Al.
    06 Nov 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Ok, as I'm a bit reluctant to take my kids out of school, is anybody interested in a 4pm meet at the servo on the highway just past the Officer exit? If the majority are leaving earlier I'll take the kids out of school earlier as I'm hopeless with directions.

    If you have a firm time when you're heading up & you don't mind me tagging along, please let me know so I can make arrangements........only 7 more sleeps!
    06 Nov 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Dave, Deb and I will be heading down in the morning as we have some business to take care of in Bairnsdale around lunch time then pushing out to the meet up place early arvo.
    06 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Hi David, Unfortunately I can't meet up with you as I will be heading there early on Friday as well. I think there are a few (Jason?) would like to meet up first at Officer servo....
    06 Nov 2014
    Jason (FauxBogan) Premium Member
    I'm not keen to get in late, so I'll probably leave around lunch and drive solo, unless anyone wants to meet up. I have a few numbers for if I get lost.
    06 Nov 2014
    Tereza Todd (Tereza)
    Hi Allan,


    We only just found out about this and are very excited! We will be driving a stock RG colorado with 32 inch tyres which we only just got 2 weeks ago.


    Hopefully we can get a 2inch lift put on before hand.

    We will head up Friday after work. Will we be needing a snorkel?

    Thanks

    TT
    06 Nov 2014
    Shannon (Hound)
    David, 4pm at officer servo is good for me mate as I've got a few things to do Friday.
    07 Nov 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Tereza I am guessing the rivers will be down so I don't thing it will be a problem,I will try and remember to put in my water bra that you can use if you think you need to, those Colorado's go alright but don;t go higher than 2 inches, so it looks like you will have the newest truck on the trip, the first scratch is devastating then it gets easier, looking forward to meeting you all.
    07 Nov 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    I'm leaving Cranbourne about 2pm
    08 Nov 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    My water bra is still up on the roof from last weekend if anyone needs one.
    08 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi all, I am heading out tomorrow with my son on the motor bikes to ensure the gates are open to the tracks and also to check the river heights. Will have a report for you all by Monday.
    08 Nov 2014
    Gary (poppyg)
    Dave I will meet you at 2pm if that is ok
    08 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    HI Gary, No problem I will still be working etc but I work from home so any time is fine mate. Just go to the shed I will be around somewhere.
    08 Nov 2014
    Zak (Uzooz) Premium Member
    Hi guys is they room for 1 more vehicle I'd love to head out as well with family and would meet up sat morning if that's ok
    08 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    HI Zak, Currently the trip is full but you never know some one may drop out over the next week. Sat morning you would need to be early. We are planing on heading off at around 8am ish. Let s see how the week pans out. I do not have a huge amount of room so we will see how we go.
    08 Nov 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Dave ( stoops ) better get it down from the roof and stick it in your Jeep , some one might need it , I will take mine but won't need it because Big Pig might just have a snorkel by next week.
    08 Nov 2014
    4WDTrip Team (4WDTRIP) Premium Member
    Yea Big will go first in any water crossing from now on.....haha
    Yes, I think it's always good to have them on newer cars.....
    08 Nov 2014
    Gary (poppyg)
    Sorry Dave I meant I'll meet Dave(stoops)at Cranbourne at 2pm
    08 Nov 2014
    Zak (Uzooz) Premium Member
    Keep me updated guys also in was thinking of staying with relatives down in bainsdale and catch up with you guys in the morning
    08 Nov 2014
    Tereza Todd (Tereza)
    Are we still going to be ok with our colorado (no lift and no snorkel)?
    08 Nov 2014
    Jason (FauxBogan) Premium Member
    It all depends if you want to drive 5+ hours just to find out your stuck on one side of a river. You then say 'stuff it' and try and cross, only to break your steps off on a rock and watch them float down the river just before your new truck sucks in a gallon of water doing God knows how much damage.This means you'll need to be pulled out by someone and wait several hours for a tow, if they can reach you at all.
    I really don't mean to offend but that's the possible reality.
    08 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Hi Tereza,

    I've done a reccy run with Dave few weeks ago and most of the tracks were relatively dry and easy except the Jackson Crossing with very fast current and deep. We didn't end up crossing and had to turn around. Having said that, I have been on a trip with a Colorado and it drove a bonnet deep river crossing without any problem..... on the other hand, I've seen idiot drunk a jeep with creek only 20cm deep..... it's all about correct speed and momentum......

    Without knowing your previous experience and your 4wd details, it's hard to say. We always prepare for the worst when venturing to high country. One thing for sure that there are plenty of very experienced 4wders in this trip, we will assist you no matter what happen and we will not leave you behind.

    Hope this helps.
    08 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi All,

    Today was not a good day, got 3/4 of the way to the tracks to check them out and my front diff blew up. Had to remove my front drive shaft and crawl home. it is at the mechanics now, we pulled it apart and its just a pinion bearing, luck no major damage. So I have to get a new bearing tomorrow and hopefully it will all go back together ok. So I have not been able to check if the tracks are open or not. They are marked on the maps as open so we will just have to see next weekend. If they are shut we know of plenty of other places that we can go. Kelvin if I cant get my diff fixed I might have to ride with you...
    09 Nov 2014
    4WDTrip Team (4WDTRIP) Premium Member
    Oooh no.....luckily you could come home safely.... hope you can get it fixed by next weekend...I thought you ride your bike today instead....no worries riding with me
    .....
    09 Nov 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    Al the water bra is on the roof of the jeep, if someone needs they can climb up and get it.
    09 Nov 2014
    Mien and Jack (DutchDuo)
    Ooh...Dave, that's not good at all!! Hope you get it fixed in time...
    09 Nov 2014
    Dave (Stoops) Premium Member
    Gary(poppyg) I will be picking up my wife from St Peters in Cranbourne at 2pm can meet you at The car park at Amstel golf club
    09 Nov 2014
    Gary (poppyg)
    I will see you at 2pm at amstel
    09 Nov 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Hi Shannon. Thanks for meeting me at the servo for a 4pm departure. How's UHF 10 sound. PM your mobile number please mate & I'll give you a call later in the week if you like.
    Geez Dave, that's no good about Bustn your truck. Hope it's an easy & inexpensive fix.

    Weather forecast for the next 7 days is rain, rain & more rain (woo hoo!). I'm keeping the weather forecast a secret from the lovely Kylie though because she'll stay home if she knows.
    Installing diff breathers (finally) & changing all fluids in the mighty Patrol on Wednesday to get it water ready.
    See yuz Friday night.
    09 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Yes, the weather is going to be nice with plenty of rain before the trip.....should help minimize the dust..... I expect the convoy will be over a km long...with car at least 40 meters apart.....
    Good idea to have oil changed before this trip...... but if we do a lot of river crossing, may be worth to change them again......
    Glad Dave had problem this weekend, not next.....
    09 Nov 2014
    Gary (poppyg)
    Hi kelvin r you still on for I'll bring the meat you bring bring that great fried rice your wife made.. :-D
    09 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Haha no problem mate, I will bring plenty of fried rice ingredient and cook them at the camp so that you know it's made by me!...... Very glad to see our Desert Cracker Team (You and Dutch Duo) on this trip.......
    09 Nov 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    I am thinking the big cook off might be Friday, as we could be back a bit late on Saturday to get a cracking food cooking fire going even with my instant fire in a box, I am working on my Master Chef master class menu's as we speak.
    09 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Bring it on!.... I will bring a big wok!
    09 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    I will have my 2 camp ovens full of my favourite stew which all can share. I have a fire BBQ plate and a large wok burner for you Kelvin as we MUST have the fried rice perfect. See you all on Friday arvo. Looking forward to it very much. Hope the weather is good.
    09 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    It will be my last 4WD TRIP this year, can't wait....... hope you get your disco fixed in time.....
    09 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Yes my last trip too, I think the Disco will be fine, we have a good bearing place in Bairnsdale I will be there first thing in the morning to get them. Very lucky that the diff did not get damaged, it sounded like the whole diff broke, then loud winning sound. Ashcroft diffs are awesome, not many standard diff gears could handle that.
    09 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Good news, got the bearings, all fixed up and I just took it for a test drive and all looks good. Off now to get some firewood from the forest.
    10 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    That's great mate!.... Do you think it was caused by the riving crossing we did few weeks ago?..... Did you change your oil since that trip?
    10 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi Kelvin, no the oil was perfect after that trip, I am sure the problem was pulling the bloody truck up the hill 20 times to get the gravel into my driveway. The bearing just collapsed. Mind you that diff has done a lot of KMs now and it was in the green Disco and we both know I put that through hell hahaha...
    10 Nov 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    WHAT last trips for the year , have snorkel will travel ,have snorkel and 35's will travel even more , two more trips after this weekend then the Big Pig can have a rest and maybe some ball joints.
    10 Nov 2014
    Andrew (Arnu)
    WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: Unfortunately i am now working this weekend and wont be able to make the trip. Hope you guys have a great time, sounds like a ripper of weekend planned.
    Andrew
    11 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    One car has pulled out, anyone want to jump in quick to fill the last spot?
    11 Nov 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Hey Dave, you may have already addressed this question but.........will one tank of diesel get through this trip or do I need a jerrycans? I get about 650 k's to a tank & also have the reserve tank for another 200 k's.
    11 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi David, Yes that will be heaps mate no need for jerry cans. We will also go through Buchan which has servo on the way.
    11 Nov 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Geez Dave where not going via Thredbo, I'm going to fill up in Bairnsdale and I only get about 300 klm's with a mixture of off road and black top but I will carry 20 litres as back up.
    11 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Ha ha well its not that far to Thredbo you know from where we are going. The Snowy river Rd runs to the boarder then Its called the Bary way and is a nice drive to Jindabyne
    11 Nov 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Thanks Dave. Well I haven't driven the area before Al so had no idea of terrain, distance etc for this trip. Sorreeee for asking pfft! I'm gonna wipe my bare bum on your brand new snorkel now & leave a skiddie. Cop that 😉
    11 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    You will be fine David, ...there are couple JEEPs in this trip.... they usually run out of fuel before us...... haha
    11 Nov 2014
    Mien and Jack (DutchDuo)
    With Kelvin cooking his famous fried rice and Dave making a camp oven stew I felt I want to cook something too!!! Thinking of some chicken satay...DUTCH style!!! Sounds good??
    11 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    WOW, bring it on Mien....
    4WD TRIP COOKOFF!
    - Infamous fried rice from Kelvin
    - Swan Reach Stew from Dave
    - Master chef dish from Big Al
    - Chicken Satay DUTCH style
    anyone else?
    I think the residents at Bairnsdale will smell our cooking......
    11 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Oh no, typo...should be "Legendary Fried Rice from Kelvin"
    11 Nov 2014
    Mien and Jack (DutchDuo)
    Ok...Dutch Chicken Satay it is!!!
    11 Nov 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Aargh! By the time we arrive on Friday night we'll miss the cook off. Will be thinking of you all on the drive up while we munch on our drive through dinners.

    Saw some photos of the area that 4wdtrips put on face book today. Looks awesome! Can't wait.
    12 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi all,

    Please note that I will not be around at my place till after 3PM on Friday arvo. If you come earlier please wait around the shed till I arrive. If you need to text me and I will organise something with you if you are coming earlier.

    Regards
    Dave
    12 Nov 2014
    Trip Leader Dave (disco)
    Hi All,

    Please note I have had a few questions about animals, please do not bring animals, there is no fences here, kids and some wild animals on my farm. I have a little Pug but she is harmless however it is best not to bring any animals.

    Regards
    Dave
    13 Nov 2014
    Carolyn Carton (caz&keith)
    WITHDRAWN from Trip - Reason: i am so disappointed ...keith has hurt his back - so we can't make it.....i was really looking forward to all those river crossings...we look forward to reading the trip report and have fun everyone...caz and keith
    13 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Well, just got a call from Allan (BIGPIG) ...... he won't be able to join us until Sat night so he will miss our Sat action...... good news is that....he will be filming with a TV show with a 15 mins segment about 4WD TRIP!......So it's a good reason not to join us on Sat (or is he afraid of river crossing? well, time will tell.......)
    13 Nov 2014
    Christo (Lotriet)
    I am joining the cooking team .......curry chicken extra hot !Hope
    you like .See ya all tomorrow .
    13 Nov 2014
    David (Paul Patrol)
    Change of plans for us too....in a good way. Special ak has agreed to get the boys out of school at lunch time as she's not keen on setting up camp in the dark (yes, I sit back with coldie in hand and watch her set up ha ha!)
    Hope the coals are plentiful for the camp oven cook up lol.
    So now if anybody wants to hook up at officer servo around lunch time let me know. If not, see yuz tomorrow arvo.
    Can't bloody wait.
    13 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    @Christo (Lotriet) Bring on the heat!...... Can't wait to see our very first 4WD TRIP COOKOFF!
    @David (Paul Patrol) that's awesome mate!.... Glad you can come early. See you in the afternoon. Dave's property is easy to get to, just follow your Google map / Satnav and it will be fine.....
    13 Nov 2014
    Mien and Jack (DutchDuo)
    Hubby has night shift so he needs to sleep a little bit, therefore we will be leaving Point Cook at 1-1.30 pm. Hope city traffic is not too bad....Excited!!
    13 Nov 2014
    Allan (Big Pig) Premium Member
    Kelvin I will have 2x 15 seconds spots not 15 minutes
    13 Nov 2014
    Mien and Jack (DutchDuo)
    Allan...that's still awesome!!
    14 Nov 2014
    Shannon (Hound)
    A big thanks goes out to Dave (disco) for the awesome weekend and hospitality we were greeted with, great experience Saturday and sorry we couldn't make the Sunday trip as we had a few things to do back home. Hope everyone made it back in one piece as it was pretty wet when we left? Cheers.
    17 Nov 2014
    Christo (Lotriet)
    Thanx Dave ,best trip ever !Great poeple ,well organised & executed ......
    Stellar weekend !
    17 Nov 2014
    Paulie (paulie)
    Thank you Dave (disco) Very well organized trip ,My family had a great time.
    My kids Nathan and Lauren have been telling all their school friends about the trip.
    Big thank you to Gavin for the recovery up that last muddy hill.
    Found a few weak points in the dmax.
    Pie warmer was spot on though.
    17 Nov 2014
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    18 Nov 2014
    Kelvin (TREXGQ)
    Awesome pics Chris....thanks for uploading it.
    18 Nov 2014
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    TRIP COMPLETED

    14 GOING, 10 Interested
    18 adults , 2 children (20 in total)
    Trip Date
    15-Nov-2014 (Sat) to 16-Nov-2014 (Sun)

    Meeting Point
    Swan Reach
    8:30 AM (Sat, 15-Nov-2014)