Lerderderg through Wombat to La Franchi Hut EASY / MEDIUM

Wombat State Forest, VIC

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Planning another trip up Wombat / Lerderderg, Starting up Bacchus March end and finishing up near Daylesford. Will mostly be some easy tracks, especially if tracks are dry and not wet. If wet they should be a bit of fun and some tracks might be medium. I will be trying out my new Patrol, so won't be tackling anything crazy.

I will be following some tracks from previous trips and towards the end hopefully we will find La Franchi Hut, which I never been before but tracks should not be too hard around that area. We will only do this if time permits - don't want to finish trip late and into the dark. Aiming to finish around 4.30PM
 
We will be doing a shallow creek crossing that I did last time, but water level should not be past hub height, and it might be dry still. Please note that pin stripes and vehicle damage may occur please be prepared as Wombat is unpredictable.
 
If tracks are wet, there will be mud for sure. If mud is not really your thing, this might not be your kind of trip. I won't be tackling waist deep bog holes - but mud will be thrown around for sure.
 
Be prepared and read description properly so you won't be disappointed. This trip will be mostly easy if dry - should be fairly ok with good tyres and dry tracks. All goes to plan we will cross the whole wombat / lerderderg east to west through tracks, then we will hit a few kms of bitument to make it up to Daylesford where we will hit a few last tracks to find La Fanchi Hut.
 
Recommended Setup
  • 32 inch muddies or aggressive A/T (No HT)
  • 2 inch lift
  • WORKING WINCH is a must just in case.
  • Front and Rear recovery points
  • Extensive Recovery Kit in good condition (Snatch strap, extension strap, snatch block, dampener, shackles etc)
 
 
Trip will be cancelled if it's raining too much or weather turns to shit.

 

Requirement

  • Electric Winch
  • Recovery Gear

  • Rodney (nissy patrol) I have mechanic skills Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (20-Apr-2018 19:24)
    Nissan patrol (2002 patrol)
    • 35" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Faris (Mudway) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 2 trips) Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (22-Apr-2018 08:18)
    Gq v8 5.7 (1988 patrol)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • David (6pack) I have mechanic skills

    GOING
    Driver + 1 AdultChecked-In (21-Apr-2018 08:50)
    Outbak Wildtrak (2016 Ranger Wildtrak)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Mark (Spot62)

    GOING
    Driver + 1 AdultChecked-In (22-Apr-2018 07:52)
    Porsche Cayenne V8 (2004 Cayenne)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted


  • Steven (ReefMaster) Premium Member

    GOING
    Myself onlyChecked-In (15-May-2020 22:04)
    V6 (2012 Fj Cruiser)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Chris (Milney) Trip Leader - Level 1 (Completed over 1 trips)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    150 Prado (2015 Prado)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Winch

  • Austin (Defender90)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Defender 90 (2015 90)
    • 33" Tyres
    • Front & Rear Locker

  • Marc (GONM4D) I had chainsaw training I had winch training Completed Proficiency training


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    GONM4D (2003 Patrol)
    • 3" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

  • Aruna (LC1fzfe)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    4.5 Petrol 80 Series (1993 Landcruiser)
    • 32" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Rear Diff Lock
    • Winch

  • Michael (Irishmick)


    I am Interested / In Waiting List
    Prado (2000 Prado)
    • 33" Tyres, 2" Lifted
    • Front & Rear Locker
    • Winch

Mark (Spot62)
Hey Thurstain If space available and no work I will use the cruiser as it has winch etc.
19 Apr 2018
Trip Leader Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
Mark (Spot62) wrote: Hey Thurstain If space available and no work I will use the cruiser as it has winch etc.
No worries Mark, will be good to see you again on another trip.
19 Apr 2018
Trip Leader Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
Ok so I received a few PM's asking about Winches.

I don't think we will need winches if everything goes well and tracks are dry. I like to always recommend a winch because if things go pear shape a winch can save your vehicle (mine did twice when I nearly slid off track reversing back down a slippery hill.. and when I broke a tailshaft going up a tough hill climb)

I don't think we will need a winch as such for a normal drive as most tracks should be easy going.

Of course, everyone comes at their own risk and if you think you have a well setup vehicle but no winch - you can make your own decision to come or not (As long as you have recovery points at least and a good extensive recovery gear). Of course I put up what I recommend and for me I feel that a winch is a must for the safety of your vehicle, but not necessarily required for a normal drive as most tracks should be easy. I drove all these tracks previously (except the last bit to the hut) with my Navara and had no issues.. some track drove them even in the wet without much drama.. having said that my Navara is front locked.. My new Patrol isn't so we will see how we go.
19 Apr 2018
Mark (Spot62)
Steven (ReefMaster) wrote: Wow, Porsche Cayenne - this will be the first time I have seen that car on the tracks :) Awesome stuff .
I was at BMW a few weeks ago and asked why their cars don’t have a Low range TC so we can take the cars truly off-road . They couldn’t give me an answer.
Hey Steven, sorry to disappoint but I posted last night that I will be bringing cruiser on this trip.
19 Apr 2018
Trip Leader Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
Mark (Spot62) wrote:
Steven (ReefMaster) wrote: Wow, Porsche Cayenne - this will be the first time I have seen that car on the tracks :) Awesome stuff .
I was at BMW a few weeks ago and asked why their cars don’t have a Low range TC so we can take the cars truly off-road . They couldn’t give me an answer.
Hey Steven, sorry to disappoint but I posted last night that I will be bringing cruiser on this trip.
Your cruiser is the v8 single cab with twin stacks yeah? If I remember correctly....
19 Apr 2018
Mark (Spot62)
Thurstain (Tcm9669) wrote:
Mark (Spot62) wrote:
Steven (ReefMaster) wrote: Wow, Porsche Cayenne - this will be the first time I have seen that car on the tracks :) Awesome stuff .
I was at BMW a few weeks ago and asked why their cars don’t have a Low range TC so we can take the cars truly off-road . They couldn’t give me an answer.
Hey Steven, sorry to disappoint but I posted last night that I will be bringing cruiser on this trip.
Your cruiser is the v8 single cab with twin stacks yeah? If I remember correctly....
Yep that’s the one. A little on the loud side as it’s running a straight through exhaust stack. Sort of got bored with it, hence building the Cayenne.
19 Apr 2018
Trip Leader Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
See you all tomorrow morning.

Patrol been giving me a couple issues but after a big repair bill hopefully it's all fixed now and took it for a test drive today and been good. I was supposed to seal snorkel today but ran out of time, so won't be tackling and dodgy looking bogs. Also there might be some tracks temporarily closed as they had planned burn off's a while back. So we'll see how it goes.

Tomorrow should be an easy stroll with a nice sunny day planned, tracks should be dry and easy.

See you all at KFC bacchus marsh tomorrow morning.
21 Apr 2018
Trip Leader Thurstain (Tcm9669) Premium Member
Hi everyone,
Hope you all had fun on Sunday. If you have any good photos please upload here.

https://www.4wdtrip.com.au/offroad/trip/photos.aspx?tripid=804

I have uploaded some of the hut and the first hill climb also in the album linked above.

I also put a trip report on the forum as below

https://www.4wdtrip.com.au/offroad/social/forum/read.aspx?originalpostid=11222

Thanks and see you all again on the tracks.
24 Apr 2018
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TRIP COMPLETED

7 GOING, 5 Interested
10 adults
Trip Date
Sun, 22-Apr-2018

Meeting Point
KFC Parking Area, Bacchus Marsh - https://goo.gl/maps/Ed7gRD8aa2w
9:30 AM (Sun, 22-Apr-2018)

TRIP FULL