Gippsland

Mt. Useful

Mt Useful: Spot’s Second Snow Trip. Still plenty of snow for you snow bunnies to enjoy. Mt Useful is about 1450m, so there ought to be good fun around Baw Baw etc. Much of the snowgum forest there (and elsewhere) has been dreadfully ruined by bushfire. Large areas have not regenerated. All areas contain huge …

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The Western Tyers

Spent a couple of days at our old campsite on the Western Tyers (haven’t camped there for years). Still as beautiful as ever. We will be going back for a longer stay. So many beautiful places in Victoria. This tree has had thirty years to fall on us. Just have to give it another chance. …

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1925 Sketch Map of Yarra Falls

23/01/2014: 1925 Sketch map of Yarra Falls:   Converted distances taken from 1925 Baw Baw Tourist Maps: Falls Hut to Falls Creek (4 Chains) = 80 metres Falls Creek to Main Falls Track (8 Chains) = 160 metres Thence to View of Upper Falls (81 Chains) = 1629 metres Thence to Upper Falls Track (7 …

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Mystery Falls First Cascade (1 of 6). This minor fall plunges approx 20 metres.

Yarra Falls

A reader writes: ‘We decided to use the day searching for the lost ‘Yarra’ Falls. Quite a lot of bush bashing (nearly three hours in, one and a quarter out) brought us to the top of the first cascade, No #1 of SIX (!) which plummet hundreds of metres down the valley!) Perhaps Victoria’s greatest …

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Upper Yarra Track Update

  After camping the night in the Block 10 Rd (Toorongo), we headed off along Newlands Rd towards Mt Whitelaw Hut (ruins) to investigate the section of the Upper Yarra Track which we wanted to ascertain was ‘clear’. This road is pretty much the most beautiful road in Victoria: an easy and pleasant walk (turn …

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Upper Yarra Track

Thomas Osburg has some wonderful resources about the Upper Yarra Track and other Yarra Ranges matters at his excellent website here: http://www.yarrarangesbushcamp.com/ (see also under ‘More’), such as this photo from http://www.yarrarangesbushcamp.com/yarra-track-1895.html : There you will also find reports of a 1928 expedition (with lots of interesting photos): http://www.yarrarangesbushcamp.com/warburton-to-walhalla-1928-easter-expedition.html Also see some interesting photos of …

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Ada Tree Loop Walk (4 Days)

Ada Tree Loop Walk (approx four days). I notice you can walk out of Warburton on the Upper Yarra Track (aka Walk into History). It takes approx two days to reach the Ada Tree Reserve. You can walk back via Short Cut Rd, Oat Patch Track, Platts Creek Rd and the Richards Tramway Walking Track (a …

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The Upper Yarra Walking Track

The Upper Yarra Walking Track, Australia’s oldest (& best), an approx. ten day walk with numerous resupply points, plentiful water and camping spots now extending from Moe Railway Station @ 208kilometres up the Latrobe, Tyers & Thomson River valleys, via Yallourn North, Erica & Walhalla, across the Baw Baw Plateau, along the Upper Thomson River, …

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Morwell River Falls

Spot’s birthday trip: Amazing really how (too) busy you can be. THIS lovely waterfall (one of a series of three!) is just around the corner from us (on the Morwell River), yet having lived nearby for 22 years we had never visited it until Wednesday. Spot (as you can see) enjoyed it too. I hope …

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To The Lighthouse

We recently hiked 43km over two days (one hot, one wet and cold) to and from the Wilson’s Prom Light Station. Today we are a bit stiff and sore (I think mainly from the VERY hot walk on Wednesday afternoon) I am pretty happy to be still able to walk 20+km a day carrying a pack …

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Canoeing the Macalister

We spent yesterday (5 ½ hours) white water canoeing on the Macalister River in our new ‘Old Town Pack Angler’ canoes which worked wonderfully. What was not so wonderful was that our JR, Tiny fell out of Della’s canoe unnoticed on an entertaining 1 metre drop. When we stopped a couple of km further on …

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Grand Strzelecki Track

 7 ½ hours walking the ‘Grand Strzelecki Track’ doing a section (Jeeralang West Rd to Branniffs Rd) which is supposedly 12 km. This was the longest 12 km we have ever walked. I would estimate the last four hours along Billy’s Creek was >12km. My wife Della and the two Jack Russells are stuffed! A bit …

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Blond Bay & Lake Tyers

We camped at beautiful Blond Bay, Gippsland on Tuesday night & at the Glasshouse, Lake Tyers on Wednesday night. Winter is always the BEST time for camping as it is solitary and you can have a warm fire if you want (our camper has a as heater, so we are always toasty!) Most of the …

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Stealth Camping

  We have been off ‘stealth camping’ for a few days in our trayback camper on the Defender. Each night we have been able to chose a delightful spot in one of our National Parks, Marine Reserves, etc where there is an icon illustrating a tent crossed out (Well, we don’t have a tent!) and …

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Early Easter 4WD Misadventure

We set out Tuesday lunchtime with the camper planning to see some of the Snowy River before returning Thursday night….the best laid plans, as they say…. First problem was in the change of destination en-route…we thought that time was a bit short, so perhaps we should explore the Caledonia river area instead. First night was …

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Fires in Gippsland

Woke to lots of fog sailing past smelling of smoke. DSE have now taken down ANY fire map, so (though they admit that the fire is now twice as large as it was on Friday), we can have no idea where it is. The Southern front of the fire is about 30-40 km away stretching …

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Gippsland’s Rivers

I love Gippsland’s rivers. There are so many where a week or more’s placid canoeing can be had. I think it would be a good idea to replace the Bible and the Koran in church and mosque with the book, ‘Canoeing the Rivers & Lakes of Victoria’ by Chris & Yvonne McLaughlin! It is three …

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First Trip in the Tray Back Camper

We bought a tray back camper from fourwheelcampers.com in California sometime back. We have just been away in it and found it brilliant (especially the bed). The gas fridge kept everything nice and cold. We have a space heater and a water heater with an outside shower. We may add a rooftop solar panel to …

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Ultralight Canadian Canoe

Only 13 Kilograms! Now available in Oz: Velcro on a silnylon skirt and THIS could be just about the perfect one-person touring white water canoe: http://www.oldtowncanoe.com.au/canoes/packangler.html, and now that Della needs to be paddled http://www.theultralighthiker.com/pack-raft-saves-the-day/ THIS could be our new two-person touring canoe for flat water and moderate rapids. Can easily see us spending a leisurely …

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World Travel Kit

When my son was planning to go backpacking overseas I made this list of essential items for him to have in his pack. A useful list for anyone who is interested in ultralight backpacking. ———– You need to start ordering around six months ahead as some items may take a while to be made/arrive. It would be …

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