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This cache is part of the Australian Adventure Riders series of caches intended to be accessed by motorbike, but all welcome.
The cache has been placed across the road from, and a little north of the Seaview Road access gate to Gentle Annie Track, where the Otway Forest Park adjoins the Great Otway National Park.
The track is ideally suited for Adventure riders, dirt bike riders or 4WD enthusiasts. Please note that this track is rougher than some of the other tracks in the area, with a couple of steep, rocky sections to negotiate, as well as a section of moderately deep sand (and/or puddles) at the eastern end. Moggs Creek Track joins Gentle Annie Track part-way along, so you can choose different ways to get to the cache.
Like a number of tracks in the region, Gentle Annie Track is closed from 01 June to 31 October each year to protect road surfaces and the environment, and for public safety. Hooligans regularly break the locks (or gates!) over winter. If you visit in the "off-season", follow the signage and don't use the track, even if it looks open. Further information on the tracks and road closures can be found from "Parks Victoria". The "specific page" has a "map" you can download (1Mb pdf) that will be very useful for planning your route between the [ADVAUS] caches in this area (strong hint).
Please note that the cache should be available all year round by using Seaview Road. I suggest the southern entrance from the Deans Marsh-Lorne Road in the wet, and at all times for 2WD vehicles. There are gates for seasonal access a kilometre or so in from each end of Seaview Road, however these do not have any signage, and were not closed last winter. The road seemed in fairly good condition.
The cache you seek is a camouflaged 1L Sistema, hidden at the base of a large tree. It is near Seaview Road, so you need to keep an eye out that passing vehicles don't think you are acting suspicioiusly. There are a few family-friendly swaps, in addition to the logbook and pen. The cache is close to the parking area, so your vehicle will be visible at all times.
*If you are pursuing other caches in this series (e.g. Hammonds Camping Area), the shortest route via the map is via Seaview Road and Bambra-Boonah Road.
Please note the following important warnings:
- Seaview Road Access - The northern end of Seaview Road has an up-hill section of over 100m that is deeply rutted. When wet it turns into an impassable "slime", where you keep sliding back downhill even you have brakes on and feet on the ground (not kidding). It is almost impossible simply to stand. Not recommended in the wet for anyone, and not recommended for 2WD cars at all.
- Bambra-Boonah Road - Beware! There are currently log trucks using the northern section of this road. It is single-lane carriageway, with blind corners and no where to evade traffic. Not currently recommended, although weekends might be okay (not 100% sure).
You can easily detour by back-tracking to the Deans Marsh-Lorne Road and then following the tarmac to Deans Marsh, thence to Bambra, where you can pick up the western end of Bambra Road..
(No hints available.)
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