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[ADVAUS] Over The Hill?

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Hidden : 02/07/2010
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

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 just outside the Big Hill Track access gate on the Deans Marsh-Lorne Road. The gate is about 200m from the Big Hill Camping Area, where there is a fairly-new toilet facility. It should be noted that this is a "No Fires" campground.

*I have been made aware of a recent change to the policy regarding geocaching in National Parks in Victoria. There is no guarantee that this cache will remain here in the long term, but I am investigating the options.

The track is ideally suited for Adventure riders, dirt bike riders or 4WD enthusiasts. Finding the entrance to Big Hill Track from the eastern end can be quite a challenge, but it is accessible from the Great Ocean Road via Herschell and Mair Roads.

Like a number of tracks in the region, Big Hill 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 is available all year round - even by 2WD car - via the Deans Marsh-Lorne Road.

The turn onto the Deans Marsh-Lorne Road near the cache is on a blind corner, and very dangerous. Do not turn right! Turn left when you think it's safe; you can then turn right into Benwerrin-Mount Sabine Road a mere 50m further on if you need to make a u-turn.

The cache you seek is a camouflaged 1L Sistema, hidden at the base of a large tree. It is facing the main road, so you will need to be stealthy! 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. Gentle Annie Track), the shortest route via the map is via Seaview Road. 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. As the road seemed in fairly good condition, I think the southern end of this road is suitable for traffic in winter. Please note that 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.

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