Starting early Saturday morning we plan to head into the hills and explore the wonders of beyond Walhalla.
Come along and enjoy a weekend of exciting caches, Learn about vehicle recovery, trip planning and trip leading, enjoy the wonders of Baw Baw, explore the history of Gold Mining and join in on the fun of stories-food and drinks by the campfire.
Walhalla is a small, picturesque and historic mountain township in the Gippsland district's Baw Baw Ranges in Victoria, about a 45 minute leisurely drive from Moe.
We intend to set up camp Friday night at Coopers Creek campground which has good camping facilities. Starting early Saturday morning at the Coopers Creek hotel (now referred to as the Coppermine Hotel) we will cross the Thomson river, before heading up the Happy Go Lucky track to the old gold mine area of Happy Go Lucky. The Thomson river is very seasonal in its depth and can go from tyre deep to snorkel deep depending on the winter mountain range weather.
Explore many tracks and areas including Bruntons Bridge, river crossing Merrington campground, historic Aberfeldy, Toombon including the old mine boilers, Donelly Creek track, Maybe Morning Star Mine and track. Camping Saturday will be at either O’Tooles flat or O’Keefe.
As most tracks are currently closed making a track assessment impossible I am basing the trip as difficult at this stage. Until such a recognisance can be done I am limiting the trip to high clearance 4wd with a low ratio transfer case
EQUIPMENT: You will need a UHF radio for communication between vehicles, Basic recovery gear and tool kit (hopefully not needed), Although water is available you may choose to carry extra drinking water, Due to the closure of the petrol station at Rawson it is advisable to top up your fuel at Moe as this is the last fuel stop available.
CLOTHING: Walhalla is a high rainfall area so pack clothing to suit.
EXTRA’S: pen and pad.
FOOD: BYO Food and Drinks.
NOTE: It is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that their equipment is mechanically sound and capable of undertaking the trip safely, and that the driver/s of the 4wds are capable of completing the trip which will require a reasonable level of 4wd experience. Remember to pack your vehicle sensibly.
Due to the fact that many of the tracks are narrow and require vehicles to be called up steep inclines one at a time there will be a limit of around 12 vehicles.
I will update this cache page as time gets closer and add more information regarding camping facilities and track conditions.
RSVP by the 15th October.
Further information about Walhalla can be found at the Historic Walhalla website, and I will post more notes as it gets closer on the GCA Forum link. For more interesting reading on 4wd, preparation, driving techniques visitExplore OZ or contact me via Mr.Coffee Email . Regards Mr.Coffee.