Trip leader: Mark Bown and Troy Cogan (TEC). Please don't hesitate to contact Mark on 0437251645 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries or require any further information.
Description: This is a repeat of a trip run by Graeme Allen early in the year and is targeted at recently trained drivers (4 places have been reserved).
The Wombat State Forest is a beautiful area, north west of Melbourne with a rich historic history of gold mining and timber milling. The trip follows a network of, at times, challenging 4WD tracks through the Wombat State Forest, west of Blackwood.
The trip from Blackwood to Daylesford is classified as a difficult standard, mainly in the first half of this outbound leg where we climb to the ridge of the Great Dividing Range, being the highest point in the forest at some 878m, encountering some steep narrow tracks, bog holes, mud ruts which can be slippery in wet conditions.
The rundown to Daylesford is easier along relatively flat forest tracks although there still may well be soft spots. The return leg back to Blackwood is classified as easy and travels mainly along the Wombat Forest Drive that more or less follows the Lerderderg River valley downstream, providing a very scenic forest drive, finishing at the enchanting Garden of St Erth for coffee and scones.
Blackwood is reached from Melbourne via the western Freeway , turning off the C318 exit to Greendale and then 17 km to Blackwood. Blackwood is 90 km from Melbourne and should take an hour. Alternatively, to that of travelling up in the morning, there is a caravan park in Blackwood on the Lerderderg River or various B&B's and cottages around Blackwood, for those that may wish to make a weekend of the trip.
Take lunch and morning tea and appropriate clothing to suit the weather on the day.
Trip Standard: medium
Trip distance: 75 km
Equipment: snatch straps, shackles, dampener, compressor, shovel, UHF radio etc. with low range and AT tyres and good vehicle ground clearance.
Fuel: fuel ex- Melbourne as Blackwood is a sleepy hollow on a Sunday morning.
Vehicle limit: 10 vehicles
'Meetup' arrangements for commencement of trip: We will meet at the Blackwood General Store, in the middle of Blackwood (it's only a little town) for a 09:00 departure.