We will commence the trip at Lancefield being an hours drive from the Melbourne CBD. We head north-west from Lancefield for 9km along sealed and unsealed roads to where we enter the Cobaw State Forest. Whilst the route through the forest is short at 13km, the 3km section of track known as Soil Pit Track will be slow due to the rocky ascent and the rocky and rutted descent , necessitating taking some bypass tracks on the descent where the main track is impassable due to rutting. This section of track will be challenging for both driver and vehicle but will be an adventure ! It would be advisable, if possible for each vehicle to have a guide for the descent section of the track, to ensure correct wheel placement around rocks and ruts. Once through the forest, we will then travel for 17km along unsealed and sealed roads to Kyneton where the trek finishes.
The Soil Pit Track section of the trek is suitable only for dry conditions and if wet, the trip will most likely be cancelled.
The Rooftops Cobaw State Forest Activities Map is the best map to use.
Weather: Should be mild but being in the Central Highlands, be prepared for any change in weather on the day.
Equipment: Usual recovery gear, good all terrain tyres, preferably higher profile tyres, UHF radio, good ground clearance and 4WD low range capability.
Trip Standard: Medium, apart from Soil Pit track which is difficult.
Fuel: a full tank ex Melbourne. Fuel is available at Lancefield
Distance: Approximate distance from Melbourne to Lancefield is 78 km with the trek distance 39 km
Duration: 1 day
Convoy limit: 8 vehicles
Meeting arrangements: We will have a trip briefing at the Lancefield Bakery at 9:00am sharp so please have your coffees and tyres aired down before the briefing .
Trip Leader: Carolyn Allen : contact either by mobile 0405260150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Trek Manager: Graeme Allen 0477488434