Exploring open tracks in the Mt Cole & Mt Buangor State Parks.
This is day 1 of a 2-day weekend - separated to allow for registration of individual days. If you wish to attend both days, you will need to register for both.
Saturday is a 4WD trip that will explore the open tracks in the Mount Buangor & Mount Cole State Parks area.
Leaving Beaufort via Raglan-Elmhurst Rd we will then head into the State Park and make our way slowly up to Lookout Hill (970m) the take in the views from Ben Nevis (871m) before descending into Middle Creek Campground.
Cold and possibly wet and windy so ensure you bring appropriate clothing and food.
Trip Standard: Medium -
Whilst many maps indicate that most of the roads and track are rated as easy mainly using high range, 4WD Low range will be required. Be prepared for the possibility of coming across some steep and/or rocky/slippery/muddy sections. May have shallow water crossings. Suitable for medium clearance vehicles with dual range and all terrain tyres. Will be more difficult in wet conditions. Some 4WD experience recommended.
Snatch straps, shackles, dampener, compressor, UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club) with low range and All Terrain (AT) tyres and good vehicle ground clearance.
Middle Creek Camping Area
- There are 30 unpowered sites in a large open area, all of which accommodate both caravans and tents. Each site holds a maximum of 6 people.
- Non-flush toilets, fireplaces, picnic tables and a picnic shelter are provided.
- Campfires only allowed in designated fireplaces - supply your own wood.
Ferntree Camping Area
- Ferntree Camping Area is suitable for tents only. The five individual sites are small and each is in a secluded bush setting. Each site has its own fireplace and picnic table. Campers should be self-sufficient and bring drinking water and firewood. Non-flush toilets are located in the adjacent day visitor area.
Bailes Camping Area
- Bailes Camping Area contains 5 unpowered sites suitable for both tents and caravans. Non-flush toilets, communal fireplaces and picnic tables are provided. Campers should be self-sufficient and bring drinking water and firewood.
Water: No drinking water is supplied in camping or picnic areas.
Fuel: Full tank ex Melbourne, fuel available in Beaufort (Caltex).
Melbourne to Beaufort – 163 km (approx. 1 hour 50mins)
- Ararat to Beaufort – 45 km (approx. 32min via the Western Hwy A8)
- Ballarat to Beaufort – 51 km (approx. 38min via Western Hwy A8 & M8)
Off road tracks – approx. 60 - 100km
Duration: 1 day (with option to register for 2nd day)
Convoy Limit: 8 vehicles
Beaufort Visitor Information Center
72 Neill St, Beaufort VIC 3373
UHF Channel: 15
Simon van den Berg 0424 544 297 firstname.lastname@example.org