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Licola to Heyfield

  • 16 Jan 2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • 17 Jan 2021
  • 4:00 PM
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Licola to Heyfield

Date and time:  9:00am on Saturday 16th January to 4:00pm Sunday 17th January

Description:  This will be a weekend trip to some interesting high country destinations.  The trip will commence at Licola (about 3 hours drive from the Melbourne CBD) at 9:00 on Saturday 16th January. 

There is a caravan park and general store at Licola with showers and toilets.  You may wish to camp at Licola on the Friday night, ready for a 9:00 am departure on Saturday.  If you do decide to camp at the caravan park, you will need to book and mention you are with Graeme. 

On Saturday we will drive up onto the high plains and make a small detour to Kelly’s hut and explore the area round the hut for morning tea.  We will then drive up and over Mt Wellington for some spectacular views with Bass Strait in the distance (weather permitting), then on to Millers hut.  Depending on the time, we may camp at Millers hut or retrace our path back to Horseyard Flat to camp overnight.

The RRCV participated in the restoration of Millers Hut in the mid 1990’s.  We have recently offered to work with the Victorian Mountains Hut Association and Parks Victoria to undertake any further work or maintenance that may be required in and around the hut, so we will make an assessment of what may be required while we are there. 

On the Sunday, we will retrace part of our route back to Moroka Hut and then follow the Valencia Creek Track, Old Moroka Road and Mt Angus Road back down to Heyfield with some possible side trips to explore interesting tracks along the way.

The planned route is subject to weather and fire danger restrictions.

Weather:  Alpine environment, potentially cold and wet.  Watch the alpine weather forecast leading up to the trip and bring appropriate clothing, footwear and camping gear.

Equipment:  Good off-road tyres (All Terrain, 60 profile recommended as a minimum), UHF radio (or one borrowed from the club), a well-maintained vehicle with low range (or equivalent), good ground clearance (200mm recommended as a minimum), recovery points, standard recovery gear including dampener, rated snatch strap and shackles, shovel.

All food, water and camping equipment for self-sufficient high country camping.

No camper trailers, pets or firearms

Trip Standard:  Medium/Hard - some steep, low-range hill climbs and some rocky tracks!

Fuel:  a full tank ex Traralgon or Hayfield. 

Distance:  The. distance from Licola to Heyfield is approximately 180 Km of high and low range driving.

Duration: 2 days

Convoy limit: 8 vehicles

Meeting arrangements:  We will meet at the Licola general store and depart at 9.00am sharp.  If you plan to get coffee beforehand then you will need to arrive a little earlier.  We will aim to finish about 4.00pm in Heyfield

Trip Leader:  Graeme Carter ph 0400 195 932 or graeme.carter23@bigpond.com

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