Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - January 2019 online magazine

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TRIP REPORTS Dave’s High Country Trip Thursday, 27 December - Tuesday, 1 January By Dot Greiveson Bring on those lazy, hazy days of summer... And so it was when a number of members of the Subaru car club gathered to camp at Talbotville near the end of Collingwood track, an hour from Dargo. In a beautiful spot with easy access to the river, on a grassy stretch, Dave’s Christmas trip had begun.

Friday - spent relaxing. Nothing too much except sitting in the river and enjoying the company. Justin went on an extended eel study while others paddled about, or sat in the water. It had been a hard year and now was the time for a post Christmas relax. Joined by the resident cows who were most curious about the newcomers, but happy to share their grassland. Dot, Martin and Bev and Bev’s hitchhiker, arrived at the end of that day, ready to join everyone for star gazing that evening. Saturday - an intrepid crew left for the long journey into Wonnangatta Station, while some members remained at the camp site for more swimming, chatting and reading. The Wonnangatta crew followed Crooked River Road to the turn-off at Cynthia Spur Track. After the long grinding ascent, and checking the route carefully at the helipad, the convoy made its way along Cynthia Range Track. Peter Devine was held up on a tricky rise, but with recovery help from the team he was quickly back on track. Peter parked his car hopped in with Martin at the Wombat Range Track corner. This section was relatively easy, until the descent down Herne’s Spur to the Wonnangatta valley, which was seriously steep. Everyone coped well. From there the run into the Station was straightforward. Rick needed to check his car for spurious noises, before the return trip. On the way back, the route changed slightly, ascending via Wombat Range Track and approaching camp via Station Track and Pioneer Racecourse Track. Sunday - looking for a more relaxing driving experience, the group took off Collingwood Spur Track to visit Grant before heading into Dargo for an ice cream. It is always wonderful to stop at 13

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