Subaru 4WD Club of Victoria - June 2019 magazine

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TRIP REPORTS Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2019 By Tim Folliard Saturday I had pre-tripped this back in March and it was very dry but early in the week 40mm had fallen over the area so it would be interesting to see how conditions would change as this is rated dry weather only. This was also the last weekend before track closures would apply. Camp was set up at Firth Park Campground inside the Lerderderg/Wombat State Park. This is a large campground with toilets, fire pits, a dam, even horse yards (well used). Tent camping is behind a fence with an area for trailers although on a slope. Peter D was using this as a trial run for his Central Australia trip; a new tent and a fully loaded vehicle. How much can a Forester hold? Martin towed his new off-road, tear-drop camper to add some luxury. The campground was nearly empty Saturday morning but filled throughout the afternoon. It was a quiet camp, bar the doof-doof sound from the bush party more than a kilometre away. The first trip was down Ratcliffe’s Track. The first few kilometres were easy enough, with the track dry, but towards the southern end of the track is a short descent, creek crossing and climb out. Part of the descent was washed away so it took some careful line to get down. A driver of an XV decided, despite it being leased, that this might be the furthest point he got and turned around. May have been interesting but clearance would have been a factor. All down and successfully back up it was time to head to camp for lunch.

Ratcliffe's Track (Rick left and Tim above) Steep descent into the creek made a little difficult by half the track being washed away. Photos always make the tracks seem flat.