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Victorian High Country 2012 Part 4

We left Bright on the morning of the 2nd and towing the van we slow climbed Mt Hotham, stopped at the ski village for a look around, and then descended into the historic town on Omeo.

Those in the group towing campers or not towing turned off before the summit of Mt Hotham and took the much shorter route to Dargo via the Dargo High Plains track and te Grant Historic area. We went the long way around via Swifts Creek (an area we need to go back to and explore) and Bairnsdale. Late in the day the whole group was set up at our campground on the banks of the Wonnangatta River.

We drove out of camp on the morning of the 3rd for our Crooked River day trip.

Along the Wonnangatta Road to Kingswell Bridge, which has not only survived but has been repaired and upgraded. Here we had our first drive in the Crooked River, just for the hell of it. We followed the Crooked River Road to Talbotville with a few river crossings on this section. Talbotville was a rest stop to use the toilets and then we proceeded onto the twenty four water crossings in the next 8km of track.

We drove as far as we could (past Stonewall) with multiple stops for photos and swimming and then turned around and did it all again back to Talbotville. All five of us in our 4WD got to drive part of the track and really enjoyed it. Lots of driver swaps were happening in the other cars too.

As we were having dinner at the Dargo Pub, we took the short way out of Talbotville via McMillan Road, Grant Road and the Dargo High Plains Road back to camp. Showered and dressed up, all 21 of us went to the Dargo Hotel for our end of trip dinner. This was a day early as John was leaving us the next morning to go back to Adelaide.

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