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Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby rumblepants » Tue 18 Jun, 2019 10:36 pm

Hi good people of the bush,

I'm wanting to get out an do an overnight walk this school holidays. I don't have a car so I'm searching for somewhere nice and accessible by Vline/Bus/Hitching etc.

Any recommendations would be very welcome. I'm not super picky but would like something remote and forested with ferns and such. I'm think maybe the upper yarra?

Fire away and thanks again to anyone who posts.

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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby bobcrusader » Wed 19 Jun, 2019 5:16 pm

There is a bus that goes from Chirnside Park to Warburton. Pretty good walks around there.
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby rumblepants » Thu 20 Jun, 2019 9:11 am

Thanks for the tip. I did not consider Warburton. Will start searching through Parksweb now.

If you have any trail recommendations in that area I'd be grateful.

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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby GBW » Thu 20 Jun, 2019 10:20 am

Check out "Walk into History" in Warburton. It can get a little muddy in parts this time of year... viewtopic.php?f=46&t=29551&p=376692&hilit=walk+into+history#p376692
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby rumblepants » Thu 20 Jun, 2019 10:52 am

That looks perfect. I can plan a 3 day trip. Where's a good place to get current info on conditions in the area?
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby GBW » Thu 20 Jun, 2019 11:13 am

You may need to walk from Warby township to the start at Big Pats Creek (~5k). I was there a few weeks ago and the track was clear (just a couple of trees down across the track). You can camp at Starlings Gap, New Federal Mill near the Ada Tree (if you travel that far) or Ada Mill No.2 near Federal Crossroads. Just check the weather, it's not a difficult walk so you should be right. It snowed at Starlings Gap when I was there last year so be prepared for the cold.
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby ChrisJHC » Thu 20 Jun, 2019 11:20 am

My hot tip is to head north as usually it is drier (although colder at night).
Here's a good one:

Train to Castelmaine.
Walk to Bendigo via the Goldfields Track (2-3 days).
Train home.

Note that most of the walk is next to the Coliban Water Channel so you don't have to worry about carrying water. You do have to treat it, however as there are lots of dead animals in the channel.

http://goldfieldstrack.com.au/Pages/Exp ... Track.aspx
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby rumblepants » Fri 21 Jun, 2019 1:44 am

Thank you both so much for the tips. I'm leaning towards the Walk into history right now as I don't mind the wet and cold. I grew up hiking in NZ so the wet and cold is actually kind of nostaligic for me. Will probably do the Bendigo one as well next holidays :)

Am in training at the moment averaging about 15kms a day walking to and from work and anywhere else i can get the steps in.

Going to werribee gorge with a mate on the weekend. Gonna take a weighted pack for more training/body conditioning. Also just to see if my body is ok.
I'm 43 and have been through some physical stuff in the past. Having said that I''m feeling pretty strong at the moment and reasonably fit.

Might put together a gear list and post it just to make sure I'm covering everything I'll need. I'm probably taking too much but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby rumblepants » Fri 21 Jun, 2019 4:37 pm

The only tent I have is the Big Agnes Blacktail 2. Its a 3 season tent. Will it cut it for the Walk into history trail?

https://www.bigagnes.com/Blacktail-2-Pa ... -Footprint

I have a naturehike DK800 mummy bag with a comfort rating of -3. Was planning on using a sea to summit reactor extreme lining in it to boost the warmth. I'm a warm sleeper but my feet can get cold. Also planning thermals and a fleece buff to use as a beanie if i need it.

Thoughts?
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby bobcrusader » Sat 22 Jun, 2019 1:42 pm

You'll be fine with a 3 season and a -3 bag. Any snow would be light.
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby rumblepants » Sat 22 Jun, 2019 6:00 pm

Thanks for the reassurance :)
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby rumblepants » Fri 05 Jul, 2019 6:37 pm

Ok so given that I have a medical condition to think about and I'm very new to walking with a pack. I've decided to walk the rail trail from Lilydale to Warburton as an overnight hike. Does anyone know where i can camp along that walk. I've been researching but am struggling to find spots.
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Re: Beginner overnight tracks for this school holidays

Postby bobcrusader » Sat 06 Jul, 2019 12:58 pm

Not camping, but maybe at the Launching Place hotel?
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