Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

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Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

Postby bowraaxe » Wed 04 Nov, 2020 12:17 pm

I'm planning a 9 to 12 week (slow paced) aawt walk for spring next year.
I should be able to organise food drops for the northern (thredbo to canberra) and middle (hotham to thredbo) sections as I head down to Melbourne to start the walk.
From my research it appears that most of the access points to the southern section are closed due to winter road closures.
I'm looking assistance to place 2 food drops before the roads close next year.
Food and water drop at Mt Victor/Fiddlers Green or Rumph Saddle.
Food drop Near Macalister springs (mt howitt carpark).
More than happy to make some contribution to the cost of getting the food to the drops.
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Re: Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 04 Nov, 2020 2:21 pm

Welcome to the forum. Road closures and related information can be found at
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There are seasonal closures, with many gates opened on the Thursday before the Melbourne Cup. This may limit access for a spring walk with the food drops put in just before the walk. If so, putting in the food drops before the winter closure is an option.

The containers need to be sufficient to last winter and animals. Also, there's a bit of a risk in that despite the best description, pictures, GPS and a sketch map, you may not find the food. The drop can be marked with tape, say 15 metres from the drop. make it subtle; obvious tape may be removed by others.

Mac Springs has a lot of visitors, with more chance of the food drop being found by others and opened. Due to this you may wish to consider swapping Mac Springs for Speculation. I'm advised that the Speculation Road is suitable for 2WD vehicles, which means that the food drop could be very close to the car. The campsite a short way up from the road and well away from the flat areas could work. See what others say.

Some aspects of the walk to the Bogong High Plains are at
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Re: Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

Postby north-north-west » Wed 04 Nov, 2020 5:41 pm

Lophophaps wrote:. I'm advised that the Speculation Road is suitable for 2WD vehicles, which means that the food drop could be very close to the car.


Since when?
I know my experience up there is somewhat out of date, but the road was never 2wd friendly beyond Cobbler Lake and not SUV terrain much beyond the muddy section on Whatsitsname Flat.
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Re: Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

Postby bigkev » Wed 04 Nov, 2020 7:05 pm

north-north-west wrote:
Lophophaps wrote:. I'm advised that the Speculation Road is suitable for 2WD vehicles, which means that the food drop could be very close to the car.


Since when?
I know my experience up there is somewhat out of date, but the road was never 2wd friendly beyond Cobbler Lake and not SUV terrain much beyond the muddy section on Whatsitsname Flat.


I'd have to agree with NNW. It's been a couple for years since I've been along Mt Spec Road however it was low range most of the way from Lake Cobbler to Mt Spec. That was the worst that I'd experienced it (we'd just had a big rain event). On every other visit it's still been a 4wd track, although maybe possible in a soft roader with some decent clearance in dry weather?

Mt Speculation Road up to Lake Cobbler should be OK for a 2wd - just don't try and drive down to the lake - I had to tow a dunnydore out on one visit.

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Re: Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

Postby DavidB » Wed 04 Nov, 2020 9:39 pm

Just going back to the comment about the northern end (ACT). Need to be aware that the AAWT from Murrays Gap to Tharwa is currently closed by ACT Parks till 2023 due to bushfire damage. Affects the whole of the Bimberi Wilderness.
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Re: Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

Postby Lophophaps » Thu 05 Nov, 2020 8:02 am

I cannot recall where I saw the advice about the Speculation Road being 2WD. I have a 1986 Watersheds map showing 4WD coming up from King River and a kilometre past the Cobbler turnoff. If a food drop is placed at Speculation, perhaps take a 4WD or a 2WD with a bicycle. Consideration needs to be given to the possibility that some northern sections may be closed for a while.
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Re: Victorian food drops for spring walk 2021

Postby Xplora » Fri 06 Nov, 2020 7:46 am

bowraaxe wrote:More than happy to make some contribution to the cost of getting the food to the drops.
thanks


And please don't forget the cost of picking up the empty. A slower walk will mean more drops.
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