McMillan’s Track 2011
Omeo to Woods Point
I departed Dubbo yesterday afternoon and stayed at Rohan’s overnight. We had a slow start; Rohan and I eventually left Wodonga and headed towards Mt Hotham. We stopped for an early lunch and coffee at Bright before slowly making our way up the mountain. I also said my final goodbyes to Janine whilst in Bright. I am unsure when we will next be able to speak.
After arriving at the Victoria River Track junction I did my final packing of the backpack, took the obligatory photos and headed off. Once again the pack is very heavy and physically big. This situation is pretty hard to avoid as I am carrying 10 full days of food (enough for 11 days of walking) and not utilising food drops like on the AAWT.
The track starts off pretty easily with a well maintained
dirt/gravel road. It soon passes a bridge and seasonal closure gate. I headed straight
along the valley along a less travelled track at the junction rather than
climbing straight up to the top of the
Mayford is a very large and clear plain on the
Packing all of the gear; shortly before leaving.
At the start of the track on the corner of Great Alpine Rd and Victoria River Track.
The new MMT marker.
Rohan isn’t coming along for the fun this time.
Ready to go!
River Track looking up Junction Plain. The
River Track looking up to the
Wandering along Junction Plain with the GDR up on the left.
along Junction Plain. Note old MMT marker on post heading up to the top of the
Junction Plain. Note old style MMT marker on post heading up to the top of the
up to the top of the
on the Victoria River Track on top of the
This is the old alignment of the Victoria River Track leaves the current alignment. Note the MMT marker on the tree.
Intersection of Victoria River Track and Mayford Track (closed to traffic).
Mayford Track – starting to descend.
Mayford Track – descending very steeply now.
Mayford and the destination for the day is the flat clearing down below.
At the intersection of Mayford Track and King Spur Track.
Track and the first water crossing of the walk. This is the
and camped close to the
Mayford to 25/30 Mile Creeks Junction
The party animals really had the music pumped up last night. I awoke to the sounds and promptly drifted back off to sleep. It was a very cold and frosty morning; the tent was totally frozen.
The climb from Mayford up the Treasure Spur was a steep old pinch with a vertical climb of around 640m; it took 1.5 hours for a little 2km jaunt. I ran into a 4WD's and the ranger along the King Spur Track. It obviously sees a lot of use especially at this time of year. You can also see Mt Hotham and have beautiful views down into Devils Hollow.
There were cars everywhere on the
A nice cold morning at Mayford. The climb up the Treasure Spur is directly to the right.
The start of the climb up the Treasure Spur. The old fire trail/track is closed and grown over, although the 4WD’s obviously use the lower extremes of it.
A bit further up Treasure Spur; no more 4WD’s any more.
Very steep climbing on the Treasure Spur.
Very steep climbing on the Treasure Spur. It is a little overgrown in places.
At the junction of Treasure Spur and King Spur Track (looking down King Spur Track).
Spur Track heading towards
Mt Hotham in the distance (centre of photo).
Looking north and down into Devils Hollow.
Looking north and down into Devils Hollow, Mt Hotham in Distance.
Typical old grazing plain in this area. Still on King Spur Track.
Looking back on the King Spur Track.
of the King Spur Track and the
Where the McMillan Track alternative route splits. Hard slogging lies straight ahead.
Skirting around the freehold Gow Plain properties.
Gow Plain and looking for the White Timber Spur Track.
On the White Timber Spur Track.
On the White Timber Spur Track
the corner of
White Timber Spur Track. This section is a dead end track.
On the White Timber Spur Track descending to the depths of the 25 mile / 30 mile Creek junction.
After the end of the White Timber Spur Track. The 25 mile / 30 mile Creek junction is down below.