McMillan’s  Track 2011

Omeo to Woods Point

 

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Friday 22nd April 2011 Day 1

Omeo Highway (at Victoria River Track junction) to Mayford

12:30pm – 4:30pm

 

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 Great Dividing Range. I was following my old 1970’s issue map and it turned out the Victoria River track has been re-routed in a few places leading to a little confusion. Further along the valley I found old McMillan Track markers directing me up to the spur; much nicer walking. The Victoria River Track has also been realigned around the Lake area to the Dinner Plain Track. Once I turned off the later onto the Mayford Track (which is closed to vehicles) things got interesting. It is fairly well travelled by motorbikes so it is nice and clear but it does have a massive 480 odd metre descent in just over a kilometre. No training for this walk had the legs trembling by about two thirds down the descent. The track then intersects the King Spur track; but you continue along the Mayford Track to Mayford. You need to ford the Dargo River here; it was around knee deep.

 

Mayford is a very large and clear plain on the Dargo River with many places to camp along the rivers edge. Unfortunately since it is Easter Friday there is many 4WD based campers here, lots of mud bashing, motorbike riding and shooting going on. It seems to have quietened down pretty well by 6pm though as it is dark. I am writing this as I wait for dinner to be ready. It is pretty cold and will be an early night for me.

 

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Packing all of the gear; shortly before leaving.



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At the start of the track on the corner of Great Alpine Rd and Victoria River Track.

 

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The new MMT marker.



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Rohan isn’t coming along for the fun this time.



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Ready to go!



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Victoria River Track



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Victoria River Track



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Victoria River Track looking up Junction Plain. The Great Dividing Range is up on the left.



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Victoria River Track looking up to the Great Dividing Range. I was supposed to follow the track high in the distance.

 



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Wandering along Junction Plain with the GDR up on the left.



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Wandering along Junction Plain. Note old MMT marker on post heading up to the top of the Great Dividing Range.



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Leaving Junction Plain. Note old style MMT marker on post heading up to the top of the Great Dividing Range.



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Heading up to the top of the Great Dividing Range. This is the old alignment of the Victoria River Track.



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Back on the Victoria River Track on top of the Great Dividing Range.



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This is the old alignment of the Victoria River Track leaves the current alignment. Note the MMT marker on the tree.



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On the Victoria River Track at the Lake (GR 271938). This would be a good campsite.



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Victoria River Track.



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Intersection of Victoria River Track and Dinner Plain Track.



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Intersection of Victoria River Track and Mayford Track (closed to traffic).



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Mayford Track



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Mayford Track – starting to descend.



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Mayford Track – descending very steeply now.



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Mayford and the destination for the day is the flat clearing down below.



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At the intersection of Mayford Track and King Spur Track.



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Mayford Track.



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Mayford Track and the first water crossing of the walk. This is the Dargo River.



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Mayford and camped close to the Dargo River. All of the nice campsites were occupied and I had to be careful to camp somewhere that I was unlikely to be run over.

 

 

Saturday 23rd April 2011 Day 2

Mayford to 25/30 Mile Creeks Junction

8am – 4:40pm

 

 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 Dargo High Plains Road. After about 500m I turned off the Dargo High Plains Road and skirted around the private freehold land on Gow Plain. I had to back track a couple of hundred metres and bush bash a little before intercepting the White Timber Spur Track. This was much easier walking although it still constantly undulates. There was plenty of camping sites along the length of this track although water sources were an unknown. Instead of looking or descending for water (to camp up high) I pushed onto the 25/30 mile junction as the notes state water (obviously) and a suitable camping site there. Well I couldn’t find much in the way of flat ground; it was either on the rocks beside the creeks or a few metres off the bank. I had to clear some branches/blackberry etc but just managed to get enough length in one spot to sort of set the tent up. Since the time was approaching 5pm I wasn’t in the mood to keep looking for something better as it goes dark early at this time of year. Tomorrow I have to climb up on the east bank and try to find the old cut mining track that leads out of here. I hope I find it or some friendly orange triangle markers to lead the way.

 

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A nice cold morning at Mayford. The climb up the Treasure Spur is directly to the right.



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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.



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A bit further up Treasure Spur; no more 4WD’s any more.

 

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Very steep climbing on the Treasure Spur.

 

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Very steep climbing on the Treasure Spur. It is a little overgrown in places.



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At the junction of Treasure Spur and King Spur Track (looking down King Spur Track).



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King Spur Track heading towards Dargo High Plains Road.



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Mt Hotham in the distance (centre of photo).



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Looking north and down into Devils Hollow.



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Looking north and down into Devils Hollow, Mt Hotham in Distance.



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Typical old grazing plain in this area. Still on King Spur Track.



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Looking back on the King Spur Track.



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Intersection of the King Spur Track and the Dargo High Plains Road. Intention book under cover is the only one on the track.



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Where the McMillan Track alternative route splits. Hard slogging lies straight ahead.

 

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Gow Plain.



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Skirting around the freehold Gow Plain properties.

 

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Gow Plain and looking for the White Timber Spur Track.



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On the White Timber Spur Track.



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On the White Timber Spur Track



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At the corner of Ritchie Road and White Timber Spur Track. MMT heads off to the left.



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White Timber Spur Track. This section is a dead end track.



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On the White Timber Spur Track descending to the depths of the 25 mile / 30 mile Creek junction.



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After the end of the White Timber Spur Track. The 25 mile / 30 mile Creek junction is down below.

 

 

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