The Uncommon Family 4x4 in the Victorian High Country.
Not really knowing what to expect we headed off with only one of our little uncommon family kids Charli to explore the Victorian high country in Easter 2012. From all the reading and DVDs we had seen we knew we were in for a seriously rugged remote off road adventure!
The tracks are mostly classed as difficult and require a 4WD set up for serious off road action. The tracks are very slow going and one day we only covered 40km the whole day. Traveling this slow isn't a problem as the views of the high country are breathtaking and never get boring! Many tracks are only suitable for one vehicle with no passing and have sheer drops on one side which adds an element of danger and keeps the heart pounding!
The weather was extremely cold which gave it the authentic feeling the same as you would get as crossing the desert in summer. Being easter we hadn't come prepared to camp in minus degrees so nights in the tent were freezing and our fires were huge. Poor little Charli who was only 1 at the time struggled to understand the cold wanting out of the car but as soon as she was out wanting back in...she spent a lot of time in her car seat rugged up watching DVDs.
One of the great things about Victoria's national parks is that there are no fees or permits required, you can have fires and camp anywhere. Allowing you to have complete isolation and create your own camping adventure.
Three of our favourite camp sites from this trip were:-
Lake Cobbler where you camp right on the edge of a mountain lake sitting at 1100m.
A little clearing in amongst bush and tall trees down in Wonnangatta Valley right by our own little creek. We even had an easter egg hunt here for Charli.
Our all time favourite not just from this trip but perhaps all our trips was one that we refer to as Top Of The World where you truly feel like the only ones on earth. It was on the Bluff just past a hut with views forever!
The last night of our trip it started snowing and with only summer sleeping bags and a quick throw up tent we had to pull the plug on camping and head to a warmer spot to be safe, especially with a baby.
The Victorian high country is a must do on any 4WD camping enthusiast list. The fact that its not that far from civilization and yet feels more remote than places we have traveled 100's of kms too gives you a real sense of achievement that you are a true 4x4 explorer! We will certainly be back to the High Country for more adventures one day!