Melbourne to bright offroadish- soft road route

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  1. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    From the Yarra valley area up to bright.

    Any suggestions - bike is a xr600 loaded with camping gear. Fuel range about 300km (big tank fitted)
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  2. DR Steve

    DR Steve Been here awhile

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    Solo ?

    In one day or over two or three ?
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  3. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    Aolo
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    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    we did this last year to the Adventure Film festival and here is the route we took, it was a very nice ride you won't be disappointed!
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  6. rmhrc628

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    Llama that link not worky??
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    Worky for me - have ya got Google Maps installed?
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  8. rmhrc628

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    On Iphone ? It just opens up in USA...

    Do I need to open on my pc with maps installed to view?
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  9. DR Steve

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    Link works fine for me !

    If your leaving from Lilydale area, I'd head up through Marysville, then Big River Rd through to Eildon/Jamo Rd, Howqua River Rd, down into Sheepyard Flat, then depending on how adventurous your feeling, you could go through to Bindaree Hut, up to the Circuit Rd, round to Pineapple Flat, then north to meet up with the Google map route on Rose River Rd.

    It would be a big days riding.
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  10. rmhrc628

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    Hey dr Steve those areas are exactly the ones I know and have experience on. To sheep yards is familiar - the country further north east is where I'm vague.
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  11. K88

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    Then there's the scenic route - half sealed, half fast gravel, but it will be a long day.
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  12. rmhrc628

    rmhrc628 Long timer

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    Looked at the maps.

    Looks like (with a big tank)


    1. warby
    2. big river rd
    3. jamieson (refuel)
    4. sheepyards
    5. craigs hut
    6. lake cobbler
    7. abbeyards
    8. thing get interesting - from abbeyards it appears there are several ways possible. Interested in how I get to buckland valley road from abbeyards
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  13. AndyK

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    There is a nice track around the back of Buffalo, starts the other side of Lake Buffalo dam wall, Yarrarabula Cr Rd then onto Goldie Spur Track - great view of the Horn, then follows the powerlines down to Buckland Valley. Check it out on rooftop maps for detail. Enjoy,
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    Bloody long day - Google reckons it'll take 59 hours....
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  15. craig525

    craig525 KTM NUT

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    Did the same ride a few years ago left Bright around 9ish arived Lilydale around 5 :D:D:D:D
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    Thanks, I agree it will be a long day. Thats the fun.

    Say heading north - is there a adv bike suitable type route (loaded bike) from lake cobbler track to bright ?

    It looks like I can turn right and keep going along the abbeyard road but Im not sure how long for as I donrt have maps in front of me
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  17. MacMan

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    If you're heading to the film festival, be advised the biggest issue I had for the weekend was a sore bum - too many great films to watch. I'm planning a shortish road ride up to minimise the severity. :rofl
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  18. rmhrc628

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    Looks like a few options

    Cobbler lake track then turn right into abbeyards rd then left into camp ck track - run into scotchmans tk then up to bright along buckland valley. Then I'm in bright!!!
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  19. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    Or left into Camp Creek track, then right onto Yarrabuck (done it on my ktm 640A, not too hard), then down Goldie Spur (eazy peezy) onto Buckland valley.

    There is no bridge at Dandongadale. There was a ford to the south last Labour Day, but water was too deep and fast for us. Soould be better this year.

    Haven't been on Scotchmans Creek track so cannot comment.

    Buckland Valley Road is like a gravel highway for most of its length. (especially from Scotchmans Creek track )
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  20. grumpyoldbstrd

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    rmhrc628,
    The track from Lake Cobbler to Abbeyard has a nasty long straight climb, then an off camber hard left turn and then another steep climb - could be a bit ugly on anything bigger than a 650. The Williams Logging Tk is more gentle and windy. Once you reach the top, the main track is easy down to Abbeyard.
    The Scotchmans Tk has some very ugly (for me that is) steep sections and the preceeding Camp Creek Tk has some seriously steep bits. Don't know the current conditions of the track surface, but the steep bits will still be there.
    I fell off a few times (BMW F650 Dakar) and was very glad I had someone with me to help.
    Cheers & good luck,
    GOB
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