Coordinates 1483

Uploaded September 5, 2015

Recorded September 2015

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near Eildon, Victoria (Australia)

Rated Difficult for:

* Distance covered between campsite 1 & 2. There are plenty of places in between to camp.

* The optional but recommended steep climb to Mt. Torbreck, which includes some rock scrambling and seasonal snow.

Rated Very Difficult for:

* The 3km stretch of the alternately named Royston / Lake Mountain Rd that no longer exists. This took me 2 hours to cover, at a fast and very determined pace. I veered well off the former road at one point without realising for 5+ minutes. Anything exposed was cut by blackberries and regrowth. Some even got through my gaiters!

Before attempting this road, please take careful note of the waypointed notes in this section, and preferably try to find an alternate route out of the area. Do not trust unverified online maps such as Google or OpenCycleMap.

The positives:

* Eildon's pub is a nice place to 'start your hike'.
* Lake Eildon is a great place to wake up before a long walk.
* I saw some Wallabies and some interesting little red breasted birds.
* Mt. Torbreck's views are great.
* Most of the gradients are easy.
* Water seemed plentiful ... possibly due to snow melt.
* I encountered 5 live and 1 dead deer.
* Places to pitch a tent along the state forest roads were plentiful.
* Lake Mountain's staff were incredibly friendly.
* The groomed ski paths at Lake Mountain were great for snow shoeing.
* Lake Mountain's staff were also really generous!
* There was toilets when I needed them.
* I was able to test out my UAV LiPo as a battery pack for my phone and camera.

The not so positives:

* The dead deer had probably been killed be a dog. It stalked me for ~2km.
* The middle stretch has some obvious logging work going on.
* The snow is disappearing.
* My knees were streaked with red from blackberry thorns during the regrown track section.
* I didn't make it to Marysville as I planned.
Parking

Bus Stop

Waypoint

End paved road.

Camping

Approximate beginning of National Park campsites

Camping

End of National Park Campsites

River

River crossing, ankle depth

River

River crossing - Ankle deep

Intersection

Coming from Lake Eildon, take the path on the left

Intersection

Coming from Torbreck turn right

Intersection

Coming from Torbreck turn left

Intersection

Continue on to Coy Rd

Intersection

Turn right on to Federation Rd.

Camping

The approximate location of my campsite, night 2.

Camping

My campsite night 1

Sacred architecture

Drop toilet.

Intersection

Coming from Torbreck - turn right, up the hill.

Waypoint

I noticed a metal gate from around here, on the side of the hill I was walking towards.

Risk

I walked down to near here, looking for the Lake Mountain / Royston Rd turn off

Dead-end street

Coming from Torbreck, find gate on overgrown path - See notes!

Risk

The overgrown road flattens here. Be very careful to ensure you are not wandering off of it.

Dead-end street

Approximate location of the end of the overgrown path

Risk

From Royston River Rd to here, expect blackberries, thick regrowth and constant, large fallen trees over nearly unrecognisable

Sacred architecture

Toilets & Showers

Also a cafe, Ski Patrol, ski and mountain bike hire and generally very friendly staff!
Photo

View of Marysville & beyond.

Photo

Alps Lookout

Ruins

Hut ruins & relics

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