Trek Information Page - "The Mountain"
Location:

A private property of 2000 acres situated at an altitude of 1300 metres above sea level, on top of a mountain plateau on the north-west slopes of NSW.

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Grade:

Not really all that tricky, if the weather is fine and dry. If it rains, however, get set for some real excitement. As Holly said in Red Dwarf, "Even with an IQ of 6000, it's still brown trousers time."

4WD Vehicle Requirements:
ESSENTIAL
RECOMMENDED
Extra jerry cans for fuel if your vehicle, like mine, only has a 90l tank and does 4.4 km/l.
• Tyre gauge.
 
• Extra spare tyre.

 

• Toolkit.
Basic spare parts & filters.
 
• Radio.
 
• Basic recovery gear.
Snatch strap, drag chains , gloves, etc.
Road Car Options:
The final 8km from the lower plains to the homestead is definitely 4WD only. Once we leave the public road, we enter the first of several stations. You can leave your car at the shed on the first property and hitch a ride with one of the 4WD vehicles. We'll be operating a 4x4 shuttle service to get people up from the car parking area to the homestead.

Please take note that the 4WD shuttle service is made possible by those with 4x4s being willing to help out (including the property owner), and they won't be on call to ferry individuals backwards and forwards from their cars to the homestead at whim, especially considering that it can take an hour to get from the top of the mountain to the bottom. In other words, we all go up together, we all come down together, unless it's an emergency or you can sort something out with a 4WD owner. So please don't forget anything in your vehicle, because you're going to have to be awfully nice to someone who owns a 4WD to go back down the mountain and help you get it.

Privacy Level:
Activities:
4WD exploring   Bushwalking   Cycling
Accommodation:
House Camping

Notes:

The house on the property has some spare bedrooms, but their availability depends on how many people come along on this trek. If the numbers exceed the comfort level, you might have to roll your sleeping bag on the floor in the lounge in front of a roaring fireplace, but there no guarantees. Otherwise, you will need to have a tent, or put your sleeping bag in the barn... or if you like, sleep outside with the trapdoor spiders to keep you company. Muahahhahaaa. It's up to you.
Access:
Sealed public roads all the way from Sydney to the base of the mountain. Dirt tracks pass through private properties up to the homestead: strictly 4WD once you leave the public roads and enter the first station.
Places:

30 people (any vehicle type).

Cost: Nil.
Meeting Point:

In Sydney, we'll be meeting at the Budget Petrol service station located on the corner of Commercial Rd and Kingsgrove Rd, Kingsgrove.

33º 56' 23.4" S, 151º 06' 01.6" E (WGS84)

Departure Point:
The Shell service station on the main drag in Muswellbrook on the northern side of the railway line.

Estimated Travel Time:
Approximately 7 hours including fuel and food stops.
Radio:
Unless otherwise advised, we will be on UHF CB Channel 15, with a frequency of 476,775 MHz. This is a simplex FM channel.
Fuel:
The nearest fuel services are located at Scone and Murrurundi.
Notes:
Cooking
The house has a kitchen with stove. There is also a BBQ at the rear of the house.
Firewood
The house has a log fireplace which is great to sit around at any time of year, There is an abundance of firewood on the property and if you have a chainsaw, THIS is the place to give it a workout!
• Power
There is a generator which is switched on to provide lighting at night, and the barn has more than adequate electrical lighting inside. Please don't bring anything along that requires substantial power (such as a hair dryer) as the loads produced by such household appliances can kill the generator and trip the circuit breakers. This will make you terribly unpopular with the owner and make you a prime candidate for extreme TENS play using the ignition coil of a tractor engine on fast idle.
• Showers
The house has a bathroom with a shower supplied with hot water from a gas heater. Please be considerate of the gas usage and limit your showers to a reasonable duration.
Supplies
You will need to be self-sufficient in everything. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, anywhere within at least a 90-minute drive back down the mountain to the nearest town.
• Toilets
There are two flush toilets inside the house.
• Water
The house has its own rainwater tanks.
Trek Outline :

Departing from Sydney, the trek will cover some of Australia's most beautiful scenery. This 2000 acre station is totally remote, and I mean REMOTE, and covered in heavy forest (semi-rain forest in places). There is a large American-style barn on the land, which will be the main play space, but there are also several kilometres of dirt track to walk/drive along (or even take your sub along naked for a nice walk on a leash), virgin (ooh!) forest to explore, old timber worker's sheds, etc. There are also horses (the four-legged kind) and other animals such as wombats, rabbits, pigs, cows, goats, wallabies and kangaroos in abundance.

Once on the property you can go into full-on scene mode. There is nothing around you but bush. Opportunities for outdoor play are limitless, and there's a ready supply of cut timber out near the sheds to build things like a St. Andrews Cross or a rack if you're that way inclined with a chainsaw. Some basic gear is already installed in the barn. Noise is not a problem as there are no neighbours within earshot, eyeshot, or any other kind of shot. You can bet it will be an uninterrupted time away.

Our route will be: start point Sydney, then Maitland, Muswellbrook, Scone, then off onto a back road up into the mountains.

There is also a national park of 2500 hectares adjacent to the property. It's land-locked, so nobody ever goes there. Your chance to explore unspoiled natural beauty. I wouldn't recommend playing in the national park because even though it's virtually guaranteed no-one's set foot in there for months, you might just be there on one of the few days of the year that the rangers go in to check the place out and even though they won't really say anything to you if you're just looking around, it might be harder to talk to them while your subby is hanging upside down from a tree, wearing a ball gag and butt plug. The NPWS is kinda funny about things like that. Anyway, with so much land available on the property, I don't see any real need to use the national park.

I would also highly recommend that you carry either a portable or vehicle-mounted UHF CB radio if you're planning on exploring either the property or the national park on your own, as there's plenty of land and lots of tracks you can get lost on. If you do get lost, it'll be a lot easier to find you if you have a radio, even though the hilly terrain means that you won't get more than a few kilometres of line-of-sight. It's better than nothing.

 

 


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