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Far East Gippsland Parks Victoria Seasonal Gate Closures

  • 15 Jun 2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • 16 Jun 2024
  • 3:00 PM
  • Orbost - Snowy River, Alpine and Errinundra NPs
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Far East Gippsland Parks Victoria Seasonal Gate Closures


Date and time:  9.00am, Saturday 15 June 2024 to 3.00pm Sunday 16 June 2024

Description:  Please contact your trip leader if you are unsure of any of the following requirements for this trip.

The Pajero 4WD Club and the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria will also be joining us. The Trip will be run under Pajero 4WD Club Rules.

Your expression of interest does not guarantee inclusion on this trip.

Preference will be given to previous attendees of Track Clearing and with the appropriate vehicle and driver training course completed.

The National Parks we will travel in are the Snowy River, Alpine and Errinundra.  The areas are all remote with tracks in the Medium range with some Hard sections. The convoys will be small with a couple being led by Parks Vic Rangers.   The task is to close all the Seasonal Closure Gates in the Bendoc Parks Office area of responsibility.

Saturday will be a full day of gate closing with a half day on Sunday. Arrival on Friday afternoon or evening is required. Further details will be advised closer to the time as the PV Ranger is currently organising the logistics. If the timing and location permits, we may have dinner at the Bendoc Hotel on the Saturday night.

Last fuel is at Orbost or fuel can be obtained in Delegate (NSW) depending on their opening hours.

Requirements - all participants are to have a Working With Children Check.

As a Parks Victoria Volunteer we are also covered by Parks Victoria insurance.

The PV Rangers will be providing a thorough safety briefing on the Saturday morning and each convoy will be carrying a PV Trunk Radio for regular safety check ins during the weekend.

RACV TotalCare or equivalent plus Ambulance subscription are highly recommended. The nearest town with supermarkets is Orbost.

We will be travelling in a remote area so please be self-sufficient including some emergency provisions.

Drivers must have completed the club Proficiency Driver Training course (or equivalent).

Parks Volunteers are all required to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC). This is free for volunteers.

No pets or firearms.

Maps and references:

  • 4WD Touring SE NSW and East Gippsland, Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage
  • Vicmaps 1:50K Murrindal-Yalmy, Deception Deddick, Goongerah-Ellery, Murrangower- Bemm River
  • CMA NSW 1:50K Delegate
  • Hema - East Gippsland and the Sapphire Coast
  • Rooftop Maps:  Snowy River, McKillops Bridge, Lakes Entrance Cann River, Orbost, Delegate

Weather:  Please review the weather forecast for Bendoc but please be prepared for cold, wet and alpine conditions for camping in the bush.  We will be travelling at a high altitude so it will be colder and possibly wetter than Melbourne.

Equipment:  Well prepared high clearance 4WD vehicle with low range (or equivalent), good quality All Terrain tyres as a minimum, a 5 watt UHF radio with vehicle fitted aerial, front and rear recovery points, rated snatch strap and 2 rated shackles. Winch if you have one.

Additional Equipment required:  Clothing, boots and camping gear suitable for cold, wet and possibly alpine conditions.  Cooking gear and all food and water for the weekend plus some emergency provisions. First Aid Kit, air compressor, tyre gauge, maxtrax (if you have them), shovel, axe, drag chain, chainsaw if you are an accredited user and full PPE, work gloves

Trip Standard:  Medium with possible hard sections

Fuel:  a full tank Orbost

Distance:  Melbourne to Bendoc via Orbost 475kms. Plus up to 200kms on forest roads and bush tracks including extended sections in 4WD

Duration:  2 days although it is highly recommended that people travel to the area on the Friday

Convoy limit:  3 vehicles from RRCV. There will be a number of mixed club convoys working in the bush and these will be organised at the Saturday briefing

Meeting arrangements:  9.00am Saturday. Location to be advised

Trip Leaders:  John & Prue Hasler  0439 890 688  p.thwait@bigpond.net.au

Club Guest Registration policy:  It is club policy in regard to insurance cover that if a member brings any non-members on the trip they must be registered and have paid the required fee as Temporary Members BEFORE the event. 

i.e.  non- members can no longer register on the day with the trip leader. 
Temporary Membership information and ways to register can be found at:

Temporary (Guest) Membership

Also if a non-member wishes to bring their own vehicle, the member inviting the non-member must contact the trip leader for approval to bring the vehicle. Such approval will take into account skills of the driver, suitability of the vehicle and whether or not a place within the convoy limit is available for a non-member's vehicle.

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