Australia Day Four Day High Country Tour with Special Guest Ron Moon ~ January 25th-Four Day Tours
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Australia Day Four Day High Country Tour with Special Guest Ron Moon ~ January 25th

We’re excited to announce today that on our January 25th Australia Day Four Day High Country tour we will be joined by a very special guest, Ron Moon from 4x4 Australia magazine!
 
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Ron will be providing an extensive history lesson on the area, 4WD training, bush maintenance, recovery training, talks on how to best set up a vehicle for remote travel etc and a good yarn around the fire. Ron will also be taking the lead on our track selection for this tour, using his remarkable knowledge of the region to guide us on the path less traveled.
 
RON & VIV MOON have spent much of their lives exploring and writing about Australia’s wild and remote areas. In their travels they combine many interests such as 4wd touring, camping, bird watching, diving, hunting, canoeing and fishing, as well as photography, and this is reflected in the many articles that they have written for a wide range of magazines in Australia.
 
While both Ron and Viv are recognised travel writers specialising in out of the way places, Ron was the long time editor of the 4WD magazine, 4x4 Australia, and now has more of a roving and exciting role as 4x4’s Editor-at-Large. In all Ron & Viv have contributed to or written 13 guide books on Outback Australia, including books for Lonely Planet, Hema Maps and Global Publications.
 
A WIDE BREADTH OF EXPERIENCES
 
Born in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory in 1949, Ron grew up in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia where at a very young age he spent his time trapping rabbits and hunting with a single shot .22 rifle.
 
 
Moving to the southern coast of South Australia his teenage years were spent spearfishing, scuba diving, and when the water was dirty or too rough, surfing and rabbit shooting. These are passions that continue to this day.
 
Gaining his love of travel from his widely travelled father, Ron was travelling far and wide as soon as he got his driving licence. A stint in the Army as an electronic technician added to his travels in the Outback and overseas, while his skill as a photographer earned him a place on a number of expeditions. These were as diverse as:
 
* Diving the remote southern Maldives in the Indian Ocean as chief photographer with a British scientific expedition;
* Rafting the Franklin River in Tasmania on the first commercial recce trip down that wild river as photographer,
* Acting as a guide and photographer with a National Museum of Victoria expedition to the desert country of South Australia;
* Leading the first trekking group across the Big Desert Wilderness in western Victoria, and a host more.
 
THE 4X4 WORLD
 
Between 1987 and 2001 Ron was the editor of Australia’s leading 4WD magazine, 4X4 Australia, and in that time he gained an enviable reputation as one of the most travelled and ‘hands on’ 4WD experts in the country. Today he is now their Editor-at-Large which allows both him and Viv to travel more frequently and more widely.
 
A range of wilderness canoe trips in the late 1980s and early 1990s resulted in a number of ‘first descents’ on remote crocodile infested rivers in northern Australia; most of these expeditions were sponsored by Australian Geographic magazine.
 
Their knowledge on the history of exploration in Australia has seen them lead a number of 4WD trips following the footsteps of the early explorers. They have hunted and scuba dived all around the country and have also fished extensively in the wilder, more remote areas, but Ron admits he only chases fish when there is a very good chance of catching some!
 
While they are not whitewater canoeists, they have paddled many remote rivers in the far north as well as along the east coast and rafted some of the wildest, remotest rivers in Australia.
 
The last 25 years have seen nine trips to southern Africa where they spend most of their time in national parks or in remote safari camps. Four of those trips included hunting trips in Botswana, Zimbabwe and in a number of places throughout South Africa.
 
As well, Ron and Viv have been lucky enough to have spent time in the bush driving 4WD vehicles in a range of spectacular offroad environments in the Ukraine, UK, Thailand, Spain, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, Africa, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and the USA. Some of their most memorable times being in Africa, and on the Rubicon Trail and in the ‘Canyon Lands’ of Moab in the US.
 
Day One - We meet in the heart of the High Country at the town of Dargo where our tour leader will hand out CB radios to those that don’t have one and run through some basic info such as our convoy procedures and radio etiquette. This will be our last chance to refuel and purchase any supplies. Once everyone is ready we will head out of town on the Dargo High Plains Rd to the site of the former gold mining town, Grant. Here we will drop our tire pressures, engage low range and begin a breathtaking descent down McMillans Rd to Talbotville.In Talbotville we will be served lunch and have a coffee or tea, then head back onto the tracks for our first river crossing and through to the summit of Mt Cynthia where we will have a snack for afternoon tea. Dropping back down into the valley we will cross the Wonnangatta River at Eaglevale then follow it downstream to our well-equipped basecamp at Crooked River.

We’ll have some time to get settled into our new home and maybe have a swim or a fish before dinner is served at around 7pm. After dinner, our tour leader will give us a rundown of what to expect for the next few days and some basic 4WD training.
 
Day Two - After a freshly ground espresso and a delicious breakfast at our base camp we will head up the Wonnangatta Valley to the famous Wonnangatta station, breaking for lunch at the hut then returning via the exciting and challenging climb up Herne Spur which features several river crossings and a steep rocky scramble.
 
Day Three - Beginning again with a mouth-watering hot breakfast at camp, today we will be travelling through the Dargo High Plains to Blue Rag Range for what is widely believed to be the most scenic ridgeline drive in the country. Depending on track conditions and the time available we may drop all the way to the bottom, or turn around at the high point.
 
Day Four - After a few days gaining confidence and skills we are now ready for our final challenge, the famous Billy Goat Bluff track! The ascent begins just a short distance from our base camp and climbs steeply up towards the Pinnacles where we will serve lunch and take the short walk up to the fire tower where we’ll enjoy 360 views of the surrounding ranges. After soaking up the stunning views we will head back down Billy Goats Bluff to our Basecamp where the tour will conclude.

Tour Details

Tour Date Start 25-01-2019 12:00 pm
Tour End Date 28-01-2019 2:00 pm
Registration Start Date 30-01-2017
Cut off date 22-01-2019
Location
High Country
Dargo VIC 3862, Australia
High Country
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Tour Packages Available:

Dining Package: $945 per person

  • Bring your own tent or camper trailer.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, plus morning and afternoon tea.
  • Use of all basecamp facilities including hot showers and flushing toilets.

Glamping Package: $1,195 per person

  • Luxurious canvas bell tents for your group (3 metre for singles, 4 metre for couples, 5 metre for families).
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, plus morning and afternoon tea.
  • Use of all basecamp facilities including hot showers and flushing toilets.

Premium Glamping Package: $1,495 per person

  • Comfy queen size mattress, fresh linen and towels (BYO blanket and pillow)
  • USB charging for your devices
  • Luxurious canvas bell tents for your group (3 metre for singles, 4 metre for couples, 5 metre for families).
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, plus morning and afternoon tea.
  • Use of all basecamp facilities including hot showers and flushing toilets.

Kids Under 16: $470 each

 

Four Day Tour Menu

Most Meals Can Be Gluten Free

Day One

Lunch

Chargrilled Eye Fillet Baguette
 Chargrilled eye fillet beef from Gippsland, fresh parsley, green pickles, French smoked tomato mustard & homemade aioli on a freshly baked baguette.
OR
Smashed Avocado Baguette (V)
 Smashed avocado, heirloom baby cherry tomatoes & fresh basil on a freshly baked baguette.

 Dinner

Yaya’s Famous Greek Meatballs
Lamb mince with cumin, garlic, mint & my Yaya’s secret blend of spices. Served with red cabbage, sunflower seed salad, homemade tahini sauce & sweet potato chips tossed with rosemary salt
OR
Michelle’s Stuffed Pepper
Roasted pepper filled with lamb mince, garlic, pine nuts & jasmine rice, served with homemade tzatziki sauce & sweet potato chips
OR
Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper (V)
Roasted pepper filled with pine nuts & jasmine rice, served with homemade tzatziki sauce & sweet potato chips

Dessert

Yaya’s Greek Orange Syrup cake
Greek orange syrup cake served with vanilla bean ice cream & crushed pistachio nuts, garnished with baby mint
OR
Trio of Cheeses
A trio of local cheeses served with crackers, fresh apple & quince paste

Day Two

Breakfast

Italian Prosciutto Bruschetta
 Sourdough toasted & topped with poached eggs, Italian prosciutto, tomato relish & Meredith goat’s feta, drizzled with balsamic glaze.
OR
Michelle’s Homemade Muesli Feast (V)
Toasted oats with coconut, cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds & golden raisins, topped with milk, & blueberrys.
OR
Pumpkin & Feta Bruschetta (V)
Poached eggs & roasted pumpkin on toasted sourdough, finished with tomato relish & Meredith goats’ feta.

Lunch

Spiral Pasta Salad with Pesto & Sun Dried Tomatoes (V)
Spiral pasta salad with freshly made basil pesto sauce, green peas & sun-dried tomatoes, finished with freshly grated Italian Grana Padano parmesan

Dinner

Chicken Rotolo
Free range chicken Rotolo filled with pancetta from the Yarra Valley & Greek tomato risotto rice. Roasted in the oven & served with baby heirloom carrots, roast broccoli & a homemade chicken Jus
OR
Exotic Mushroom & Truffle Risotto (V)
Exotic mushroom risotto with truffle, lemon zest, dill & green peas, finished with cream & freshly grated Italian Grana Padano parmesan

 Dessert

Homemade Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate, coffee, brandy & almond meal cake served with Yarra Valley double cream
OR
Trio of Cheeses
A trio of local cheeses served with crackers, fresh apple & homemade onion relish

Day Three

Breakfast

High Country Special
Eggs sunny side up with sautéed button mushrooms & grilled free range pork chipolatas. Served with roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh basil & tomato relish on sourdough toast.
OR
Michelle’s Delicious Pancake stack (V)
Pancakes with homemade berry compote & banana, served with vanilla bean ice-cream & a drizzle of organic maple syrup.
OR
High Country Special (V)
Eggs sunny side up with sautéed button mushrooms, roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes, tomato relish on sourdough toast

Lunch

Free Range Leg Ham Baguette
 Free range ham, green pickles, camembert cheese, French smoked tomato mustard & homemade aioli on a freshly baked baguette.
OR
Ricotta & Parmesan Fritters Baguette (V)
Panfried ricotta & parmesan fritters, green pickles, homemade aioli & French smoked tomato mustard on a freshly baked baguette.

Dinner

Michelle’s Greek Lamb Chops
Free range Gippsland lamb cutlets, marinated in lemon, cumin & garlic, chargrilled & served with roasted baby beetroot, butternut pumpkin, grilled asparagus & homemade tzatziki sauce
OR
Smoked Salmon Summer Pasta
Capellini pasta with smoked Tasmanian salmon, shallots, green olives, lemon zest & confit garlic, finished with extra virgin olive oil & fresh dill
OR
Eggplant Stack (V)
Eggplant stack w/ fresh dill, buffalo cheese, napoli sauce & Grana Padano parmesan, served w/ roasted baby beetroot, butternut pumpkin, grilled asparagus & topped w/ homemade tzatziki sauce

Dessert

Michelle’s Delicious Sticky Date Pudding
Homemade sticky date pudding, topped with caramel sauce & served with vanilla bean ice cream
OR
Trio of Cheeses
A trio of local cheeses served with crackers, fresh apple & quince paste

Day Four

Breakfast

River Side Pulled Pork Special
Poached eggs & free range pulled pork on sourdough toast, topped with hollandaise sauce & homemade parmesan cheese hash browns.
OR
Bircher Muesli (V)
Oats soaked overnight in milk with coconut, currants, grated Granny Smith apple & cinnamon, , sprinkled with roasted pistachio nuts & drizzled with raw honey
OR
River Side Special (V)
Poached eggs with sauerkraut on sourdough toast, topped with hollandaise sauce & homemade parmesan cheese hash browns.

 

Lunch

 Lamb Kofta on Brown Rice & Roast Vegetable Salad
Grilled lamb kofta on a brown rice salad with roast pumpkin, broccoli, red onion, pumpkin seeds fresh parsley & tomato & drizzled with homemade tahini sauce.
OR
 Grilled Halloumi on Brown Rice & Roast Vegetable Salad  (V)
Grilled halloumi on a brown rice salad with roast pumpkin, broccoli, red onion, pumpkin seeds fresh parsley & tomato & drizzled with homemade tahini sauce.

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