Australia day get together in Vic?

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23 Oct 2014 17:10 #1 by DarrenWebster303
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As it has been quiet on the east coast of late socially, I would like to suggest the idea of a get together on the Australia day long weekend in Vic. Maybe somewhere in the High country or where ever, just to get the Okas & owners out of the shed & together. What are your thoughts people?

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24 Oct 2014 04:03 #2 by Greg 210 and Dean 366
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Always up for show and tell

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24 Oct 2014 11:17 #3 by Russ Phelan
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My family and I will be travelling back from 6 week Tassie trip (to NSW) about that time. Plan on coming up the coast from Melbourne. May be able to squeeze in a side trip.

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24 Oct 2014 17:53 #4 by DarrenWebster303
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Ace guys, I was thinking maybe Mayfords valley, similar to Wanangatta valley but better I think. Its up the northern end of the High Country, easy access from Bright, & close to Blue Rag Range,& a couple of huts, a nice river flowing through it to swim & relax. Thats just my thoughts, if anyone has other suggestions, here is the place, throw them in the mix. It would just be nice to get an east coast gathering going.

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25 Oct 2014 06:02 #5 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
Peter and Sandra OKA 374 replied the topic: Australia day get together in Vic?
Sounds like a plan, we are interested.

OKA 374 LT Van, converted to camper/motorhome,
400ah Lithiums, 680w solar, diesel cooking heating and HWS,
Cummins 6BT, Allison 6 speed auto, Nissan transfer.

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25 Oct 2014 15:21 #6 by DarrenWebster303
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Good stuff Peter, I look forward to seeing 374 with your camper conversion as I almost bought it myself years back.

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26 Oct 2014 08:33 #7 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
Peter and Sandra OKA 374 replied the topic: Australia day get together in Vic?
Might have a bit of work to do now, auto has had an internal problem and we're limping home, still working ok but is running hot.
Only about 100k from home so could be worse, just very hot weather today so it takes an age to cool down before we can travel on. Don't want to cook it so taking it slow and steady. At least we've got the full camper facilities and its not too uncomfortable.

OKA 374 LT Van, converted to camper/motorhome,
400ah Lithiums, 680w solar, diesel cooking heating and HWS,
Cummins 6BT, Allison 6 speed auto, Nissan transfer.

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26 Oct 2014 14:07 #8 by Ralley
Ralley replied the topic: Australia day get together in Vic?
Hi Peter,
Give me a call if you need some help.

Rob

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26 Oct 2014 16:52 #9 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
Peter and Sandra OKA 374 replied the topic: Australia day get together in Vic?
Thanks Rob, we made it home about 5.30pm after spending more of the day letting it cool down than driving. Looks like one of the clutches has started to let go and something is blocked stopping the cooling circuit working. The auto still runs properly without any obvious problem just gets hot, so we drive for an hour and then let it cool for about two so has been a leisurely trip home, from Beresfield on a tilt tray that just happened to be returning to Dungog empty which was lucky. Was quite funny driving it on and the front of the truck lifting off the ground about 2 feet!

OKA 374 LT Van, converted to camper/motorhome,
400ah Lithiums, 680w solar, diesel cooking heating and HWS,
Cummins 6BT, Allison 6 speed auto, Nissan transfer.

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26 Oct 2014 17:19 #10 by Ralley
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Good news on one front. Will be interesting to see what's gone wrong, maybe cummins sooner rather than later?
Rob

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27 Oct 2014 04:59 #11 by Paul Scherek
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Sounds good, but when is the long weekend? Not shown on my calender......
Cheers,
Paul

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27 Oct 2014 05:13 #12 by Peter and Sandra OKA 374
Peter and Sandra OKA 374 replied the topic: Australia day get together in Vic?
It is always the 26th Jan ;-))) which is a monday in 2015.

Sorry couldn't resist ;-)))

See here www.timeanddate.com/calendar/?year=2015

Peter

OKA 374 LT Van, converted to camper/motorhome,
400ah Lithiums, 680w solar, diesel cooking heating and HWS,
Cummins 6BT, Allison 6 speed auto, Nissan transfer.

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27 Oct 2014 07:29 #13 by Paul Scherek
Paul Scherek replied the topic: Australia day get together in Vic?
Thanks Peter, I should have known that the term "Australia Day" meant something......

Should engage brain before engaging keyboard!

Cheers,

Paul

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29 Oct 2014 17:11 #14 by DarrenWebster303
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Altho this is not a great time, perhaps David or James could shift this thread over into Gatherings & Travels for us If possible.

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29 Oct 2014 17:45 #15 by John and Bronwyn
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Sounds interesting, both the get-together and the idea of Mayford.
Haven't been to Mayford since 2003, we were there the day the Alpine fires started. Whole area was burnt out a week later. Lovely spot then, it should have recovered.

John & Bronwyn

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30 Oct 2014 13:54 #16 by Harry
Harry replied the topic: Australia day get together in Vic?
Oka gathering sounds good count Jenny and myself in

Jenny and I both enjoy the great outdoors. We try to get away 4 to 5 month a year.

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30 Oct 2014 14:48 #17 by rasamin
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Sounds great. Count us in but where is Mayfords Valley. Googled it and came up unknown. Rasa & Min Oka 74

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30 Oct 2014 17:06 #18 by DarrenWebster303
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Hi Rasa & everyone else,

Mayfords is in the north end of the Victorian High Country. Directions from Bright...

Follow Great Alpine Rd from Bright for approx. 20kms (approx!!), through Harrietville and up the windies (winding roads) to Mt St Bernard. Then turn right onto Dargo-High Plains Rd (If you hit Rene's, look out! You have gone too far.)
After turning right onto Dargo-Highplains rd (gravel), travel approx 8-10kms. Then turn left onto King Spur track (you will know that you are in the right place when you turn in and you go over a small mound of dirt in front of you. There will be Lanky Plain Hut.)
Follow Kings Spur (keep left) along the edge of the bluff which is always on your left (views to Hotham Heights/Mt Hotham) past Long Spur Track off to your right and continue to follow Kings Spur Track. Some sections are off camber and rocky, and then a long straight descent down towards Mayfords.
Follow Main Track and cross Dargo River 3 or 4 times in quick succession, and you will come out into Mayfords.
We will try to get one of the big campsites up the valley on the right hand side, along the river.

Cheers,
Darren

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05 Nov 2014 18:07 #19 by DarrenWebster303
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Looks like we are going to have quite a good gathering, from the Vic & NSW owners..... Come on SA boys & girls....

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06 Nov 2014 04:33 #20 by Paul Scherek
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Darren, can you tell me please what the roads in are like? My camper is pretty big, over 3 metres tall, and doesn't like overgrown tracks very much. Thanks, Paul

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