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Date Registered: 08-2011
Location: Lalor Park, NSW
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Sunny Corner to Capertee


This June long weekend we finally completed a trip that has been being planned for a while, Sunny Corner to Capertee (from 4WD treks close to Sydney). We had me in the Xtrail, a Patrol, Hilux, Navara, Jeep Cherokee and Discovery. We started with a look at some historical mining equipment and a hut on Austral Street, Sunny Corner. This area is in crown land so free to access for everyone.
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We carried on down Austral Street hoping to get a look at the actual old mine but reached a locked gate. We tried a few side tracks and got a nice view down into the mine but again found a locked gate.
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We head back onto tar briefly then down Back Creek Road and on to Turpins Road. This is basically a good condition fire trail that leads all the way to Daylight Creek Road just before the creek crossing. There is a good little area to camp at this intersection. Up to this stage is very easy going and definitely suitable for any standard Xtrail. The next creek crossing was fairly easy too (in the dry).



The climb out is quite steep and is very rutted and rocky in parts. It would be possible to get through here in a standard Exy but you would need to be careful. At the top of the climb you reach Blackbutt Mountain Trail. The trek would take you right but we headed left to do a bit of exploring. We head out to tar briefly then on to Culpits Lane and Mt Schofield Road. We took a little side track here that heads steeply down the hill. This track was really rutted and rocky. Lots of care required. I wouldn't try this in a standard Exy without a lift, A/Ts and bash plates.
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At the bottom we walked over the creek crossing looking for some old mining equipment. less than 400m down the track we found an old boiler over another small creek.
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Near the boiler was a mine cut into the side of the hill. Be careful here because there is a lot of vertical mine shafts. We followed the mine into the hill and after about 40m it opened up to a cavern that was open to the surface.


From here we head back to Blackbutt Mountain Trail which is a fairly easy track down to the creek crossing. It may be slippery in the wet. The climb out is fairly steep but with very few ruts.
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At the top of the climb we turned right at the T intersection onto Dark Corner Mountain Trail. Again this is an easy standard. It heads down towards a creek crossing which is a bit of fun and lead along the creek to a much steeper crossing (I was on 3 wheels going up that one) that leads to a nice little campsite. This is the base of 'The Hill'. This thing is crazy. Several 0.5m rock steps in a row (sorry no photos) and super steep. None of us had a go at this one.
There was a nice little track across another creek though that some of the bigger 4WDs had a go at.


We back tracked about 400m to a nice grassy area to camp. I was driving around here picking up fire wood and found a really weird spot. It was basically and area where the ground was liquid. Standing on it the groun acted like a giant water balloon. The grass was the only thing holding it together. Long story short the car just sunk into this weird muddy substance.
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I can confirm the front screw in eyelet is suitable for a winch in this type of situation. After that bit of fun we camped without incident other than the obvious below zero temperatures.

The next morning the track got a lot more interesting. No more than 200m from camp we crossed a little bog hole on the way to a very steep descent to a creek crossing. Here you drop into the creek and drive up the creek about 50m to the ascent out.

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Up the track it became very rutted on the climb out from the creek. Very careful wheel placement got us through. Along the way we found a couple of small bog holes.


we carried on to a T intersection and turned left. This track had plenty of bigger bog holes. One of which went pretty close to stopping the Xtrail but with the A/Ts we got through. This hole did successfully stop the Navara which had to reverse out and go around. Road tyres were no help here. The Jeep found it similarly difficult due to its road tyres but after a couple of minutes of trying it got through.


We followed this down to a simpler creek crossing and another camp site.
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The climb out was steepish but relatively easy and lead to the Pinnacle Fire Trail. At this intersection there is a large rock (the pinnacle). Climb up and you get some great views.
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Some sections of this track were very simple, others were very rutted and even being slow and steady I copped a couple of brushes on the bash plates. At the top the track runs along a ridge line with excellent views over towards Lithgow.
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We wind down to a small creek crossing just before Woolshed Flat.


From here it is easy going to Rons River Hut.
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Shortly after the hut is the first crossing of the Turon River.


after this you can follow the signs to Capertee up the hill or turn left and do another 4-5 crossings of the Turon River. We head directly to Capertee for lunch at the pub. This is where the Navara and the Discovery left us. After lunch though we decided we should go back and check out those crossings. The crossings of Lochaber Creek were all dry but by this stage it was raining and the area was getting boggy. The first crossing of the Turon here required about a 50m drive along the creek. The bottom was rocky but quite soft. Momentum was required to get through.

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The next crossing was easy but the one after had a steep and incredibly muddy hill directly after it. Alot of wheel spin but we got through OK. The Jeep unfortunately did not find it so easy.
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After multiple failed attempts we decided to let the Patrol and Hilux through so they could winch him up. Just as we were getting is position the Jeep had one last go. With heaps (probably too much) speed he got up and we carried on. The last crossing of the day was the deepest. I ended up with water over the bonnet for a very brief moment but got through.



Back up the hill towards Capertee we decided to head home the scenic route through Turon Gates around back through Palmers Oaky to Sunny Corner.
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A great trip was had by all and the Exy lead the way proudly. Apart from the incident at the camp site no recoveries were required. If you choose to do this trip make sure your car is well set up and even then probably do it with some bigger 4WDs for extra safety.

Last edited by Toddyh03, 12/Jun/2012, 10:46 am


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looks like you guy's had a good weekend driving around there , great write up Todd

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Another nice write up Todd.
Great pics and vids.
Looks like you had a mostly dry weekend which was good.

Can't wait for next weekend.

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I noticed a couple of times you mentioned the Jeep had trouble, do think that was just because of the road tyres.

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That was definitely the biggest factor Peter. Thats why the Navara got stuck too. Neither needed to be recovered and it was only the very steep muddy climb where we though the Jeep would need to be recovered.
The Jeep is also an auto which probably didn't help.

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Ok well i'll have fun on Saturday then.
As far as autos go, I have read that autos are actually better for 4wding.

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Saturday will be much easier than this trip was. We had guys with road tyres with us last time and is was no problem.
Autos can be better for slow crawling up hills and over rough sections but their limitations come where it's harder to control your torque through mud, crossings etc and harder to control descents (obviously the descent control in the T31s solves this problem).

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Date Registered: 04-2011
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Todd you out did yourself by showing us all your trips.
Great pics and better memories.
I think this Saturday will be great fun with heaps of mud.



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Date Registered: 07-2012
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Thats a fantastic write up. I can see we will have to make a few modifications before attempting some of these trails. Pretty sure my husband is going to do a happy dance when he sees my new 'wish list' lol

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yeah Lucy this trip is not one for standard Xtrails. They would end up damaged and/or stuck. I might organise a modified Xtrail trip later this year emoticon

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