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Date Registered: 10-2016
Location: Melbourne
TOTAL POSTS: 7
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Lerderderg - Wombat X Trail friendly tracks


I recently bought an x-trail and have been going to Lerderderg- Wombat just west of Melbourne to test what she can and can't do. Below are some brief notes for anyone interested in the difficulty of the tracks.

2wd gravel tracks: Easy - Over the years I've driven nearly every gravel track in Lerderderg - Wombat. If the map lists a track as an unsealed road then it will be easy, probably scenic, but hardly worth writing up about in a 4wd book!

Blue Gum Track: Easy - very scenic, long track. some steepish graded sections (up if travelling north to south). I have done it in a Hyundai Excel before.

Blue Gum - O'Brian Link: Easy to Moderate - beautiful forest on slightly undulating track. Lots of water shedding ramps but no xtrail clearance issue. Can be travelled either way with same ease.

Diggers Track: Moderate - quite a long track with some hills and easy mud (probably best to avoid if it's been raining). The thing I like best was that it was interesting to drive for the full length rather than just one or two hard parts on any easy road. I travelled north to south, which made the harder hills being downwards although very doable going up if dry. There is a tiny creek crossing with gravelly rock base which requires zero effort. The track splits at the creek. We took Upper Chadwick and checked out the free campsite there which looked pretty ok. The rest of the road was basically 2wd.

Amblers Lane: Moderate with one Difficult section - Amblers Lane is two distict tracks split by a moderate crossing of the Lerderderg River. The short track in from the south is steep but well graded with compacted gravel. About 200m after you cross the river the is a steep rocky section which I opted to turn around at. Coming down would be ok, but without low range i didn't think I would be able to go slowly enough to control the ascent of the rock steps. Clearance looks to be just ok. I will report back when I try it coming from the north.

On my list to try:
XL track - easy 4wd track by all reports
Morning Star Track - easy/mod 4wd track by all reports
Ratcliffe Track - anyone done it? I'm a bit tentative.
Nuggety Track - anyone done it? I'm a bit tentative

Any others people can recommend that are suitable for an X Trail?
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Date Registered: 10-2016
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Re: Lerderderg - Wombat X Trail friendly tracks


Did XL track today in the dry. Interesting driving from start to end. Steep but not too steep. Rock but not too rocky. There is a challenging ford of a small creek, which the x trail dealt with exceptionally well. It requires a bit of careful wheel placement. Not a hard crossing by any stretch but would probably stress a novice xtrailer. Highly recommended.
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