After hearing that the Davies Plain Track was pretty messy and still officially closed, with a number of logs down, we opted to take the Tom Groggin track via Mt Hope.
It is not as well-watered nor as scenic as Davies Plain, but apparently is a bit easier going. You win some, you lose some. Nonetheless, over the next few days, I was astounded at the amount of trees that had come down across the track. I got to give my new folding saw (thanks Cathy!) a bit of a workout, cutting away the scrub on the sides so as we could get through. Wayne from Tom Groggin said it had been the wettest winter in over 30 years, meaning soggy soil and more timber down.
In addition, a lot of these 4WD tracks were still officially gated and closed, so the 4WD mob had yet to get their chainsaws out and conveniently clear the way for the rest of us. After a hefty climb up Buckwong track, then a steep drop down McCarthys, we were only a few kilometres from our intended campsite when we came across a tree I just couldnt cut around. The sides of the track were too steep , and while there was a bit of a gap between the end of the tree and the cutting on one side, I had vowed never again to take the risk of asking Fly to squeeze through such a tight space, after our dramas with the gate in Wollemi National PArk.
So we slogged our way back up the hill and backtracked to our camp from the previous night, which Z claimed was absolutely infested with brumbies. After finding one hanging out inside Fly’s fence (which I had obviously put up to keep them OUT, not in), I don’t think she was far off the mark!
After hearing arguments from both sides of the brumby debate, I had been interested to see the state of affairs in KNP. My conclusion is that yes, it does appear that there are a LOT of brumbies around- many more than I expected. But I have yet to really see the intensive damage that they are apparently causing. We did see a fair bit of ripped up ground, but this kind of thing is most certainly from wild pigs, not horses.
So anyway, due to the log, we ended up taking a necessary detour to Omeo via the road to Benambra, which was a little disappointing, as we were both looking forward to seeing the caves at Limestone Creek.
Z was also busting to get a look at Bindi station, which is apparently where the Silver Brumby was filmed. But alas, not this time. On the plus side, we did get to see a waterfall and stay at Benambra Hotal, which is an incredibly warm, welcoming little spot.