Beyond Hotham 2016 Program
With experts on-board to give you advice and assistance when out on the tracks, the 2016 program has a range of drives to meet all skill levels. Designed in a sequence which enables the development of technique and confidence; book multiple dates to apply your new skills in later stages. Drives are subject to weather and road conditions.
13th February - Dogs Grave
A fantastic introduction to 4WD, the Dogs Grave Track has some challenges at the beginning before you can relax onto some unsealed open roads. Expect the usual corrugations and potholes as well as some narrow tracks at the beginning. It’s a great way to build up some skills for the upcoming tours without needing too much technical advice for the first go. Named for the monument to ‘Boney’ the working dog, the drive encompasses views, a picnic area and a toilet stop.
27th February - Grant Historic Area
Great for beginners, the easy pace and reduced driving duration means you can learn up on some skills and experience the sensation of the high country without the drop offs and switchbacks of the more advanced drives. Still encompassing some of the best views this scenic trip is well worth your while.
12th March - Blue Rag Range
Classified as difficult the Blue Rag Range tour offers the confidence and advice for those who are no strangers to the off-road adventure. Enjoy the local and technical knowledge from our partners at Getabout Tours who will challenge you to redefine your limits along this iconic track. The pinnacle of high country driving it includes drop offs, switch backs, washouts and uneven terrain along with unprecedented photo opportunities.
26th March - White Timber Spur, Talbotville, Grant, Dargo
Medium skill, maximum adventure. Expect creek crossings and narrow valleys, ridgelines and remnants of both logging and mining history. A diverse drive, you will feel fully immersed in the wonderful world of nature, which is gradually reclaiming this track. An exciting day out that is going to build your confidence up before you take on Crooked River and the Blue Rag Range.
9th April - Crooked River
Difficult, if you have graduated from this seasons introductory drives, apply your new skills to the Crooked River drive. Spread from Hotham through to the Dargo township, take a number of turns off the return track to explore the historical sights and what little remains of a number of townships. It’s hard to believe that thousands of people populated these areas towards the end of the 1800’s however with all the steep descents and multiple river crossings you will gain a new respect for the high country pioneers. Should you prefer, leave the tour to create a loop through Harrietville (20km from Dargo).
23rd April - Blue Rag Range
Repeated due to popular demand: Classified as difficult the Blue Rag Range tour offers the confidence and advice for those who are not strangers to the off-road adventure. Enjoy the local and technical knowledge from our partners at Getabout Tours who will challenge you to redefine your limits along this iconic track. The pinnacle of high country driving it includes drop offs, switch backs, washouts and uneven terrain along with unprecedented photo opportunities.
For the first time in 2016, Beyond Hotham have launched a free self-touring guide to use at your convenience. Download it before your tour or as a handy companion for self-touring.