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march-fixer: Track 2247 in area near Australia, Victoria ()
Mount Oberon Circuit Walk
Length: 18.5km, Creator time taken: 7h 4m, Ascent: 557m,
Descent: 357m

Places: Start at Lon 146.317, Lat -39.0301, end at Lon 146.356, Lat -39.0326 3.4km E from Start
Logged as completed by 1
This is a circuit of Mount Oberon utilising established tracks. It is not recommended that you find your own track around here without knowing how to handle dangerous bites. We had previously walked the length of Norman Beach running south east and back. This track starts inland through bush and joins the beach at the far end.

The track then takes a beautiful headland track under Mount Oberon and out to the beautiful Norman Point. We continued east and headed for Little Oberon Bay. These pristine sandy beaches are virtually deserted except for other 'trampers' passing through.

Continued along this headland track to the enormous Oberon Bay with its vast flat sandy unspoilt beach. Except for a small group walkers heading toward us and on to Tidal River, we had the entire beach to ourselves. It is big enough that you can just about make out the figure of a person at the far end. I have to admit that I availed of my 'birthday-suit' to enjoy a swim in the beautiful clear waters and gentle surf.

Headed for the far end of the beach and then west past the camp-site. The track from the beach east to the service road, while there is little climb, is through soft pepper sand, which really saps your energy. With the temperature around 35 degrees and little or no shelter from the sun, it is not just essential but critical to have a good supply of water with you.

From the junction with the service road it was a forced march along gravel to the car-park at Telegraph Saddle. We were getting worried on the last two kilometres that we may run out of water due to the strain of the final climb in the heat. Boy ... were we glad to see Catherine and Nora (our support crew!) waiting in the car-park with cold orange juice and water, tea, coffee and sandwiches. Wonderful walk. While not that long it was strenuous in these conditions.

Uploaded on: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 (12:14:21)
Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/track/2247/  
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