POSTPONED - Jindivick with Gippsland gang - Sunday 16 September

Event Details

POSTPONED - Jindivick with Gippsland gang - Sunday 16 September

Time: September 16, 2018 from 8:15am to 4pm
Location: Jindivick Cafe, 1055 Jacksons Track, Jindivick
Street: Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road
City/Town: Mitcham
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Phone: 0408833764
Event Type: riding, social, dairy-country, forest
Organized By: Pete Zimm, David Atkinson
Latest Activity: Sep 16

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Event Description

Let's catch up with the club’s Gippsland chapter and go back to Jindi. After this event you'll wish you had grown up there so let this ride implant an idyllic false memory of a carefree bare-footed rural childhood in a very pretty part of Victoria. As we need to book a table for lunch, please confirm your attendance ASAP.


This is a pleasant 220km day ride to an out-of-the-way pocket of west Gippsland that one hardly ever has a reason to visit. Jindivick is a small hamlet which sits high on a ridge at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range about 15 km north of Drouin and boasts splendid views of the surrounding countryside and mountains beyond. Jindivick also has a quintessential country town general store with a cafe attached which will stir your soul. This will be the lunch spot where we'll meet our Gippsland friends while gazing out across the beautiful farmland scenery of rolling pastoral hills. A Sunday roast is available. The first Jindivick General Store was established in 1889 by Norwegian Seaman Johann Tandberg. Jindivick is an Aboriginal word meaning "burst asunder". Does anybody remember the Jindivick remote controlled target drone produced by the Government Aircraft Factory during the 1950s?

Ride Description

From Mitcham our off-highway route is via Silvan and Gembrook. We'll be riding through part of the Bunyip State Forest. There is a short 5.5kms section of good dirt road here but you'll hardly notice it as the forest is so pretty. A fuel stop at Longwarry North will keep our scooters happy as the next available fuel is at Launching Place. Although we are here for the beautiful scenery, of historical interest we will ride along the length of Jacksons Track (see notes below). We aim to get to Jindivick at 12:30pm. After lunch at the Jindi Cafe, we'll visit the town's cricket ground which surely has one of the best views of any pitch anywhere. There is some stunning riding north of Neerim South with distant purple-blue mountains forming a backdrop to cleared rolling hills. We have been climbing ever since leaving Longwarry, however after passing through Nayook, we plunge down through a steep forested road into the LaTrobe River Valley to meet the main Poweltown-Noojee Road. Observe if you will, the majestic white-trunked manna gums near Gilderoy and Three Bridges. Our return route to Melbourne is via Yellingbo and Mount Evelyn. 

Departure Point and Time

Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham shopping centre. Pull into the left service road at the start of Mitcham shopping centre before Mitcham Road. The ride departs at 9am sharp. Come earlier if you want coffee and breakfast beforehand. Several cafes in the mall will cater for our needs. Please arrive with a full tank of petrol.

Ride coupons cannot be redeemed on the day. Route subject to change on a whim without notice. The colour 'purple-blue' mentioned in the description may not be available on the day. The weather will be sunny and no further correspondence will be entered into on this matter. The lead scooter may produce noxious gases when under pressure. 

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Comment by David Atkinson on September 16, 2018 at 12:30

Les braving the snow, hail and rain under the bright sunny Spring skies at Mitcham this morning. Thank you Bureau of Meteorology. A good chat over coffee however. Until next time, David

Comment by David Atkinson on September 15, 2018 at 12:49

Our fair weather friends in Gippsland have decided to forego riding to Jindivick in the rain, hail, snow and thunderstorms tomorrow. Although I can't understand why they would deny themselves of such pleasures (ha ha), we will also re-schedule our planned ride from Melbourne until another date. Perhaps we'll be lucky the third time around. I'll come to Mitcham for a coffee to greet anybody who didn't receive this message, David

Comment by Noelene on September 7, 2018 at 17:43

Hi Jo, David, Pete

I would love to visit Gippsland. Count me in

Ta Noelene 

Comment by David Atkinson on August 28, 2018 at 0:10

Thanks for reconfirming Take II of this ride Leonie, David

Comment by Leonie Bowers-Taylor on August 26, 2018 at 23:18

Hi, attending, looking forward to a beautiful ride. 

Comment by Julie Pond on August 26, 2018 at 19:12

To those who are marked that they are attending this ride, would you please confirm with a comment in this thread, that you are still attending as Jo needs to book a table for lunch a.s.a.p.  Thank you.

Comment by Les Bennett on June 17, 2018 at 17:43

Sorry I missed today. It didn't pass the garage roof test, (actually, the whole garage was wet). I await the rescheduled date. Salute to those who attended ,,,

Comment by David Atkinson on June 17, 2018 at 12:12

Well a small group of us had breakfast at Mitcham. It was bucketing down all last night. Accolades to Stephen and Sally who braved the rain. Now the sun has just broken through. Reports from the World Vespa Day suggest that an Irish summer is similar to a Melbourne winter.

Comment by David Atkinson on June 15, 2018 at 19:44

Hello brave hearts who have signed up for this ride. After consultation with club members who were going to ride from Gippsland, we have decided to re-schedule this event. The reason? A weather forecast of hail, 95% chance of rain, thunderstorms and snow down to 600 metres. I know this will disappoint many of you (read irony) so please come along to the departure point at Mitcham on Sunday to share a coffee, have breakfast and a chin wag. Pete and I will be there between 8:30-10:30am. We'll work on another date for this beautiful ride. David

Comment by Julie Pond on June 2, 2018 at 17:48

Sorry to be missing this ride, but we will be farewelling all our new found friends as this this will be the last day of the Vespa World Day event in Belfast.  Hope you get a good turnout for this great ride and breakfast meet with the Gippy crew David.

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