Time: February 17, 2019 from 8:15am to 4pm
Location: Mitcham to Jindivick, Gippsland
Street: Britannia Mall, 485 Whitehorse Road
Website or Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zFCg5MTCs…
Event Type: riding, social, diary-country, forest
Organized By: David Atkinson
Latest Activity: yesterday
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?
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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