Dargo via Omeo ������������������������ ����������������������������������������������� �����������������Sat 4th / Sun 5th December

Tim Emons leading, 9 am Berwicknote early start

Come out for an epic weekend adventure covering some of Victoria's greatest motorcycling roads, cutting in and out of the Southern valleys of the Great Dividing Range. Good tyres essential.

Accommodation: Dargo River Inn

Cost: $85 per person gets you dinner, breakfast and bed in a shared room - bunks or singles only with up to 4 people (maximum) per room. Money to be paid into Club bank account asap. First in, best dressed.

Cancellation Policy: no refund

Saturday 4th: We'll take a fairly direct route from Berwick to Tyers for a short break, then work our way around Lake Glenmaggie and on through open farmland to Briagolong for fuel and sustenance after 206 km.The real ride starts here!

Heading into the forest and up the sensational Beverleys Road, across to Wuk Wuk and onward to Bruthen bakery for lunch. Once both tanks are full, we'll take the Great Alpine Road North to Omeo with a couple of side trips thrown in.

After afternoon tea we'll return to Bruthen, then on to the final leg into Dargo. Around 626 km for the day should give us plenty of material to compare stories over dinner and drinks, with shared accommodation available at the Dargo River Inn. A gentler option exists for those wanting to skip the Omeo leg and go directly to Dargo making a leisurely 284 km for the day.

Sunday 5th: Back out on the brilliant Dargo road to Briagolong, then across to Lake Glenmaggie for a run up the spectacular Licola road. From here we'll tackle the same corners in the opposite direction, then across the flats again to refuel in Tyers.

We'll throw in a detour to Rawson, possibly as far as Thompson Dam if I feel we need more corners. Then on to the infamous Icy Creek road, stopping for afternoon tea at Neerim Junction, before the final short leg into Powelltown. Around 386 km for the day, with over 100 km more for most to home.

Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.


Porepunkah Christmas Camp ���������������� �������Sun. 26th Dec. 2010 to Sun. 2nd January 2011

Over the past 10 years the Club has camped for about a week at the Mt Buffalo Caravan Park. Situated on the fork of the Ovens and Buckland Rivers it offers a fantastic range of activities including swimming, fishing and bush walking. Close by is the Smoko Trout Farm, the "Wandi Pub", the Hedge Maze, various berry, deer and nut farms, and an alpaca ranch. The famous Milawa wineries and cheese factory are close by. Supermarket shopping is available at Bright, 6 km away.

Great road and dirt riding country abounds. Mt Buffalo offers a sensational 25 km climb to the scenic Chalet and lookouts. Nearby are good half-day rides to Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Dartmouth Dam or full day rides into the Snowy Mountains and some of the best roads in the world. Who can forget Tawonga and Granya Gaps? On the flip side there are lots of fire trails and mountain tracks offering spectacular views of the surrounding alps, most of which can only be reached by 4WD or dirt bike. So, bring your road and dirt bikes, the missus and kids, the 4WD, pushbikes and swim shoes, ready for a great holiday.

The Club usually secures some unpowered sites "under The Willows". Another good option is to rent self contained cabins for the week. Ring 03-5756-2235 to secure a cabin or a powered site. Otherwise tell Ian Payne of your intention to camp with the group. Do it now.

Alternatively, there are also budget motels and hotels nearby.

Cancellation Policy: This year we have booked two sites (which accommodate two or three tents) at the "The Willows" (the usual unpowered sites the Club reserves). A payment of $15 per night per person is required to reserve a spot. This is currently not refundable (it depends on the Mt Buffalo Caravan Park cancellation policy, currently being investigated.) See Ian Payne for more information.

Australia Day Weekend, Jindabyne ��������������������������������� ����������� ��������Wed. 26th to Sun. 30th January

The Committee has booked accommodation at the NSW Sport and Recreation Centre in Jindabyne. This is lodge style accommodation with 2 beds per room (7 rooms) with shared bathroom facilities, and a large kitchen/living area with a big screen TV. We have stayed four times before and are so impressed with the cost, quality and food, we thought we had better come back, and back, and ...!

The Australia Day holiday falls on Wednesday 26th of January. Given the distances involved (700 km on the first day and last days), a five day weekend allows us to take full advantage of the great location. The plan is to ride up on Wednesday, ride around the Snowy Mountains Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and return to Melbourne on Sunday. This means four nights accommodation. You'll need to take annual leave for the Thursday and Friday.

Typically temperatures are in the high 30's at this time of year, but at this altitude the temperatures will be around 10 degrees cooler making for ideal riding conditions.

As usual, this special event is offered on a strictly first come, first served basis. Preference will be given to members. A $150 deposit is required, payable in to the Club bank account. The deposit buys four nights accommodation; if you wish to stay less than four nights then you may choose to organise others to use the nights you are not using. It costs $150 (estimated at this stage) no matter how many nights you stay.

A BBQ pack is being offered for the first night. The pub $15 steak night (self cook) should do another night meal.

All you need is your toothbrush, a change of clothes and near new tyres. Street legal, race replica tyres will not last much more than two days so regular road tyres are a more sensible option, unless you are prepared to change them.

Ride will not suit inexperienced riders; not recommended for first time Club riders.

������������������������������������������������� ����������������������� ���������������Friday 4thto Monday 14thMarch

         Restricted to Members and partners only

         Night sail to Devonport Fri 4thleave 9pm, disembark 7.30 am

         Return day sail to Melbourne Monday 14th, depart 9 am (Labour Day Public Holiday)

         First three nights Tullah (West Coast)

         Second three nights Giants' Table Maydena (towards Hobart)

         Third two nights - St Helens (East coast)

         Last night - Devonportish - for day sail on Monday

         Costs: night sail ($146 each for 4 person cabin), day return $65, bike $108 return, car $158 return. So:

o       rider plus bike $319

o       driver plus car $369

o       couple with car and bike $688

If you are going, please pay a $100 deposit into the Club Bank account as soon as possible to facilitate a possible group discount. The remaining Spirit of Tasmania ferry charges will be required in January or thereabouts - to be advised. Initial booking will be for 12 persons.