> 4x4 Destination Wyperfeld National Park Mothers Day in the Mallee Sandhurst 4WD Club Bendigo spent the mothers day weekend exploring the Mallee Desert in Wyperfeld and Big Desert as a bit of a break from the Victorian High Country. TRACKWATCH SEPTEMBER 2018 13 The club had quite a few high country trips under its belt since forming in September last year with a small but active membership, we decided to run a trip to the Mallee deserts to offer something a bit different. Bendigo is 2 hours north of Melbourne and we’re well situated for trips out to the Mallee Deserts, making these sort of trips easily achievable in a long weekend. The other bonus, in the cooler months it’s usually a few degrees warmer than the South of the state, making it a nice break in winter or spring when a lot of the high country tracks are subject to seasonal closures. We decided to explore the south and west sections of Wyperfeld National Park, starting at Western Beach, Lake Albacutya and heading across west to Big Billy Bore for 2 nights and then back east again and home. We had 7 vehicles on the trip (an 80 and 105 series cruiser, Patrol, Prado, Triton, Colarado and Hilux), and we met on the Thursday night at Lake Albacutya, which is a dry lake close to Rainbow. In the morning we packed up, dropped our tyre pressures and headed out of Western Beach following the edge of the lake (watching the Kangaroos out on the dry lake bed). With an intersection in front of us, we continued straight ahead and went over our first sand dune. You could hear the excitement over the UHF as we quickly got the hang of driving on the soft sand, and this is when we realised we’d taken a wrong turn… back over the sand dune and back to intersection where we turned on to Milmed rock track, and our trip was under way. We checked out Hermies Straussee garden and we took this turn which leads to an open space. There is very little information on this area but apparently this bloke used to grow vegetables there. How and why some- one would do this all the way out there and in sand country had us all beat. (On the way out we spotted an old piece of machinery amongst the bushes – perhaps there’s a story behind it). Chinaman Well Track Stopping for a break on Milmed Rock track