The Crinoline

AnthonyT

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This is AnthonyT, long time reader, first time poster.

I am planning a walk to The Crinoline in the next month or so, but am a bit worried about the water situation for camping on the ridge top.

Does anyone know if the Long Hill Creek has water in it all year round?

Thanks
 

askmikey

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Its been years since I was up that way so I wouldn't know. Someone here will surely know the answer though.

Congrats on finally joining up as a member.
 

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No! No! No! :no: You can't trust water in the Long Hill area after Christmas. The creek will almost certainly be dry now, even if you dig. However the good news is that it's a fairly easy walk in from the Mt Tamboritha side, so it isn't too hard to carry 4 litres of water each, as long as you pick a weekend when it isn't hot.

If you found this walk in the Van der Knijff guidebook, you should be aware that there are a heck of a lot of errors in it, so be careful!

If it is hot, you won't be able to carry enough water, so go off and do something nearby with water such as Moroka Gorge (great swimming), Guys Hut - Conglomerate Falls, etc.
 

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Nice walking, the wider Mt Tamboritha, Ligar (Crinoline) area. Tempted, I am.

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echidna

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In fact I would doubly recommend the Crinoline after heavy rain, mainly because the Long Hill Creek falls are definitely worthwhile (if the creek is flowing with some strength) and easily accessible off the main walking track.

They're somewhere around the "H" of Long Hill Creek, just as it drops off the plateau.

All three trips I've managed to wake to the Crinoline emerging from a blanket of low-lying cloud. It's quite a place.
 

AnthonyT

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Bogong said:
No! No! No! :no: You can't trust water in the Long Hill area after Christmas. The creek will almost certainly be dry now, even if you dig. However the good news is that it's a fairly easy walk in from the Mt Tamboritha side, so it isn't too hard to carry 4 litres of water each, as long as you pick a weekend when it isn't hot.

If you found this walk in the Van der Knijff guidebook, you should be aware that there are a heck of a lot of errors in it, so be careful!

If it is hot, you won't be able to carry enough water, so go off and do something nearby with water such as Moroka Gorge (great swimming), Guys Hut - Conglomerate Falls, etc.
I've done the walk before, but that was on Queen's Birthday weekend in the mid 90s. It rained on the first day and snowed on the second, so there was no problem with water.

I have read that it can be a hot dry walk in summer, but never read anything definite about water availability.

After your comments it sounds
 
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AnthonyT

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(continued from above...still getting used to the technology ) like it might be better to choose somewhere else in the area. I haven't been to Tali Karng for a while so may return there for a visit.
 

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Last w/e 18/19 Feb Breakfast Creek was completely dry (no water in any rocky low spot) at the Melbourne Grammar camp. Hills around Licola were very dry (almost grassless) and just a trickle of water in the Macalister River. Normally good rains in late March top things up and the walk is not a problem. First check the amount of water in B'fast Creek by the main road before heading up - very easy to change to Moroka Falls, Tarli Karng, Snowy Plains, etc
 

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I agree with Bogong and Legend. I've done the walk at this time of year and found water in rock pools but I wouldn't want to rely on it. I'd carry water as suggested by Bogong. If that doesn't appeal try one of the other walks in the area. Crinoline is my favourite walk but late Summer, early Autumn the creek often stops flowing.
 
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