Camping near Noojee & Toorango Falls - 21st-23rd April 2000
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Noojee and Toorango Falls camp area
The camping area where we stayed was on Toorango Falls Road, a short distance from Noojee, which is about 100km drive from Melbourne. The falls were only a 2 minute drive up the road and we had a stream running almost right next to our tents.
Noojee Historic Trestle Bridge
This is the only remaining bridge out of seven others from the old railway between Noojee and Nayook. As you can see the railway no longer exists...
Toorango Falls has 2 separate tracks from the parking area. On day 1 we went right, but turned back because it was very steep and it was raining. There wasn't much opportunity for photos, with only some large falls viewable in the distance at one lookout. On day 2 we ventured left and saw a lot more scenery, but we still had to turn back because of the muddy ground - it was getting too dangerous. The whole weekend was pretty muddy, although the rain really brings out the colours and makes for some splendid shots.
Approximately 5 minutes after we left the Toorango Falls camp area for home, I heard a strange "clunk" and the engine of the car stalled about 30 seconds later. We were fairly lucky as another one from our group happened to be heading home a few minutes later, so he was able to go back for help. Another one in a group was a mechanic and he guessed correctly that it was the timing belt. Unfortunately, it was a Sunday, and not just any Sunday - Easter Sunday! The next day was a public holiday, and even on Tuesday many shops would be closed. We were also 100km from home. Anyway, we managed to get a lift home, find the replacement part over the next couple of days, and catch a train out to Drouin where the car had been towed. Our mechanic friend was heading home that day, so he very kindly came through Drouin and installed the new timing belt for us. Thanks, Kev!