Well then Ladies, Gentlemen and everything in between, since the last Bonanza attempt didn't quite come to fruition I have decided to re-organise it since it looked like such a good route and a very fun drive. I have decided to run it on the 8th January, which is the first Sunday of the month, as everyone will be getting very over their families by then (well, I definately will be) plus some people may be back at work soon after. If this doesn't suit you please post up here!
This cruise route was originally organised by Mo, who has by the looks of things gone to a fair bit of effort to organise the route and times etc, so a free plug for him
it looks like it will work so I will stick with his planned times. Below, in bold, is the original plan he had in mind with some very minor changes made.
Bonanza is a Mazda or rotary powered vehicle car cruise from Mulgrave to Healesville. It includes both a Freeway cruising section and then a twists and turns section in the hills. Total of about 230km and 5.5hrs.
Welcome and enjoy!
Before your arrival at the starting point:
If needing to get to a Mcdonalds for breakfast or having to fill up with fuel at a BP, both can be found just up the road on the corners of the Springvale rd and Wellington rd intersection. A car wash is also located at the BP.
9:00am-9:45am Arrival at the stating point of our cruise.
Address, 355 Wellington road Mulgrave “Monash Gardens Mulgrave, Mulgrave Community Center.” Access Car Park via Wellington Rd Mel ref map 80 C1. You can turn into traveling either way on Wellington. (Bus stop out the front) We need to be as quiet as we can entering the car park as it is at the rear of a nursing home (first on the left). Keep right and drive past the building down to the car park at the back, this is the meeting point. Hang out, chat, pic’s etc.
9:45am-9:50am Quick brief in car park. If Mo attends I might well leave this to him, otherwise I'll handle it as best I can.
9:55am Pre 10:00am departure warning horn (or perhaps whistle, I'll see what I can find)
To view map of cruise click below.
http://maps.google.com.au/maps?f=d&sour ... 31842&z=10
10:00am Start Bonanza 2011!!!! Exit car park to the left onto Wellington Rd.
(I chose this as the departure as there are no lights to break the group up) Head up Wellington rd, left lane ends and down to two lanes, KEEP LEFT!
Travel 1km Turn LEFT onto Monash Freeway “Warragul, Dandenong” (enjoy this
Corner) this is just after the bridge.
Travel 10km Freeway divides, stay RIGHT.
Enjoy a nice highway cruise all together. Plenty of photos should be taken. A good warm up, make sure your cars is running okay.
Travel 51km Exit LEFT into BP service center. Those who need fuel go ahead
(LAST FUEL FOR ABOUT 130KM “SHELL”, OR ABOUT 170KM MOBIL OR SHELL. (No BP servo until Healesville), those who do not require fuel STAY LEFT, head around past the diesel bowser and we will park together in the truck parking area, there is more room for us there.
Possibly the worlds largest apple cakes are available here and other food. (Last toilet stop for about 2hours)
11:10am Pre departure warning horn. The next section of our cruise is where it
starts to get twisty and winding. What I would like is for the guys who are faster through the corners to line up 1st at the front. We will line up in two lines over to the left of the truck parking area near the exit. Faster cars at the front, slower cars and cruisers at the rear. This is not to stage a race, but to try to give a clear run for those who enjoy there corners with a bit of speed and keep us slower guys out of their way.
I want all cars to stay as straight (damage wise) as they arrived. No need to prove anything to anyone just enjoy yourselves and know your limits.
NOTE TO LESS EXPERIENCED DRIVERS: BRAKE AND WASH OFF YOUR SPEED “BEFORE” ENTERING A CORNER (STEERING STILL STRAIGHT), DO NOT BRAKE MID CORNER OR YOU MAY WELL REGRET IT. SLOWER IS SAFER.
11:20am To re-join the freeway you go via the side road. Exit service center and
turn RIGHT onto side road. Few meters up and then turn LEFT onto Freeway 110km/h zone. Now on Mel map no. 612 T6
5km Take exit “C102/C426 Drouin, Neerim South, Mt Baw Baw” Take off
ramp and turn LEFT “Noojee”.
500m Get into RIGHT LANE and turn RIGHT “Noojee”.
2km Turn LEFT “Neerim South, Noojee”.
8km Turn LEFT “Neerim South, Mt Baw Baw”.
7.5km Welcome to Neerim South. When you come to the round about FIRST
EXIT (LEFT) “Yarra Junction”.
15km Turn LEFT “Yarra Junction”.
39km Welcome to Yarra Junction. Turn RIGHT “Warburton”. Our first set of
10km Turn LEFT “C507 Mt Donna Buang, Alexandra”.
7.5km Turn LEFT “C505 Mt Donna Buang” Head to the summit/top.
10km Welcome to the summit of Mt Donna Buang. There is a large tower here
to climb and check out the view take pic’s. TOILETS HERE.
Sorry not enough room for all the cars to park here. Max about 60 I guess if we were to taking up the whole place including parking on the sides of the car parks etc. There will be other public too. Kids etc.
After a bit of a look/toilet stop, leave the summit and drive 3km back down the mountain, down the road you have just come up. You would have past a large car park area on your right on your way to the summit. It looked like the Summer Nats burn out pad but MUCH larger. We will stop here for lunch, break, photos and regroup.
Note fast boys: It will have been about 100km now since we left the BP and the group will no doubt have spread out quite a bit. You will now have to be patient and wait for all the rest of us at the “Burnout pad” car park. Toilets are here too, just across the road.
3km Turn LEFT (going down the hill) into large “Burnout pad” car park.
It will now be about 1:30pm. We will stop here for packed lunch if you wish note: no BBQ’s (or hold out for Healesville bakery), break, photos and regroup. TOILETS HERE (JUST ACROSS THE ROAD).
There are tables and chairs in the covered area but BBQ’s no longer in use. Natural drinking water here also. (so far about 172km and 3.5hrs)
This car park is a Huge rectangle. Maybe as we did last year, we could line up all the cars in large semi circle across car park for a panoramic picture.
1:55pm Warning horn for 2pm departure.
2:00pm Turn LEFT out of “Burn out” car park. Back down the mountain “take
Care!” (cold tyre’s and brakes).
6.5km Turn RIGHT back toward “Warburton C507”.
7.5km Turn RIGHT “B380 Melbourne”
(1km Shell servo only if you need it)
(15.5km Through Warburton few no name servos along this 5km stretch)
20km Welcome to Woori Yallock turn RIGHT at the lights “C411 Healesville”
14km Turn RIGHT “B360 Healesville”
3km Travel through Healesville, through set of lights, just over the
bridge turn RIGHT into the “Beechworth Bakery” car park. It should now be about 3:30pm. Go through the car park and to the right out the back. This is where we will attempt to park together.
You have arrived at the final destination!!! Chill out, have a chat and something to eat, drink or have a late lunch.
This is the official end of the cruise. After everyone chilling, eating and chatting it will be about 4pm. Having driven 230km over about 5.5hours.
Fuel is available here but as mentioned no BP.
From here people/groups will go our separate ways. You may or may not wish to drive the “Black Spur” of your own accord...
If people can print out a copy of the route that would be excellent, however I will try and print out a few extra copies as it would suck if some people didn't know which way to go. Otherwise it will hopefully run smoothly.
So who is up for a drive? If you can't bring your rotary, bring your daily (maybe park slightly apart from the rotaries for photo shooting purposes). If you want to come for some of the trip or even meet us half way that is fine. If you're keen, post up here and I will add you to the list of attendees at the bottom of this post. It would be good to see a lot of cars out there for the day.
Thanks for reading and I hope to see you there!
AusRotary Members Attending:
-moffatrx7 + one