Fire Tower, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
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The Pinnacles Drive

Best time: Summer or autumn (two days)

High above the Wonnangatta River Valley is the rocky escarpment of Eagles Crest. At its easternmost point is perched the Pinnacles Fire Lookout which commands views as far as the Gippsland Lakes on a clear day. Pack your camera, as this two-day four-wheel drive tour is a photographer's delight.

The route: Set out from Stratford and waste no time heading into the mountains, specifically Mt Budgee Budgee and the now redundant surveying trig point. The heart-stopping McDonald Gap Track takes you over the ridge along a spur, which steadily climbs the Eagles Crest. A couple of short steep pinches can provide a challenge if loose or wet. A helipad reveals great views of the valley below.

Continue along the top of the escarpment past Mt Valentia to the Pinnacles Fire Lookout. Pause your journey to allow time to set off on the short but steep walk to the rocky outcrop that affords such spectacular views that a fire tower is rendered unnecessary.

Camp overnight at the Horseyard Flat camping area, which lies on a beautiful snow-grass plain. Take a walk along the Moroka River to the remote Moroka Gorge.

Start day two by passing through rugged mountains and gorges on a tortuous journey south following Valencia Creek. Emerge at Valencia Creek and make your way to Briagolong, where your tour comes to an end.

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