Having just ridden on my bike the entire length of the High Country Rail Trail from Shelley to Tallangatta (46 km except for that 1km at Boggy Creek Bridge where you need to ride on highway) -what a treat. Gates all the way and a slight detour to get across Dry Forest Creek. Some of the cutting were a bit wet but we rode on the top of them ….and then we got to Max’s seatWhat a gem. By taking the trail up the hill a bit the “boys’ have managed to cross the small creek with a metal platform bypassing an impossible expensive large trestle bridge/gully. Trickling water though mossy rocks and a seat to sit on while enjoying lunch a perfect place to take a break.The entire trail is not open yet but Dry Forest Creek trestle is the last bridge to be finished maybe 2018/19. Tallangatta Creek can now be bypassed via the road bridge. Shelley to Derbyshire wanders though the forest mostly down hill and in pretty good condition. From there its a rough unmade trail sharing with cows and horses but still fun to ride. The trail from Granya Road to Tallangatta is now mostly very easy to ride – bit rough in places until you get to Old Tallangatta.
Bed and Breakfast guests have taken advantage of the $50 fee to be dropped of at Shelley and that money has gone to adding improvements to the trail.
With the water in Lake Hume still high, riding the HCRT is a real pleasure. Guests on the weekend at Redgum Bed and Breakfast borrowed my bikes and covered Ebden to Tallangatta on Saturday and Shelley to Derbyshire Sunday -the following photos are theirs.
The first slide show -Ebden to Tallangatta. The second coming down from Shelley station
The HCRT is now open to Tallangatta Creek. Work is progressing on Dry Forest Creek trestle bridge now the weather is cooling down.
Images of the construction of Dry Forest Creek Bridge
The reconstruction of the trestle bridges continues with our volunteers . It is amazing seeing these beautiful wooden trestle bridges coming back to life. The really high ones are being bypassed. The original structures will be preserved so they continue to grace our trail. They are just too expensive to restore to a point of being able to be used but will still be there to look at.
Over the last month the Bed and Breakfast has had quite a number of push bike riders stay. Road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes and even one built for two. Some have wanted to be dropped at Shelley riding the trail where it was relatively easy going downhill with a mix of on road and trail, the very adventurous, riding mountain bikes negotiating the tricky not yet opened bits, having to get over shut gates, wade though creeks and share the track with horses and cattle – all great fun. Our trail is becoming increasing popular which is a real bonus for Tallangatta bringing much needed tourist dollars to our town. Increasingly we are getting groups after a shared 3 day experience using Tallangatta as a base – travelling to Wodonga and then Shelley.
Sunrise on the bed of Lake Hume just down from boat ramp 30/3/2016
Ride along the shore of Lake Hume ( distant water to see unless we get some good rain) with stops to enjoy delicious country home cooked scones, cakes and other delicate and tasty treats. Part of the Harvest festival to celebrate Nth East Victoria’s wonderful food, wine and tourist venues. Booking at highcountryrailtrail.org.au
On a beautiful late summer evening, over 35 riders travelled from different parts of the High Country Rail Trail to converge on Ludlows Reserve. Awaiting the riders and volunteers was a chicken and salad picnic on the grass overlooking the every receding Lake Hume. It was a magic night – clear sky, warm and just a gentle breeze – made to order.
The occasion was to celebrate the completion of the Bonegilla boardwalk across the Kiewa River flood plain and the resurfacing of the trail between Huon and Ludlows reserves.
The next event on the High Country Rail Trail is the ‘Whistle Stop High Tea’ – Huon to Tallangatta for hot food and then back to Huon with a traditional ‘High Tea’ at the Sandy Creek Inlet Bridge – Saturday May 21st