High Country Rail Trail

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.

Autumn on the HCRT

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

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The HCRT is now open to Tallangatta Creek. Work is progressing on Dry Forest Creek trestle bridge now the weather is cooling down.

 

The Water is Back

Lake Hume has been slowly creeping back up the valley and today the view from Redgum/Tallangatta Bed and Breakfast is water

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You could put on your gumboots and walk across with a little swim over the Mitta Mitta River but visually it is water. Yesterday the dogs and I walked for the last time this year on the grassy banks of the Mitta Mitta today it is mostly under water and the Mitta Mitta River gone. Swans, ducks and pelicans have returned. I have included a video of the swans hard to see but not to hear –   they are ‘talking’ all the time. As usual Sasha the jack russell managed to get in the picture. Filling up to 100% will take a while yet.

The High Country Rail Trail ‘Whistle Stop High Tea” held in May was a great success with 170 riders coming from as close as Albury and Wodonga and as far away as Sydney and Melbourne,. The weather magnificent, the food as usual pretty spectacular and there was enough even with the numbers increasing by 40 in the last few days. The next event is the Tall Trestle Ride from Corryong to Tallangatta in October.

We continue to get more bike riders using Tallangatta as a base as they explore our beautiful North-East Victoria. My latest adventurers rode around the Lake to Bethanga via Old Tallangatta and back here on the HCRT. Next day off to Yackandandah  via Allens Flat and then on to Bright then Beechworth and back to Tallangatta taking 3 days to do the trip – A very fit couple.

I have also dropped off bike riders at Shelley for the ride down the trail and part Murray Valley Highway back to Tallangatta.

Snow in the mountains has also been a bonus, so the weekend trips from Melbourne to  the New South Wales or Victorian snow fields will soon begin. I get many guests who leave Melbourne after work , stop the night in Tallangatta and are on the slopes at 9am for a weekend of skiing. It avoids the kangaroos and wombats on the  bush drive to Corryong  and mountain climb to Perisher etc in the dark.

Talking of snow, the weather here has just dropped about 10 degrees, the rain has begun and with an open fire blazing it is a perfect day to read a book and if a dog sleep by the fire

 

 

Bikes and the High Country Rail Trail

 

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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.

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Sunrise on the bed of Lake Hume just down from boat ramp  30/3/2016

Whistlestop High Tea Ride

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.auhigh tea poster 2016

Rail Trail Upgrade

Riding from Wodonga to Tallangatta just got more comfortable with a major upgrade to the High Country Rail Trail up to Huon Reserve,  effectively removing the very rough sections of this part of the trail.

A perfect bike ride hugging Lake Hume with three reserves with toilets and BBQs , over the Sandy Creek bridge on to Tallangatta for a lunch break and a rest under the beautiful ‘triangles’ trees, have a swim in Lake Hume then if still feeling fit you can continue on to Old Tallangatta, finish the day with a relaxing night at the Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Motel or Caravan Park before your return trip next day.

I have had many guests that have either travelled by train or left their car in Wodonga and ridden out to Tallangatta

Wodonga to Old Tallangatta and as the bridges are restored on to Shelley- what a spectacular bike ride that will be when finished

Check out the photos of the current  bridge restoration at the High Country Rail Trail Facebook Page