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

 

 

Tallangatta Visitors

Last time I worked in the  hospitality industry was when I was 18 and I spent a large amount of time each day washing dishes at the Sorento pub for very little money, no tips but lots of fun at the end of the night with my fellow live-in student workers. That’s another job replaced by technology!

My latest hospitality venture has proved more successful than I imagined. I expected a couple of weekends a month to be booked. Weekdays never. I got it so wrong.

My guests have been from all states except for WA and NT so far.

They are:

Visiting elderly parents

Elderly parents celebrating 50+ years of marriage

Contract workers in Tallangatta for a job for 3 – 5 days

Tourists taking the scenic routes from Canberra, Gippsland, South Coast NSW and Sydney.

Bike riders on the HCRT desperate for a bed (I lent my RV as my room was booked, as was every other bed in town was, this has happened twice!)

Wedding guests and so on…..

The best part of this whole exercise has been meeting such lovely, friendly people, many of whom go out of their way to say thank you and goodbye This side of the experience I did not expect but am very grateful for.

Noisy Friar Birds, Bottlebrushes and Spring

You know spring is here when the bottle brushes are flowering and the Noisy Friar birds descend on the town. They never stop chattering to one another. As far as I can see one bottlebrush is exactly the same as the other so what is there to chatter about.

This is the most beautiful time in Tallangatta. There are people swimming and having  picnics, you can feel summer coming. The Lake is looking beautiful though not full and fishermen are out in boats as  well as fishing from the shore.

Our next big event is the fifty’s festival – 24th -26th October. Rock and Roll music, 50’s cars and the local shops dress up their windows with items from the era. I’m a product of the 60s and 70s long-hair, beads and Beatles, but my house was moved from Old Tallangatta  and rebuilt with bedrooms added in the fifties so it’s great to relive that period of  our towns history. In another part of Queen Elizabeth Drive, the other half of my house lives. It used to be a boarding house in the old town but got split into two houses in the move.

Follow the link below to find out about the weekend

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Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle

The annual Tallangatta Tall Trestle Treadle is on the 19th October. Registration at Tallangatta then bused to

  • Corryong- riding to Colac Colac (6km cruisy flat)
  • Shelley – riding to Koetong Pub (8km downhill)
  • Koetong Station to Darbyshire (8km slightly more adventurous of gentle downhill)
  • Old Tallangatta to Tallangatta (9km easy ride on sealed track)
  • Morning and afternoon tea plus Koetong pub lunch and bus transfers between each stage
  • For more information go the the HCRT web page  http://highcountryrailtrail.org.au

Tea towels and tee shirts to commemorate the restoration of these beautiful bridges will be for sale on the day

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So here is the story of the restoration – photos not in any order. Photos by Rosanne Trenchard

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The Conic Rocks

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From Tallangatta take the Murray Valley Hwy north until you reach the Trestle bridge/Mt Lawson sign. If you reach the Koetong pub you have gone too far.

The last time I visited this site I had two girls from China staying with me. They were English Literature students in Australia for a month during their uni vacation. They had three wishes -see a kangaroo, a koala and the stars.

As we walked to the trestle bridge the first of their wishes sat up and watched us for a few minutes before bounding away.

After the walk to the old trestle bridge its back to the car and head off into the bush on the Mt Lawson Road/Firebrace track, continue straight on until  you come to a picnic table and parking area.

Conic rock formation. These rocks are reached by a walk up a medium steep climb of  approximately 1/2 hour through the bush on a defined path. When you come to the first large rock formation you are not at the top so keep walking. The rocks are quite impressive with lots of overhangs. Explore around, climbing though and under these amazing rocks. You need to do a bit of bush bashing to get around them.  When you reach them you are overlooking the Koetong Creek Valley. A creek well worth a visit. For the adventurous there are Aboriginal drawing further down into the valley – you will have to search as their is no path.

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