Hume and Hovell Walking Track, October 22

The Hume and Hovell Walking Track extends for about 440km from Yass to Albury, and retraces fairly closely the NSW part of the route taken by those intrepid explorers in 1824.

The Walk is well described in the book Hume and Hovell Walking Track Guidebook by Harry Hill (published in 1993 by Crawford House, Bathurst NSW) as well as the set of maps available from the Department of Lands. ( hh-trail-oct-2016-02

This final stretch of the Hume and Hovell Track (from the Kinross Hotel to the Hovell Tree) was completed by Adele, and her crew a few weeks ago (albeit, in difficult weather) and because of this, the Club decided to give a few others the chance to walk the last stretch of this popular walking track.

So, five walkers (including one “newey”) attended this last stretch of the Hume and Hovell, completing the final section of this epic multi-day 440km walk, which started near Yass, way back in 2014.

The adventure started near the Kinross Woolshed Hotel, and followed a mix of unpaved and paved tracks, paths and roads.

Like the two explorers in 1824, we climbed Eastern Hill, and had lunch, with that delightful view towards Table Top, but found that the published trail was impossible to follow due to road works.

As well, after trudging through heavily grassed paddocks, and then a suburb of Thurgoona, we had to detour significantly off the track due to the flooding of the Murray near Mungabareena. hovell-tree-01

However, we managed to drop down to the Murray flood plain before we entered industrial areas, and then through back streets to the Murray itself.

We then continued on to the Hovell Tree Park, which adjoins Norieul Park in Albury, where afternoon tea was most welcome.

Our walk was probably around 18 kilometres long, and mostly undulating, apart from the ascent and descent of Eastern Hill.


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