Mitta Mitta, December 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017

This interesting outing was made up of a series of walks around Mitta Mitta township, and these were completed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, attended by a group of around 30 (including non bushwalking partners/spouses).

Walks included an exploratory walk of about 10km to Tom’s Hut on dirt roads and tracks, with lunch being a camp site located near the Hut. Some good views were available along the way.

The next outing was a walk of about 10km in the Dorchap Range, along the Springtime Track and Dorchap Range Road, with great views to the east, including the surrounding mountains and valley.

Finally, a shorter walk than originally planned – we drove around a fallen tree, forded a stream and walked into the bush of Mount Tawonga to the crash site of a WWII Beaufort Bomber. Our walk to the site was led by local Russell Kelly, who indulged us with his knowledge of the events, and history of this aircraft.

Russell is author of the excellent book Going My Way and can be contacted via russell@wombatgully.com.au

(See also the memorial to the crash victims near the Eskdale Hall)

For the big night, we (and several hundred other visitors) enjoyed dinner at the Mitta Mitta Pub, with music from “Liam Blunt’s Funky Rhythm Train” – the pub was packed, and the patrons were up dancing the night away, well til about 12.30.

[Jeanette Farquhar]


Coming events – Saturday, January 14.

Byramine Murray River walk. Fancy an early start to beat the heat.

An eight kilometre easy morning walk among the shady red gums, adjacent to the River Murray, between Yarrawonga and Cobram..

Delightful river beaches and billabongs. Lunch is available at the historic Byramine Homestead, or BYO to enjoy in the shade of the homestead gardens.

Entry to the homestead $5 (self guided tour). This is the oldest homestead in the area, and very much in original condition.

It was built for Hamilton Hume’s sister (of Hume and Hovell fame) and is one of the most important and earliest homesteads in Victoria, still standing.

A brewery is within the grounds for those who wish to imbibe.

Contact Adrian, on 5721 5327, for more details.

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