Wagirra Trail, Albury – January 22

Once more, this was our first ‘interstate’ walk of the year, and like last years event we had Albury’s heat to contend with.

Wagirra Trail follows the Murray River, downstream from Norieul Park to Horseshoe Lagoon, providing an excellent riverside venue, with a connection path that links Wagirra with the Wonga Wetlands.

After an early morning start from Wangaratta (to beat the heat) the five of us started off from Albury’s Norieul Park (named after a WWI battle site in France).

We checked out the Hovell Tree Memorial, as well as other story boards in the area, and then headed downstream, with many members of the local populace to accompany us.

The walking was easy, with only a couple of small rises to tackle, and we made good time, with morning tea being held alongside the mighty Murray (which was running at a very fast pace).

Continuing downstream, we tackled the new bridges that lead to the Wetlands, as well as taking time out to admire the superb Wiradjuri sculptures, and their excellent explanatory signage, that are a part of the Yindyamurra Sculpture Trail.

Having made good time, we had lunch near the picnic area at the Wetlands, and then completed a 2.5km loop around some of the wetlands,

Birdlife was excellent amongst the Wetlands, and we particularly enjoyed watching a convoy of seven swans follow us around the blandly named Lagoon 7.

Our return to Norieul Park was via a slightly different route, feeling the effects of the afternoon sun, and therefore very grateful for all of those wonderful redgums.

Apart from all this exertion, and interest, we also managed to retrieve four shopping bags worth of litter from the sides of the Trail, most of it drink containers.

The traditional afternoon tea routine was suspended, and (with permission from Pat) we all adjourned to the River Deck Cafe for an iced coffee.

[Chris McLaughlin]

Next Walk

Saturday, 4 February – Sunrise at Sunrise

Please contact Judy or Bob, 5766 2773 – an early start to see the sunrise on the Sunrise Track in the Warby Ranges.

An easy to medium walk, followed by brunch at Hamilton Park.

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