From mountains to Murray

26th February to 1st March

Sunday 26th

We’d intended to move on today but all felt a day of recuperation wouldn’t go astray. A ‘gentle’ day was spent doing the washing, a bit of cleaning, lots of resting and Steve and I enjoyed a bike ride around this very pretty village this afternoon.

And just for something slightly different... At our campsite in Harrietville.

And just for something slightly different… At our campsite in Harrietville.

Monday 27th

Sadly we leave Ric and Gill today. Both their camper and our motorhome needed a good wash – sap from the trees we parked under was all over them. Then off to Bright for another yummy breakfast together at Ginger Bakery. We had a truly fun and interesting time with Ric and Gill and appreciated them encouraging us to do these walks and to share them with us. Fantastic times guys. Thanks so much.

Last brekkie with Ric and Gill for a while. They head directly to Adelaide; we go more slowly following the Murray.

Last brekkie with Ric and Gill for a while. They head directly to Adelaide; we go more slowly following the Murray.

Tuesday 28th

Eastern Australia continues to roast in temperatures over 30C. Now we’ve left the Alps we may experience some of it.

Following the course of the Murray River is now our intention. However, a couple of days R&R is required after our strenuous month! We’re at a camping area called Twist Creek which is in a forest Reserve near Yackandandah (great name). It has individual campsites cleared in the bush beside yet another narrow, shallow fast-flowing, icy-cold creek.

The very pretty little Twist Creek that we camped beside.

The very pretty little Twist Creek that we camped beside.

Afraid of losing all that fitness we’ve gained over the last few weeks we went for a 6 km walk up the bush road this morning before spending the afternoon sitting in the shade beside the Creek, having occasional dips in the water and snacking on the blackberries that have overtaken the opposite bank.

Just chilling' in Twist Creek. Despite the appearance in this photo, it was quite clear water.

Just chilling’ in Twist Creek. Despite the appearance in this photo, it was quite clear water.

A lovely quiet day with no one else around.

Wednesday 1st March

Another day was planned for this spot, but we were woken at 7.30am by the sound of heavy machinery, very a heavy machinery! A bulldozer, trucks and road work crew set to work on the road opposite us. We moved on to Yackandandah!

Yackandandah is a pretty, historic old gold mining town. We walked down to the Mining Gorge where the miners in the mid 1800’s cut a narrow cleft through the rock, mostly by hand tools, so they could sluice the gold. It’s pretty impressive!

The pedestrian bridge over the Gorge, Yackandandah.

The pedestrian bridge over the Gorge, Yackandandah.

After a walk around town admiring their historic, and National Trust-protected buildings, we finally headed for the Murray at Albury Wodonga, where we gathered brochures from the Information Centre, did some shopping and headed out to our camp for the night and to have a swim in the lake.

Ludlow Reserve is a free camp on the banks of Lake Hume. It’s a pretty special place this, as you’ll see from the photos.

For a few more photos from these few days, CLICK HERE.

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