Woomargama NP NSW

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 19:00

Member - Michael O (NSW)

Out of Wagga through Mangoplah and joined the freeway at Holbrook.
Woomargama is by-passed by the Hume Freeway these days so now little more than a sleepy village. It seems the by-pass has even claimed the Hotel as it doesn't appear to be trading any more.
After stumbling across a Geocaching website recently, we tried our luck and after wandering around aimlessly with the GPS, we found our first cache. Not a bad hobby that one I'd say...
Down Tunnel Road to the western entrance to the Park where there is a shelter and a short bushwalk.
The Tin Mines Trail runs along the spine of the ridge and gave some fabulous views to the south over the fog-filled valley of the Murray River.
The early stages are very rocky and are used by timber trucks but the road actually improves after entering the National Park proper. North's Lookout is a granite outcrop that affords fabulous views across the open country to the north, including The Rock up near home.
BBQ lunch over an open fire at the Tin Mines camping area. This is a large open area with a couple of fireplaces and a picnic table or two. There is a rainwater tank but I would be boiling the water out of it before drinking.
Return to the track and soon we reach a small side track that leads north to Beaver Lodge. This is a quite substantial structure that appears to get plenty of use. Mattresses and a pot belly stove inside and a large covered verandah. Outside is a fireplace with plenty of tables and a drop dunny. Not sure of its origin or use but maybe a base for hunters?
We followed the short access track back to the Tin Mines Trail and turned east. This trail is again in good condition until it reaches the junction with Mathewsons Trail. From here the trail narrows until it reaches the eastern boundary of the National Park and enters an area of pine forest that has very recently been logged.
This road, which incidentally is not any maps that I could find (HEMA or otherwise) but is marked on EO Topo, then descends to the Jingellic Road. Down the hill on the bitumen and into Jingellic for a refreshing Furphy at the Bridge Hotel.
We followed the road west along the northern bank of the Murray past Talmalmo Station and the old stomping ground of Australian rally champion George Fury, before taking Tunnel Road back to Woomargama and home.
Monday I have Friday on my mind...
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