Ellerslie to Batlow (the long way)

Monday, Jun 17, 2019 at 06:00

Member - Michael O (NSW)

Foggy June morning saw us on the road early and heading south along the Snowy Mtns Hwy. Into Ellerslie Road then Dunns Road and up into the forests, passing a logging team in the world's biggest bulldozer.

South onto One Tree Hill Rd then east onto the oddly named Barney's Highway. Took the wrong turn at a T and ended up in Woods Creek which eventually climbed a ridge for a fabulous view over the valley of Yaven Creek.

Covered a full circle back to the junction and took the correct turn this time which had us back up on a second ridge after removing a tree across the track. Down off the ridge through a cattle property and back onto Ellerslie Road, then Yaven Creek Rd.

Left into Booths Road headed for the fire tower on Pilot Hill only to find a locked gate almost at the summit so we walked up for fabulous views including the towers at Black Jack and Talbingo Mtn.

East into the pine forests on a maze of tracks until we reached a lunch spot in the Lochinvar Reserve just out of Laurel Hill, site of the old Lochinvar Homestead and home to some beautiful mature trees, barbecues, shelters and toilets.

Through the village of Laurel Hill and east along Knopsens Rd to the fabulous Sugarpine Walk through a stand of majestic sugarpines. Planted in 1928 they somehow escaped the chainsaw and make a fabulous place to spend an hour.

Further into the pines we reached the picnic area at Pilot Hill Arboretum for another wonderful walk through the trees, accompanied by lyrebirds in the bush doing their repertoire of impersonations...

North from here and into Batlow, then home via a cold schooner at the Royal Hotel in Adelong.

Easy day driving. No difficult 4WDing but a great look at the forest country!
Monday I have Friday on my mind...
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