Humula and Coppabella

Monday, Jun 10, 2019 at 20:00

Member - Michael O (NSW)

It's a wet long weekend Monday so we can't mow the lawns - let's head bush.

South along the Tumbarumba Road until Keajura Road which winds alongside the old mountain railway line (this is the proposed Rail Trail that has met such spirited opposition from the landholders)

Coreinbob Siding Road into Coreinbob Road and then Mates Gully Road south into the now by-passed town of Tarcutta. Fuel in the surprisingly busy servo then up the Humula Road to the old village of Humula after a quick wander around the town's cemetery which is in a quiet spot away from the main road.

Humula has been around for well over 100 years. Older buildings include the butcher's shop at the end of Mate Street, the Humula Public School on School Street, and the ruins of the old Humula Hotel.

In earlier years, Humula's town centre was on the southern side of the two creeks running through the town, but following a huge fire which burnt down the Humula Hotel, and several floods which cut the town in half, the town centre was relocated to the north of the creeks.

Humula once had a police station at the end of School Street. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Humula's activity and population peaked when logging was the main industry in the area. The Humula sawmill employed a large number of people; when it closed Humula became almost a ghost town. The Sports Club appears to be the only business still operating. Outside the town is Humula's large farming area, most of which has been converted to pine plantations.

We visited the old showgrounds, once home to a golf course but now just a shadow of its former self.

Took Downfall Road south which follows the picturesque Umbango Creek until we reach Rosewood, with a stop at Gone Barney ( a cafe/nursery/store) for lunch.

We then head back into the forests via Maginnitys Gap Road to see the Sergeant Maginnity Memorial. In 1864 Sergeant Maginnity surprised an ambush of Dan Morgan’s bushranger gang and was shot in the head by Morgan. Locals believe the Sergeant was dragged by his horse for several kilometres until a stockman found the body. Sergeant Maginnity was one of the first New South Wales policemen to be killed in the line of duty.

West along the Coppabella Road through pine forest and then open grazing land to reach Four Mile Lane at Yarara which leads back to the freeway at Little Billabong.

Lots of beautiful country, all of which could be driven in a Fairlane...


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