Mathoura & Khancoban #2

While at Khancoban we drove to Paddy’s River Falls near Tumbarumba.  By Australian standards a lot of water was flowing over the falls and the valley was very pretty and green.  Lots of steps down to the falls, but the walk was worth the effort.







After the falls the river flowed down the very pretty valley.  The falls are 18 metres high and located 15 Km south of Tumbarumba.











After the falls we went to Sugar Pine Walk about 8 Km north of Tumbarumba.  A quiet and peaceful walk among towering Sugar Pine trees planted in 1928.  The forestry people in NSW have preserved 2.5 Hectares for us to enjoy.  The Sugar Pines are an American import that have now been superseded by Radiata Pine, probably because it grows faster.  In the US Sugar Pines have grown to a massive 57 feet in circumference.


After the walk we went to Courabyra Winery for lunch.  The restaurant has a beautiful view over a picturesque valley.  We were seated in a shaded verandah and enjoyed good food and wine.  On another day, we had a counter lunch at Corryong at a pub and visited the grave of Jack Reilly, the man from Snowy River, and saw the statue of him in the town.  Jack was a renowned horseman who met and talked with Banjo Paterson about his experiences and life shortly before the poem was written










After a week at Khancoban, Cam and the two boys returned to Melbourne, it was great to have them with us and we really enjoyed their company.  The next day Deen and I went to Mathoura in NSW about 40 Km north of Echuca where we met up with Dey, a friend of Deens.  Packing up was a problem as Deen could not slide her extension back into the teardrop.  After about an hour of struggling and emptying her van we succeeded, phew.  My van travelled with all of Deens contents on the floor as we couldn’t put them back once the extension was pushed home.  The caravan park at Mathoura is very well maintained and small with only 6 well grassed sites.  It is next to Gulpa creek and near the Edwards River and backs onto an extensive Red Gum forest.








Sadly we hit Mathoura in a heat wave with every day so far being in the mid to high 30s.  From tomorrow the temperatures will go into the 40s with Wednesday 41 and the next 4 days 42 or 43.  The overnight temperature on Thursday morning will drop to only 27, so we have decided to return home on Thursday to miss the worst of the heat.

On Christmas day we all received a present of chocolates from the owner of the park, a wonderful unexpected gesture from a man who is a friendly and obliging host.  Deen and I went on a walk through the forest this morning, Tuesday, which we limited to 1 Km as it was too hot even early in the morning.


With that I will sign off until my next trip in 2019, not sure when or where that will be, but I will let regular readers know when I leave on the trip.  All the best for 2019 to all of you who read this blog.





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6 Responses to Mathoura & Khancoban #2

  1. Rhonda says:

    What a lovely time you are having Russ. Heat sounds a bit oppressive though. We had our family Christmas get together yesterday which was great fun. Today was fairly quiet with Mandy and the grannies. We have enjoyed an afternoon of Kareoke and pleasant 26 degree weather. We will hopefully catch up with you for a lunch soon after you get home again.
    Merry Christmas and safe trav Laing home
    PS hope that Deen’s canopy works when you are packing up
    Much love Rhon xx

  2. Chris Bissill says:

    Nice way to spend Christmas and the lead up to it, aside from the heat.
    Loved the description you shared of spreading Marg’s ashes. She would be loving her travels down the Murray yet again. Merry Christmas. Love Chris & Keith

  3. Russ says:

    Thanks Chris, it was a special time. Best wishes to you both for the new year. Love Russ

  4. Russ says:

    Thanks Rhon, it will be good to catch up in the new year. We are now heading home tomorrow, it is just too hot up here. Fingers crossed Deens camper closes up OK. Love Russ

  5. Adam says:

    Hi Guys
    Really enjoyed the words and photo’s of this emotional journey. You chose such a beautiful and appropriate place to let Marg enjoy for eternity. That area also holds so much spiritual importance for the indigenous people for the same reasons so that makes it even more special.
    Happy new year to you all.
    Adam & Julie

  6. Russ says:

    Hi Adam & Julie
    The place where we scattered the ashes has a steep and difficult track in and those rough steps down to the river so Marg has a peaceful and beautiful spot. Good point you make about the indigenous people, Marg and I used to say that she had some indigenous blood in her because she was such a hunter-gatherer and her grandma on her dad’s side had deep brown eyes and skinny legs just like aboriginal women. Both Marg and her grandma both had light brown skin, so there you go.
    Best wishes to you both for the new year.



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