01-Dec-2001 -- Welaregang, NSW.
Continued from 37ºS 148ºE.
Coming out of Benambra we took C545 north towards Corryong on a 145 kilometre winding dirt road through the mountains. It was a sensational drive, but quite demanding – taking close to three hours.
Just before crossing the border to New South Wales, we stopped at a lookout about 9 kilometres from the confluence with great views of the Murray River (which forms the border between Victoria and NSW) and Mount Kosciuszko (Australia’s highest “mountain” at 2,228 metres).
We parked the car about 1.6 kilometres from the confluence on a dirt road between Welaregang and Tooma next to a paddock with about hundred head of cattle in it. We carefully climbed over the electrified fence and started on a straight line towards the confluence with the cattle quickly scattering to make way for us. The straight line method wasn’t such a bright idea as it meant climbing up quite a big hill that we could’ve walked around for not too much extra distance.
A couple of more fences and a couple of more hills later we reached the confluence point which has a sensational view of the mountains to the south-east with a dam in the foreground. You can’t really tell from the photos, but we could see snow on Mount Kosciuszko.
Walking back to the car we avoided most of the hills by hugging a fence-line next to what I think was a wheat crop. The grass and weeds were quite long so we all got quite badly scratched during the walk, but it was well worth it.
So we were all finished at about 6:00 pm and started the 450 kilometre drive back to Melbourne via Wodonga (where we had some Chinese food for dinner).
A good day was had by all!