The Hume and Hovell Track, between Yass and Albury, is 426km long and passes through as good a variety of regional NSW as you would find anywhere - riverside corridors, grazing lands, woodlands, open and closed forest, pine plantations, sub alpine swamps and snow gum highlands. It has it all.
The track closely follows the original exploration route of 1824 and is well marked with campsites located about a full day's walk apart. More information can be found at https://www.humeandhovelltrack.com.au/
Eight members of Batemans Bay Bushwalkers club sampled some of the best of the Track over six days, five days walking and one rest day. The Riverina Highlands has had a good winter, with consequent green grasslands, full canopied trees and running rivers, creeks and gullies. The landscape was picture postcard perfect for the walkers.
They did a series of day walks and picked sections of the track to take advantage of fixed camp sites and to avoid both the Blowering Dam pine plantation sections and the heat which was creeping up the Tumut valley. The three support drivers moved the camp gear between daily destinations.
The weather was kind, but varied. Two mornings of frost contrasted with the hottest 32-degree day, but it stayed windless and dry until the last day. During walking, the conditions were near perfect.
The sections walked were Wee Jasper to Log Bridge, Barrois to Thomas Boyd, Thomas Boyd to the Snowy Mountains Highway, Paddys River Dam to Bussells Mill Site and Paddys River Dam to Buddong Falls, a total distance of 90km.