Flea Creek and McIntyre's Hut NSW/ACT border

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 06:00

Member - Michael O (NSW)

Left Wagga at 730am for the run up to Tumut. One Nissan Patrol and a BT50 ute.
Out of Tumut on the Lacmalac Road then up into the forests of the western Brindabellas. Light traffic and a clear morning made for a relaxing drive to a morning tea stop at the Micalong Creek crossing. This is the spot where the Hume and Hovell walking track crosses the Brindabella Road, and is an ideal quiet spot for smoko, albeit much cooler than the plains below which meant we had to dive back into the truck for a jumper..
Crossed the Goodradigbee River at the bridge in the Brindabella Valley. The western approach to this bridge was badly damaged in the March 2012 floods but it has all been repaired now. The road winds up the eastern side of the valley until we reached Gentle Annie Trail which spears off down a ridge to Flea Creek. Here we met a group travelling with a bunch of Queenslanders who were all wearing big coats - big climate change from Brisbane....
The track down to Flea Creek is steep but easily managed and we were soon at the camping ground at Flea Creek which has a number of sites and fireplaces that would make a pleasant camp. Flea Creek "flows" past here but currently it does not have much water in it. The day use area is close though and is much more appealing as it marks the junction of Flea Creek with the Goodradigbee which runs deep and cool through the valley here.
A steep track winds away to the north up Webbs Ridge and steadily climbs allowing wonderful views to the east to the rocky summit of Mt Coree and the other tall peaks of the ACT/NSW border. The track is easy to follow and there are few opportunities to get lost. Powerline Track is the only possible diversion east across to Two Sticks Road.
We took a left onto Waterfall Track which heads down the hill eventually reaching a t-junction with McIntyre's Track. We took the left and followed it ever downhill to another junction to either Lowell's Flat or McIntyre's Hut. We ignored the left to Lowell's and took the track down the final steep pinch to the flats at McIntyre's for lunch by the river.
We cursed not having fishing gear as a number of large trout were spotted lazing in the river. McIntyre's is a small shelter that would be valuable in bad weather (although if the weather was that bad you'd probably be stuck there at the bottom of the hill for some time...) There is plenty of open, shady space along the river for a camp, as well as some shiny new dunnies...
Leisurely lunch and a wander along the river before heading back up the steep climb to the main Webbs Ridge Track. Left for a short distance then right onto Dingi Dingi Ridge Track which winds across eastwards eventually reaching the well maintained Two Sticks Road. This is like a highway after the previous tracks and we headed south along the base of Mt Coree (have been up there before so decided to skip it today)
Reached the main Brindabella Rd as black clouds were building to the south over Mt Franklin so we made the call to head for home. We paused at the bridge at Brindabella for a cuppa and no sooner got back into the cars when a massive storm lashed the area, quickly making the road slippery and reducing visibility. We were however treated to a wonderful sight when a single break in the clouds allowed a beam of sunshine to land on Mt Coree like a spotlight in the gloom.
Passing the forestry camp at Bondo, the rain eased enough for us to take a detour down the Argalong Stock Route, an alternative drive into Tumut which was well worth the effort as we hit the blacktop again for the run home.
Monday I have Friday on my mind...
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