Jarvis Creek and Mt Granya VIC

Sunday, Aug 05, 2018 at 19:00

Member - Michael O (NSW)

A sunny morning after a few days of rain is the only excuse necessary for a day in the bush...
South from Wagga through Mangoplah and onto the Hume Freeway at Holbrook.
We swung off the Hume at Tabletop (north of Albury) near the sad old Ettamogah Pub development, and picked our way across to the Hume Weir and the scenic steel bridge at Bellbridge.

Morning tea by the weir. Bellbridge always feels so sleepy when it's not January and full of powerboats!
Up the spur to the Kurrajong Gap Lookout for beautiful views back towards the Weir and the town of Wodonga, then over the ridge and down to the old copper mining town of Bethanga.
Up the hill out of Bethanga on Springdale Road before we turn NE onto Sirls Rd. This meanders through beautiful rolling cattle country around the foothills of the ranges through Jarvis Creek before we took a left up a spur into Jarvis Creek Plateau Regional Park. This is Plateau Road and it climbs up to the Plateau Picnic/Camping area which was a fabulous spot to light the fire and cook some snags for lunch. There are many trails off to the left and right but most lead to locked gates at the entrance to adjoining private property.
Plateau Road leaves the heights and winds down to meet the bitumen at Georges Creek Road. A short detour saw us up Magazine Track to reach the old concrete storage bunker that was used as a depot for explosives by the Forestry Department for road building.
Back to Georges Creek Road and headed south with views up to the towers on Mount Granya, our next target.
Left onto Mulholland Road which heads up a valley to reach a saddle in the Mount Granya State Park. Left up to Mount Granya, straight ahead normally leads to the Cottontree camping area but the gate was seasonally closed.
Up to Mount Granya where there are great views to the west and south, snow-capped mountains way off in the distance.
Back to the saddle but this time straight ahead to reach the Granya Road. This is a scenic twisty bitumen road through the range, until we turned left onto Webbs Rd and made for Cottontree. This is an open camping area with day-use facilities. There is also a walk up the creek passing an old Scout Hut built in 1937, and up to Granya Falls, unfortunately only a trickle this time.
The Granya Road leads north towards Hume Weir and we dropped into the Granya Hotel to meet Mick and sink a cold ale.
We turned left at the Murray River Road and made our way across the Murray on the Wymah ferry, always a fine way to end a day in the late afternoon sun.
Bowna Road to the Hume and home.!
Monday I have Friday on my mind...
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