Playles Lookout walk, Corryong

Cnr Hanson & Donaldson Streets, Corryong 3707

Playles Lookout walk, Corryong

Cnr Hanson & Donaldson Streets, Corryong 3707

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1 h
2.11 km
Intermediate

Playles Lookout provides almost 360 degrees of sweeping views across the Corryong valley to surrounding mountains.

Playles Lookout walk, Corryong

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Playles Lookout provides almost 360 degrees of sweeping views across the Corryong valley to surrounding mountains.

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This is the only scenic lookout in town and the views are great. If you are either day visiting or staying in local accommodation it is conveniently accessed by walking up Donaldson Street from the top of the main street - Hanson Street.

The park itself has some pleasant tree plantings that attract a variety of birds. Seating is available at many locations with excellent vistas of their own.

Tracks are constructed of either dirt or gravel and clearly defined. The gradient is notable when walking up the street and at the bottom of the park where the sealed pathway ends. There are contour following tracks in the park to lessen the slope. If you don’t want to walk the steeper part, drive direct to the park car park near the top.

A group of passionate community members have come together to form the Playles Hill Working Group and, working with Towong Shire to develop a masterplan for the site, the Playles Hill Project is a community driven initiative to clean up and beautify Playles Hill in Corryong. Plans include the construction of a dedicated walking track in the near future.

Amenities are in good supply. Playles Park has a BBQ, several dispersed picnic tables, potable water and toilets that are easy to locate.

Hanson Street offers shops, fuel, a playground, cultural and historic features and accommodation.

Dogs must be on a leash.

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Points of Interest

1. RSL War Memorial start

Corryong's Main Street is Hanson Street. This is a convenient place to begin the walk up to the lookout. You might like to take time to reflect at The War Memorial while here.

2. Horrie the Wog Dog

Adopted in Egypt by the 2/1st Machine Gun Battalion as a WWII mascot. Horrie acted as guard dog, giving many warnings of approaching enemy aircraft. He was smuggled to Australia to live near Corryong.

3. Poppies for ANZAC and Everyone

A mural of a field of poppies overlooks the Memorial Gardens. They remind us of the power of remembrance with poppies inspiring reflection and bringing comfort.

4. Man from Snowy River & War Memorial murals

As you walk up the hill stop to admire the large mural backing the RSL car park. Banjo Patterson's famous poem is depicted alongside the story of stockmen who became Light Horsemen.

5. Uniting Church (1895)

From Hanson Street begin your walk up Playles Hill to the lookout along Donaldson Street. You pass the historic Corryong Uniting Church with its compact bell tower.

6. Enter Playles Hill Park

A dirt track continues as an extension of Donaldsons Street before it meets contour tracks you can follow around the hill. While ascending, you are exposed to views of ever increasing distance.

7. Seats with a view

There are many strategically located seats in the park for capturing views.

8. Contour track

Follow this track to continue up the hill with a lesser gradient.

9. View west

Over the township to Mt Mittamatite and Burrowa - Pine Mountain National Park.

10. Avenue to the rotunda

Turn left at the dirt treed avenue to the rotunda overlooking the town.

11. Rotunda art

The rotunda hosts a cut metal stylised image of the township's historic and notable features, the valley and surrounding landscape below. It is designed by local Lino print artist Kat Brown.

12. Walking track to Playles Lookout

From the rotunda a gravel walking track takes you past a BBQ, picnic tables, car park and public toilets onto the highest point of the park.

13. Playles Lookout

Even with the peak of Playles Hill still above you there remain 330 degrees of spectacular views.

14. View south

Across rolling countryside.

15. View north east

To the Snowy Mountains.

16. Birdlife

Playles Hill is an open space parkland that caters to a wide variety of bird species. This Thornbill presented an opportunity for some close observation.

17. Period housing

Corryong is home to some beautiful period houses such as this for walkers to enjoy.

18. Chainsaw sculpture

Opposite the War Memorial on Donaldson Street find Kelvin Guilder's artwork honouring members of the farming community who served.


Features

Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water available Drinking Water available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets
Historical Interest Historical Interest
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden