Bridges and Cuttings walk, Tallangatta

Tallangatta Showgrounds High Country Rail Trail gate, Weramu St, Tallangatta 3700

Bridges and Cuttings walk, Tallangatta

Tallangatta Showgrounds High Country Rail Trail gate, Weramu St, Tallangatta 3700

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1 h 30 m
4.23 km
Easy

Starting at Tallangatta Showgrounds, this High Country Rail Trail return walk is a pleasant stroll through low cuttings and over small bridges beside the banks of Lake Hume.

Bridges and Cuttings walk, Tallangatta

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Summary

Starting at Tallangatta Showgrounds, this High Country Rail Trail return walk is a pleasant stroll through low cuttings and over small bridges beside the banks of Lake Hume.

Description

This is an easy and enjoyable walk for all the family. The Victorian High Country hills and valleys are a spectacle not soon forgotten.

Tallangatta is the first township you encounter if heading east deeper into the alpine regions or last if heading west down from the mountains. Situated on Lake Hume, Tallangatta is often the base for visitors enjoying the experience of travelling local sections of the Rail Trail.

The High Country Rail Trail (HCRT) isn't just for riding. Its firm surface and easy gradients combine for very good walking conditions as well. The local volunteers who maintain the trail do an amazing job. The air is fresh, the light clear and the scenery is beautiful.

Tallangatta Showgrounds is a large public space that hosts several major events each year. Community operated camping sites are available throughout the year at very reasonable rates. There are also public cooking, shower and toilet facilities.

The HCRT curves around the bottom of the gentle slope of the Showgrounds on the outskirts of town. A public gate opens directly onto the HCRT.

Walking away from the township immediately finds you enjoying rural surroundings. You quickly come to the Lake Hume shoreline. Water views accompany you the rest of the way there and back.

Dogs are allowed on a leash and under control at all times.

Other walks nearby
Sandy Creek Bridge walk, Huon
Waterfall and Darbyshire Hill trestle bridges walk
Mitta Bridge to Old Tallangatta
Playles Hill Lookout walk, Corryong
Koetong "Spa" and Wildflower walk

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Points of Interest

1. Tallangatta Showgrounds

At the end of Weramu Street you enter the Showgrounds. Inexpensive community run camping is available. At the bottom of the sloping showgrounds is a gate to the HCRT. Turn right onto the Rail Trail.

2. The trail is firm underfoot

The trail surfaces are a combination of a sealed bitumen mix or compacted gravel. Gradients are low.

3. Be surprised

Tallangatta has its own observatory.

4. Lake Hume shoreline

The shoreline begins immediately below the Showgrounds perimeter. The views are lovely.

5. The first bridge

Looking back toward the Showgrounds after crossing the first bridge.

6. Embedded artefacts

Sleeper nails are a not uncommon discovery along the HCRT.

7. Friendly natives

This Blue-tongued lizard didn't appear to mind posing for a photograph.

8. Take some tree time

The River red gums lining the shore can be quite spectacular look at, particularly in early morning or evening light.

9. Birdlife

There is plenty of birdlife to enjoy. In this case a Pied cormorant watches the water for a passing feed.

10. Seating

Seats are provided along the HCRT for rest, reflection and appreciation of the special place you are sharing.

11. Last stop

Just past the Washaway Creek HCRT bridge is a rustic view of an earlier bridge at this site. Approaching sunset is a nice time to be taking this walk for the pleasure of evening's golden light.

12. Sunsets

Sunsets from the shoreline below the Showgrounds can be gorgeous. Watch for an opportunity to experience a colourful end to your day.


Features

Picnic spot Picnic spot
Drinking water available Drinking water available
Seating available Seating available
Public toilets Public toilets
Pram friendly Pram friendly
Historical interest Historical interest
Nature trail Nature trail
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river
Park / Garden Park / Garden