Sandy Creek bridge walk (eastern approach)

Murray Valley Highway, Huon 3695 (-36.230872, 147.100056)

Sandy Creek bridge walk (eastern approach)

Murray Valley Highway, Huon 3695 (-36.230872, 147.100056)

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1 h
3.28 km
Very Easy

The eastern approach Sandy Creek bridge return walk crosses the bridge, has great views, is shorter and flatter than the western approach. It may be preferable for walkers less able or with less time.

Sandy Creek bridge walk (eastern approach)

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Summary

The eastern approach Sandy Creek bridge return walk crosses the bridge, has great views, is shorter and flatter than the western approach. It may be preferable for walkers less able or with less time.

Description

This is great walk fo anyone to enjoy. It is flat, smooth and in a very pretty setting. For those with less time or walking capacity the eastern approach to Sandy Creek bridge is half the distance and may be more suitable than the longer western approach (6.1km).

This walk traverses a section of the historic High Country Rail Trail (HCRT). The original Sandy Creek bridge opened in 1936. The walk crosses a reimagined Sandy Creek bridge that today displays bright red uprights placed in waves stylised to represent the red carriages of the past rattling their way over the water.

For the best part of one hundred years this line was a principal transport route. Freight included gold, tin, timber and stock. Many passengers made their way between Cudgewa and Wodonga by rail.

The railway delivered workers, steel and cement for the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme from 1949 to 1974. The railway was closed in 1981.

The track itself is sealed for the whole walk. There is a small car park, seating and information signage along the way. The nearest public toilets are at Huon Station boat ramp and day picnic area on the western side of the bridge or 8km east down the Murray Valley Highway in Tallangatta.

This is a shared pathway. Keep to the left and listen for the warning bells of approaching riders. Dogs must be on a leash.

There is no potable water available and it gets hot in summer. Carry food, water and be SunSmart.

To find the 6.1km western approach walk starting at Huon Station use this link Sandy Creek bridge walk (western Approach)

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Avondale Garden walk
Bellbridge Foreshore walk
Boggy Creek Trestle Bridge walk
Conic Range walk
Dry Forest Creek trestle bridge walk
Lake, Town and Rail Trail, Tallangatta
Memorial Park walk, Tallangatta
Mountain Creek walk, Shelley
Mt Lawson Summit walk
Playles Hill Lookout walk, Corryong
Waterfall and Darbyshire Hill trestles walk, Bullioh

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Points of Interest

1. The track

The track is sealed all the way and inclines have a very low gradient.

2. Car parking

There is a car park big enough for 4 - 5 vehicles beside the Murray Valley Highway.

3. 8km to Tallangatta

In the opposite direction the HCRT takes you to Tallangatta, 8km away.

4. Picnic table

At the sign welcoming visitors to Sandy Creek bridge there is seating and a picnic table from where you can enjoy a pause and the scenery.

5. A shared track

Cyclists also use the HCRT. Almost all will give a warning tinkle on their bell as they approach. Keeping to the left of the track is a good idea. A wave and a smile as they pass is enjoyed by all.

6. Sandy Creek bridge

At the beginning of the bridge itself there are seats, interesting information signs and a viewing platform that extends over the water.

7. Land views

The land views are pretty and calming, wooded rolling hills and rich grazing land evoke a sense of timelessness and peace.

8. Water views

Lake Hume is a very big lake, especially when full. It isn't hard to soak up the tranquility of its pacifying waters.

9. A popular walking spot

The scenery, water and wide open spaces are just lovely. Then there is the history to re-imagine. This is a great place for a walk - and the dogs love it too. Dogs must be on a leash.

10. A popular fishing spot

Lake Hume is home to various species of fish attractive to the fishers whether human, animal, bird or other fish. People who fish love to talk about their success or otherwise. Have a chat.


Features

Picnic spot Picnic spot
Seating available Seating available
Pram friendly Pram friendly
Historical interest Historical interest
Nature trail Nature trail
Lake, creek, river Lake, creek, river