The Hume and Hovell Walking Track stretches over 440km between Yass and Albury and allows walkers to rediscover the route of explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on their expedition to Port Phillip in 1824.
The track passes nearby the Snowy Mountains towns of Tumut, Talbingo and Tumbarumba offering a variety of topographies, vegetation types and land uses, as well as numerous points of historic interest. It has 17 primitive campsites, picnic facilities, numerous boardwalks and three major bridges over rivers.
Snowy Mountains Highway/Henry Angel Trackhead - 102km - Moderate/Hard
The track leads from the highway towards Blowering Dam, from where it follows the foreshores of the Blowering Reservoir for 35 kms, much along the edge of pine plantations and through extensive cleared area. When the track leaves the Reservoir, you climb over Gurkeroo Ridge, with great views of Talbingo Mountain.
Crossing into the Kosciuszko National Park, you pass the spectacular Lower Buddong Falls, then walk through dense eucalypt forest to Paddys River Dam. From here, the next 15km of track is easy walking near water, through magnificent forested country. You then leave the Bago State Forest and continue on to reach the Henry Angel Trackhead, nine kilometres from Tumbarumba.
For more information, refer to the PDF Sections Map - Section 3.
Henry Angel Trackhead/Lankeys Creek Campsite - 61km - Easy/Moderate/Hard
The first part of this section is an easy and interesting day walk following Burra Creek, past vertical rock walls and tunnels created for gold and tin mining 100 years ago. Pass the Falls before leaving the creek to climb Big Hill to view the western face of the Snowy Mountains, then make your way down to Tumbarumba Creek and into Mannus State Forest. There's a long climb now to the top of the next ridge and then an equally long drop down the other side to Mannus Creek where a foot track follows the edge of Mannus Lake to a campsite.
The next 25km of walking track is in Mannus and Munderoo State Forests at elevations mostly between 500m and 750m. The track then runs along the crest of a ridge for several kilometres giving some of the most expansive views of the track. After crossing Coppabela Creek, the track then heads back up Lankeys Creek.
For more information, refer to the PDF Sections Map - Section 4.
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