|Bridge Hotel - Jingellic|
|The free camping area behind the pub, a little tooooo crowded for our liking.|
Gadds Bend Reserve was a great spot, around 10 acres right on the river, there was only one other van so had plenty of room to choose a nice spot. We finished up staying here for 3 nights and on the Sunday drove into Jingellic for a pub lunch, just didn't have the luxury of rolling down the hill to get home.
|Gadds Bend, nearly all to ourself.|
|Could watch the cows grazing over in NSW. Even warmed up enough for a quick dip.|
|Our closest neighbor was 300m away.|
|Paddys Creek Reserve|
|Up at this altitude needed warm footwear, beanie, coat and a little something to warm the insides.|
On the way down to Towong on the Murray River we stopped at the Southern Cloud Memorial scenic lookout.
|Crash site was way over in those mountains|
The Southern Cloud, was one of 5 three-engine Avro 618 Ten aircraft flying daily airline services between several Australian cities. On 21 March 1931, the Southern Cloud left from Sydney for Melbourne. On board were six passengers and two crew members. Weather conditions en route were hazardous and much worse than predicted. The aircraft never reached its destination and disappeared.
The search for the missing aircraft lasted eighteen days and involved over twenty aircraft. No trace of the missing aircraft was found.
It was Australia's first major airline disaster. Australian National Airways folded later that year as a result of both this and another loss.The Southern Cloud fate remained a mystery for 27 years until 26 October 1958. On that day, Mr. Tom Sonter, a worker on the Snowy Mountains Project, accidentally discovered the wreck. The crash site was in heavily timbered mountainous terrain within the Snowy Mountains about 25 kilometres east of the direct Sydney–Melbourne route. Investigations concluded that the severe weather conditions at the time of the flight most likely contributed to the crash.
|Towong camp on the NSW side of the Murray River|
Once down by the river at Towong, just 14km from Corryong we had another great camp on the banks of the Might Murray. The only facility at this camp spot was a long drop toilet. This would have to have been the strongest "outback dunny" I have ever seen!. The door was that heavy I thought it was made of 1 inch plate steel but on closer inspection was 1/8 inch steel plate double sided the same as the wall construction. Story has it that the door was continually getting shot up so the council decided to make a stronger door, and they certainly did that.
|Built like an air raid shelter, could withstand any blast!!|
|More campers moved into the area waiting for the Man from Snowy River Festival held @ Corryong|
|Man from Snowy River - Corryong|
|Information Centre - Corryong|
You couldn't stay in the Snowy Mountain area without a visit to one of the Hydro Power Stations. We drove to Khancoban and visited the Murray One Power Station which is located approx 10km above Khancoban. The station consists of 10 water turbines generation a total of 950MW.
|Murray 1 tour - can you pick the Territorian? (check the footwear)|
|Murray 1 Power Station - 10 x 95MW turbines|
I did try my luck at fishing without any success, a passing local told me that the river was too low and the temperature had been too hot for fishing ........ otherwise I surely would have caught one or may be it was the barra lure! - wasn't any good for barra either :o(
We headed back to Albury following along the Murray River staying one night at Burrowye Reserve before crossing Lake Hume at Bellbridge and into Albury.
|Again on the Murray River at Burrowye Reserve|