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Hume and Hovell

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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 route offers a variety of topographies, vegetation types and land uses, as well as numerous points of historic interest. Apart from bush walking, the track gives access to other recreational activities including camping, fishing, swimming, nature study, photography and wildlife observation. See our track overview for more information and ideas for your Hume and Hovell Walking Track experience.

Current Warning

The Sturgess bush fire is being controlled by the RFS and other combat agencies. Due to these fire fighting efforts the western side of Blowering Dam has been closed to all public access and recreation activities between Blowering and Jounama Dam walls. Road closures are in place between Yellowin Access Road at Jounama Dam and Yellowin Rd at Batlow. For up to date bush fire information visit the RFS website

Track Hazards 

Due to the remote nature of sections of the Hume and Hovell walking track, there may be unknown hazards such as landslips, trees and overgrown vegetation at any time. Walkers should exercise caution when using the track. The State Recreational Trails Coordinator can be advised of the nature and location of any major hazards discoverd via email on

Important track changes

Map 3 - Please note that Forestry Corporation will be closing the access roads at the southern end of Blowering Dam for harvesting and hauling operations. Public access to the Dam's western foreshore will only be available via Sturgess and McDonalds trails from 6 January to 14 March 2014. Walkers are still permitted to use the track, however no camping will be permitted between Sandy Creek and Jounama Dam wall. Download a Map of area

Map 3 - Detour between Browns Creek Campsite and Blowering Forestry Holiday Camp. Approx 3km in length, it will shorten your distance in comparison to original route, but will require some hill climbing. The detour is signposted on the ground. The detour is required due to extensive storm damage and forestry operations.

Map 2 - The Goobarragandra track upgrade is scheduled to commence 10 February 2014. The 4km section of the track from the Thomas Boyd Trackhead downstream to Jack Cribb Bridge will be closed for the duration of the works which is expected to take up to six months. Signage will be placed on the track. 

Kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, foxes, emus and birds of prey are just some of the wildlife you can expect to see, depending on the section of the track you walk. Fishermen will enjoy catching Murray cod, yellow belly, red fin, perch and freshwater lobster in Blowering Dam, which is also extensively used by sailing, boating and water skiing enthusiasts.

The track starts at Cooma Cottage on the outskirts of Yass and finishes at the Hovell Tree on the banks of the Murray River in Albury. It has three track heads (major access points and are ideal for car-based camping) approximately 100 kms apart - James Fitzpatrick at Wee Jasper, Thomas Boyd on the Goobarragandra River 23 kms from Tumut and Henry Angel on Burra Creek near Tumbarumba. Download the Hume and Hovell Walking Track sections map (PDF 66 kb).

The track passes through the towns of Yass, Wee Jasper and Albury and nearby the towns of Tumut, Talbingo and Tumbarumba. It has 17 primitive campsites, picnic facilities, numerous boardwalks and three major bridges over rivers.

A detailed map kit for the Hume and Hovell Walking Track is available for $20 (plus postage and handling) from the NSW Trade and Investment Book Shop at Maitland. Call (02) 4931 6666 or email The 8-map kit includes detailed track notes, elevation and campsites, as well as notes on the original 1824 expedition and recommendations for shorter walks. To order the map kit, please use the order form (PDF 139 kb). Discounts are provided on Crown Lands trail map kits to wholesale and retail outlets. Please contact the Bookshop for details on the prices of map kits, postage & handling.

For further information see our frequently asked questions or contact contact Crown Lands on telephone 1300 886 235 or use our enquiry form.


For information on the local area contact:

Yass Valley Visitor Information Centre


Wee Jasper Visitor Information
Tumbarumba shire council







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