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.
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 Junama Dam wall.
Map 3 - 1) 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.
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 $5 postage and handling for up to 2 of these items) from the DPI Book Shop at Orange, call toll-free 1800 028 374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 DPI Bookshop for detail on the prices of map kits, postage & handling.
For information on the local area contact:
|Yass Valley Visitor Information Centre|
|Wee Jasper cafe and Visitor Centre||http://www.weejasperweb.com.au/ or phone: 02 62279626|
|Tumbarumba shire council||http://www.visittumbashire.com.au/|