Australia Day Weekend 2010 - Brindabella Ranges
Brindabella Ranges Trip Report
23rd to 25th January
Members: Bob, Trish & Jake, Andrew, Kylie & Caitlin, Mark, Sharon, Kirsty & Toneishea, Kevin, Craig.
We all meet at Pheasant Nest garages about 8am, had a quick coffee then off we headed, it was a fairly uneventful trip, a few police around being double demerit weekend, still a few people like to speed.
Once we reached Lake George we spotted a boutique winery, which we stopped and some replenished their supplies, topped up with fuel at North Canberra, then travelled through the heart of town then around the new Parliament House heading towards Cotter reserve, I always love the drive along Brindabella Rd as the views are fantastic.
We arrived at camp about lunch time, setup right beside the Goodradigbee River, we had to have a dip, later in the afternoon, we went to Flea Creek via Gentle Annie Track, which is the same river only downstream from our camp.
What a great area, very shaded has deep swimming holes, Rapids, and shallow sandy areas for the kids, close to the river is only for day use but about 400 meters away is the Flea Creek camp site, it has a toilet block and is a large area.
On Sunday we went to Tumut about a 65k nice easy drive, had a look around town, had a meal in one of many pubs, food was great, after lunch & coffee we headed back towards camp, along the way we spotted a track that headed up a rather steep hill so we decided to give it a go, we all made it up with no problems, it was worth the climb as the views were fantastic.
We arrived back at camp & Craig suggested we take a drive to Mount Corree, so myself, Kev, Craig, Ray, Jake & the two girls headed off to see Mount Corree, it was back along Brindabella Rd, we turned off to the left, then in front of us was this huge hill, but the tracks was in good order and there was nothing really hard about it, to my surprise upon reaching the summit there was a Toyota Camry, however it did have a bad oil leak from the sump.
There was a couple of young guys up there doing fire spotting in the tower, so they let us up there to take some photo`s, views to Canberra, Tidbinbilla and Cotter Dam was unbelievable.
We packed up and left camp about 10:30am on the Monday and headed into Canberra, on the way Andrew had a problem with his car, it seemed to right itself for awhile so we went to Manuka for Coffee, after that Andrew and Ray bid us farewell as they had to get home, so the rest of us went to the new DFO store, had lunch did some shopping.
Everyone seem to like this trip as the weather was hot and with the river only steps from our camp you could cool down, wish we could have it like that all the time.