Ron and Viv Moon explore the Mighty Murray River
In the foothills of the Australian Alps, the mighty Murray River takes a sweeping bend on its course to the sea. It’s a forgotten playground offering great little pubs, fine camping and enjoyable exploration on two or four wheels.
Pine Mountain rears up from the relatively flat verdant plain of the upper Murray River valley in a series of gum and cypress-pine covered rocky ridges to its near bare crest. In recent years, the peak’s claim to fame is that it is a gigantic rock monolith; more than one-and-a-half times the size of Uluru.
The mountain’s rugged slopes have long protected the peak from the early forester’s axe or the pioneer cattlemen’s quest for grassy pastures, so much so that the area remained basically untouched and was finally proclaimed a national park in 1978.
Pretty much forgotten and by-passed by travellers because of the nearby Australian Alps National Parks that straddle the nearby NSW/Vic border, the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park retains a more basic attraction with small, intermittently used campsites, rarely ventured-on vehicle tracks and infrequently used walking trails.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE on the trip around the Big Bend of the Murray River in the Feb/Mar 2016 issue of What Tradies Want mag. Click and subscribe to get your copy NOW!