Tallangatta Things to Do
HIGH COUNTRY RAIL TRAIL
Whilst we were at the Old Tallangatta view point, we happened to notice a horse-float parked beside a trail. Later we saw some cyclists go whizzing past!
I found out later this was part of the High Country Rail Trail, a disused railway line that stretches for 43kms between Wodonga and Cudgewa, that has been stripped of rails and sleepers and made into a gravel pathway for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy themselves in a safe and scenic environment.
The old railway line dates back to 1887 and was used extensively for transporting material for the Snowy Mountain Scheme in the 1960s. In 1978 the line closed.
If I had known, I would have brought my bike with me as rides like this where you aren't competing with traffic are fun to do! I was impressed that the old railway had been turned into something useful for us and future generations to enjoy, even covered picnic shelters were provided beside the track.
Reviews on this trail have been good!Related to:
- Horse Riding
- Hiking and Walking
OLD TALLANGATTA VIEW POINT
The main sight to see is the Old Tallangatta viewpoint, located 8kms east from the new Tallangatta township.
You will see the area where there is plenty of room for parking , a cairn, information boards and a proper look-out.
It is well worth the stop to learn the history of what happened in this area, starting way back in 1918, when the River Murray Commission selected the confluence of the Mitta Mitta and Murray Rivers, upstream of nearby towns of Albury & Wodonga, as the site for a major reservoir (Hume Dam) to provide reliable water for annual irrigation downstream.
The first stage of this huge reservoir was completed in 1936, at that time Tallangatta was above the water level. In the 1940's a discussion began on where to move the town as the dam builders knew the town would be flooded when the next stage opened.
Bolga, a rail siding 8 kilometres to the west was chosen. In 1954, the wooden buildings were moved but the brick ones had to be demolished - (hotels, halls and churches)
New Tallangatta was officially opened in June, 1956
We were at the lookout during the dry period, the time when the water level was so low that the main street, the diagonal road to Toorak and the old railway embankment could be easily seen, this was late April. During and after Winter, this would be full of water.
Looking across the other side I could see a small village, this was Toorak and where the former Tallangatta hospital and butter Factory are located.
The Tallangatta 50's Festival is held in November each year to commemorate the moving of the town.
TALLANGATTA IS KNOWN AS "THE TOWN THAT MOVED."Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel
It didn't matter what street we walked down, more than 80% had cottage gardens that had some blooms out. It made the simple act of going for a walk so pleasurable I was surprised they don't advertise the fact more.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Arts and Culture
Tallangatta Off The Beaten Path
SCENIC DRIVE ALONG BETHANGA ROAD
As we were at the Old Tallangatta viewpoint, all we had to do was cross the causeway and turn left into the small village of Toorak. From here, we followed the signs which took us along and onto the unsealed Bethanga road.
The drive took us along the edges of Lake Hume, which in late April hardly had any water . I really liked it like this, just water in the creeks and river and lots and lots of dead trees creating an interesting landscape. I think I preferred it this way to when it is full of water. At the beginning of the drive, the views are across to the new township of Tallangatta.
The flats are very fertile and when low like this cattle graze and birds come in hunting for fish in the small amount of water that is left. I wished I was here at sunset as photos with these trees and the red skies I had been seeing would have made a magnificent photo.
As it was, I couldn't stop taking photos!Related to:
- Road Trip