12/01/2015 After a very enjoyable twenty days in Bright with many day trips around nearby towns and countryside, it was time to move on and we headed back to the Hume Highway and north. Near Wodonga, we had a splash-n-dash fuel stop at the Logic Centre servo which has to be the biggest one I’ve ever seen. Just off the Hume Highway, it is a major truck stop comprising a 24-hour Service Centre, a Fatigue Management Centre and a Trailer Interchange. Parking caters for up to 45 trucks (including B-double and B-triples) and includes a secure area for the exchange of trailers between Sydney-based and Melbourne-based drivers. The centre has laundry, bathroom and shower facilities, truckies lounge and dining areas with Hungry Jacks, Cafe One and a Subway outlet. It was like a home away from home for the truckies.
At Wodonga, we took the Murray Valley Highway, along the southern banks of Lake Hume and through some very pretty country to Corryong, the largest township in the Towong Shire in the far north-eastern corner of Victoria. In the picturesque foothills of the Snowy Mountains, the town has a population of approximately 1,200 people and is surrounded in all directions by hills covered with eucalypt and pine forests. This area is known for its picturesque scenery and unspoilt natural attractions including rivers, mountains and forests.
The area is steeped in High Country heritage. The birthplace of the mighty Murray River is close by, near Tom Groggin Station in the Kosciuszko National Park. The grave of Jack Riley, “The Man from Snowy River”, is in the Corryong cemetery. We will base ourselves here for a week or so to take in as much as we can of this scenic area.
We are camped a few kilometres outside of Corryong at the Colac Colac Caravan Park (pronounced Clack Clack), a very pretty park comprising fifteen acres of green lawn and four hundred mature shade trees.
The park backs onto Corryong Creek, a medium sized stream that flows from the mountains near the Alpine National Park to join the Murray River not too far away. This will be a chance for me to try out the guaranteed trout-jagger lure that I picked up recently at Omeo. I have a theory that when a river was originally named, that name reflected the local Aboriginal dialect for “No Fish”. So, Gwydir River means “No Fish”; Copeton River means “No Fish”. That’s been my experience, anyway, so it makes perfect sense to me. I do have a good feeling about this new lure, though…