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    Murray River Headwaters

    I took the opportunity over Easter to visit the Murray's Headwaters and the start of the Black-Allan Line.

    Its about a day's drive (from Melbourne) and a couple of days hike, one day in and one out.

    We parked the car and camped the night, ready for an early morning start.
    Its about 18Km to Cowombat Flat:
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    This large, open plain contains parts of a RAAF Dakota plane wreck, which crashed in 1954, killing one occupant:
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    The area is home to a large number of wild brumbies, who frequent the flat, and seem to be responsible for keeping it grazed.
    There was no evidence of wombats or roos grazing, although there were a lot of rabbit droppings:
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    The Murray River is quite small at Cowombat Flat, easy to step over:
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    And there are (surprisingly) some large schools of galaxias in the tiny pools:
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    We setup camp for the night:
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    Next morning, I set off on a (approx) 6Km loop.
    First to the headwaters, where the water comes out the ground, which is at the head of a small trampled valley.
    This water will eventually makes its way to the Coorong and out to sea 2508Km away:
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    Since I was in the area, I took the side trip to visit "Cairn Number 1".
    This is the first marker on the Black-Allan Line (which was surveyed in 1870 to 1872) and is the start of the "straight line" boarder between Victoria and NSW.
    It runs from the Murray headwaters to the coast (but that's another journey):
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    Along the way I found a geocache, which is attached to what looks like a modern survey peg (??). I'm not sure what it was, but took a pic anyway:
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    Lovely weather and a nice trip, and great to tick another walks off my to-do list !

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    Looks like a great trip!

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    Damn awesome looking excursion. I canít wait until my kids are a bit bigger so I can take them on longer trips. At the moment I can really only do day trips with them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie123 View Post

    Next morning, I set off on a (approx) 6Km loop.
    First to the headwaters, where the water comes out the ground, which is at the head of a small trampled valley.
    This water will eventually makes its way to the Coorong and out to sea 2508Km away:
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    Looks like pig diggings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Loup View Post
    Looks like pig diggings.
    Keith.
    Its certainly been "worked over", but in person you can see the horses hoof prints (which were very distinct).
    There were also a few sets of deer prints, but predominantly horses.

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