Talbingo Mountain Trail 13/3/2015

This walk was organised by a member of the Wagga Wilderness Walkers.
We head off from Wagga Wagga, travelling passed Tumut and Talbingo. It could be easy to miss but we take the turn off down the Cumberland Fire Trail, this is strictly a four wheel drive vehicle access and although not difficult you do need to have your wits about you with some steep inclines/declines. 4.7km into the car parking area.

The beginning of our day walk to Mt Talbingo starting at 1084m above sea level.

The beginning of our day walk to Mt Talbingo starting at 1084m above sea level.

We follow the fire trail, steadily climbing with some quite steep inclines. The road is made up of loose stones so we need to make sure of our footing to avoid a nasty slip on the track. At the end of this section we come to the fire tower and weather station. Now we need to find our own way through the bush to the highest peak, its not far maybe a few hundred metres. The views are spectacular taking in the Talbingo Dam, the village, part of Blowering dam and everything in between. The sheer cliffs mark our walk on the left hand side, rocks covered in lichen, stunted gums, Triggerplants, Kangaroo Grass and so much more line our track.


We are very happy to reach the top after a 2 hour walk, not too strenuous and not going at a fast pace so we could enjoy the lovely bush.

Great to reach the top of Big Talbingo Mountain, now at 1373m above sea level.

Great to reach the top of Big Talbingo Mountain, now at 1373m above sea level.

We enjoy lunch before heading off and our lead walker invites me to take us out and back to the fire tower.

Not much of a track

Not much of a track

Everything is going well, we even get a fantastic view of the Talbingo Dam which is remarked upon as to why we didn’t see this particular angle on the way up and this makes me wonder if I have lead us all astray. 20 metres on and we are at the edge of the cliff face, only a small mistake. Thankfully we only have to back track a short distance and we are on our way passed familiar landmarks. I must pay more attention on walks in the future. IMG_0348

It only takes us 1 hour and 20 minutes to return.
We get a lovely bonus of seeing an echidna strutting across the road on the way back and some delicious figs to take home.

Another creature enjoying a walk around the alpine countryside.

Another creature enjoying a walk around the alpine countryside.

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