Location: Bunroy, Khancoban
Event Name:Harringtons Track/Khancoban Loop
Leader Iris Joss
Start Date: 02/10/2020 14:30
Finish Date:04/10/2020 15:00
Member Participants: 11
Guest Participants: 1
Distance/Time: 27km, 10 hours
Rating:Grade 3 - Track may have short steep hill sections, a rough surface and many steps
Points of Interest: Orchids and wildflowers
Mobile phone reception: sometimes
Event Report: Harrington's Track and Khancoban Loop. 3-4.October 2020
We car camped the night bevor at Indi Bridge Reserve, this proved to be a very good place. Its a large flat grassy area by the River, suited for caravans as well, has a toilet and there was plenty of driftwood for the campfire.
In the Morning we met 3 more hikers from Corryong to join us.The start of the Track is about a 20 min drive from the camp.
Over 8 month since the devastating Bushfire went through the area.The whole of Harrington's track was bare, not much regrowth on the trees, so we did not have any shade.Of all the many times I've been on this walk this would have been the saddest, but we got rewarded with a sea of flowers and Orchids. I have never seen so many Flowers befor on this track.It felt like walking through a Botanical Wonderland.Because all the undergrowth is gone, the Rain washed rocks and boulders onto the Track, and no Shade at all made it very hard going. This time everyone could choose how far to walk, and turn back when they had enough. This was a good idea, it gives people a chance to see a bit of it and not get tortured on the 20 km return trip.
The Memorial for Jack Riley ist still intact, but the Tree with the metal plaque (Jack died here) is gone.
Saturday night we had a prep talk, ready to drive out of the camp by 8.30 am. We had to meet the Corryong walkers at 9am at the Khancoban Loop.Well well, to my surprise, we headed off at 8.32 am. Congratulations were in order of course.
The fabulous Khancoban Loop did not disappoint the newbies in the group. The Grass Trees are flowering and some of us stole from the Birds and Bees, lickicking the very sweet and delicious nectar from the flowers, yum. This Loop offers a lot of different vegetation and a grand view of the main range, the River and Lake.
We all had a rewarding Lunch in Khancoban at the petrol station. Some moved on to the Coffee Shop for dessert. The Koetong pub is open again so we had to support them as well for a second dessert, ah well.
Saturday was a hard walk, we deserved this treat.All in all it was a very nice weekend.The best time for this walk would have to be in Spring.
Photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/murrayvalleybushwalkers/albums/72157716305636692