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OFF THE HUME #4 – along the old road to Gundagai

The Prince Alfred Bridge - the road over the Murrumbidgee until 1977. Photo: Wikicommons.

The Prince Alfred Bridge – part of the Hume Highway until 1977. Photo: Wikicommons.

Modern road-building has taken some of the fun out of crossing the Murrumbidgee at Gundagai.

As flashy Sydneysiders on our way to holidays in Victoria, we zipped down the Hume Highway from Sydney to Melbourne as fast as the speed limits would allow.

On our way back, we took time to explore the old route, meandering through towns which are now bypassed by the traffic. Continue reading

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OFF THE HUME #3 – bordering on the ridiculous

Where are the passengers?

Where are the passengers these days?



This is a road trip, so we didn’t need to visit the train station at Albury, on the Victoria/New South Wales border. We just happened to find a motel right across from the entrance, and there are a couple of good stories attached to it.
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OFF THE HUME #2 – Australia’s prettiest town?

The horse and cart may be a modern addition, but the Post Office is old.

The horse and cart may be a modern addition, but the Post Office is old.

I’m open to suggestions here. What’s Australia’s prettiest small town? My bet is that it will be a short list. There are very few Australian towns worth visiting for their appearance.*

Plenty have spectacular locations by beach or forest, some have arty-crafty communities, trendy shops or lively festivals, but hardly any have attractive streetscapes.

So it was a rare treat to duck off the Hume Highway and find a place in northern Victoria where residents have gone to the trouble and expense of preserving some heritage. It seems to be paying off for them. Continue reading

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OFF THE HUME #1 – Ned Kelly country

We like Big Things as tourist attractions in Australia. So of course Glenrowan needs a Big Ned.

We like Big Things in Australia. So of course Glenrowan needs a Big Ned.



We decided to take a few days to make a touristy road trip of our drive back from Melbourne to Sydney, stopping off at the attractions in towns along the way.

We hoped people in towns now bypassed by the highway would appreciate our interest and our custom.

Glenrowan, 184km north-east of Melbourne, was the first stop. Continue reading

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