The Outdorian Magazine - Page 14



was used by rabbit trappers. There is a drop toilet and picnic
tables for day visitors but that is all. In the early evening, you
may be joined by eastern grey kangaroos or wild brumbies
quietly grazing and drinking from the creek.
Adjacent to the Long Plain Hut track is Port Phillip Trail that
leads past the Ghost Gully campground before ending
abruptly at Tantangara Reservoir. When the water levels
of the reservoir are high, the track that continues onto
Currango Homestead is underwater. It is still a great place
to check out and enjoy a picnic and swim in the icy water.
You can also drive the Dam Trail that leads to where the
Murrumbidgee River enters the reservoir.
Continue along the Long Plain Road you will soon cross
the Murrumbidgee River in its infancy and looking more
like an alpine creek. Cooinbil Hut is nearby, and you will
pass a small Telstra mobile tower on the drive into the hut.
It only provides a weak signal, but it is the only place you
will get mobile coverage on the Long Plain. The hut was
constructed around 1908 and was once part of a larger
pastoral homestead complex. You can camp here, however
it is a popular spot with horse trail riders so the flies are
more populous.
Not far from the Cooinbil Hut, the Long Plain Road reaches
the junction with the Blue Waterholes Trail. Turning right
will lead you to Coolemine Homestead and the Blue
Waterholes, turn left and you can reach Brindabella Road
via Broken Cart Trail and Boundary Road, however, this is a
4WD only option and is seasonally closed.
Following the Blue Waterhole Trail, you will climb Coolemine
mountain, albeit only a small climb, and here you will find
another campground, perfect for when the ones near Blue
Waterhole are full.
OUTDORIAN MAGAZINE ISSUE THREE

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