From the Tom Groggin campsite, the BNT takes trekkers across the ford of the Murray River, officially ending the NSW section of the trail and signalling the start of the notoriously mountainous Victorian section.
Despite a super positive attitude from the bubs, river crossings had been giving me a bit of grief lately, mainly due to all the rain they have had down here. The Eucumbene River and Swampy River Crossing near Old Geehi Hut were both uncomfortably deep, with the packs getting wet both times and donks really having to focus on keeping their footing. They are just so tiny, so it is much harder for them than Fly, who doesn’t even get his tummy splashed!
So when we spoke to the super-helpful Wayne from Tom Groggin station, he advised against fording the Murray, as it was still officially closed to vehicles and far too deep for us to cross it safely. He gave us the option of using the Tom Groggin station causeway, which we gladly took up, and even got a bit of a tour of the amazing buildings and relics!
Now like many of the amazing high country places the BNT takes you through, Tom Groggin station is steeped in history. It has operated continuously as a cattle station since before 1860, and Banjo Patterson visited the property in 1890. Jack Riley, the then manager, is widely thought to be the inspiration behind Banjo’s poem. The property is now surrounded on all sides by National Parks, and some of the restored huts and sheds (which you can rent out and stay in) are pretty awesome…