One group met at the large dredge near the entrance of the town and after exploring this huge very interesting historic structure, followed the sealed trail into town. Along the way there were lots of interesting snippets of information on appropriately located interpretive boards. There were many colourful gardens to view along the way too with some vibrant colours abounding.
The second group met at the centre of town and after reading the detailed boards that outlined the history of the town and the local area, proceeded along Reid’s walk to the old swing bridge. This walk traversed a lot of the area the dredge had excavated when it first commenced operations in 1936. It also followed the course of Reedy Creek which the group were able to access in a couple of places. At the swing bridge, the group then returned to town via the road, once again viewing the interpretive signs.
Once the walks were completed, everyone returned to the pub and enjoyed an ice cream before returning to Benalla.
This was the first group booking the tavern had taken since Covid restrictions were eased and full credit to our hosts and their staff on making it such an enjoyable occasion. This town has quite a few other walks for walkers of all abilities to explore and the dredge is something not to be missed. At present the museum is not open due to Covid restrictions.