The Empty Esky Tour, Day 19 – Towong

Day 19 Tuesday 10/3/20 Towong Flat, mid 20’s

Being a non travel day we have a gloriously lazy morning. When Woody gets up for a shower I open the blind and read in bed watching the river. A rare pleasure. We read in the sun and I write a silly song for our club. The council guys come in to tidy up the park. They mow and snip and leave it looking a treat.

Murray River at Towong Flat, NSW. Homes were threatened on the ridge behind and some lost. Trees on our side of the river have suffered from the heat of the fire.

After lunch we drive the 6 or so kilometres into Corryong. The town is busy. El Prado has a haircut and a distressing discussion about the aftermath of the fires with the hairdresser whose farm was saved but 20 year old trees lost. As predicted by the experts a resident has succumbed to the anguish of it all. The weeds that look like green grass will have to be killed and new pastures sown. There’s a lot of work to be done.

We girls shop for a present for Veewee who should be arriving tomorrow and will be celebrating a birthday soon. To my delight the homewares shop has a sign on the door declaring that it is ‘owned’ by a cat called Graycie who happens to like cuddles. We lost our cat named Gracie many years ago and we now try to be practical about pet ownership whilst travelling. This means that we both tend to melt at the sight of any friendly cat.

We shop for groceries and then visit the town lookout. It is from here that we can see the full extent of the fire and how the town, nestled in a valley was almost ringed by fire.

Corryong, Vic

Back at camp our neighbours catch a large European carp, these must be destroyed by law as they spoil the rivers. Because this place is so pleasant we decide to stay another night and sit outside until late trying to solve the problems of the world and Corona virus.

Patiently waiting
A Murray Cod, these guys have got the knack. Or perhaps the right mouldy cheese.


Accom: $0

Utilities: Nil to speak of

Fuel: $0

Towing Kms: 0Kms

8 thoughts on “The Empty Esky Tour, Day 19 – Towong

      1. I don’t know if you ever saw the movie On the Beach, it was made in Melbourne in 1959 and a lot of filming was done around our Mornington Peninsula, I was 10. So it was the hot topic at school. Anyway Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner are in the last living city on earth waiting for a deadly virus to wipe them out. De ja vu?

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      2. I remember that film. Watched it when I was very young and it made a huge impression on me. Didn’t know it was filmed in Mornington. Need to come back now and check out the locations. Let’s hope the current virus isn’t anything like that one.


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