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    Hi!

    There is a bit of galvanised water pipe hammered into the ground at Indi Spring, the source of the Murray. It was placed there by a team from RMIT in 1984, and it's got a metal can attached to it with a notepad in so you can record your visit.

    This pic is from Jan 2017:



    The place is officially called Townsend Corner, after Thomas Townsend, who determined the location of the easternmost source of the Murray:


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    That is some Excellent information Lexx

    Would it be possible to camp near this spot Lexx?

    I am starting to get a bit of an idea on where my trip in April might be heading

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ View Post
    That is some Excellent information Lexx

    Would it be possible to camp near this spot Lexx?

    I am starting to get a bit of an idea on where my trip in April might be heading

    Cheers Andrew
    Hi Andrew - first thing to note is that access to the actual corner point is by foot. I've only approached from the VIC side, and the closest vehicle access is to the gate on MacFarlane Flat Track at the intersection with Cobberas Track (marked [1]). From there it's a 7km hike up MacFarlane Flat track to Cowombat Flat [2], then about another 3.5km following the baby Murray River upstream to it's source [3]. If you study your maps and satellite photos you can knock off a bit of distance by not walking all the way to Cowombat and cutting through from MacFarlane to the river [4] but Cowombat is a really lovely place to visit. Assuming you get to the source, it's also worth walking up the hill to Border Cairn 1 [5], which is the marker for the start of the Black-Allan line.



    So for camping - there is excellent camping at Cowombat Flat assuming you're prepared to carry in all your gear (uphill!). The area is wide open grassland and there's water from the baby Murray. You can expect to see a lot of brumbies. If you wanted to camp as close as possible to the corner, you'd find some open grassy areas as you follow the river upstream - the closest point you could feasibly pitch any sort of camp would be about 400 or 500 metres from the point. After that it's a scrubby goat track the rest of the way.

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    Looks like I might have to dust of the Hiking boots Thanks for the Info Lexx

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    Incidentally, I know of another corner that I don't think anyone has mentioned yet. It's where the borders of VIC and SA meet on the Murray River.

    I don't think it has an official name but when we went there we named it Lindsay Point after the locality in Victoria that's closest to it.

    The photo was taken from a boat we hired at Customs House in Murtho - as near as I could manage it to the exact corner.



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    I tend to think of that corner as being a bit like Surveyor Generals Corner where there are actually 2 corners but both are considered SCG. These ones are a bit further apart than at SCG though.

    That one is already off my bucket list if they do decide to give it a name as I have already been there

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    This thread being active again got me thinking about something I have been meaning to do for quite a while. So this morning I went for a drive and then a Hike into MacCabe Corner, just to make sure it was still there









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    Andrew, looks to be a decent amount of water in the Murray atm. How far from your home is McCabe corner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokey2.8 View Post
    Andrew, looks to be a decent amount of water in the Murray atm. How far from your home is McCabe corner?
    The river level in the Murray doesn't change much at all due to the weirs, even during the Millenium drought when the river was almost running backwards the level remained much the same along our stretch.

    MacCabe corner is around 55kms from home as the crow flies. To get there this morning I headed due East to Sunset NP which is around 30kms entering via the Noora gate then headed due North following the border track until turning just before the corner to head to Higgins Cutting where I started walking, so around 65 - 70kms all up driving to get there. 4-5kms to walk in (one way) if you take the correct route the first time, which I didn't I reckon I likely walked 12-14kms this morning with a lot of wrong turns and U turns

    OH and less than 5k of bitumen the way I went today

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    Be great to have quick access to all these lovely outback treasures.
    Living in a concrete jungle not so fun sometimes
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