The Geehi Bushwalking Club conducted a walk to the three Brothers peaks south of Cooma on 12th August 2023. Twelve walkers carpooled from Cooma North Shops and travelled south of Cooma on the Myalla Road to a point immediately east of the eastern most Brother known as South Brother. Entering the private property (for which we had prior permission) through a gate we walked for about 1 km as we ascended the exposed basalt peak with an elevation of 1120m. 360degree views around the Monaro rewarded the effort as we scrambled through poa tussocks and basalt rocks.
After some discussions and study of the ancient geology, centered on the 65 volcanic sites which erupted 54 to 34 million years ago, the group headed northwest towards the Middle Brother. A chilly south breeze reminded us of benefits of fresh air as we observed the snow-covered Main Range. Morning tea on Middle Brother provided an opportunity to consider the first Australians and their legacies left on the landscape. Evidence of the first European settlers was evident in the far distance as we noted a stone sheep fold, or shepherd’s sheep enclosure, to the southeast on Myalla Station.
Descending off Middle Brother via a saddle in the landscape we headed further northwest again to summit the last of the three Brothers – North Brother. Enroute we found the remains of two historic crow traps. Lunch was consumed with hot drinks as we tucked in out of the breeze behind a row of basalt columns near the summit. A few group photos later and it was time to track directly back to the vehicles some 5 kms away around the Middle Brother north side to Myalla Road. A very pleasant day’s walk of 12 kms in total was walked with lots to see in a piece of our local landscape that not many of us get to appreciate first hand.