Leaving Sydney about midday we headed south and ended up in Moss Vale to camp for the night. Next morning was spent exploring the nearby lovely historic village of Berrima. There are many Heritage listed buildings including the old goal that was opened in 1839 and was built with convict labour. A visit to the Alpaca wool centre is a must if you enjoy beautiful textiles. We enjoyed looking through the quaint little shops and had a delicious morning tea at Stones Patisserie.
We called in to Goulburn as we were curious about the monument on the hill that could be seen from a distance. It turned out to be the Rocky Hill War Memorial which was opened in 1925 as a memorial to those from the Goulburn district who served in World War I. The tower has a lookout gallery at the top which gives wonderful views over the area. Unfortunately it wasn’t open that day.
We had lunch by the river at Yass. The wide footpaths, overhanging balconies down the main street and the many historic buildings made for a charming town. We took the opportunity of picking up some coffee beans from Six8 Coffee Roasters which proved to be a good choice.
Jugiong was our destination for the night. We set up camp in the showground and walked across the road to The Sir George. The pub is surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens in which to enjoy coffee or a drink. There is a herb garden and small boutique gardening shop as well. To one side are a friendly pair of Angora goats. There’s a bakery inside also. It was really unexpected to find such a lovely establishment in what felt like the middle of nowhere! Construction at the back of the property suggests expansion into accomodation facilities in the future.
Next morning we set off for Gundagai. An intense earache at that time meant we bypassed the traditional stop at The Dog on the Tuckerbox. Both of us had stopped there many times before so prioritised a visit to a pharmacy in Gundagai instead. We had lunch by the historic Heritage Listed bridges.
We had a rest stop later that afternoon at Holbrook and checked out the submarine on display in the park. Then it was on to Albury. We went to the highest spot we could find for a great view of the area. Again it was at the site of a war memorial.
We stayed that night in Corowra, camped on the bank of the Murray River. The next day, after a visit to Corowra Whisky and Chocolate, we continued on past Lake Mulwala to Yarrawonga. We found a lovely spot to set up and stayed for two days, enjoying the birdlife and serenity of the river.