Cuppacumbalong Open Day

poptop 15 April 2013 5


Another lovely day and so off to the Cuppacumbalong Open Day, which was part of the Tharwa 150th Anniversary. Happy birthday, Tharwa!

I was there just around noon and it seemed to be a quiet and very civilized event, with people picnicking on the lawns, playing a spot of badminton on the tennis courts or sauntering about in the perfect Autumn weather. There were a few stalls, notably the green wood chair carver and a some essential oils on show. The free-range chooks looked content, snaky danger lurked beyond the fence and there was possibly the cutest dog ever born waiting patiently for his owners to return.

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5 Responses to Cuppacumbalong Open Day
GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 9:00 pm 15 Apr 13

KB1971 said :

We had our reception there and spent a lot of time either side of our wedding having Sunday lunches……then it closed 🙁

Was the cafe still open when it became a function centre?

KB1971 KB1971 8:15 pm 15 Apr 13

We had our reception there and spent a lot of time either side of our wedding having Sunday lunches……then it closed 🙁

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 5:01 pm 15 Apr 13

I might be wrong but I think the decline began before the bridge debacle, though that certainly didn’t help. I think there was a change in ownership or management, and one day we went out there and found ourselves in the midst of a wedding reception, then we were directed back to the shed near the car park for the “gallery”. I think people would have been more inclined to make the detour via Point Hut when you could visit the multi room homestead gallery and the pottery shed, have something to eat at the cafe, and wander around the gardens and down to the river. It wasn’t worth the effort for a few bits and pieces in a shed, and I suspect the detour was offputting for people wanting a function venue. It’s really sad that a lovely historic place for a day out is gone and the bridge definitely played a part.

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 3:20 pm 15 Apr 13

When we first came to Canberra we lived in what could be call the arse-end of town, meaning that Cuppacumbalong was but a stones throw away, if we didn’t only get as far as Lanyon Homestead on most outings further south. Anyway, I recall the gardens there being absolutely stunning. It was such a shame that the Tharwa bridge debacle did for this place as it really is a little slice of heaven in our backyard.

Lanyon Homestead just up the road is also one of my all time favourite spots in any weather. It really is stunning scenery down that way and I can’t believe most people don’t know these places exist.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 12:19 pm 15 Apr 13

Oh, I somehow missed this was on, I would love to have gone. Thanks for sharing pics.

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