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Favourite country outing?

By Watson - 7 October 2012 32

I realised that I really have hardly done any exploring of the region since I moved here 15 years ago. When I get out of town, I tend to drive at least 300kms before I stop.

So I want to do some daytrips to country towns. To do the usual, you know. Eat a pie or scone, browse some crafty stuff, maybe find a secondhand bookshop or a lollyshop and take the dog for a walk along the river.

So what’s your favourite country town to visit in the region and why?

What’s Your opinion?


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Favourite country outing?
Overheard 11:20 am 09 Oct 12

Thumper said :

farnarkler said :

Can’t beat a run up the Hume to Bowral/Berrima/Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley.

Indeed. A pint and a meal in an old pub, just wonderful.

Here’s a recommendation for this coming Sunday if you want to go a little further to beautiful, picturesque Jamberoo: http://www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au/page/FolkintheFoothills/

And a mere five days later, Kangaroo Valley will explode into music, dance and song for their annual festival: http://www.kangaroovalleyfolkfestival.com.au/

Both are cheap as chips and a guaranteed good time. With the latter, there’s the added bonus of getting out of Dodge City for election weekend.

shirty_bear 10:17 am 09 Oct 12

Madam Cholet said :

Don’t do Batemans Bay. Please.

Seconded. Batemans itself is to be avoided at all costs.

KB1971 9:33 am 08 Oct 12

Less, not LEDs, missed the Ipod auto correct….

KB1971 8:49 am 08 Oct 12

Do you have an AWD or 4WD?

Bobyan road to Adaminaby is a great drive, LEDs than 80km from Lanyon. It has some walks & huts to visit on the way which are close to the roads edge. You will have to keep the dog in the car in Namadgi though. You can have a feed at the Snowgoose once you get there. There are no art galleries but you can slip over to Old Adaminaby for a walk along the shores of lake Eucumbene which is 7 times larger than Sydney harbour when it is full.

Another spot is Jindabyne but it is just under 200km from Canberra, there is the lake, a bunch of great restaurants & cafes, a couple of art galleries & a pleasant atmosphere. There is the trout farm and the Wild Brumby distillery just out of town. Easy drive too.

Bredbo has the Christmas shop & a pretty good pizza shop.

Cooma has the Alpine Hotel but is mainly a supply hub for the Monaro so is not that touristy or artsy fartsy.

Some nice places to have a picnic, Brindabella, anywhere in the Cotter/Tidbinbilla areas, Corin, Honesuckle Creek, Orroral Valley. All within the boundaries of the ACT.

There are many more, you just have to get out there.

Innovation 6:26 am 08 Oct 12

Haven’t done it for years but Bundanoon is a nice visit. You used to be able to hire pushies and cycle in the Morton National Park. +1 for Kangaroo Valley and Fitzroy Falls too (awesome walks!).

I also liked the Yarrangobilly Caves and Thermal Springs (in the other direction) or, North, places like Binalong (for their regular antique auctions) or Cowra (for things like the Japanese Gardens and War Cemetery).

Thumper 11:41 pm 07 Oct 12

farnarkler said :

Can’t beat a run up the Hume to Bowral/Berrima/Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley.

Indeed. A pint and a meal in an old pub, just wonderful.

Madam Cholet 6:53 pm 07 Oct 12

I accidentally Momentarily visited Cobargo due to a son who threw up exactly as I should have been looking out for the Canberra turn off on the way back from the Sapphire Coast. It looked really pretty and I would love to have stopped but unfortunaly couldn’t at that time. It looked like a well kept secret.

Other than that would recommend that section of coastline. Don’t do Batemans Bay. Please.

farnarkler 6:11 pm 07 Oct 12

Can’t beat a run up the Hume to Bowral/Berrima/Fitzroy Falls and Kangaroo Valley.

LSWCHP 4:23 pm 07 Oct 12

Hmmm…country town, pub, pies, dog walking by a river….

Take the back road to Wee Jasper. It’s a couple of hours of really pleasant driving, although there is a fair stretch on good quality dirt roads. There’s a nice pub at WJ that is worth a visit.

Then turn left after WJ and head up the Goodradigbee river. There are several beautiful and peaceful camping and picnic sites scattered along the river, which is itself absolutely crystal clear. It really is a terrific spot.

I used to go camping and fishing there with my Dad back in the 70’s, and they are some of my fondest memories. I took the kids up there for a day trip in the January school holidays, and they loved it.

Masquara 3:04 pm 07 Oct 12

poetix said :

Why not the beach? Through Braidwood, stopping for a quiche (or whatever, if you’re meaty) and down the mountain to Batemans Bay and all the lovely hidden beaches? Dogs are allowed off lead at South Durras Beach, about 15km north of Batemans Bay. No dogs at Cookies Beach or North Durras.

Or you could stop at Nelligen, but nothing beats the beach!

Or past Braidwood via Araluen, rustic-sized steak sandwiches with home-made pickle at the Araluen pub, quick game of pool, chat with one of the, er, much-intermarried Wisbys, then down to the beach at Moruya.

poetix 2:08 pm 07 Oct 12

Why not the beach? Through Braidwood, stopping for a quiche (or whatever, if you’re meaty) and down the mountain to Batemans Bay and all the lovely hidden beaches? Dogs are allowed off lead at South Durras Beach, about 15km north of Batemans Bay. No dogs at Cookies Beach or North Durras.

Or you could stop at Nelligen, but nothing beats the beach!

Masquara 1:44 pm 07 Oct 12

Day trip to the caves and the pub at Wee Jasper in the same direction as Yass – find the route through Rupert Murdoch’s property “Cavan” – it’s a spectacular classic landscape, and the stock route passes straight through Cavan, so they are only allowed cattle grids and not gates. You turn left off the Barton Highway only a few kilometres out of Canberra. Cavan is only marked at the other end, so you won’t know when you’re on the property (other than by the spectacular condition of the stock). The dirt roads through that area are amazing – in a couple of places the road has to narrow so you can drive between huge gum trees.

threepaws 1:33 pm 07 Oct 12

Braidwood has the best lolly shop in the region, some nice galleries, and some pretty fine pies.

MERC600 1:32 pm 07 Oct 12

See if you can find a small booklet called ‘Canberra region car tours’ by Graeme Barrow. The ANU printed it in 81.

Another good one is ‘Undiscovered Canberra’ by Allan J Mortock and Bernice Anderson. The ANU printed it in 78. I picked up both of these at Jamo trash n trerasure, for a buck each. Best things I’ve ever dragged home.

miz 1:22 pm 07 Oct 12

Is it just you and the dog, or are we talking family friendly outings? Are you located to the north or south?

Anyway, hope the info below helps a bit:

If you like liquorice and/or chocolate,go to the liq and choc factory at Junee (about 200 kms away – slightly under your minimum) – definitely worth it! see http://www.greengroveorganics.com.au

I just have to add the Yass pub. If you live on the southside as I do, going to Yass is pretty much considered a ‘day trip to a country town’. My old Dad swears by it – large servings of good quality, reasonably priced pub grub, with beer! What more could you ask for?!

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