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Favourite country outing?

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?


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caf caf 10:53 am 10 Oct 12

Young is about 150km and is good around this time of year – you can pick your own cherries at many of the cherry orchards nearby. On the way there you’ll pass through Binalong, Harden and Wombat, or you could go through Boorowa instead.

vulpior vulpior 9:44 pm 09 Oct 12

Holden Caulfield said :

Lunch at Grazing in Gundaroo would be a nice way to ease yourself into pleasant day trips.

You could head out past Eaglehawk and back through Murrumbateman, or just explore your way back to Canberra. Actually, why not head straight out on Mulligans Flat Rd, which then becomes Gundaroo Rd. Although I’m not sure if it is sealed (if that bothers you).

No, not sealed. I went out that way one day to avoid an unknown wait on the Federal Highway. I’m sure it took me longer, but I wanted to keep moving.

KB1971 KB1971 9:15 pm 09 Oct 12

EvanJames said :

c_c said :

KB1971 said :

Do you have an AWD or 4WD?

Fantastic drive, a lot of great features along the way and easy to have a break in Cooma, then either return to Canberra via Monaro or head further south.

No need for AWD or 4×4, 2×2 does it fine… although do exercise caution. Any beverages in the centre console, lid or no lid, will defy gravity on some of the rougher parts.

Agree. I cannot imagine “needing” AWD or 4WD anywhere along that road. Unless it’s got a foot of snow on it maybe. That area behind Namadgi is very pretty, and surprisingly close. If you fail to take the turnoff to Adaminaby though, you find yourself about to drive into the Eucumbene.

I have needed it without snow & before the “improvements”. It used to get quite choppy & muddy up there when there was a lot of rain. In dry conditions, no.

dtc dtc 4:19 pm 09 Oct 12

farnarkler said :

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

Nooo – full of sydney people wearing polo shirts with popped collars, pedal pushers and staw huts driving range rovers.

Well, not near the actual water but in town.

Second Wee Jasper, camp grounds and the caves and the pub.

Jervis Bay is within 300km, but not sure I would do it as a day trip.

p1 p1 4:03 pm 09 Oct 12

Trunking symbols said :

One of the nicest trips in this region is to Yarrongabilly Caves. Best when the snow season isn’t on, there are caves, a thermal pool and a historic caves house.

Actually, the thermal pools are the same temp year round, and nothing beats ending a winter day with a swim and a beer, watching the sugar gliders in the gathering dusk, before retreating to sit ’round the campfire…

Trunking symbols Trunking symbols 3:48 pm 09 Oct 12

One of the nicest trips in this region is to Yarrongabilly Caves. Best when the snow season isn’t on, there are caves, a thermal pool and a historic caves house. Here is a story about it from Tim the Yowie Man:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/travel/blogs/yowie-man/secret-in-the-snow-20121003-26zay.html

p1 p1 3:33 pm 09 Oct 12

KB1971 said :

Bobyan road is passable by pretty well any 2wd provided it doesnt have the lowere clearances that some europena cars have. Mind you, I have seen 5 series BMW’s along there……..

Had to rescue a couple of guys in an Alfa alone there once. Not because of clearance, but because their alternator had died.

I also once watched the Landcruiser in front of me – in low range four – do a 360 spin down the centre of the road at walking pace…. Snow is fun.

KB1971 KB1971 1:56 pm 09 Oct 12

astrojax said :

central cafe at queanbeyan, walk dog by river – bliss…

Like……

KB1971 KB1971 1:54 pm 09 Oct 12

c_c said :

KB1971 said :

Do you have an AWD or 4WD?

Fantastic drive, a lot of great features along the way and easy to have a break in Cooma, then either return to Canberra via Monaro or head further south.

No need for AWD or 4×4, 2×2 does it fine… although do exercise caution. Any beverages in the centre console, lid or no lid, will defy gravity on some of the rougher parts.

Yah, when I asked that I was thinking that I was going to add some better stuff If I received a response.

Bobyan road is passable by pretty well any 2wd provided it doesnt have the lowere clearances that some europena cars have. Mind you, I have seen 5 series BMW’s along there……..

EvanJames EvanJames 1:53 pm 09 Oct 12

c_c said :

KB1971 said :

Do you have an AWD or 4WD?

Fantastic drive, a lot of great features along the way and easy to have a break in Cooma, then either return to Canberra via Monaro or head further south.

No need for AWD or 4×4, 2×2 does it fine… although do exercise caution. Any beverages in the centre console, lid or no lid, will defy gravity on some of the rougher parts.

Agree. I cannot imagine “needing” AWD or 4WD anywhere along that road. Unless it’s got a foot of snow on it maybe. That area behind Namadgi is very pretty, and surprisingly close. If you fail to take the turnoff to Adaminaby though, you find yourself about to drive into the Eucumbene.

astrojax astrojax 1:07 pm 09 Oct 12

central cafe at queanbeyan, walk dog by river – bliss…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:45 pm 09 Oct 12

Checking out the dams is kinda fun too. Cotter, obviously, but Corin and Googong are also within easy reach. As an added bonus, they’ve even got water in them now! If going to Corin you can check out Tidbinbilla Tracking Station on your way.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:42 pm 09 Oct 12

Lunch at Grazing in Gundaroo would be a nice way to ease yourself into pleasant day trips.

You could head out past Eaglehawk and back through Murrumbateman, or just explore your way back to Canberra. Actually, why not head straight out on Mulligans Flat Rd, which then becomes Gundaroo Rd. Although I’m not sure if it is sealed (if that bothers you).

Thumper Thumper 12:08 pm 09 Oct 12

Southern Highlands.

A meal and a pint and a wander around.

Wonderful.

Diggety Diggety 12:07 pm 09 Oct 12

Do you enjoy wine?

There are stacks of vineyards in the region, some with really nice food.

460cixy 460cixy 11:51 am 09 Oct 12

It needs renaming batemansgey ! mate give it the swerve at all costs. If you want to give the coast a go anywhere from tilba down to Eden is a good start . as another poster has said also around Yarrangobilly the caves and springs are gold and the best bit is you won’t find public servants there wearing socks with sandles like batemansgey.

c_c c_c 11:39 am 09 Oct 12

KB1971 said :

Do you have an AWD or 4WD?

Fantastic drive, a lot of great features along the way and easy to have a break in Cooma, then either return to Canberra via Monaro or head further south.

No need for AWD or 4×4, 2×2 does it fine… although do exercise caution. Any beverages in the centre console, lid or no lid, will defy gravity on some of the rougher parts.

Overheard 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 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 KB1971 9:33 am 08 Oct 12

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

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