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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 1:56 pm 09 Oct 12

astrojax said :

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

Like……

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 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 1:07 pm 09 Oct 12

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

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.

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