So it was that we suffered in the heat, my cabin air conditioning being on the blink but we found some shade at a park after shopping and then a lady passing by with her dog suggested we go to Junction Park. This turned out to be a great idea because Junction, cared for entirely by volunteers, is set on a tributary to the Tumut River so there are wonderful shady trees and a swimming hole or two, plus fishing.
We visited a friend the next day and it was hot again.
Then it was back to Junction Park with a motorhome full of plums (they’re everywhere down there) and another night with the air conditioner on to cool the motorhome.
Next morning I was up watching a kingfisher’s nest for the third day after having noticed the parents coming to feed their young high up on a eucalypt. The park was actually full of birds all day and I saw my first leaden flycatcher, amongst others, feeding its fledglings.
I also loved the swimming hole that much I went in for the third time before we left, this time heading for Adelong and our indilgence.
I also thought a visit to a cave would be good but could only get into Jillabenan, a cave I’d already visited twice. However, with Lorraine in tow it seemed like a better experience than my previous tours and she thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
It's only a small cave but let that not detract from its appeal. It has many formations and quality ones at that, including everyone's favourite little pool with reflections in the upper section. Allow about an hour for the tour.
Later, when we returned to the base at Yarrangobilly, we chose to try and see Jersey Cave the next day and duly booked in. We also chose to camp at the base in a lovely flat park with shady mature gum trees. That worked out well until, around dinner time, a friendly ranger came up and basically told us there was no overnight camping so we had to move out.
It’s a one way loop road into Yarrangobilly, dropping off the plateau through open woodland down to an area where over 360 caves have been found – four are open to the public but it is interesting to note that nearly half have been discovered after the 2003 bushfires when more entrances were cleared of debris and opened up. Must be a great place for the spelios.
Lorraine had known there was a thermal pool here and to say she was keen to take the waters would be an understatement. The only catch is it’s over 700 metres to the pool and it’s seriously downhill; which naturally means a steep ascent after your dip.
Still, it’s well worthwhile with a constant temp of 27 degrees all year round and 100,000 litres of natural water gushing through daily it draws many a tourist. When we visited again on the second day it was astounding to see just how clear it was. In fact, I’ve seen lots of clear mountain streams but none with any more clarity than this pool. So, you may well wonder how this is so when algae and frogs live in it but, take my word, it’s amazing.
It was built in 1969 by prisoners, replacing the original wooden one constructed in 1890. Depth is around 2 metres the whole pool.
Attached here are photos of the beautiful grassland, hills and surrounding mountains of Tumut. The mountains are part of the Snowy Mountains in Kosciusko National Park.
It is possible to drive up some of these hills, but you need a good 4-wheel drive, suitable tires and a hard ground (to give more traction). Once up the hills, you can have good panoramic views of the breathtaking landscape as shown in the photos.
Tumut is a small town in the Riverina region of the state of New South Wales, situated on the banks of the Tumut River. Tumut is at the foothills of the Snowy Mountains and is referred to as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme.
Tumut is approximately 400 kilometres south-west of Sydney and 525 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.
Tumut and surrounding regions offer a great countryside experience of Australia. This area is vast and sparsely populated. It is not too far from Canberra (capital of Australia).
More information and photos are at part 2 of this tip.
Tumbarumba is a small town (population about 1500) in the state of New South Wales, about 500 km southwest of Sydney.
Tumbarumba is located within the Riverina region and on the South West Slopes at the western edge of the Snowy Mountains.
If you are aroound this area, it would be nice to spend sometime in this town, especially along the main street. This is a good experience of the small town life in Australia.
Blowering Reservoir is located in the mountainous Kosciusko National Park where the famous Snowy Mountains are located. There is a dam here called the Blowering Dam (112 metres high and completed in 19680 which blocks the Tumut River. It is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Associated with the dam is the Blowering Power Station.
The scenery in this area is very beautiiful, with the mountains, lakes, open grassland and forests. You can also see native animals here, especially kangeroos on the hills.
Bago State Forest covers an area of about around 48,000 hectares and is home to some very tall trees neatly arranged in rows (see photos). Towns in and around Bago State Forest include the village of Batlow, Talbingo and Tumbarumba.
This is a lovely and relaxing place with nice cottage houses and berry farm near to Tumbarumba town. They also serve food here, especially the delicious pancakes, drinks and you can laze around especially during nice weather. I enjoyed my pancake meal here and you should visit if you are nearby (address and contact are below).
Address: Laurel Hill Berry Farm, Laurel Hill, 2150 Batlow Rd.
Tel: 02 6949 1717
Glenroy Heritage Reserve is located about 7 kilometres from Tumbarumba on the Wagga Road. This reserve is home to the Pioneer Women's Hut Museum, the Glenroy Cottage Craft Shop, and other heritage displays including a shed full of early farm machinery. There are swings and slides for the kids, and picnic areas.
The Pioneer Women’s Hut is an interest museum showcasing ingenuity women in finding solutions to the challenges of looking after a family in early rural Australia.
Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 am - 4 pm
Wednesdays 11.00 am - 4.00pm
Most Public Holidays 10.00am -4.00 pm
Telephone: (02) 69482635
More information is at the webpage below and more photos at part 2 of this tip as well as the travelogue section.
If you have a car then it's great to drive around the Tumut Dam. There are some gorgeous views around the dam. It changes so much every time I go there because of the water levels and the colours in the landscape...
If you like fishing, camping, water skiing, relaxing etc then you will love the Tumut Dam...
It's a great area to spend some time to get away from it all. There are plenty of places to camp but they also have some camping grounds around the dam with toilets etc too (but they are busier of course).
Springtime is not wasted in Tumut. The sidewalk flower boxes and garden beds around the roundabouts we found to be so attractive. Just bursts of colour everywhere.
More photos of the Glenroy Heritage Reserve and Women;s Pioneer Hut are attached here.
If you are interest to visit, the opening hours, location and contacts are at the webpage below.
You will see a lot of Australian wildlife when driving around the Tumut area...
We came across huge groups of emus and kangaroos on one trip so we just had to get this photo... ;)