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As you drive into Wee Jasper from Yass, on the right-hand side of the road, set back from the road, is the bluestone buildings of the former Police Barracks, built around 1880. It is now the Stables Tavern & Restaurant.
A delightful old ramshackle place, a tiny bar but large grounds serves the many day, weekend or more trippers to the area. It's as much a 2nd hand and vintage looking place as it is a bar - thankfully this has not been renovated to within an inch of its life - rough hewn slate floors, a lean-to that serves as the restaurant with approximately 6 tables.
But it's the food that is a delight here - and whilst most holiday makers stay in self-catering homes or campsites, the one visit in the week is more than worthwhile. Spectacularly fresh product is on the menu and, as one would expect in such farming land next to the river , the main emphasis in fish (locally caught trout) and meat (lamb, beef and pork). It's an excellent spot - the food delicious, the staff friendly.
Worth booking if planning to eat in the restaurant, open Wednesday-Sunday
There is also a bar menu with all the old favourites - burgers, wedges, steak sandwiches etc and the stables offer accommodation.
Favorite Dish: The trout was magnificent, the pork roast stunning, the steak spectacular. Only the salmon was a disappointment. Desserts are good but are not made on the premises - brought in frozen from a gourmet kitchen in Yass.
Written Jun 1, 2009
Address: Wee Jasper Rd, Wee Jasper
Phone: 02 6227 9619
I love the concept of a tip being off the beaten track for Wee Jasper. Wee Jasper itself could not be more off the beaten track!
Sadly, with the drought and limited access to the waters of Burrinjuck Dam, it is now a 200kms round trip from Wee Jasper to the Burrinjuck Waters, one of the few access points to the shores of the lake. Essentially a campsite and cabins run by NSW State Parks, there are plenty of activities going on at the site for all the family, but its not a place for quiet getaway spot for the day!
It's a spectacular drive once off the Hume Freeway as you drop several hundred metres to the shores of the lake.
Wildlife abounds - kangaroos came up to us on the beach (more interested in our bags than us, a sad indication that they have become tamed)
$A7 per car for day entry if you are not staying on the site.
To get there, turn off the Hume Highway 25kms south of Yass and drive through farmland for 19km before coming to the forest and a beautiful winding drive down the hillside to the lake’s edge.
Updated Jun 7, 2009
Phone: 02 6227 8114