Thursday 28 April 2011

Snowy Mountains Trip - Day 4

Day 4 - 28/4/2011 - Young to Tumbarumba

Another 8am departure, you wouldn’t think that we were on holidays!!!!.  First destination was Cootamundra.  We didn’t stop here but just drove through a few streets - looks like a lovely town and would definitely like to go back again to have a proper wander and to get some more photos of those beautiful old houses and buildings.

At Cootamundra we turned off and followed the signs to Gundagai - the road across to Coolac was only a minor road but worth driving because the countryside was just beautiful.  The sort of countryside I picture when I think of places like Cootamundra - postcard stuff.

At Coolac we joined onto the Hume Highway and started hauling our little van up the hills to the Gundagai turnoff.  We didn’t realise that the “Dog on the Tuckerbox” was not actually in Gundagai so when we saw the sign for the Tuckerbox turnoff in 500m we had to throw out the parachute so we didn’t miss it!  The statue itself is not much to see but it is in a really scenic spot - got some nice photos.

Dog on the Tuckerbox

While we were sitting in the meadow having our smoko a man and lady started asking Steve about the Quantum.  Turns out they were from Maryborough and were looking around for a van.  They were travelling with a camper trailer but were looking to upgrade.  They told us that in Moree their car had been broken into at night and they’d had their wallets stolen.  They’d had to get their son to send them some money so they could pay for things until they got their bank cards etc sorted out.  Very unfortunate.  They were in a van park at the time but the police said a gang, (who was well known to them), would sit outside of the park and just watch people setting up and see where they kept their valuables.  Very disturbing and something always to be mindful of.

Anyway, after smoko we set off for the town of Gundagai - on the other side of the highway!  We just drove through for a quick look but would definitely be worth going back for another look - some great old buildings in the main street.

We drove back out to the highway again and kept travelling on it and turned off at Tarcutta for the Tumbarumba turn-off.  Again, this was a fairly narrow minor road but was really scenic.  Passed through the pretty little township of Rosewood.  Finally arrived at Tumbarumba.  As soon as we arrived at the Tumbarumba Creek Caravan park we knew we’d found a great spot.  The little creek runs through the park and the park backs onto the showgrounds.  It was a real treat having the creek to sit next to while we cooked dinner & Steve had his afternoon drinks!  During the night we could hear the creek running - just perfect!   It was such a quiet and beautiful spot.  Nice little amenities block too.  A real gem.

Tumbarumba Camp Site

View from the kitchen!
We set up that afternoon on arriving and then went for a bit of a walk through the town to take some photos and visit the tourist information building to get some info on things to see in the Snowy Mountains.

The main street of Tumbarumba

View Snowy Mountains and Jindabyne Trip in a larger map

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