Our TOP 10 ‘Hidden Treasure’ day trips (Part 2)

Canberra region

We’re still on the lounge room floor, pouring over our old beloved map, looking for our best 10 ‘hidden’ day trips. (Though this is seriously hampered by the cat sitting on top of Goulburn… and ok, let’s face it, most of south-eastern New South Wales.)

In no special order:


of the wild and wonderful and mostly unknown or at least definitely unsung


  • Drive a loop around Lake Bathurst and The Morass waters, Tarago / Lake Bathurst

Not as many people know about Lake George’s little sister lake. Interestingly Lake Bathurst often still has water when Lake George doesn’t. Pass by bird life and old properties, historic villages and visit a pub with a bushranger past. 

Hume-Hovell expedition marker, Cullerin Rd, near Gunning, New South Wales, Australia

Hume-Hovell expedition marker, Cullerin Rd, near Gunning

  • The Old Hume Highway – aka Cullerin Rd near Gunning

Celebrating 20 years of the Gunning by-pass. Discover the monument marking the start point of the 1824 Hume-Hovell overland expedition to Port Philip (Melbourne). 

  • Shoalhaven River camping spot, Stewarts Crossing Rd, near Charleyong via Braidwood

Picnic under tall gums by a nice sandy river beach, or even make an overnight camping trip. But it’s BYO everything (ie. NO facilities)

Wind through the forests and drop down into a forgotten valley, the childhood home of Australian writer Miles Franklin.

Severe floods in March 2012 saw the river banks gated. The roads and bridge are now repaired (Dec 2012). I had a reply today from the Tumut Regional Visitor Centre saying:

‘The Tumut Shire Council is planning to open up the camping area on Wednesday [5 June 2013]. There will be restrictions for campers to be self contained i.e. portable toilets.’ (Lisa Freebody, Information Officer)

and finally…

  • Walk at Marble Arch and The Big Hole, Krawaree Rd via Braidwood

5km or 13km walks. Another couple of geo-marvels in our backyard. See the Visit Queanbeyan website.

Well, there’s our TOP 10 list and something to whet your appetite! Some of the ‘hidden treasures’ on this list will be coming attractions on Daytripper Sippers.

In the meantime, Happy Trails. 


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