One evening in Spring, we drove out with the sunroof open to enjoy the cool air and the last of the daylight.
Our planned destination was Taemas Bridge but not far from Yass we spotted an unknown dirt road sneaking off to the left. The road sign said, “No Through Road” *. So we took it!
The road passed pleasantly between grassed properties and occasional farm houses. We trundled over a small creek or two and crossed cattle grids.
We passed the large properties of ‘Wyemba’ and ‘Ravenswood’ belonging to Cavan Station (owned by Rupert Murdoch), then ‘Boambolo’ and ‘Boambolo North’.
We drove through unfenced paddocks with cattle huddled on the road. The road began to narrow to a rough track so we wondered if we were trespassing on private property. But the white road markers and even yellow traffic signs showed we were still on a public road, though it was hardly recognisable. It looked more like a stock route.
We finally reached the end of the road where the river paddocks were bordered by tall pines.
We walked the rest of the way to the river, picking our path along sheep tracks, up and down rocky banks gnarled by tree roots. We could hear the water playing over rocks.
The criss-crossing tracks led the way to rocks and rapids, but also sand and clear pools. Frogs boomed at the water’s edge. A lone owl called to us, asking ‘Who? Who?’ we were.
A chance turn down an unknown road had brought us to a most wonderful river hideaway in a hidden valley.
We’ll have to go back to try the swimming hole on a hot day and the fishing on a grey one. ♦
* a “No Through Road” is a terminating road.
Water, ‘One Shot Wonders’ series
Photo taken 7 October 2013, with Fuji Finepix S2980
Later we learned we had found Boambolo Road, a left turn off Wee Jasper Road, out of Yass town (New South Wales, Australia). It leads to a section of the Murrumbidgee River.
The sign at the river states that no camping or fires are permitted.
‘Boambolo Section of Murrumbidgee River, Boambolo Road’ was listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1995. [http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au/soe/soe2004/YassValley/heritage1.htm]