Riverside giant (Photo Challenge: Angular)

Giant eucalypt at Jugiong Creek Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Giant eucalypt at Jugiong Creek Reserve, New South Wales, Australia


It was a cooler afternoon in late Spring, after so many hot days, so we hit the road!

We had a vague idea to run along the Murrumbidgee River from the village of Jugiong to wherever the end of daylight left us.

The village of Jugiong has been by-passed by the Hume Highway and is a riverside oasis of ancient eucalypts, a traditional veranda-ed pub and one of the best RV camping spots in the region.

It was a birthday and we wanted no fancy restaurants or silver service. The treat for the day was to sit, with a coffee and muffin for afternoon tea, by the banks of the majestic Murrumbidgee River.

We dreamed of another day when we would come back to fish under the pines and paddle the kayak in the gentle ripples – but today we had dirt roads to explore! We hitched the wagon and nosed across the bridge to the paddocks and river banks waiting on the other side.  ♦


Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Angular’


Photo taken 17 November 2014 with my old Canon Powershot A550

Jugiong, on the Hume Highway and on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, in southeast New South Wales, Australia

The Long Track Pantry, Riverside Dr, Jugiong  http://www.longtrackpantry.com.au/

River gum nest (Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes)

Here’s my first ever Weekly Photo Challenge, just had to do this one…

We’ve been ‘champing at the bit’ to go for a paddle on the Murrumbidgee River at Jugiong (New South Wales, Australia). Last weekend was our chance.

There’s a great little sandy beach under a towering gum at the end of Dixon Lane.

River gum, Murrumbidgee River, Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia

River gum, a ‘widow maker’


At this spot the river has a handy low-level shore for getting into the kayak.

At its deepest the river was only knee deep, with a sandy bottom, so very easy for us L-plate kayakers. (It’s also a great swimming spot for kids and pets at the moment.)

There are a couple of picnic tables back up the bank near the grass car park. But many noisy possums live in the she-oaks, if you’re thinking about camping!

But a warning: the gum tree above the little beach is a ‘widow maker’ so don’t sit under it in case it drops a deadly branch. In the last storm two sizable branches ended up in the water.

The resident cockatoo was happy, though, as it made a new nest hole for her. She very noisily guards this lovely spot on the river!

River gum, Murrumbidgee River, Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia

Any nest in a storm


River gum (detail), fallen into Murrumbidgee River, Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia

Broke on the water…


And for the three-photo story as a gallery:


Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Threes’


Photos taken 18 November 2012 (no. 1) and 23 February 2014 (no’s 2 & 3)

with my old Canon PowerShot A550.

Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia

Murrumbidgee River picnic spot, Dixon Lane, off Riverside Drive (Old Hume Highway), Jugiong, New South Wales, Australia

– Turn south off the Hume Highway at Jugiong onto Riverside Drive (Old Hume Highway). In the village, turn left at Dixon Lane, a fenced track that leads to the river. 

Newspaper article on the bushranger days at Jugiong: ‘Jugiong: Historic town on the Hume Highway’, The Age (on-line newspaper), 8 February 2004, http://www.theage.com.au/news/new-south-wales/jugiong/2005/02/17/1108500196919.html


Rivets on the river (‘One Shot Wonders’)

Taemas Bridge, Wee Jasper Road, via Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Taemas Bridge, Wee Jasper Road, via Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Bridge to beyond

The moon was a sliver from full,

the bridge swelled from the darkness, gripping the empty gorge,

solid, rigid, locked in steely embrace.

The river now dwindled to tease the pylons’ toes,

dwarfed by the immense heft of steel and stone.

Silver light floated streamers from the ship

but no passengers except two stealing on board in the dead of night. 


Water, ‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken 14 January 2014, with Fuji FinePix S2980

Taemas Bridge, Wee Jasper Road, via Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Taemas Bridge crosses the Murrumbidgee arm of Lake Burrinjuck. It was completed in 1931 and cost £60 895. It is 200 metres long with 4 trusses and constructed of steel and concrete.

For more information see:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taemas_Bridge

Heritage and Conservation Register listing:

‘Taemas Bridge over Murrumbidgee River’, Roads and Traffic Authority NSW web page (archived)

1915 photo of the Old Taemas Bridge that was washed away, State Library of New South Wales:


Blue Pool (‘One Shot Wonders’)

This is the place I want to be, right here, right now*, because it’s too hot…

Murrumbidgee River, Boambolo Road, via Yass, New South Wales, Australia

Boambolo blue

It was a beautiful place to come across in the late afternoon, suddenly, unexpectedly.

We had the place all to ourselves – except for the frogs and a sentinel owl.

Every turn in the river was a surprise.

We found a cool blue pool, ringed by pines.

And watched the sun leave its last colour in the sky.


Water, ‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Photo taken 7 October 2013, with Fuji Finepix S2980

* ‘Right Here, Right Now’, from the album “Doubt” by Jesus Jones

Watch http://youtu.be/p9yVZSjzAtc for a video of wonders accompanying the song. ‘Right Here Right Now by Jesus Jones Lyrics’, YouTube by shawnNhouston.

[Song: Edwards, Mike. ‘Right Here, Right Now’, 1990, Doubt, Food Records, distributed by SBK Records and via Parlophone, 1991.]

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. 

Map of Boambolo, via Yass, NSW

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]