Prepare for romance as you drive through the classic countryside on your way out of Canberra. Among flowing green hills, heritage-listed townships, and comfortable cows, you will discover art galleries, vineyards, and wineries to enjoy. Stop in at the chilly-climate wineries of Murrumbateman and Hall to browse glassware, pottery, and handmade artwork from the many galleries of Yass Valley. Spend the day fishing in Goodradigbee River or explore the fascinating world of caving in Wee Jasper Valley. Enjoy fine dining at Gunning or Gundaroo village, where cattle still graze in the town common. Round out your days with a stay at boutique bed and breakfast, rustic retreat, or historical abode. On the other hand, hire a Walkabout Wagons campervan rental in Sydney or Melbourne to take care of all your sleeping needs while enjoying this 3 day road trip journey.
Canberra, the Capital of Australia to the Artsy Community of Murrumbateman - Day 1
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at Queanbeyan, or head to the Sunday markets at the Old Bus Depot in Canberra. Take Barton Highway towards Hall, with its gorgeous countryside and laid back pace. Visit any of the three delicious wineries there for a delicious taste. Continue on to Gold Creek Village and stroll through their shops and galleries before heading to Murrumbateman, a vibrant town close by. Sample the cooler-climate wines of the region from shiraz to chardonnays, and Rieslings to sauvignons. Join in the fun of the Moving Feast, held annually in Murrumbateman during the first October weekend, where wineries will pair your wine choice with a scrumptious food choice. For any other time of year, enjoy an elegant vineyard restaurant, rustic pub meal or relax in a bed and breakfast and have supper brought to you! Unwind for the day with a tasty glass while marveling at the surrounding scenery, complete with kangaroos.
Murrumbateman to Art Galleries, Quaint Villages, and Wineries of the Yass Valley - Day 2
Before hitting the road, browse through rustic home wares and antique shops, and then head towards Yass for the day. Here you will find the home of the Hamilton Hume, the famous explorer, along with quality mohair wool for some personal pampering. Cooma Cottage is a worthwhile visit as it is Hume’s original home of the area. It was converted and named a National Trust museum. Continue the history lesson with a visit to his grave in the Anglican portion of the Yass cemetery. Stay around to see the art galleries, quaint villages and wineries the Yass Valley has to offer. Visit the glass blowing studios of Binalong, once home to Banjo Paterson, the famous Australia poet and enjoy the various galleries in Bowning. Find underground thrills on a tour of the Carey Caves within the Wee Jasper Valley, below Brindabella Ranges then stop at the Burrinjuck Dam for an afternoon picnic. Head to Lake Burrinjuck or Goodradigbee River for your choice a variety of activities including fishing, canoeing, boating, swimming, bushwalking or camping. Enjoy! Overnight at a local inn or hotel or park your rental campervan for the evening and grab some much-needed rest.
Yass to 19th Century Village of Gundaroo to Canberra - Day 3
Depart Yass on Hume Highway heading for Gunning, one of the richest wool producing regions in the world. Continue along Old South Road Loop past the blue stone structures of the 1820’s to Laclhan River and trek or cycle around the area. See the old Court House of 1879 and have a look at the old style water pump used to feed the steam engines of the day. Slowly meander back towards Canberra, stopping in the little township of Collector or darling Sutton in the upper region of Swan River. Spend the afternoon bird watching and walking around Lake George, where the lake mysteriously empties and fills all on its own. In the past, it has disappeared virtually overnight and its waters can be treacherous while at its fullest. Enjoy a bite to eat in quaint Gundaroo, a village from the 19th century with traditions still used today. Visit the lock-up of the 1830’s police department, and then browse through the treasure chest of antiques, collectables, and art this town has in store. Relax with a lunchtime picnic beside Yass River or taste the award winning meals from the restaurant in town. Soak in the romantic, rustic settings you pass on your way back to Canberra.
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