NSW Snowy Mountains aren’t just for skiing.
This less crowded side of the Snowy Mountains begins at Dalgety.
Not only is Dalgety the only NSW town on the Snowy River; (the only town NOT flooded by the Snowy Hydro Scheme), but in 1903 it was chosen as the site of our new to be established nations capital.
The old timber and steel bridge was built in 1880, high above the mighty Snowy River that once flowed through this valley.
We camped at the very pretty riverside Snowy River Caravan Park.
The setting is wonderful, and whilst we stayed there, there weren’t more than a few vans and campers that Easter. However, last year it was busier and the new owners have changed quite a few things, some good some not so.
The local pub across the road from the camping ground was built in 1889, and is the towns namesake, Buckley’s Crossing. Great little pub, roast pork was yum. The pub was warm and cosy inside on a cool April Easter weekend, although it was very busy.The pub has accommodation too, if you aren’t camping or caravanning across the road at the Snowy River Caravan Park
The weir was great for swimming and although refreshingly cold, we couldn’t keep the kids or the dogs out of the water.
The poplars had just started to turn and their golden leaves rustled on the grass. The river had been quite high in the previous month and was still flowing well, much to their enjoyment.
The best time of year would be early spring or during the crisp autumn weeks around Easter and Anzac Day. If the kids are game, the water is refreshing to say the least and the river at Dalgety weir was flowing just enough for some serious fun. The track under the beautiful bridge leads to the Dalgety Showground, a great place to let the dogs off the lead and throw a ball or two.
Unfortunately to travel follow the Snowy River downstream by car you must firstly head back up to Jindabyne, and out along the bitumen through Ingebirah.
Whilst in bad weather the Barry Way can be very treacherous, in good weather it’s an easy drive through spectacular country.
Stop and admire this wonderful view of the valley and this long meandering road which eventually meets the Snowy River again at the bottom near the Jacobs River junction.
The waterfall on the Jacobs River about half way down wasn’t in full torrent like last time we came through, which was at the end of winter.
But the river under the bridge provided great rock hoping upstream for the boys.
The Barry Way is steeped in history. Whilst the “road” only opened in the 1950’s, the tracks along the Snowy were major links for the Aborigines and then the pioneering settlers with their cattle and sheep.
It’s the main route from the Monaro to the Gippsland and provided an ‘all weather’ link between old townships and localities that were previously isolated by distance. It is rather isolated and there is NO Maccas or fuel, so go prepared.
Plenty of great stops to stretch your legs and down a thermos of tea.
The camping area located at Suggan Buggan River is great, right beside the river and off the road aways.
Plenty of space says Matt.
The kids wouldn’t have wanted to go to school here at Suggan Buggan!No canteen, no heating, no playground and worse no internet !!
Suggan Buggan School House
Built around 1860 by Edward O’Rourke for the education of his 11 children. The only remaining connection with the first permanent settlers of Suggan Buggan, whom after 25 years moved onto Wulgulmerang further south.
This is where we ended his great day trip. Aiming to come back again for long weekend camping trip, everyone had a great time. Once in Victoria you are fine camping with dogs as they are allowed in their National Parks.
Go Parks Vic no doggy discrimination here.