NSW Snowy Mountains aren’t just for skiing.
This less crowded side of the Snowy Mountains begins at Dalgety.
Dalgety the only NSW town on the Snowy River
(The only town NOT flooded by the Snowy Hydro Scheme).
In 1903 it was chosen as the site of our new to be established Nations Capital.
However, in 1908 when Melbourne opposed this previous decision on the grounds that the town was too close to Sydney, the site on which Canberra now stands was chosen to settle the rivalry that between Melbourne and Sydney.
The old timber and steel bridge was built in 1880, high above the mighty Snowy River that flows through this valley.
SNOWY RIVER CP
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.
It is a great little pub, and the roast pork was yum. The pub was warm and cosy on a cool April Easter weekend. It was very busy and crowded, but great to see it doing so well.
Accommodation is available at the Pub, if you aren’t camping or caravanning across the road at the Snowy River Caravan Park
THE SNOWY RIVERThe 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 during 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 weir was flowing just enough for some serious fun.
There is a track under this beautiful old bridge which leads to the Dalgety Showground. It’s a great place to let the dogs off the lead and kick a ball around. Very quiet and fenced.
THE BARRY WAY
If you are wanting to follow the Snowy River downstream by car, you must unfortunately head back up to Jindabyne. Turn left at the intersection to Ingebirah, and follow the Barry Way.
Whilst in bad weather the Barry Way can be very treacherous, in good weather it’s an easy drive through very spectacular country.
The lookout at Wallace Craigie Lookout is a must see.
Stop and admire this wonderful view of the valley and the long meandering Barry Way.
Eventually meeting the Snowy River again at the bottom near it’s junction with the Jacobs River. Another nice camping spot !!
The waterfall on the Jacobs River about half way down wasn’t in full torrent like last time we came at the end of winter.
Although a quick stop under the bridge whilst the boys do a little rock hoping upstream.
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.
The Barry Way is 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.There is NO Maccas or fuel, so go prepared.
SUGGAN BUGGANPlenty of great stops to stretch your legs. And let the dogs and kids have a run, whilst you 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 at Suggan Buggan !!No canteen, no heating, no playground and worse . . . no internet !!
Suggan Buggan School House was 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.
Unfortunately this is where we ended our day trip.
It was great so we’re aiming to come back again for long weekend camp, everyone had such a good time.
NOTE: Once in Victoria you are fine camping with dogs as they are allowed in their National Parks. Go Parks Vic NO doggy discrimination