Still camping at Jugiong

Our stay at Jugiong Showground has been a relaxing one. Each day we meet someone new all with a common interest.

It was rather cool today and a bit on the windy side too. Not many of us nomads out and about. I think most of the men were watching the cricket and the ladies relaxing doing what they enjoy.

We went for a trip to Gundagai to do some washing and stock up on some food as we are not sure how long we will be here. It is so peaceful.

IMG_0142_2This photo above was taken from the look out overlooking our campsite on the bank of the Murrumbidgee River.

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Here is a building that was built with blood, sweat and tears. It must be over 160 years old. Unfortunately it has not found someone to put the work into it to restore it to its former glory. A beautiful masterpiece of stonework.

Across the road from the show ground are a couple of shops and they are very busy with travellers. The Long Track Pantry is a cafe which sells nice coffee and beautiful food.  On Tuesdays they have a cooking school. I don’t know what they were cooking but the aroma got my saliva glands all stirred up!  They make various products. I purchased a beautiful dressing. Anyway, have a look at their website  and have a look at their recipes, you’ll find them under BLOG.

There is also a great fruit and veg shop too. Gino’s Fruit and Veg. They share some beautiful recipes too. You will find them on his web page too.

And last but by no means least there is the Jugiong Wine Cellar where I purchased a nice red…Quarry Hill 2013 Lost Acre Tempranillo……….delisiooooo!!! The website

Well, stay safe and happy travels!!


Enjoying the Tempranillo…………I should have brushed up a bit before I took this selfie!  🙂

Jugiong NSW

Jugiong is in the central east of the Riverina, 40 klm north-east of Gundagai. It is on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Jugiong is aboriginal for ballet of the crows.

It was first settled in 1820 by an Irishman, Henry O’Brien who took up a holding of 125,000 acres which he called “Jugiong Run”.

The village of Jugiong was gazetted in 1853.

  • The Post Office was opened in 1856
  • In 1858 the police watch tower was built.
  • Work started on St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in 1858
  • Work began in 1872 on the Christ Church Anglican Church
  • Jugiong school opened in 1883 with 56 students. Today there are 30 students with 3 teachers.
  • Under tuition of his father, Ritchie Benaud, Australian cricketer and commentator, began his schooling at Jugiong in 1935.
Jugiong Post Office and Commonwealth Bank
Jugiong Post Office and Commonwealth Bank
Current Jugging Police Station
Current Juggiong Police Station

Gundagai NSW

After an overnight stay at Iron Bark Rest Area just south of Albury we headed north. Not sure where we would end up.

Gundagai came into view and we found some free camp sites on Wiki Camps. We pulled into Morley’s Creek Camp site just a short walk to town. Beautiful setting on the creek.

Our camp site for the evening.
Our camp site for the evening.

A little bit of history:

The original town of Gundagai was built on the flats where the Prince Alfred Bridge viaduct and rail bridge now cross. It was gazetted in 1838.  In 1844 and 1851 the town was flooded and finally destroyed on 25 June 1852 by floods reaching 5 metres. This was the worst national disaster after 78 people lost their lives. In 1853 an even greater flood occurred.

Thereafter the present town sight was developed.

Prince Alfred Viaduct Bridge
Prince Alfred Viaduct Bridge
Original Prince Albert Bridge Viaduct and Rail Bridge.
Original Prince Albert Bridge Viaduct and Rail Bridge.

The bridge opened in 1867 and was named after Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred.  He visited Australia in 1867-68 and he was the first member of the British Royal family to visit Australia. He was then aged 23 years.

The Rail bridge was completed in 1903 and carried the branch railway to Tumut for 82 years.

The Court House.

The Court House built 1859
The Court House built 1859

The Court House sits in pride of place with a view of the town. It was built in 1859 and behind the Court House is the gaol.

The Post Office

The Post Office was built in 1879.
The Post Office was built in 1879.

A beautiful building! Gundagai had the last official ‘pony express’ to deliver mail, a service which ceased in 1986.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Steps to St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Steps to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

I had a chuckle when I took the photo of the steps and thought about all the brides who had walked nervously up them holding up their dress for fear of treading on it and falling!!!!

Well, one of our stops in the main street was the bakery. We bought the biggest cream bun you have ever seen. John said it was ‘bloody scrumptious’!!!!

Stay safe!!!


After free camping at Smoko for two nights we decided to head off to Bright. 

It was Saturday Morning and the markets were on.  Very boutique style with lots of different foods.

What a beautiful spot too, right beside the river. 

The Cinema was an unusual building. 

We also found the Brewery but wait got to take photos. A great selection of boutique beers

Travelling with the Hopes

Week 3 cont…….. & 4

It’s been busy!

After a relaxing weekend at Kilmore Caravan Park Monday was on our doorstep.We were both excited but a little apprehensive about towing our baby back to Kilmore. We booked a site for two more night so we could set up home.

We met some wonderful people who were very helpful giving us lots of tips and tricks.

Reg making himself at home on the new bed.
Reg making himself at home on the new bed.
Our first lunch stop.
Our first lunch stop.

Our next stop was a beautiful little rest stop 9.5 kms out of Benalla called Casey’s Weir Rest Area. This was just magical. Just near the water and the birdlife is spectacular! we were the first to pull in but we had quite a few follow later in the afternoon. Once again we had a chat with the campers and felt very comfortable.

Our home for the evening.

John chillin' after our first monoeuvre.
John chillin’ after our first monoeuvre.
Our view at Casey's Weir
Our view at Casey’s Weir

Well, how do we top our first night?

Darlene suggested we have a look at Bright. A place I have been several decades ago and John had never been there. So Bright was typed into the Sat Nav.

Whilst John was driving I was checking out Wiki Camps and Camp 8 and found Smoko Camping Area.

After we turned left on to the dirt road John became a little nervous as he thought I was leading him to somewhere we shouldn’t be!! Then all of a sudden we saw vehicles, campers and people.

What a nice spot next to the creek.

Our backyard at Smoko
Our backyard at Smoko

Our campsite for the night.

Wine o'clock.
Wine o’clock.

Stay safe!! xxx

Stay safe and love to all.

Week 2 CONT….& 3


On Monday Maree and Terry came to Warwick to visit us. I have not seen my step sister for many, many years nor had I met her wonderful husband.  We had lots to talk about, so much so I forgot to take photos and Dad hardly got a word in!

Looking forward to keeping in touch with a beautiful couple.


Warwick Town Hall c. 1888
Warwick Town Hall c. 1888
St. Mark's, Warwick
St. Mark’s, Warwick
St. Mary's, Warwick
St. Mary’s, Warwick
St. Mary's Warwick
St. Mary’s Warwick


Dad had not seen his sister Gwen for several years so we decided to head over to the Gold Coast to catch up.

Robina was programmed into out Navigator in the car and we told it to find the most economical way to our destination. Well……we had a lovely trip! She took us off the main highway and we saw some beautiful countryside where horse studs are a plenty.  We would never have seen this pretty country if we didn’t have our Nav. I guess it is adventurous because it is ‘female’.

What a wonderful surprise to catch up with Linda and Daryle too.  Dad had a surprise visit from Michael who took time off work to bring his Uncle Jack a beer.  He has a big heart.  I had not seen Michael since he was a baby!

Who remembers the salt & pepper shakers?

Linda, Me, Daryle.
Linda, Me, Daryle.
Uncle John, Me, Linda, Dad & Aunty Gwen
Uncle John, Me, Linda, Dad & Aunty Gwen
Dad, Michael & Me
Dad, Michael & Me



After we left Warwick, heading to Victoria to pick up our caravan, we stopped off to see my other special Aunty- Aunty Marge. I have not seen her for a long time neither!

She was at her sons house and although I didn’t get to see him I met his lovely wife. Aunty Marge is in good hands.

Aunty Marge & I
Aunty Marge & I


We’ve done 1500 kms since we left Warwick on Wednesday, arriving at Killmore on Friday afternoon.

Time for some rest and relaxation until we get our caravan on Monday……….now that’s going to be a bit stressful but we are looking forward to setting up our new home.

Stay safe!!!


Week 1 & 2.

Well it’s getting close to two weeks since we left Ulladulla. We have packed a lot in since that day!


Another tick off my bucket list………I went to my first ballet, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake. Two hours and forty minutes of beautiful music
and wonderful ballet. It was over before I knew it! I am now hooked on ballet and will be looking for shows whilst on the move.

From one extreme to another……..after the ballet we had a drink in ‘Scruffy Murphy’s’.  An interesting venue!!


A photo shoot was organised on Saturday with the family at E G Waterhouse Camellia Gardens, Caringbah.  What a beautiful day for family photographs. Although we don’t have the finished result yet those in the background took some great shots too.


Shez was there but I think she was the one in the background taking happy snaps.  I will post the professional ones when they come available.


As we are off on our travels and my sister is off to Tasmania we thought we should have a get together. We had a nice gathering at Davistown, NSW. Although it was good to catch up it was a little lumpy in the throat to say ‘see ya’.
I can’t handle goodbyes and with the technology of the era it is so easy to keep in contact. Even my 4 year old grandson rings me on FaceTime!

Our next stop was to my beautiful Aunty June’s at Budgewoi.  We had a stop over with her and caught up on family news (some good, some sad), and reminisced about old times.  I was so much engrossed in the conversations that I forgot to take photos.  But I have some wonderful memories.


We are now in beautiful Warwick.  The first day we had here was 36 degrees. A stinker!!!  The days have been in the high 20s since, which is bearable.

Art Gallery

At the Art Gallery we happened to notice there was an exhibition called Detour which was a Graphic artworks in pen, ink and watercolour by Dennis Hope. Great works depicting Warwick, Armidale and every other state in Australia and also very reasonably priced. I would have purchased one but I got the evil eye from John and poor ‘Henry’ the Ranger is packed to the rafters at the moment!


Well as most of you know I love history so we headed off to Glengallan Homestead & Heritage Centre. You can check it out here Glengallan Homestead
A homestead that has survived more time as a ruin than a home. The volunteers have worked hard to bring it back to its former glory. The families involved are also very interesting.

If you are up this way it is well worth the visit.

Well, time is of the essence, so I have to depart and hope to put up some more pictures on my next episode.

Please feel free to make a comment if you wish!

Stay safe xxx