“There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around”
What could be more Australian than reading about the life of Banjo Patterson while camping at Tom Groggin, NSW – the home of Jack Riley, “The Man from Snowy River”.
This past Australia Day weekend was our maiden voyage in the caravan since moving to the Snowy Monaro region last year. I know…..no caravaning for six months….. what the?!
Well this trip certainly dusted off the cobwebs on both the caravan and our noble steed, the Colorado.
Tom Groggin near Khancoban in the Snowy Mountains is probably one of the best camping spots we have stayed at…… golly I’m full of big calls lately! It’s totally true though.
On the banks of the upper reaches of the Murray River near the base of Mount Kosciouszko, Tom Groggin is picturesque, to say the least.
I wonder how much as really changed since Banjo visited in 1890? Apart from the obvious, you know – bitumen roads (any roads in fact), the odd “official” campground here and there with drop toilets, a smattering of picnic tables, parking barriers and fire pits. I really do wonder how much the natural portions of this region have changed…. I mean it is relatively untouched by humans.
Tom Groggin straddles the southern border of NSW and the upper Victorian High Country which as you can probably imagine has some great 4WD tracks.
We gave the Mt Pinnibar track a red hot go while we were out and about. Located in the Alpine National Park on the Victorian side of Tom Groggin, the track tackles the steep Mt Pinnibar (1727m above sea level) and it was rough – holy moly! It had definitely been chopped up and was one of the hardest 4WD trips we have tackled to date. If we had known what the track was like we probably wouldn’t have taken it by ourselves, there were plenty of people around so I’m sure we would of been fine if we became unstuck.
I will share some more adventures from Tom Groggin sooon…
We have both always loved the Murray River and have returned frequently throughout our travels. It provides so many perfect free camping opportunities all along its beautiful banks in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Every time we camp along the banks of the Murray we would watch the house-boats float past our campsite and say “One day.”
And now we have. What a wonderful experience. If you haven’t had the chance, it is an absolute bucket list item! The Murray is absolutely magical any time but to stay on the river itself is something else.
The Murray is the third longest navigable river in the world. Its length is third to the Nile and the Amazon. The history of the Murray is a large part of Australian pioneering days. Paddle steamers are synonymous with the Murray River. In the olden days paddle steamers carted wool, grain and general cargo. The paddle steamers are now used mostly for tourism and cart tourists along the waters of the Mighty Murray.
We can highly recommending spending time on the Murray in a houseboat. Our best advice is to research the houseboat extensively and speak to others who have used each particular company before booking.
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When one lives in the middle of nowhere during a drought they cannot be scalded for dreaming of water. I’ve been constantly thinking about rain, rivers and oceans, oh my. Apparently it can also cause people to book two water based getaways within the space of a fortnight. Well that’s our excuse and where sticking to it.
Our first getaway coincides with the October long weekend and will see us head to Noosa in Queensland. We are looking forward to exploring the Noosa area including:
- boating on the Noosa River
- beach fishing at Noosa North Shore
- enjoying a wine &/or coffee along Hastings Street
- walking through Noosa National Park
Please share with us things we must see and do while visiting the Noosa Region. We’d love to hear some insider secrets.
Our second water based holiday is one we have dreamt about for years. You cannot get anymore water-based than holidaying ON the river. So we’ve booked a houseboat on the Murray River has been booked for our Christmas-New Year break. Our boat departs from Echuca which is a lovely town that we have visited multiple times in Victoria.
Have you house-boated on the Murray River? We’d love to know how you enjoyed your experience? Please share any places to stop and explore?