Here we are, camping at Jingellic Reserve. We have been here since Thursday and we are loving this area. The green hills, valleys and pastures of this Snowy Mountain region are a sight to be seen. The Jingellic Reserve is located between the clean flowing Murray River and the Jingellic Hotel. From my chair I can see the river if I look right and the hotel if I look straight, along with the free toilet block, which is always open for campers and the much appreciated four dollar hot showers. If I look left, just behind the Prado, there is a gate that is for public fishing access, we had our first attempt at catching a fish here this morning and got a few bites but no fish yet. We did have a young steer eyeing us off from a few meters away but luckily he kept his distance. The people here are very friendly, pub staff are accommodating and everyone is willing to give you some pointers on what is good to see in this area. Camp grounds here and in Tumba are the best we have seen so far. They are clean, well maintained and offer toilets, barbecue areas, bins and running water.
On Friday we visited Tumbarumba or “Tumba” as it is affectionately called by the locals, which is a town that’s not far from here. It’s quaint but has everything one could need. The atmosphere is friendly and the Tumba Hotel offered very decent $12 meals for lunch. While in the pub and reading the numerous notices on the walls, we saw a poster advertising a local rodeo in Rosewood on December 17th, at this stage we are planning on checking that out. We used the Laundromat in Tumba and shopped at the local IGA and local Tumba butcher.
Before going in to Tumba we took a drive to the Paddy’s River Falls, which were amazing and resulted in some great photo opportunities. The dogs were also able to enjoy the walk down to the bottom viewing area. The camp grounds at Paddy’s River also looked incredibly clean and well maintained again offering toilets and running water facilities.
We visited a random local winery on the way back from Tumba called Tumbarumba Wines, we met the owner but unfortunately his fridges were off as he normally only does wine tasting on the weekends. He was an informative man and we sat and spoke with him about the history of this area for quite a while. We happened to see him again that night as he came to the Jingellic Hotel for dinner. Yesterday, we revisited the winery so I could try some of the wine and buy a couple of bottles. The owner of the winery has offered us a couple of days of work starting tomorrow and so we have picked up our first jobs while on the road.
Today we have been back over the border to Victoria and visited Walwa and Corryong. Corryong is the final resting place of the “real” Man from Snowy River Jack Rielly. We may go back to Corryong at some stage to visit the Man from Snowy River Museam as like most other things it wasn’t open today while we were there. Ben’s not too keen on going back Corryony for the museam because he’s not all that interested in the Man from Snawy River story but hopefully we’ll go back anyway. The Walwa General Store was interesting and inviting, we have been told the meals there are good so we’ll check this out at some stage too.
Ben says the flies here are dumb and slow as he has swatted more that he normally can and sometimes even gets four or five at once. All in all we are having a great time at Jingellic and would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an escape.