Hume Highway Free Camping

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 07:38
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I recently travelled to Sydney up the Hume and noticed any number of good roadside stops/free camp sites. I didn't record the details however as I didn't think we would be back up that way for awhile.

We are heading that way again in a few weeks with our van. Can anyone suggest any spots that are better than others? We are going to take our time so anything from north of Albury on - and then another spot nearer to Sydney.
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Reply By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 08:56

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 08:56
Jugiong on the side of the Murrumbidgee River and about 2/3 of the way to Sydney from Albury. Try the Long Paddock Cafe for brekky. It's a tiny town that the highway bypasses.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 09:07

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 09:07
Was that way on the weekend, some nice camp sites by the river and payment via donation.

Mind you we stayed in Gundagai on this occassion...

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 09:15

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 09:15
You may get a few of the lattee crowd from Canberra on the weekend. We were there on a week day and only stopped to boil the billy. The place was empty but I do not know what it's like at night. The word is getting around (thread here somewhere) so it may be growing in popularity.

No doubt you will get more posts on Jugiong or look for the other thread.

Phil

PS Strange how my other post got in first. Strange . .. .
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Reply By: vk1dx - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 08:56

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 08:56
I think it's free. Others will confirm.
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Reply By: Member - mike g2 - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 11:13

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 11:13
Hi garytree, depends on how far your traveling ea day- there are many sites shown in list of low cost camp sites+ maps, etc.. along the Hwy, complete with descriptions.. get a hold of it- its brilliant. personally, we stayed at c/van parks for most of our trip, so cant really say how the road side sites on the hwy were like. ( I also saw them in passing)
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Reply By: The Landy - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 12:44

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 12:44
Apart from Jugiong, there is also a free camp in the small township of Gunning, which is just off the highway and very pleasant town.

Cheers Baz - The Landy
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Follow Up By: Kevin S - Life Member (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 17:45

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 17:45
Yes. Gunning is an excellent site for an overnight stop.
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Reply By: Gazza11 - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 13:50

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 13:50
Take the Gunning off ramp and turn right to Gundaroo, great free camping at the recreational ground in the centre of the village and a 400m walk to the local pub!

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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 14:13

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 14:13
Not too far off the Hume is Wilks Park on the north side of the Murrumbidgee in Wagga.

Here's two more votes for Gunning and Jugiong too.

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Reply By: Jayk At - Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 17:27

Tuesday, Jun 09, 2015 at 17:27
Daly's Crossing in Belanglo State Forest:

* ~55 km north of the first Goulburn Exit on the Hume Hwy
* 34° 31' 39" S 150° 14' 30" E

We live in the heart of Sydney and it takes us a couple of hours, without hurrying, to get there.

Heading North from Goulburn lookout for the turn off on the left to Belanglo State Forest and keep on the road until you see the sign on the right pointing to Daly's Crossing which is - I'm guessing - ~2 to 3 kms from the highway. The camp site is not quite a km down this road. You won't miss it.

Camping is FREE, Fires are allowed there's a long drop dunny and there are yabbies in the dam. Mushroom season just about done though. :-(

The site is popular with grey nomads looking for a quiet stopover for a night or two, mushroom pickers, trail bikers and families out for a picnic. Overall it is generally quiet and uncrowded though.

Don't be put off by the trail bikers. They make a bit of a racket coming and going but they spend most of their time in the forest and you won't hear or see them.

And don't be put off by Belanglo's tragic history. There are no ghosts.

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Follow Up By: RodH, Perth - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 21:52

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 21:52
Jeff, you took a long time to get to that last line.
If I'm with SWMBO then we aren't even allowed to drive through that part of the world in daylight.
Apart from that, you're right it is very peaceful.
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Follow Up By: Jayk At - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 01:20

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 01:20
Rod,

It's funny. When you first drive into Belanglo the horror of the Back Packer Hacker certainly hovers in the imaginative parts of the mind. Once you get to the camp ground though it simply disappears.

I think it's because everything is just so normal: Grey Nomad camper up there, trail bikers over there, day picnickers here and there, dogs running around, kids on bikes.... just, well ... normal.

Surprisingly, the place has a very pleasant and comfortable feeling. We like it because it's a quick, last minute decision getaway from Sydney where we can have a camp fire and, if all goes well, a feed of yabbies.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 07:29

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 07:29
They should change the name, at least my opinion...

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Reply By: racinrob - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 19:52

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 19:52
Just outside the gates to the racecourse at Gundagai, a short walk to the public toilets and the shops half of which are now closed since the bypass opened !

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