After staying with our friends for a night it was time to head off from Canberra to Cooma. Rather than just going straight down the Monaro Highway we thought we would take a more scenic route. From Canberra we headed to Bungendore which was once just a small village. Now it is rapidly expanding due to its close proximity to Canberra. It is a great spot to stop with lots of coffee shops, craft shops and old world buildings. Although we didn’t stay there, there are plenty of accommodation options. There are lots of B&B’s, pubs or camping is available at the local Showground.
From Bungendore we made our way to Braidwood where we stopped for lunch. One of the things we love about our camper trailer is that it is so easy to eat on the go. We open up our tailgate kitchen and we have everything we need to make lunch.
Braidwood itself is a very old town – the area was first discovered in 1821 and settled shortly after. It grew rapidly during the gold rush in the 1850’s. The entire town has been classified by the National Trust and there are many historic buildings still standing and still in use.
Heading on from Braidwood, we thought we would check out a free camp in the Deua National Park called Wyanbene Caves. Wyanbene Caves is about 47klm south of Braidwood along the Braidwood-Cooma Road. There is an actual cave there that you can go into. I wouldn’t recommend doing this unless you have the right equipment and perhaps some prior caving experience.
The camp area is very basic but would be suitable for an overnight stay. There are a couple of picnic tables and BBQ’s and a drop toilet. Ben was game enough to climb down the ladder into the cave a little way. You could immediately feel the difference in temperature given that it was a very hot day.
We were lucky that there was a nice river on the road into Wyanbene where we were able to stop for a cool down and a leg stretch.
Back on the main road we climbed higher and higher until we seemed to be travelling along the ridge line of part of the Great Dividing Range. The road in most parts was all gravel but was in good condition and our 4WD had no trouble towing the camper across.
We pulled into Cooma in the late afternoon and checked into the Snowy Mountain Tourist Park . Located on the outskirts of town on the Cooma – Berridale Road it was a good pick. As it wasn’t busy we were able to choose our own site so we set up right next to the camp kitchen.
The camp sites are cut into the hillside and all are leveled out. Some didn’t have good access to them so may only be suitable for tents. There were also plenty of caravan sites and cabins available as well.
It was good being camped next to the camp kitchen as it gave us the opportunity to chat with a few people as they came to cook their dinner. It seems where ever we go, there is always a lot of interest in our camper trailer. We always get asked a lot of questions about our LED lights that Brenden made.
All up it cost us $38 (2013) for the night for the four of us and we were more than happy with the amenities and the camp kitchen.
I might also suggest that no matter what time of year you visit Cooma that you take extra blankets. We didn’t and found the night very cold for January.