Our next plan was to head from Thredbo to Tumut along The Alpine Way. The Alpine Way runs from Jindabyne through to Khancoban and is a steep and winding road. We also wanted to check out a couple of camp grounds along the way for future reference.
Our first stop was at the Tom Groggin Camp Ground. It is situated on the banks of the Murray River and is just a short drive off the main road. The camp area along the river was busy and seemed to be mainly utilised by horse riders. All the sites we saw were nice and level too. There was also plenty of room a little further away from the river. Tom Groggin has no toilet or shower facilities and you need to take your own drinking water.
Next we came to the Geehi Flats Campground. About 35 kilometres from Khancoban, it was the perfect spot to stop for lunch. The camp area extends along the banks of the Swampy Plains River. It has plenty of large camp sites nestled amongst trees. An added bonus is that there are toilet facilities, as well as picnic tables and wood barbeques. It was a really hot day, so the river was a great spot for a quick cool down.
After lunch at Geehi, we continued on our way but this time we started to head north and up. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular between Geehi and Khancoban and there was a great lookout where we stopped to take some photos. There are also a couple of spots on the side of the road where you can stop to take photo’s.
We stopped in Khancoban late in the afternoon and bought ice cream and decided that it was way to hot to think about stopping anywhere and setting up for the night. The temperature gauge in the car had already hit 41` so we continued on.
We thought Tumbarumba might be a good spot for a night, but when we pulled into the caravan park there we didn’t like the look or feel of the place so we continued on.
It had taken us all afternoon to travel from Thredbo to Tumut. I had chosen the Riverglade Caravan Park out of a tourist brochure that I had picked up in Cooma. We couldn’t have been happier with this park. Situated right on the Tumut River, the sites were spacious with lots of green grass. It wasn’t busy, so we were able to set up wherever we wanted. The managers were friendly and helpful and apart from an abundance of insects, the amenities were very clean.
Tumut is a lovely little town, and offers lots of activities including bush walking, fishing and water sports but what we were really there for was to visit the Yarrangobilly Caves.