Everybody knows the big towns of the Southern Tablelands – Goulburn, Yass, Young – but when you start exploring the little towns, you can really discover a gem.
One example is the town of Jugiong, right on the Murrumbidgee River between Yass and Gundagai. If you take a Jugiong Country Experience bus tour, you’re in for a surprise– especially when the bus gets bailed up by Brian the bungling bushranger.
No stress though, Brian’s actually your guide and he’ll show you the town and surrounds with a bunch of yarns about bushrangers, farmers and locals. And to top it off, you’ll be treated to a lovely lunch at the Jugiong Town Hall.
Another surprise is the Quirky Crow, a former service station that’s become a thriving gallery space, displaying beautiful pottery, paintings and jewellery from around the region.
The best surprise of all is the local pub, The Sir George. Rescued and renovated a few years ago, the Sir George has restored the old Cobb and Co. stone stables and built Scandi-style black barns to add some stunning accommodation. They’ve also built a bakery on site, and the superb sourdough is the perfect complement to the fantastic food coming out of the kitchen from Chef Nick Williams.
Jugiong might be small, but it’s definitely giving these big towns a run for their money.