In years gone by the Hume Highway (between Sydney and Melbourne) would drop down into this pretty town then climb steeply away, there were fleeting glimpses of riverside poplars and we were off again hurrying by, muttering “gee that looked pretty”. Nowadays with the highway up on the hills, Jugiong has become the perfect spot for caravanners and freedom campers to have a peaceful break from the frenetic pace of the Hume. Jugiong, on the Murrumbidgee River, has a population 222 (2016 census) and is situated 40kms north of Gundagai. Which places it 337 kms south of Sydney and an easy drive of 121 kms for those in Canberra wanting a leisurely lunch in the countryside.
The good folk of Jugiong allow camping in their showgrounds in the heart of town and there are plenty of spots beside the river. Campfires are permitted and there’s a toilet block near the donation box. Across the road you’ll find the charming and historic Sir George Hotel (think long cold beers in summer and hearty meals by a log fire in winter) and the delights of The Long Track Pantry it may be worth ordering ahead if you want the fruit loaf.