Worth a Trip: Gundagai
On the Murrumbidgee River, Gundagai is around halfway between Sydney and Melbourne. There's a good riverside campground and motels, but the best place to stay is in the glamping tents at Hillview Farmstay on a 1000-acre farm around 34km to the south.
Gold rushes and bushrangers were part of Gundagai's colourful early history. The notorious bushranger Captain Moonlite was tried in Gundagai's 1859 courthouse and is buried in the town's northern cemetery. Also in the cemetery is the grave of Yarri, an Indigenous man of the Wiradjuri people who saved almost 50 locals during a flood in the early 1800s.
The evocative Prince Alfred Bridge – closed to traffic and pedestrians – crosses the flood plain of the river. Alongside is an 819m-long stretch of wooden railway track which is the longest wooden structure ever built in Australia. The Mt Parnassus Lookout has 360-degree views. Ask at the visitor centre about the equally scenic Rotary Lookout.
About 8km north of town, the famous Dog on the Tuckerbox is a poignant sculpture of a dog from a 19th-century bush ballad. Gundagai itself has good pubs, excellent coffee at Coffee Pedlar, and top-notch pies from the Gundagai Bakery, established in 1864 and reputedly the oldest working bakery in Australia.