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Wee Jasper

On the 19th October 1824, Hamilton Hume and William Hovell passed through the Yass Plains on their expedition to Victoria. The road between Yass and Wee Jasper was declared the shortest way to travel from Sydney to the Kiandra goldfields in the 1850's, when thousands of fortune seeking Europeans and モCelestialsヤ (Chinese) used what must have been a bush track, prior to the development of the current surveyed road. As the Wee Jasper Road descends towards the Murrumbidgee River, panoramic views of the valley and the stored waters of Burrinjuck Dam unfold. Clear views of limestone rock formations and extensive folding; millions of years old can be seen in the cliffs arising from the river. The most romantic origin of the name Wee Jasper comes from folklore and is attributed to an early resident, McBean, an old Scot, one of the early settlers. McBean, so the story goes, arrived home one day with モWeeヤ (Scottish for small), モJasperヤ (Gems) in his pocket. The Goodradgbee River, formerly called the モLittle Riverヤ is an outstanding trout stream that meanders through the ranges from its source high in the Snowy Mountains. Australia's best known poet, Andrew Barton Paterson better know as モBanjoヤ called Wee Jasper his home during the early 1900's. His property was モCoodravale Stationヤ located on the Yass side of the Goodradigbee River. Some of the charm of early Wee Jasper including limestone buildings survive. On the right as you cross the bridge is the former Police Barracks, c1880 now the Stables Tavern and Restaurant. Further on the right is the school residence, formerly the Police Station and then at the intersection is the local school opened in 1899. There are numerous limestone caves in the Wee Jasper Valley, the best known being Carey's Cave, which is open to the public for inspection. Visitors can also enjoy luxury accommodation, cabin accommodation, camping reserves, the Hume and Hovell Walking Track, fishing, fossicking and caving.

Wee Jasper: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Hume and Hovell Walking Track

The Hume and Hovell Walking Track extends from Cooma Cottage Yass to Albury. It follows as closely as possible the route taken by the famous overland explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell. The track skirts around the high mountain ranges and crosses some farming country and forestry lands; about half the track is along roads, or on forestry vehicle tracks.

The 440 kilometres track is well signposted and provides opportunities for numerous day walks, weekend walks or for the 'long distance' walker a 21 day walk.

Eighteen campsites with clearings, pit toilets, water, and tables have been established along the route. Distance between campsites varies from six to 30 kilometres and camping (no facilities) is also allowed in between the established sites.

There are also three special track heads along the route (about 100 kilometres apart) with hot water, showers, and electric cooking plates amongst the facilities.

Fitzpatrick Trackhead
Wee Jasper, NSW, 2582

Located 0.8K from Wee Jasper

Wee Jasper Bridge over Goodradigbee River

Completed in 1896, the Wee Jasper Bridge is an early example of an Allan type timber truss road bridge. Allan trusses were third in the five stage design evolution of NSW timber truss bridges, and were a major improvement over the McDonald trusses which preceded them.

The Wee Jasper bridge is a representative example of Allan timber truss road bridges, and is assessed as being State significant, primarily on the basis of its technical and historical significance.

Bridges are not just functional, they can also be scenic and engineering attractions. Spare a few minutes to admire Wee Jasper Bridge over Goodradigbee River.

Main Road 278
Wee Jasper, NSW, 2582

Located 0.9K from Wee Jasper

Careys Cave

The gem of Wee Jasper.

Travelling to Wee Jasper is a journey through one of the most diverse geological landscapes in Australia. The road passes through a range of volcanic and sedimentary rocks with a mix of broad acre and grazing rural properties. After crossing the historic bridge over the Goodradigbee River you drive through the village to the school at the end of the road and turn right, the sealed road will take you six kilometres out to Careys Cave.

Described as one of the most beautiful and fascinating tour cave systems in Australia, Careys Caves offers opportunities not found on conventional cave tours. There are a total of seven beautiful chambers of Crystal formations. There are 30 steps down into Careys Cave. After this, most of the pathways are fairly level. The floors of the chambers are mostly flat and you have the opportunity to explore different options.

Caves Road Via Wee Jasper
Wee Jasper, NSW, 2582

Located 4.9K from Wee Jasper

Wee Jasper Reserves Day Visitors

Wee Jasper Reserves are a popular holiday, recreation and touring destination, with beautiful camping areas beside rushing rivers and cascading streams, idyllic picnic spots and pristine bush.

The Wee Jasper Valley offers all sorts of outdoor and underground activities. The Reserves and surrounding areas are a haven for native animals and birds. The night sky is simply amazing. You really can't get much closer to nature!

There are five camping reserves offering a variety of facilities. Toilets, potable drinking water, barbecues and picnic tables are available at most of the reserves, but no power. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are on a lead and picked up after. Be as active or as lazy as you like. Plenty of great bushwalks, go fishing or just sit back and relax.

Nottingham Road
Wee Jasper, NSW, 2582

Located 6.9K from Wee Jasper

Burrinjuck Dam

Originally the Aboriginal Booren Yiack, then Barren Jack and now Burrinjuck, the name has become renowned as a nature and water wonderland on the headwaters of the Murrumbidgee River 60 kilometres from Yass.

Constructed over more than 20 years, the Burrinjuck Dam remains one of the world's largest irrigation dams, an engineering feat that provides water to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area for crops, river flows and town supplies.

Lake Burrinjuck State Water Park attracts a quarter of a million tourists each year, not just for almost every water sport imaginable, but some of the state's best bush walking, bird watching and picnicking in 75 hectares of unspoiled natural playgrounds.

Burrinjuck Road
Yass, NSW, 2582

Located 15.2K from Wee Jasper

Hume Park

Hume Park is located on the backwaters of Lake Burrinjuck and was established in 1927. Easily accessible, tree shaded, relaxing and quiet, it is ideal for day visitors and a water skier's haven with plenty of room to move around. Please phone the operator for the current water levels. If you wish to stay a little longer there are powered and unpowered sites, and cabins are also available.

The facilities include a kiosk, public amenities, picnic area and swimming area, barbecue, fishing (licences available at the kiosk), launching ramp, fuel, indoor amusement centre, water ski equipment and accessories.

Bring the whole family along for a peaceful escape.

Hume Park was developed to commemorate the epic crossing of the flooded Murrumbidgee River by the Hume and Hovell expedition in October 1824. Brief details of this event are on a stone cairn near the boat ramp.

Good Hope Road
Yass, NSW, 2582

Located 24.9K from Wee Jasper

Wee Jasper: Events

Dragon Dreaming Festival

Dragon Dreaming Festival celebrates art, music, nature, and the freedom of self-expression in a safe, family friendly gathering not far from Canberra. Whether you are coming from around the corner, around the country or around the world, they excitedly look forward to having you joining them for the Dragon Dreaming Festival!

Dragon Dreaming will dish up a feast of goodness prepared just for you, featuring some of the amazing artistic talent that the region and country has to offer. The journey will be truly delectable and regardless of your tastes, there will be something to satisfy every appetite.

As many already know, the festival is the art piece and they are all co-creators. Every little part of the event becomes part of the composition: something not just to be seen but to be experienced. Every person who attends helps nurture the dragon's dream.

Event Dates
      3rd Nov
      4th Nov
      5th Nov
      6th Nov

Lake Burrinjuck
Wee Jasper, NSW, 2582

Located 9.3K from Wee Jasper

An Edwardian High Tea and A Cavalcade of History and Fashion Presentation

The Edwardian House Party presentation focuses on the Edwardian Era between 1900 - 1914. It showcases a variety of garments typically worn by woman of society in the early part of the 20th century. It looks at the many items of clothing and accessories that a society woman would require for her weekend in the country. You will be able to view at close range outfits for activities such as tennis or croquet and elegant gowns for an afternoon stroll. You will also be shown some of the splendid accessories of this era. As well as viewing the gowns and accessories you will hear the often fascinating stories of the woman who wore these clothes.

Event Dates
      18th Mar

BelleVale Homestead
Black Range Road, NSW, 2582

Located 23.8K from Wee Jasper

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