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Take a Green and Gold Drive Through The Hilltops

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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If you’re looking for an enjoyable activity this weekend, look no further than our own backyard – Wiradjuri and Ngunnawal country.

Before the harvest begins on the golden crops throughout our region, take the opportunity, now that COVID restrictions have been lifted, to enjoy the countryside around us.

Take a trip to Boorowa, Harden Murrumburrah, and Jugiong to be blown away by insta worthy fields cloaked in golden canola. These being interspersed with emerald fields of wheat and paddocks boasting fat, contented sheep and cattle.

Start your drive in Boorowa. A coffee stop in historical Boorowa is highly recommended, and your choice in outlets for those coffee lovers is vast. You can pick up a coffee from Arnold’s Coffee Van or the Marsden Street General Store (to name a few), both situated in Marsden Street, then take a stroll past the ANZAC Memorial Clock to reach the Boorowa River. A walk along the H.E.A Dunk Memorial Path is sure to bring delight, and who knows, you might even spot a platypus or two.

Leaving Boorowa, you will soon reach Cunningar Road leading to Harden Murrumburrah.

Follow the road to see the most spectacular canola and wheat fields. Marvel at the golden canola near the Goorama Road and Barwang Creek, and don’t forget to stop safely and take a photo or two. Continue on Cunningar Road until you reach the turn off to Harden Murrumburrah. A stop here is also recommended.

When you arrive in Harden Murrumburrah, there are a range of excellent food stops that you can take advantage of. For example, sample lunch at The Barnes Store Emporium and Café, or Whichcraft Coffee Cottage, both of which are located on Albury Street. The Emporium and the Cottage not only serve delicious meals, but also give the visitor insight into the produce of the area. The Emporium retails the most delicious condiments, and the Cottage contains the most wonderful locally-produced arts and crafts, which are all available for sale.

Next stop - Jugiong. To get to Jugiong, you will need to double back a couple of kilometres on Albury Street until you come to the Jugiong Road. The drive to Jugiong is green and lush and mainly peppered with gentle green hills. Jugiong has become a popular spot in the last few years, with the opening of The Long Track Pantry and a revitalisation of the St George Inn. Jugiong is best known for the flood of 1852 which almost wiped out the small settlement, along with the death in 1864 of Police Sergeant Edmund Parry at the hands of the Hall bushranging gang.

From the wealth of historic chapters throughout history, to the fantastic food and beverage outlets – there is so much on offer in our own backyard. Enjoy your day out in the Hilltops this weekend!

John Niven

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