Top Family Touring Itineraries: Albury to Canberra

By: Emma Ryan, Photography by: Camper Trailer Australia


Take the alpine route from the Murray all the way to our nation’s capital.

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Getting from the Victorian border to Canberra is really easy. Fuel up, thread your rig in between the lines of semi-trailers on the Hume Highway, and drive for 3½ hours. Done. But where’s the fun in that?!  

Why not take the kids through iconic Australian High Country where they can see firsthand the places that have helped shape the nation? Take the backroad from Albury along the Lake Hume foreshore to Jingellic, then to Corryong before picking up the Alpine Way through Kosciuszko National Park to Jindabyne. Cruise into Canberra along the Monaro Highway. Not one for winter – but it's great for the rest of the year

THE ITINERARY

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Day 1: Albury to Jingellic

  • Establish camp at Jingellic on the Upper Murray with showers right next to a Family Pub for a relaxing day fishing and swimming

Day 2: Jingellic to Corryong

  • Cast an early morning fly in the Jingellic
  • Take the sealed bike path to Corryong
  • Inspect the ‘Man from Snowy River Museum’ and Jack Riley grave site
  • Marvel at the amazing WWII Prisoner of War rug knitted out of unravelled sox and Dixie-pan handle knitting needles at the Historical Society
  • Camp at the beautiful Colac Colac 'Click Clack' Caravan Park 6km from town on Nariel Creek

Day 3: Corryong to Geehi Hut, via Tintaldra Guesthouse Store and (best little) Tea-House

  • Wander the Snowy Hydro Power Station on the Alpine Way
  • Establish camp at Geehi Hut campground in Kosciuszko National Park next to the river and a pebble Kosciuszko mountain hut with an open fireplace suitable as an evening shelter

Day 4: Geehi Hut to Jindabyne via Thredbo

  • Ride the 1.8km chairlift up 560m and enjoy a hot chockie at the cafe at the chairlift terminal
  • Bobsled downhill 700m in a luge-style ride in summer, mountain-biking, walking, while mum ducks off for a 10km detour to Wildbrumby Schnapps distillery and cafe
  • Lake Jindabyne water sports

Day 5: Jindabyne to Canberra via Cooma

  • Park in town at Cooma and give the kids a chance to stretch their legs
  • Stop in for pancakes at Bredbo Pancake and Crepe
  • Check out the crazy big Xmas shop that looks like a fairy land for kids and the local cafe serving rabbit pie

PITSTOPS

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  • Schnitzels and chips at the Bridge Hotel, Jingellic
  • Milkshakes at Tintaldra (best little) Tea Rooms and Museum
  • Bredbo Christmas Barn for a kids’ Christmas fantasy land! (open 1 June – 23 December)
  • A 10km detour out of Jindabyne to Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery and cafe for mum

KIDS WILL LOVE

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  • Floating around in the Upper Murray with a rubber dinghy
  • Angling for trout in the Murray
  • Riding along the sealed path from Colac Colac to Corryong
  • Dangling above the trees on the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift or speeding 700m down a bobsled  
  • Seeing how the old ‘Alpine Men’ used to live at Geehi Huts

WHERE TO CAMP

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  • Free camp at Jingelic next to the family-friendly Bridge Hotel.
  • Colac Colac 'Click Clack' Caravan Park, 6km from Corryong
  • Old Geehi Campground (next to the Alpine Way) or Keebles Hut camping area (4WD required) at the southern end of Kosciuszko National Park

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