Road tripping: Along the road to Gundagai

Wagga > Tarcutta > Gundagai > Oura > Wagga 
Round-trip: Approximately 180 kilometres

10am to 11.30am

If it’s the second Saturday of the month, pull off the highway into Ladysmith for the TumbaRail Open Day, on your way to Tarcutta.

Visit the National Truck Drivers’ Memorial in Sydney Street, Tarcutta and view the cheeky ‘Arm Horn’ sculpture in the main street, celebrating the time worn practice of kids waving to truckies on their way past.

12pm to 2pm

A trip to Gundagai must include a photo next to the faithful Dog on the Tuckerbox. Then another sculpture a little lesser known is the Marble Masterpiece, crafted over 28 years by Frank Rusconi. Consisting of 20,948 pieces of Australian marble, each and every piece lovingly hand cut and polished, this must be seen to be believed.

For bridge buffs, the Prince Alfred Bridge is the longest wooden bridge in the Southern Hemisphere and the Gundagai Railway Viaduct is an engineering marvel. Cap off your visit with a self-guided audio tour of the Old Gundagai Gaol.

3pm to 4pm

By taking the back road from Gundagai, you’ll experience amazing countryside, whatever the season.

It’ll also bring you through Oura, a village east of Wagga Wagga on the banks of the Murrumbidgee. Relax, stretch your legs and peruse the public artworks at the Oura Beach Reserve (pictured above), before jumping back in the car.

For those organised types, book in advance to visit Belisi Equine Park or Cottontails Winery to extend your day trip even further.

First published: 25 Oct 2017.


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