You’ll be surprised at the options now at Crown land parks; from the humble tent site to en-suite cabins, swimming pools & state-of-the-art playgrounds.
Wee Jasper Reserves
The Wee Jasper Reserves NSW include: Billy Grace Reserve camping ground, Careys Reserve camping ground, Fitzpatrick Trackhead camping ground, Micalong Creek camping ground and, Swinging Bridge camping ground.
These reserves are unique in that on some days you may have the whole place to yourself. They are literally at the foot of the Brindabella Ranges and the views are spectacular. The night sky has to be seen to be believed. Staff are friendly and inviting and the whole place has a lovely family atmosphere. The Reserves serve as a great stopover whilst travelling or even as a base to explore the Yass Valley and surrounds.
You will be captivated by the striking geological formations, great natural beauty of the surrounding hills, the Goodradigbee flowing the length of the valley, a myriad of wildlife and flora and overall rural tranquillity.Wee Jasper Reserves are also home to what is known as a karst (or limestone) landscape.
The Reserves are located right on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track which stretches over 440km between Yass and Albury and allows walkers to rediscover the route of explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell on their expedition to Port Phillip in 1824.
Careys Cave is close to the Reserves and provides a guided tour through a spectacular limestone cave system. There are numerous bushwalks you can do taking from half an hour to several days. The Goodradigbee River provides a wonderful backdrop for relaxing and unwinding, as well as a spot of fishing (in season) its a designated trout stream. There are also events on at the Reserves throughout the year including stargazing and cricket matches. By arrangement, you can also explore the 400 million year old sea bed nearby that was once a shallow tropical habitat for prehistoric shells, corals, armour plated "Placoderms" and early Lung fish. Visiting The Stables Tavern, once a police lockup on the gold route between Tumut and Sydney, is a very popular past time. Its a great place to get a feel for the Wee Jasper of old and to meet a few locals. Twice a year, two of the camping Reserves pit their cricket skills against the locals in friendly bush cricket matches. The rules are slightly suspect but the sense of community spirit is great and everyone is made to feel very welcome.
Types of accommodation
Primitive camping is available in beautiful locations on the banks of the Goodradigbee River, Micalong Creek or the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. No bookings required. Pets welcome. On site manager. No powered sites. All Reserves have flushing toilets except Careys.
How to get here
Wee Jasper Reserves NSW are located one hour by car from Yass, Tumut or Canberra. From Canberra via Yass or Uriarra Crossing. From Yass on the Yass Road to Wee Jasper, or from Tumut on the Yass Road or Nottingham Road.
Campfire (conditions permitting), hot showers, toilets, electric BBQs, playground
Bring drinking water when visiting the Wee Jasper reserves and make sure you have all the supplies you need as whilst only 54km from Yass it does take almost an hour. There are no hot water sinks. There is no power. Other facilities and any equipment/products that can be used for free or hired by visitors: There are free electric barbecues and free hot showers.
Best time to visit
Long weekends are busy but the reserves have never had to put up the "full house" sign due to the large area they cover. Autumn around Wee Jasper is beautiful with crisp sunny days and cool nights, the leaves turn and the whole valley looks spectacular. Its not too far to Tumut either for their Festival of the Falling Leaf. Spring is also wonderful with an abundance of wildlife, birds and all the baby lambs on the farms surrounding the Reserves. Summer can be spent lolling in the River and Winter is a great time for a warm campfire and some stargazing.
A rich cultural history
The Wee Jasper Valley has inspired artists and writers for many years. Banjo Patterson lived just across the river from Billy Grace Reserve and some say that a few of his poems, such as Kylies Run and The Mountain Station were penned with Wee Jasper in mind. Miles Franklin was born and bred in the Brindabella Ranges and wild brumbies can still sometimes be spotted along the tops of the ranges towards Tumut.
Australian Master painter Leonard Long holds a special place in his heart for Wee Jasper and many of his paintings reflect our unique landscape. Artists and photographers come from all over Australia to capture the beautiful evening light over the rugged ranges and rolling hills.
Many visitors to Wee Jasper have been coming for generations. People whose grandparents brought them camping as kids, now bring their own children. Its a place that grows on you very quickly.
|• BBQ||• Campfire||• Kids playground|
|• Pet friendly|
|• Camping primitive (no facilities)||• Unpowered site|
|• Bird watching||• Fishing||• Nature, parks and wildlife|
|• Rivers, lakes and waterways||• Walk trails|