Just over an hour’s drive to the North West of Canberra lies the picturesque valley of Wee Jasper. Set at the Northern end of the Brindabella Ranges, the valley runs through a dramatic landscape of limestone ridge lines formed from ancient but elevated seabeds. Running through the length of the valley from its headwaters, high in the Snowy Mountains to its confluence with the mighty Murrumbidgee river at Lake Burrinjuck flows the crystal clear waters of the Goodradigbee River.
The Goodradigbee River has been a constant source of sustenance to the abundant Flora and fauna in the valley. The abundance of wildlife in the valley and in the river systems supported Aboriginal groups who had hunted in the valley for thousands of years. Following the discovery of the valley during the Hume and Hovell Expedition in October 1824, early Settlers soon arrived and began to clear the land.
Today the valley floor and lower slopes provide extensive grazing for sheep and cattle due to the richness of the alluvial soils. Whilst sheep farming has been and continues to be the major industry, the valley has become increasingly popular as a recreational area for Campers. The surrounding wooded hills with their creeks, ponds, waterfalls as well as the Goodradigbee River itself provide Campers and tourists alike with a great range of outdoor activities to pursue.
Due to its Limestone geological formation the valley boasts an extensive underground cave system. One of these, Carey’s Cave is open to the Public for guided tours. In addition the valley with its ancient raised fossil bearing sea bed ridges is a constant source of interest to local and International Geologists. The night sky is also of great interest to astronomers and star gazers alike, due to the absence of ambient city light pollution, which results in clear night skies.
Wee Jasper is becoming an increasingly popular and accessible destination for local and interstate tourists. Recent road improvements now afford sealed road access from Canberra and Yass to Wee Jasper. Whilst the road from Wee Jasper to Tumut (Scenic Route 7) remains partially unsealed, the road is generally good under dry conditions and is being used increasingly by Interstate travelers seeking an alternative route to the Hume Highway. Indeed this route used to form part of the old Gold trail, that saw gold bullion being brought from the goldfields at Kiandra, via Wee Jasper where a Police Escort from the Wee Jasper Police Barracks, escorted the gold via Yass to Sydney.
In addition to the extensive camping grounds, managed by Wee Jasper Reserves, a varied selection of accommodation is available in the valley at each of the original historic Sheep Stations, Wee Jasper Station, Cooradigbee and Coodravale. In addition Cooradigbee now boasts a Café/Restaurant The Duck’n Fishes, which is open at weekends and is available for private functions. Details of each are included here with links as appropriate, to respective websites.
We very much look forward to welcoming you soon to our very special corner of Australia.