Sydney Melbourne Road Trip
4 places to stop and visit on the way down the Hume Highway
Where to stop on a Sydney Melbourne Road Trip
On the road trip back from Sydney to Melbourne, we stopped and visited 4 places to break up the trip. And, make it interesting on the one-day drive.
By doing this, it helped to break the kilometers traveled into smaller chunks.
The four stops we visited are a short drive off the Hume Highway.
Big Merino Goulburn
Dog on the Tucker Box Gundagai
HMAS Otway Submarine Holbrook
Big Ned Kelly Glenrowan
Map of the Road Trip from Sydney to Melbourne
1 The Big Merino
In Goulburn, I visited the Big Merino. Goulburn is known for wool farming. You'll find it on the corner of the Hume and Sowerby street in Goulburn.
And, you'll find the history of wool farming in Australia and a shop. You can travel to the top of the merino to see the surrounding area of Goulburn.
In the back of the carpark at the petrol station, you'll find the Big Merino. So it's close by for you to get petrol and food.
The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.
Map of the Big Merino in Goulburn
2 Dog on the Tucker Box
It's not the first time on a road trip to Sydney from Melbourne along the Hume Highway. That I've seen the Dog on the Tucker Box.
You'll find the Dog on the Tucker Box at 37 Annie Pyers Drive, Gundagai.
Gundagai is the home of the Wiradjuri people and the river red gums.
According to the sign at the monument. The Dog on the Tucker Box was unveiled in 1932 at Nine Mile Creek. Its story is found in Australian folklore of the pioneers and the bullock teams. In those days, the rough tracks, crossing rivers, floods, and adverse weather saw the dogs looking after the tuckerbox of its masters.
Traveling through the town of Gundagai reminds me of the song 'Along the Road to Gundagai'. My grandfather would play it on the piano. And, we'd sing along.
There's a track winding back
To an old-fashioned shack
Along the road to Gundagai. ~ Jack O'Hagan 'Along the Road to Gundagai'
Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson is known for 'Waltzing Matilda'. He wrote the poem 'The Road to Gundagai'.
The mountain road goes up and down,
From Gundagai to Tumut Town.
And branching off there runs a track,
Across the foothills grim and black,
Across the plains and ranges grey
To Sydney city far away.
~ Banjo Paterson
'The Road to Gundagai'
'The Man from Snow River and other verses'
And Jack O'Hagan penned 'Where the Dog Sits on the Tuckerbox'
I've done my share of shearing sheep,
Of droving and all that;
And bogged a bullock team as well,
On a Murrumbidgee flat.
I've seen the bullock stretch and strain
And blink his bleary eye,
And the dog sit on the tuckerbox
Nine miles from Gundagai
~ Jack Moses 1938
'Nine Miles from Gundagai'
My great-grandfather drove a bullock-drawn cart between Hay and Balranald in New South Wales.
You can also visit the Big Koala. It's down the road from the Dog on the Tucker Box in Gundagai.
Story of the Dog on the Tuckerbox
Nine Miles from Gundagai
Bill the Bullocky
Map of the Dog on the Tucker Box in Gundagai
3 HMAS Otway Submarine
Plaque at the HMAS Otway Submarine:
Holbrook Shire Council
Dedicated as a tribute to all submarines past, present and future
Unveiled by Mrs Gundula Holbrook
Widow of Commander N.D. Holbrook V.C. R.N.
After who the town is named
Saturday 7th June 1997
Mayor Joan I Parker
Next, you can visit the HMAS Otway Submarine on the corner of Albury Street and Wallace Street in Holbrook.
You can walk around and climb aboard the submarine. And, you'll find a museum, cafe, and a visitor centre nearby.
A short walk on the other side of the submarine, you'll find a monument. It's a monument to the pioneers of Holbrook Shire in Germanton Park.
Specifically, it honours Commander N.D. Holbrook, V.C., John Purtell, an Irishman, and Johann Pabst, a German. Holbrook is previously known as 'Ten Mile Creek' (attributed to Purtell) and 'Germanton' (attributed to Pabst) prior to 1915.
HMAS Otway Submarine at Holbrook
Monument at Holbrook
Map of the HMAS Otway Submarine in Holbrook
4 Big Ned Kelly
Such is Life! ~ Ned Kelly
Next, you can drive to Glenrowan. And, visit the Big Ned Kelly.
Go to the corner of Gladstone Street and Kate street in Glenrowan to find the Big Ned Kelly.
Ned Kelly was a notorious bushranger. He and his gang robbed stagecoaches.
He wore an armoured suit. Like the one seen in the below pictures.
After a series of events, he and his gang had a shoot-out with the police and some were killed.
In 1880 he was hung for his crimes at the Old Melbourne Gaol.
You can visit the Old Melbourne Gaol in Russell Street Melbourne. The gaol is built of bluestone.
Map of the Big Ned Kelly in Glenrowan
Simply to see a distant horizon through a clear air, - the fine outline of a distant hill or a blue mountain-top through some new vista, - this is wealth enough for one afternoon.
~ Henry David Thoreau
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