Wingecarribee River Weir

The Wingecarribee River Weir was a wonderful discovery during my recent visit to the NSW Southern Highlands.

I hadn’t seen this picturesque hidden gem in any tourist promotions and found it by accident while on a morning run from Moss Vale. 

Wingecarribee River wetlands
There’s a shared concrete path along Suttor Road, beginning after the railway crossing. About 2.5km from the main road (Argyle Street), I came to the Wingecarribee River bridge.

The path diverges under the bridge, following the river in both directions. I headed east and found myself in Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve. The concrete path became a grass and dirt track. It crossed through a picnic area and arrived at a weir.

From there it travelled north-east to a vantage point with magnificent views of wetlands below. The track ended abruptly at a farm gate.

It was just under 3.5km from there to Argyle Street in Moss Vale (7km return).

I thoroughly enjoyed this unexpected glimpse of water in an otherwise dry landscape. Apart from birds, the only wildlife I saw was a fox, but apparently there are platypus in the wetlands.

A picnic there would be an absolute treat!

On the way out I saw a cairn, which marks the site of the Bong Bong military post.

The location of this largely forgotten village was chosen by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on a visit in 1820, with a police barracks and huts built soon after.

Although famous at the time, it closed some years later after Berrima was established in 1832.

The village faded due to government services moving to Berrima, and a new road there bypassing it. A church is all that remains visible at Bong Bong.

Wingecarribee River walking track

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