Today we travelled from Nowra to Canberra via the road that runs through Nerriga and Braidwood. We were told to expect part of the road to be dirt but we were thinking maybe 3-5km not the 15km that we experienced. Saying that, it is a lovely part of the country and as long as there has not been a lot of rain I would certainly recommend driving this way (although Duncan will differ with me on this one!). The alternative is the longer journey of 266 km via Batemans Bay then onto the King’s Highway into Canberra.
The road was established in 1841 and known as the Wool Road allowing the transport of livestock and agricultural produce to Vincentia near Jervis Bay.
To Travel Too tip: fill up with petrol before you travel this road to Braidwood
Why travel via Nerriga to Braidwood on this road? Nerriga has a historical pub called The Bark Tree which was established in 1846 and first licenced in 1862. It was originally called The Commercial Hotel but now known as the Nerriga Hotel. That’s basically all there is but it is worth having a drink in a place that has history.
Onto Braidwood another hour’s drive. Braidwood is a heritage listed town located on the Kings Highway.
It is coffee time so we head off in search of coffee, not expecting too much. We came across Cafe Dee-licious, great coffee but paying $5 each for a large flat white and cappuccino – this is more than we spend in Sydney! Braidwood you are a bit expensive.
Historical buildings in Braidwood date back to the gold rush days. 100 year old oak trees share the main street with historic Georgian buildings, stone churches and many craft and antique stores.
Between Braidwood and Canberra we stopped again at Bungendore to stretch our legs and to wander around the small main street with its few shops. The Bungendore Inn built in 1847 became a Cobb and Co staging post. Cobb and Co operated many stagecoaches throughout the outback areas of Australia delivering mail and goods. Its a quaint town and worth a visit.
We arrived in Canberra just after lunch where we stayed with family for the next two nights.
Nowra to Nerriga 68km
Nerriga to Braidwood 54km
Check out the rest of our Sydney Nowra Road Trip:
- Day 1 – Sydney to Nowra via Sublime Point and Kiama
- Day 2 – Callala Bay and evening sunset walk
- Day 3 – Berry, Mollymook, Milton
- Day 4 – Mount Cambewarra and Kangaroo Valley
- Day 6 – Day out in Canberra
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