Bicentennial National Trail

Just because we could and because it was time to turn over the front differential [much disused, I am afraid to say, for the past several months], this afternoon we drove a short piece of the Bicentennial National Trail.

The web site for this trail tells us that:

The Bicentennial National Trail is Australia’s premier long distance, multi-use recreational trekking route, stretching an extraordinary 5,330 kilometres from Cooktown in tropical far north Queensland to Healesville in Victoria.

It doesn’t say four-wheel drivers but what the heck, it was there and that diff did need to work.

The drive on the dirt was pretty nice. Not four-wheel drive, but dirty and dusty and deserted of other vehicles. A few cattle grids and causeways and corrugations and pot-holes made it all the more interesting.

And scenery like this [well, not always like this, but this rather took my fancy]:

Part of the National Bicentennial Trail.

Driving north we made the Murrumbateman Road and then turned onto the Sutton Road thinking we’d go through Gundaroo and on at least as far as Collector before heading home.

Anyway, we were running out of time and only made it to this rather neglected Gundaroo Catholic Pioneer Cemetery beside the Gundaroo Road pretty close to its junction with Back Creek Road.

Gateway to the cemetery.

There is a plaque on the ground in this gateway.

The plaque inside the cemetery gate.

The plaque says:

This cemetery was gifted to the Catholic community by Donald Roderick Macleod, a Presbyterian.

The Reverend Gilliard Smith was refusing to bury non-Anglicans at the burial ground at Upper Gundaroo, attached to the Anglican Church of St. Luke.

The earliest burials here were in 1857 of Mary Hughes and Mugwill & Bridget Donnelly of Bywong.
Burials included non-Catholics.

Many Catholic pioneer families such as Massy, Leahy, Booth, Donnelly & Hughes are represented.

If I was closer I’d have the mower out there and make this place look less neglected.

Where's the mower?

We never made Gundaroo or Collector, just re-traced our steps pretty pleased with the drive. And the diff oil had a chance to circulate and get warm.

There are plenty more dirt roads around Canberra; their turn will come.

[Reviewed: 31 January 2015.]

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One response to “Bicentennial National Trail

  1. Pat gilchrist

    Good one Greg, sounds as though you are getting into retirement mode.

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