THE FACTS

Country Style - - JOURNEY RIVERINA NSW - 128 OC­TO­BER 2018

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Spring is a beau­ti­ful time to visit the Rive­rina. There’s still a nip in the air, so a scarf and beanie come in handy. The area is also pop­u­lar in au­tumn, when the land­scape is punc­tu­ated by rus­set and saf­fron-yel­low fo­liage.

WHERE TO STAY

THE HOUS­TON Built in 1868 by the co-founder of The Daily Ad­ver­tiser, AG Jones, the house was con­sid­ered one of the most el­e­gant homes in the Colony. A sump­tu­ous New-york in­spired re­build has en­sured the rep­u­ta­tion stays in­tact. 44 Kincaid Street, Wagga Wagga. (02) 5908 1321; the­hous­ton­wagga.com.au

KIMO ES­TATE The shear­ers’ quar­ters, grain shed and cot­tages on the work­ing sheep sta­tion have been re­stored. Most cov­etable is the glass and cor­ru­gated-iron ‘hut’ on top of the hill. MATES GULLY The rooms up­stairs from the café ex­ude per­son­al­ity, thanks to own­ers Paul Nolte’s art­work and Mar­cia Mc­coy’s style. 38 Mor­row Street, Wagga Wagga. (02) 6921 4241; mates­gully.com.au

NIMBO FORK LODGE Mod­elled on Amer­i­can fish­ing lodges and with river ac­cess, Nimbo Fork is as pop­u­lar for ro­man­tic week­end get­aways as fish­ing ex­pe­di­tions. 330 Nimbo Road, Kil­lim­i­cat. (02) 6944 9099; nim­bo­fork.com.au

YAR­RAN­GO­B­ILLY CAVES HOUSE Snowy Moun­tains High­way, Yar­ran­go­b­illy Caves. (02) 6454 9597; na­tion­al­parks.nsw.gov.au

WHERE TO EAT

HARANS PATIS­SERIE For chef Kylie Haran, it all started with the mac­aron. Now, four years on, her range has ex­panded to an out­ra­geously fun range of desserts. 32 Fitz­mau­rice Street, Wagga Wagga. (02) 6931 7777; ha­ranspatis­serie.com.au

NEST Cosy and wel­com­ing. Check the web­site for movie and meal deals, and other events. 56 Win­ton Street, Tum­barumba. (02) 6948 2950; cafe-nest.com

TRAIL STREET COF­FEE SHOP Best cof­fee in town de­liv­ered by a crew who take cof­fee se­ri­ously.

WINE

BO­RAM­BOLA WINES Charm­ing fam­ily owned win­ery and cel­lar door is a show­case for made-on-site wine and beer. 1734 Sturt High­way, Bo­ram­bola. 0404 084 657; bo­ram­bola.com

COURABYRA WINES Wine tast­ing and de­lec­ta­ble food plat­ters are en­tic­ing. 805 Courabyra Road, Tum­barumba. (02) 6948 2462; courabyraw­ines.com Wine­maker Adrian Brayne makes the most of Tum­barumba’s cool-cli­mate grapes. 110 Allawah Road, Tum­barumba. 0429 191 059.

TUM­B­LONG HILLS The Gunda­gai vine­yard’s wines are avail­able on­line. 1149 Old Hume High­way, Tum­b­long. 0408 684 577; tum­b­longhills.com

FARM GATES

MOUATS FARM A busy or­chard shop with Gala, Bonza and G’star ap­ples, as well as free-range eggs, home­made jams and lo­cal honey. Wy­ola, 4129 Bat­low Road, Bat­low. (02) 6949 1519; mouats­farm.com.au

At Ralph and Judy Wil­son’s road­side stall you’ll 4065 Bat­low Road, Bat­low. 0427 491 224; wilgroor­chards.com.au

WHERE TO SHOP

FEATHER AND WIL­LOW If it’s a Planet Fin­ska quoit set as a gift or a flo­ral cush­ion for your sofa, you’ll find it here. 167 Fitz­mau­rice Street, Wagga Wagga. (02) 6925 8369; featherand­wil­low.com.au

Stephanie Day’s gallery has paint­ings by re­gional artists, ce­ram­ics, jew­ellery and more. 9 Gur­wood Street, Wagga Wagga. 0429 301 631.

SCOOTER FLOW­ERS AND SISTA SPAR­ROW Flow­ers and cof­fee work hand in hand at this de­light­ful spot. 11 Gur­wood Street, Wagga Wagga. (02) 6921 1822.

WHAT TO DO

Swim in the ther­mal pool at Yar­ran­go­b­illy Caves. Ca­noe in Blow­er­ing Dam. Do the Su­garpine Walk at Lau­rel Hill. Take a cook­ing class at Food I Am in Wagga Wagga. See cham­pion horserid­ers in ac­tion at Boggy Creek. bog­gy­creek­shows.com.au On the road to Long Plain from the Yar­ran­go­b­illy area of the Kosciuszko Na­tional Park.

1218 Nan­gus Road, Gunda­gai. 0421 505 949; ki­moes­tate.com The so­phis­ti­cated makeover of guest ac­com­mo­da­tion built in 1901 and 1917 does NSW Na­tional Parks proud. Suits groups look­ing for a re­mote location. 34 Trail Street, Wagga Wagga. (02) 6921 4155; trail­street.com OB­SES­SION WINES BY BRAYNE ES­TATE WILGRO OR­CHARDS find cher­ries, berries and quince, as well as chest­nuts and the won­der­ful Happy Wom­bat hazel­nuts. Tip: buy in bulk. PAPER PEAR food­iam.com.au

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