We had a lovely long weekend at the Jamieson Caravan Park. Your stay can be as busy or relaxed as you choose. There are plenty of things to do in Jamieson if you choose to move away from relaxing by the river!
What you can find in this post
- 1 Walks around Jamieson
- 2 Visiting snowfields from Jamieson
- 3 4 Wheel Driving around Jamieson
- 4 Where to eat in Jamieson
- 5 Places to swim around Jamieson
- 6 Visit “The Island”
- 7 Visit the Mansfield Zoo
- 8 Bush camping sites
- 9 Bike Riding
- 10 Visit a High Country Hut
- 11 Horse Riding around Jamieson
- 12 Enjoy the river around Jamieson
Walks around Jamieson
There are endless walks around the hills, river and valleys of Jamieson. They range from more strenuous hikes in and around the Alpine areas to strolls around town including the Heritage Walk Trees Walk and the Island Walk. Walking maps are available from the General Store.
Visiting snowfields from Jamieson
We visited Jamieson in summer so we spent our days in the river; but over winter Jamieson is surrounded by snow capped hills. I can imagine it would be gorgeous in Winter (a little chilly). Jamieson is not far from the slopes of Mt Buller and there are cross country areas not too far away including Mt Stirling and Bluff Range.
4 Wheel Driving around Jamieson
We don’t have a proper 4wd and our adventure up to the top of Mt Terrible is probably the most hardcore we will get!!! But Jamieson is a mecca for four wheel drive enthusiasts, with a network of bush trails, firetracks and access tracks to suit all standards. There are maps available at the General Store.
Where to eat in Jamieson
The General Store in Jamieson is much more than a little store! We stopped by for coffees and milkshakes every day (which were both apparently delicious). The store has a generous hot food selection, groceries (with fruit and veg selection, bread, milk juice, cheese, cold meat etc). We didn’t eat at the pub, we didn’t even stop by for a gin and tonic like we were planning! Next time for sure. We did have lunch at the Jamieson Brewery though. The meals were generous and this is a great place to eat in Jamieson. I’d definitely recommend making a booking as it was quite busy when we were there. Sitting outside under the umbrellas was divine and they are well set up for kids with a small playground and a jumping pillow which was pretty cool!
Places to swim around Jamieson
Looking for a waterhole around Jamieson?
The river that runs through the Jamieson Caravan Park is just delightful. There are plenty of access points for a little dip and float!
‘The Big Pool’ is a popular swimming hole and picnic area (and fishing area) on the edge of the caravan park. There is also ‘The Little Pool’ and if you follow the river southwards there is another spot called ‘The Brewery Hole’.
There are plenty of places you can access the river for a splash. Just check the depth and amount of rocks and logs in the water. The water level was very low when we were there.
Visit “The Island”
A nice little walk in Jamieson is going over to and around the ‘The Island’. To get there, cross Foots Bridge, on the western side of town. On the far side, to the right, is a little tree-covered peninsula known as ‘The Island’. The Island juts out into the junction of the Goulburn and Jamieson Rivers. The kids took off their shoes to stand at the junction of the two rivers. The apple trees are remnant’s of an orchard established by the town’s first doctor who owned the land at one time. This is a good area for picnicking, fishing and walking and general wondering.
Visit the Mansfield Zoo
An easy day trip from Jamieson, the Mansfield Zoo looks like a fun day out for the family. We are yet to visit (we always seem to be passing through) and will hopefully stop there in the future. You can even camp overnight. That perhaps is what we need to plan!!
Bush camping sites
If you are not staying at the Jamieson Caravan Park you will find many bush camping sites up along Woods Point Road and also towards Granny’s Flat area (it was super busy when we visited and it wasn’t even an official long weekend). Take a drive along Woods Point Rd to find a spot along the river to camp or stop for lunch.
We didn’t take our bikes on our weekend away but we saw plenty of lycra clad bike riders throughout the weekend!
Visit a High Country Hut
The closest High Country Hut to Jamieson is Mt Terrible. Further afield you’ll find huts of all shapes, sizes and standards. The most famous is Craig’s Hut which is around 2 hours drive.
Horse Riding around Jamieson
Tours are available from different operators, catering for different skill levels and run for up to 1 hour to overnight adventures. Watson Trail Rides are located the closest to Jamieson (between Jamieson and Mansfield).
Enjoy the river around Jamieson
You don’t need to do much in Jamieson to have a good time. Relax, fish, go for a wonder, have lunch at the brewery and come back to sit by the river again! If you feel like a little exercise you could always hire a kayak from the caravan park for a little paddle (depending on the water level).
It’s one of those divine places where you feel totally relaxed as soon as you arrive.
Enjoy your time in Jamieson xx
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