On the banks of the Murrumbidgee River just off the Hume Highway, the picturesque village of Jugiong is an ideal entry point and introduction to the Hilltops Region. 90 minutes from Canberra, 20 minutes from Gundagai, with charming local tourism businesses along the main street, Jugiong a great stopping place to refresh for your journey.
The Long Track Pantry, in the beautifully restored Jugiong General Store, is a thriving produce store and café loved by locals and travellers alike. Serving home-style breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Monday, the warm and welcoming eatery is the embodiment of Hilltops dining. Enjoy a delicious range of sandwiches and salads, smooth coffee and a tantalising display of locally produced jams, chutneys, oils and sauces. To enjoy Jugiong fully, stay overnight in the Jugiong Motor Inn (which also serves beautifully prepared meals) and next day visit the newly renovated Sir George. The establishment combines a modern, elegant design, high end dining, (with their own bakery) complemented by professional friendly service. The Jugiong Wine Cellar, the third feather in the village’s culinary hat, showcases the finest wines from the surrounding wine regions of Hilltops, Tumbarumba, Canberra and Gundagai. Initially designed to present wine produced from the 190 hectares of vines planted nearby, the cellar door quickly expanded to offer travellers a taste of the best wines produced throughout southern New South Wales. Metres from the main street you'll find further shopping delights - including an art studio, florist and wood turning business.
SGT. EDMUND PARRY MEMORIAL
In November 1864 ,the deadly combination of Johnny Gilbert, Ben Hall and John Dunn held up a mail coach between Gundagai and Jugiong and in the ensuing melee shot and killed the 32 year-old Edmund Parry. When the bushrangers tried to hold up the mail coach both Parry and Inspector O`Neil, who were riding as armed escorts, returned fire. Parry was killed. O`Neil survived because he ran out of bullets and had to surrender. Johnny Gilbert was killed by police in 1865 and is buried at Binalong.
A memorial cairn for a police sergeant who was shot dead by the bushranger John Gilbert on November 16, 1864, is to be erected at the scene of the murder about five miles from Jugiong, NSW. It is to be unveiled on the 104th anniversary of the shooting this year by NSW Police Commissioner Mr N. Allan. The cairn of stones is being built by the NSW branch of the Wild Colonial Days Society. The secretary of the branch, Miss Robyn Clews said yesterday it would bear a plaque inscribed with the name of the murdered policeman, Sergeant Edmund Parry.
Sergeant Parry was shot when Ben Hall and two of his gang held up the Gundagai mail coach on the Sydney to Melbourne road between Jugiong and Gundagai. Sergeant Parry and a police sub-inspector exchanged shots with the gang until Parry had discharged his last barrel. When called upon by Gilbert to surrender, Parry said he would die first. Gilbert shot him dead and later said Parry was the first man he had ever killed.