Meandering through the Monaro in the Bombala region is just what the Mature Mob did on Thursday. Forty-seven folk in two buses left the St Paul's carpark early in the morning bound for historic Burnima Homestead where they were greeted by owner, Steve Rickett. He ushered the group into the servants' mess hall for morning tea and then conducted tours of the grand Victorian building comprising 10 bedrooms, sitting room, formal dining room, study, reception, billiard room and servants' quarters.
A delicious lunch, prepared by the Women of St Matthias Anglican Church, Bombala, awaited the group in the warmth of the Church Hall.
Brian Lock, a former employee of the NSW Department of Forestry in the area, met the group and guided the buses to the restored Woolingubrah Inn, Cathcart. The Inn was on the only track from the coast (Tathra, Merimbula and Eden ports) to Monaro and beyond to Kiandra during the gold rush. It was constructed of American Sugar Pine timber in 1861 and is probably only one of three such buildings still in existence in Australia.
Mr Lock then took the group on a "bonus" trip to view the Bombala timber mill and construction of the new mill, before the trip home to Cooma via Old Bombala Road and a view of the old abattoir.
In summary, a great day of fun, fellowship and friendship exploring the Monaro.
The next trip is to the Tulip Top Gardens & Old Parliament House Rose Gardens on Thursday October 4. Please contact Heather (Phone: 6454 4305) for bookings. Mature Mob is an Initiative of the Anglican Parish of Cooma.