Why Live in Dalgety?
The first settlement was originally known as Buckley's Crossing after Edward Buckley, who established a farm near the river crossing in 1832. It was renamed Barnes Crossing in 1848 by which time it had become an important waypoint on the stock route between Gippsland in Victoria and the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. In 1874 the town was formally surveyed and named Dalgety after the maiden name of the wife of surveyor J. R. Campbell. At the time of the survey the population was 23 and it was recorded that a punt was operating across the river. A Catholic school opened in 1874 to cater for the children of Irish gold prospectors, and the first bridge over the river was constructed in 1888. It was known as a friendly meeting place for the Aborigines of the South East as they made their way up to the High Country in pursuit of Bogong Moths. They would wait many weeks for the water level to drop after the spring thaw before crossing and heading for the high country. Dalgety was gazetted as the site of the Nation's Capital, missing out due to its close proximity to Victoria.
Real Estate and Design
Many of the homes in Dalgety have views of the valley and of the distant snow capped peaks. There are traditional style cottages and log cabins, with internal timber cladding to ensure a natural feel. Some homes are more modern. They are brick with contemporary decor. Some properties feature stringy bark timber floors, stone kitchen bench tops, timber bench tops, underfloor heating and are of neutral tones to match the pristine surrounding environment.
Dalgety offers a variety of shops including a cafe and nusery, a garage, and homewares, furniture and gift shops. Iona Gardens Café & Nursery is a unique corner store and local community Postal Office. It has a variety of gifts, craft, art and a well stocked nursery. Dalgety Garage is an old fashioned garage that offers fuel, ice, gas, oils, fishing licences and tackle. The Old Tin Shed has a mixture of country furniture, homewares and gifts. It is also a must for renovators with traditional restoration supplies and heritage bathroom and kitchen fittings. Known as the premier Food & Wine event in the South East, the Snowy Mountains Regional Food Fair is held in Dalgety and showcases regional produce and offers fantastic networking opportunities for small producers and caterers from all over the South East of NSW. The Food Fair has become recognized as one of the Mountains' great days out with produce from the Snowy Mountains, Monaro and the Sapphire Coast.
Sports and Fitness
There is an easy historic town and river walk which is of interest to visitors with maps available at the local cafe. The Snowy River is a lovely place to cool off with a swim, or to have a picnic on the river bank.
Distance from Cities and Transportation
Dalgety is just over half an hour from Cooma, just under 2 hours from Canberra, 5 hours from Sydney and 7-8 hours from Melbourne. The Cooma area is serviced by CountryLink buses that make daily journeys to both Canberra and the Bega Valley, and there is the Cooma - Snowy Mountains Airport which is 15 kilometres from Cooma.
The oldest house in the village, Dalgety House (located opposite the turnoff to Bombala), was for many years, deserted but has now been restored. Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church was erected in 1878 on the top of the hill overlooking Dalgety and the view from its grounds explains why this little settlement was once thought a likely site for the national capital. Its setting beside the river with the undulating cold plains rising to the nearby mountains is breathtaking.
Restaurants and Cafes
Iona Gardens Cafe and Nursery sells country cuisine, gourmet condiments and delicious home cooking. Buckley's Crossing Hotel is a classic country pub (circa 1889) and is open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Schools, Education and Institutions
Dalgety has a public school for primary aged children. The nearest schools and TAFE facilities are in Cooma.
- Municipality:Cooma Monaro Shire Council