If you're looking for a spot just out of Roma for a lazy Sunday afternoon or a night out under the stars, Judds Lagoon is the place to be. With free camping along the banks of the lagoon as well as firewood available for around $10 bundle (depending on the size you choose), it's a great place to take some time out and get back to nature.
We were a little sad to see just how low the water had got since our last visit back in 2015. The local wildlife still looked healthy and happy so they're doing well regardless. We mostly spotted wallabies, magpies and a couple galahs. Oh and some sneaky crows, who were photobombing the galahs while I was trying to take photos! The speedy galahs would land on the stick poking out the middle of the lagoon and hang upside down for a quick drink before zooming off again - those guys must get some serious hiccups!
Continuing south along Mongool Road, a picturesque winding road, will lead you past some local properties bordering the Yuleba state forest to the historic mark of the original site of Yuleba. A headstone marks the area surrounded by a couple of tall trees and to my surprise, a couple of palm trees. A word of warning, if you are keen for a drive like I often am, the roads around this historical landmark are all private property Please respect the owners of the property and stick to the marked track.
You will find Judds Lagoon only 5 km south-east of Yuleba off Mongool Road. In good times, fishing is a popular sport with the possibility of catching yellow belly and cod, as well as a few other varieties. You can take a relaxing stroll along the lagoon and sit to watch the wildlife go by as the sun sets. There are BBQ and picnic table facilities which are perfect for a barbecue for the whole family with plenty of space for the kids to play.