New South Wales Riverina Holidays
The Riverina comprises the southern and south western region of New South Wales heading west along the Murray River which forms the border with Victoria.
This is an area of paddlewheel steamers, river gums, fertile pastures, thick forests, historic villages, vineyards, wineries and prosperous farming communities.
Holiday activities include canoeing, white water rafting, water skiing, fishing, golf, cycling, bushwalking and cellar door visits.
Places of Interest - The Riverina
Wagga Wagga - the largest inland town in New South Wales. Pay a visit to Big Murray at the Murray Cod Hatcheries. There are historic buildings in nearby Junee. Visit the National Art Glass Collection at the City Art Gallery.
Narrandera - located in the Murrumbidgee River Irrigation Area. Lake Talbot is a centre for water sports. Take a tour of the Inland Fisheries Research Station and visit nearby Jerilderie, scene of some of the exploits of Ned Kelly, Australia's most famous bushranger.
Griffith - a major New South Wales wine producing and fruit growing area. Original development of the area was by Italian families whose ancestors still play a major role in the area.
Albury-Wodonga - Albury sits on the New South Wales side of the Murray River and Wodongo is on the Victorian side. A good base for linking to the high country skiing in winter, white-water rafting, canoeing and taking a ride on a paddlewheel steamer. Visit the wineries and historic gold mining towns in the area. Major Australian artists are on display at the Albury Regional Art Centre. Have a beer with the colourful characters at the Ettamogah pub.
Moama-Echuca - another case of two towns on opposite sides of the Murray River. Echuca on the Victorian side is the better known for its preserved original wharf and public buildings. Moama boasts the Rich River Country club and popular golf course.
Deniliquin - home of superfine Merino wool and a large rice growing centre with the largest rice mill in the southern hemisphere. Visit the Peppin Heritage Centre and the Island Sanctuary to meet some locals. The birdlife at the Gannawarra Wetlands at nearby Barham is spectacular.
Wentworth - an old port town at the junction point of the Murray and Darling Rivers. Along with its nearby Victorian neighbour, Mildura, it is a jumping off point for heading up into the far west area from the south. Riverboat cruises are popular and there is an historic site at the Wentworth Gaol.