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Riverina Murray Adventures

Edward River, DeniliquinCREDIT: Destination NSW

Fishing on the Edward River in Deniliquin in the NSW Riverina.

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Riverina Murray
Adventures

Edward River, Deniliquin CREDIT: Destination NSW

Fishing on the Edward River in Deniliquin in the NSW Riverina.

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Home to some of Australia’s most scenic waterways, as well as mountains, waterfalls and lakes in the Snowy Valleys, the Riverina and Murray regions of New South Wales are perfect if you love to explore the great outdoors.  

Tackle the rivers  

There’s a ton of aquatic fun to be had here, from fishing and boating to swimming and floating. For many who visit the region, fishing for the iconic Murray cod is at the top of their list. This giant freshwater fish can reach more than a metre in length: catching one can be an exhilarating experience. Try your luck in the Edward River, near the town of Deniliquin, less than eight hours’ drive southwest of Sydney, where locals will be happy to give you tips. Fly-fishing is popular around Tumut, about four hours’ drive southwest of Sydney, in the fast-flowing rivers of the Snowy Valleys.  

Hire a kayak and glide past the huge red gums that line the Murrumbidgee River ― it’s a scene not to be missed. If you want to do a self-guided tour, the helpful downloadable guide to the Murrumbidgee River Canoe & Kayak Trail is indispensable. Prefer something a little more relaxing? Visit one of the many Murray River beaches for a day of floating, paddling or just lazing on the sand. 

Meet the wildlife 

The Riverina Murray region is a haven for all manner of fauna and flora. If you like going bush in search of scaly, feathered or furry friends, you’ll be rewarded with lots of sightings. At Narrandera, about six hours southwest of Sydney, make sure you look up — the popular Koala Reserve in the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park is home to a burgeoning population. This project reintroduced the marsupial to the region in 1974 and now provides a home to more than 200 koalas.  

Birders, rejoice! Download the excellent Bird Trails of the Riverina and South West Slopes of NSW guide, which details the best trails and locations for birdwatching in the region. Top spots include the Narrandera Wetlands and Rocky Waterholes, which have bird hides free for public use.  

If you’re more of a cat person, make your way to Altina Wildlife Park, 1.5 hours northwest of Wagga Wagga, or six hours southwest of Sydney, to see some big cats up close. The park is also home to rhinos, lions, giraffes, wolves and hundreds of other species both big and small, and hosts a range of behind-the-scenes tours. 

Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: Destination NSW

Men enjoying an early morning row on the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga.

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Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: Destination NSW

Men enjoying an early morning row on the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga.

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The Rocky Waterholes, Narrandera CREDIT: Narrandera Tourism

Bird watching in a bird hide along the banks of Bundidgerry Creek in the Rocky Waterholes area, Narrandera.

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The Rocky Waterholes, Narrandera CREDIT: Narrandera Tourism

Bird watching in a bird hide along the banks of Bundidgerry Creek in the Rocky Waterholes area, Narrandera.

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Bike, hike and more 

In Wagga Wagga you don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy a memorable hiking or biking experience. Hop on the Wiradjuri Trail, a 42km track that rings the entire district and offers a smooth ride for hikers, bikers or joggers, and stroll through historic sites, conservation areas and along the Murrumbidgee River.  

The Rock Nature Reserve ― Kengal Aboriginal Place is named for the 364m-high rock pinnacle that sits at the centre of this small conservation site. Looking for a challenging workout? Have a go at rock climbing or abseiling, or take a hike while enjoying the view via the hiking trails to the pinnacle. There are scenic picnic spots, too.  

More gentle exercise is on offer at the Bidgee Riverside and Cultural Trail in Hay, about eight hours southwest of Sydney. Hike or bike through the red gums along the Murrumbidgee River and then make your way past sculptures and artworks that tell the history of Hay and the surrounding region. You can also explore self-guided Heritage and Art Trails, which showcase the many renowned buildings in the area as well as a range of public artworks and galleries.  

The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place CREDIT: Destination NSW

Watching the sunrise from The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, located between the town of Lockhart and the city of Wagga Wagga.

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The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place CREDIT: Destination NSW

Watching the sunrise from The Rock Nature Reserve - Kengal Aboriginal Place, located between the town of Lockhart and the city of Wagga Wagga.

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Hay Sunset Viewing Area, Hay CREDIT: Destination NSW

View across the country landscape from the Hay Sunset Viewing Area in Hay.

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Hay Sunset Viewing Area, Hay CREDIT: Destination NSW

View across the country landscape from the Hay Sunset Viewing Area in Hay.

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