Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Be a tourist in your own backyard

THIS SPRING, WE MAY BE LIMITED BY THE KILOMETRES WE CAN TRAVEL, BUT IF WE LOOK CLOSELY WE CAN DISCOVER INNUMERABL­E FASCINATIO­NS RIGHT IN OUR OWN BACKYARD.

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It’s time to put the Riverina-Murray in focus, whether it’s a day trip to a local heritage museum or a tramp through the bush somewhere further afield, our waterways and plains have it all.

Marvel at Barham’s (Wadi Wadi, Wamba Wamba/ Perrepa Perrepa country) 117 year old bridge, one of the last lift-span designs ever constructe­d in New South Wales to allow safe passage for paddle steamers.

While many of Moulamein’s (Wamba Wamba) historic buildings have been lost over the years, the courthouse and bullock drays which transporte­d timber are still visible around town. If you’re lucky enough to turn up on a Thursday or Friday, head to the art gallery for a coffee and to browse local work.

Take a scenic drive to one of the tiny towns in the Southern Riverina — have a hit of tennis at the new Pretty Pine courts or stop for a cold one at the historic Royal Mail Hotel at Booroorban (Nari Nari and Wiradjuri).

Check out the plaques under the peppercorn trees across the street to learn about its role on the old Cobb and Co stock route.

Drop in to Deniliquin (Wamba Wamba/Perrepa Perrepa) and visit the historical society or take yourself and the family on a walking tour of the artwork around the CBD.

Mulwala and Yarrawonga (Bandjalung) are known for their lagoons, making this the perfect place to cool down, with plenty of accommodat­ion around from bush camping to luxury golf resorts.

The Finley Railway Museum houses memorabili­a from the ambitious railway projects of the late 19th century. The railway reached Finley (Wiradjuri) in September 1989, so spring is the perfect time to look back on the history of this feat of infrastruc­ture.

Stop in at quaint Darlington Point (Wiradjuri) where the river is flowing and the shade trees are plentiful. Check out the range of small cafes and restaurant­s right on the Kidman Way for lunch or a tasting of local wines and follow it with a meander along the Murrumbidg­ee River.

You’ll find all this and more when you become a tourist in your own backyard. Pack up the car, some lunch, and your What’s On guide and get exploring.

Before you head off, make sure to check the latest COVID-19 rules and restrictio­ns in your state and local government area, as well as your destinatio­n.

• For Victoria: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restrictio­n-levels-covid-19

• For New South Wales: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules

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