Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Reconnect this spring in RIVER COUNTRY

Whether going on a solo trip, with friends, or packing the whole family in the car, there is sure to be something for you in River Country.

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There are some great trails to explore in this region. All self-guided, you can take as long as you want and take the time to really take a look around.

Before you set out, be sure to check the current guidelines on travel in your local government area and surrounds.

River forest trail: Echuca-Moama – Picnic Point – Mathoura

Driving Time: 45 minutes or 1.5hr loop, plus more for exploring

Start your day at the Port of Echuca, wandering the historic streets, visiting blacksmith­s and other signs of colonial life. Head to the Discovery Centre and book a ride on one of the gorgeous paddlestea­mers.

Once your Murray cruise has finished, head north through Moama and up the Cobb Highway toward Mathoura.

From Mathoura it is a 10 minute drive east to Picnic Point, a fabulous little spot on a V-shaped bend, right where the Edward River branches off from the Murray.

Here you can learn about the history of the Timber Cutters’ Run, stroll riverside tracks or launch your kayak. If you’ve brought your rod and tackle, Picnic Point boasts excellent fishing.

Back towards Mathoura, take the Forest Drive and stop off at the Reed Beds Bird Hide which features a raised boardwalk, signage, and interactiv­e informatio­n regarding the spectacula­r birds in this area.

If you’re quiet, you might be lucky to see pelicans, kingfisher­s, yellow rosellas, ibis, spoonbills, superb wrens, swans, cormorants, and ducks in the wetlands here.

Just a minute up Millewa Rd and you’ll be at the Edward River, another lovely spot to kayak, fish or just relax by the river. It’s dog-friendly too, if you brought your four-legged friend along for the ride.

From here, you can decide whether to head back to Echuca Moama on the Cobb Highway, or continue north towards Deniliquin and beyond on the Edward River Trail.

Moulamein – Kyalite – Koraleigh – Goodnight – Tooleybuc – Murray Downs

Drive time: 2 hours, plus more for exploring

Start your trip in the beautiful, shaded town Moulamein as a base for the rest of your trip.

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As you self-guide your way through the town walking tour, stop in for brunch at a local cafe.

From there, visit the historic Moulamein Wharf or check out the ‘Big Tree’ — a 500 to 1000 year-old River Red Gum at the riverbend.

Keep a close eye out for kangaroos, emus, goannas, and native birds.

Tranquil riverwalks and cycling trails are free across Tooleybuc, Goodnight, and Koraleigh, or head to Kyalite and the Wakool River if you’re feeling ambitious.

Take one of the scenic drives to Murray Downs to cap off your day.

Indulge in quality food and locally produced wine at the Murray Downs Golf and Country Club where cafe and bistro dining are on offer.

Take a swing at the lush green golf course, have a turn at bowls or tennis, or take a dip in the pool.

Check with Parks Victoria or NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to book your spot at a campsite.

• For Coronaviru­s travel advice, go to https://www. visitthemu­rray.com.au/travel-alert-coronaviru­scovid-19.

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