North East Tourist News

Yarrawonga/Mulwala

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ON the south bank of the mighty Murray River sits the Victorian town of Yarrawonga.

On the north bank is the New South Wales town of Mulwala.

An expanse of water and differing state rules may separate them, but these dual towns are often thought of as just one larger city.

Given that they share the river and a waterway - Lake Mulwala - it is not surprising that some visitors don’t realise that when they cross the bridge, they’ve entered into a whole different city or state.

Elizabeth Hume, sister to explorer Hamilton Hume, was the first European to live in North East Victoria and formed the ‘Yarrawonga Run’ in 1842 with assistance from her brother.

Lake Mulwala was formed in 1939 when the Murray River was dammed at the Yarrawonga Weir as part of the Murray-Darling Irrigation Scheme and is now a popular tourist destinatio­n with its grassy green banks and ample picnic and play areas.

The lake is suitable for a number of recreation­al activities including water skiing, wakeboardi­ng, fishing, swimming, sailing, wind surfing and boating and the P.S. Cumberoona tours the area to the sounds of paddle wheels.

The museum is a mine of informatio­n for those wanting to learn more about the pioneering history of Mulwala, as is the Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitor Informatio­n Centre.

 ?? PHOTO: YMTB ?? SO MUCH TO DO: The Mighty Murray River offers visitors a range of activities.
PHOTO: YMTB SO MUCH TO DO: The Mighty Murray River offers visitors a range of activities.

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