Fine heritage and koala sanctuary
Discover fine heritage, taste fresh produce, enjoy riverbank trails, and see hundreds of koalas in their natural habitat in Narrandera, a beautiful country town in the heart of the Riverina. Enjoy fun festivals and visit two of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ - the Big Guitar and the Big Tennis Racquet.
On the banks of the meandering Murrumbidgee River, Narrandera will delight you with its fascinating heritage, antiques, wonderful festivals, orchard tours and a nature reserve where you’ll see hundreds of koalas. Enjoy walking and cycling trails and explore charming villages nearby.
In the heart of the beautiful Riverina region of south-western NSW, Narrandera is 70 minutes’ drive northwest of Wagga Wagga and 70 minutes southwest of Griffith, and a road trip from Melbourne or Sydney. You can take a weekly train from Sydney to Narrandera or fly to Narrandera-Leeton Airport.
The region is renowned for its fresh produce, acclaimed wines, country charm and natural attractions, such as the koalas and sandy river beaches in Narrandera. Check out the events calendar for festivals, shows and markets, such as the Taste Riverina Food Festival, Narrandera Farmers Market, the John O’Brien Bush Poetry Festival and the Barellan Good Old Days Weekend.
You’ll find plenty of places to stay and with many things to do and see, the Two-Foot Heritage Walk, Royal Doulton Hankinson Memorial Fountain, Parkside Cottage Museum and the Tiger Moth Memorial are just a few of the highlights. Tour the Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, in Sandigo. In Barellan, Sandhill Artefacts offers Aboriginal cultural tours and makes authentic boomerangs.
For extraordinary animal encounters, visit the Koala reserve where you’ll find hundreds of koalas in the wild. You can join the Annual Koala Count in April. Cycling is a great way to explore - hire a bike from Eurell’s Bike Hire and pedal along the river bank on the 23km Narrandera Bike and Hike Track. There are more enchanting cycling trails in Barellan and Grong Grong, a village east of Narrandera.
Some of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ are in the Narrandera area. The Big Guitar is Australia’s biggest playable guitar and on display in the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre, where you’ll find brochures for the self-guided heritage walks and other experiences. In Balleran, there's the Big Tennis Racquet, a tribute to tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who grew up in town.