Expert’s Guide to The Murray: Not Quite Nigella
Lorraine Elliott, better known as food blogger Not Quite Nigella, takes a tasty road trip through The Murray to discover authentic Italian food, picturesque wineries, aerial adventures and thriving local communities.
Why should foodies choose The Murray for a holiday?
I loved visiting The Murray region and the border towns within it. I flew into Albury from Sydney, then picked up a car and road-tripped for the next three days along the Murray River, through Corowa, Mulwala and Moama. Apart from breathing in fresh country air, escaping the crowds and going for scenic drives, there are so many things you can do from piloting your own plane (yes!) to taking a paddle-steamer to a winery lunch.
What are your favourite places to eat in the region?
The food everywhere was really good and the Italian food is a particular stand out. From new restaurant Norma Wine + Pasta, which could easily be at home in Surry Hills or Newtown, but is located in downtown Albury; to D’Amicos Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria that serves up classic Italian favourites like seafood crepe and beef scallopini. There's also Junction in Moama for something more sophisticated and the Border Inn Hotel for delicious pub food.
What’s the must-do experience for the region?
The Wharf to Winery experience with Murray River Paddlesteamers and Morrison’s Winery is a must do and you can visit the charming towns on each side of the river. And never pass up the chance to pilot your own plane! Corowa Recreational Flying will take you up on a 30min Air Experience Flight over the Corowa/Rutherglen district. You’re in very capable hands, so no need to worry, and you can pilot as much or as little as you want!
How about accommodation – what options are there in the Murray?
There are some amazing accommodation options in the area. You can stay at Circa 1936 in Corowa, an art deco former state bank building that’s been converted into a boutique hotel. We also stayed at Perricoota Station, a restored country house set right by the river. On our final night, we stayed at Talo Retreat, an adults-only escape within Moama on Murray Resort. The stylish yurts come complete with hammocks and spa bath. I've never stayed in a yurt before, but it was profoundly relaxing!
Explore more of NSW with Lorraine Elliott on her blog, Not Quite Nigella.