In riverside Narrandera, visit koalas in their natural habitat, explore fascinating heritage and enjoy fishing, kayaking and swimming. The delightful town is in the heart of the beautiful Riverina. There are orchard tours, cycling and walking trails by the river, and two of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’.
The region is renowned for fresh produce, acclaimed wines, country charm and natural attractions, including Narrandera’s Koala Reserve and sandy beaches on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Places to stay suit a range of budgets, from caravan and camping sites to hotels, motels and B&Bs.
For extraordinary animal encounters, the Narrandera Nature Reserve is part of the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and home to hundreds of koalas. Known locally as the Koala Reserve, the koalas munch on the river red gums, and on some days koalas doze on branches overhanging the river.
Cycling is a great way to explore the natural beauty of the area, including the koala sanctuary. Bring your own bike or hire one from Eurell’s Bike Hire and pedal along the river on the 23km Narrandera Bike and Hike Track. There are more cycling trails in Barellan and Grong Grong, two villages nearby.
Stop by the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre and pick up free maps to explore the history and heritage. The self-guided Two-Foot Heritage Walk wanders past many attractions, including the Tiger Moth Memorial, the Royal Doulton Hankinson Memorial Fountain and Parkside Cottage Museum.
For indigenous heritage, visit the Wiradjuri Honour Wall, a rammed-earth memorial to the Narrungdera Clan who have passed. You can browse beautifully crafted boomerangs and other handmade works by Wiradjuri descendant Michael Lyons at his Sandhills Artefacts workshop.
The two ‘big things’ in the district are Barellan’s Big Tennis Racquet, a tribute to tennis great Evonne Goolagong Cawley, a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in the town and won Wimbledon twice. The Big Guitar is Australia’s biggest playable guitar on display at the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre.
The fun and exciting events calendar includes the thrilling Narrandera Rodeo in February, the poetic John O’Brien Bush Festival in March and the tasty Narrandera Farmers' Market is monthly. The town is easy to reach by road, rail or air, and is only 70 minutes’ drive from Wagga Wagga and Griffith.