Narrandera

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.

 A koala sitting in a tree in the Koala Reserve, Narrandera, NSW

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.

Two kayakers paddling on the Murrumbidgee River, Narrandera, NSW

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.

Narrandera-Leeton Airport

Fly into Narrandera-Leeton Airport

The Narrandera-Leeton Airport is 10km southwest from Narrandera’s town centre and 24km northwest from Leeton’s centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trips into these towns. Alternatively, rent a car at the airport and explore the Riverina region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates regular direct flights to and from Sydney and Griffith. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Narrandera and Leeton.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Ian Lucas Memorial Bike Ride

    Saturday 30 March 2019 , Narrandera

    The Grong Grong Sports Club, along with the Matong P and C, is hosting the Ian Lucas Memorial Bike and Hike. This is a 25 kilometre bike ride from Grong Grong Sports Club to the Matong School and return. Or a 10 kilometre walk from the…

    30 Mar
  2. Narrandera Farmers Market

    Sunday 07 April 2019 to Sunday 07 July 2019 , Narrandera

    Narrandera Farmers' Market is held on the first Sunday of the month. It boasts a variety of local produce, baking, preserves, and handmade items. A lovely, relaxing way to spend your Sunday morning. Take the Lions Train and combine your…

    07 Apr - 07 Jul
  3. Annual Koala Count

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Narrandera

    Come along for the Annual Koala Count in Narrandera. Meet for a 10am start. The Narrandera Koala Count is a great chance for people to see koalas in the wild. Held at the Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve, the Koala Count is a fun way…