A pretty town on the banks of the beautiful Murray River, Barham in southwest NSW is an enticing escape for great golf, marvellous fishing, and a scenic food and wine trail. You can cross the river on the heritage-listed Barham Bridge, a 1904-built lift span bridge, to the twin town of Koondrook.
On both sides of the river are magnificent red gum sculptures. As you amble along the riverbanks past the chainsaw-carved sculptures you’ll learn about pioneers and native animals. At Riverside Park in Barham Lakes you’ll find picnic tables and barbecues and the kids will love the playground.
Delightful walking tracks weave through towering red gum forests. The meandering river is popular for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. You can cruise on the mighty waterway in a riverboat and learn intriguing insights, including about the paddle-steamers that still glide under the lift span bridge.
Golf is one of the many enjoyable things to do in Barham. Surrounded by natural bushland are the magnificently manicured fairways and greens of cluBarham’s 18-hole championship course. After a round of golf you can enjoy a cool drink and delicious food at the golf club’s cafe, restaurant and bar.
Another wonderful experience is the Backroads Trail, a scenic food, wine and cultural touring route with gateways at Barham, Echuca Moama, Deniliquin and Mathoura. You can stop at orchards, olive groves and gourmet providores, and enjoy river cruises, farm visits and wine tasting at cellar doors.
Restdown Wines is an organic vineyard and winery in Barham, which is about three hours’ drive from Albury and Melbourne. Savour wines at the cellar door and explore a 1.4 km walking trail. The nearest airports are Albury and Mildura, and Barham’s accommodation options suit various budgets.