Discover a heritage-rich town full of outdoor adventure and epicurean delights in Corowa, the Birthplace of Federation. Situated on the banks of the mighty Murray River, this gorgeous town opens a world of water sports, cycling, golf and gliding, as well as wine tasting in nearby vineyards.
Heritage & culture
In the 1860s Corowa was a thriving river port full of cargo-laden paddle steamers. Today, the river is popular for swimming, fishing, waterskiing and canoeing. Hire a bike from the Corowa Visitor Information Centre and explore a network of cycling tracks that reveal historical sights and river scenery. The Information Centre is also the starting point for the Shearing the Rams Trail, which links sites important to famed landscape painter Tom Roberts.
Continue your discovery on the self-guided Corowa History Trail, and learn about the town’s role in uniting Australia’s colonies in 1901 at the Corowa Federation Museum. Every year this momentous event is commemorated with music, food and wine at the Corowa Federation Festival.
Eat & drink
Your first tasty stop should be Corowa Whisky and Chocolate. Set inside a 1920s flour mill, there’s whisky tasting for the adults, chocolate making for the kids and a delicious restaurant. Situated near the Rutherglen wine region, you can taste local wines at Corowa restaurants, including D'Amico's Italian Restaurant and Club Lounge at Circa 1936. At, play a round of golf before relaxing with a local wine or beer at the bistro.
Play a round at the Corowa Golf Club or experience the thrill of tandem gliding in a sailplane with the Australian Soaring Centre. The kids will love riding on the Corowa Apex Miniature Steam Train, while for the car buffs, Max’s Motor Museum has a fascinating collection of vintage cars. You’ll also find fantastic local artwork at Gallery 294 Corowa, Wacky Bird Gallery and Art Space Corowa. The events calendar is packed with markets and festivals.
Getting there & where to stay
Corowa is six hours’ drive from Sydney, just over three hours from Melbourne and only 45min west of Albury. Accommodation in Corowa includes riverside camping, holiday parks, cottages, motels and the luxury boutique hotel Circa 1936.