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Griffith, 193km northwest, is one of the largest wine and
vegetable production areas in the country. Griffith alone is
responsible for around 20 per cent of Australia’s total wine
production. The area’s impressive output could be attributed to
its Italian migrant heritage. Many arrived during the depression,
followed by more in the late 50s and 60s, bringing generations
of viticulture know-how with them.
De Bortoli wines, McWilliams Hanwood Estate, and Melange
wines are a few of the world-renowned producers in Griffith.
For those planning a trip after the heat of summer has died
down, La Festa, the local food and wine festival, celebrates
food and wine and cultural diversity every Easter.
By now, you’ve probably had to loosen your belt a few
notches, and if you’ve got the kids in tow, they’re probably
growing weary of wineries so we’re about due for another visit
with Mother Nature. Sandwiched directly between Wagga Wagga
and Griffith is Narrandera, a tranquil rural town where elegant
architecture gives plenty of incentive to un-holster the camera.
Lake Talbot is often the site of the Australian waterskiing
championships. The adjoining holiday complex is the Riverina’s
premier swimming and recreational facility. Shady lawns surround
three swimming pools, with waterslides, a kid’s playground,
toddler pool and barbeques.
In 1879, 110km southwest, Ned Kelly came to the township
of Jerilderie with a bounty on his head – he could be lawfully shot
on sight by any citizen. The outlaw bushranger and his gang laid
siege to the town, robbing the local bank, locking police in their
own cells, and burning mortgages held in the bank’s safe.
Despite the huge reward on Kelly’s head, no person made an
attempt on his assassination (he actually shouted the bar at the
local pub). The main objective of Kelly’s visit was to have his
manifesto published; known as the Jerilderie Letter, it was his
attempt to justify his crimes and outline his grievances against
the police. Follow in Kelly’s footsteps and learn of the motivations
of this iconic figure on the Ned Kelly Raid Trail.
Cootamundra is a
thriving, lively Shire
set within a natural
environment. It is
a community with a
heart based on its
country values, its
sense of belonging,
its spirit and
the warmth and
friendliness of its
Cootamundra Shire, consisting
of Cootamundra and the
villages of Stockinbingal and
Wallendbeen, have a combined
population of around 7500
people who have chosen to live
here because of the community
spirit, the affordable lifestyle,
the natural setting, the different
choices of rural, residential,
village or town living, the retail,
health, education and cultural
services, the prosperous
economy and easy access to
Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne,
the mountains, the outback
and the coast.
Come and experience life the
way it is meant to be lived.
Come to Coota.
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Quiet 11 acres of parkland
• Cabins • Power Sites – Camping • Kiosk
• Laundry • Playground • Phone • Gas Ref
• Modern Amenities • Covered BBQ
– Pets Allowed Conditional –
Your hosts Lianne and Robert
149 Hume St, Goulburn NSW 2580
Phone/Fax: (02) 4821 3233
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The final stage of our journey takes us to the banks of
Australia’s greatest river, the Murray. 160km southeast, Albury is
the cultural and recreational centre of the region. Walk alongside
the houseboat and paddle-steamer lined river or wander the
streets and take in the splendid 19th century buildings
surrounding them, stopping in at art galleries and well-reputed
eateries along the way.
20km downstream from the town’s centre lays Lake Hume,
where more aquatic adventure is on offer, with good fishing,
skiing and sailing. The area is a great anchoring point for
those wanting to climb aboard a bus for the nearby Rutherglen
With its proud history and beautiful natural surrounds and
produce, the heart of New South Wales makes for a journey
that enlivens all of the senses.
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