If you are looking for a country community just off the beaten track then Berrigan is a great place to seek out. A farming community with a strong mix of dry and irrigated cropping Berrigan was the home to the first Rural Fire Brigade in NSW and was gazetted in November 1900. A drive around the region in early spring reveals paddocks of golden canola stretching to the horizon and later into Summer the rich brown of maturing wheat and barley takes over.
Only 30 kms north of the Murray River, Berrigan offers travellers a great caravan park with all facilities and a motel and a handful of hotels. Although the population is just under 1000 the town has all the visitor needs including a supermarket, chemist, butcher, bakery and cafes. The township has a very interesting museum and plenty of shady parks and gardens that welcome visitors in all seasons. The swimming pool is open all through the summer and is available free of charge to all patrons.
The Berrigan Government Nature Reserve Tank Paddock is a walking trail situated on the eastern side of town and is well worth a visit. The Tank Paddock provides great educational benefits about indigenous plant species and the trail is well signed to indicate these plants. The gravel walking tracks have opened up regenerated bush land, making it a delightful place to view the fauna and flora of the area.
Finley is the focal point for rail history in the Southern Riverina as it is home to the Finley Pioneer Railway Museum. Incredibly well preserved the Finley Station is one of the few Pioneer stations still standing. To meet the challenges of regional Australia in the late 1800’s, Finley was the first town selected for a Pioneer Railway. This was an American style railway to link regional areas to boost trade and travel, but at low cost due to the harsh economic conditions at the time.
Take a walk from the lake, back to the town’s unique Heritage Walk and discover the area’s rich history. Read the interpretive signs along the way and stop of at the local attractions. In keeping with the rural focus browse heritage buildings, machinery and a vast array of items from the past at the Finley Historical Museum and Log cabin.
Whether you are champion or just play socially, if golf is your game visit the Finley Golf Club, enjoy the friendly layout, hire a cart or walk the fairways effortlessly, check the well kept greens and finish in the club house with the friendly locals. Another destination with beautiful green is the Finley Bowling Club where visitors are always welcome.
If you are tuned to a more active lifestyle, tennis and squash courts are available and the Finley Lake for canoeing, sailing, water skiing and fishing.
Finley hosts many events throughout the year offering something for everyone. From the adrenalin rush of the rodeo, the thunder of horsepower let loose at the tractor pull, the spectacle of mini power boats let loose on the Finley Lake to more sedate pursuits like food and craft fairs and table setting competitions and displays. Finley Lake hosts a monthly Farmers Market that draws shoppers from all over the region to stock up on local produce and gourmet sauces, jams and other handmade condiments.