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Find Your Slow In The Gannawarra This Autumn

27 Feb 2024

Find Your Slow In The Gannawarra This Autumn

Who doesn’t love to camp by the Murray in autumn. When the sun is still warm, the days are a little cooler and time slows down for lazy afternoons by the river, nights by roaring campfires and star gazing under a blanket of stars.

The Gannawarra region is a mecca for campers seeking memory-making moments with family and friends, perfect weather, fewer crowds, and a plethora of options, both off the grid and closer to town. Choose your own adventure this autumn with free camping options in secluded locations along the Murray, Loddon and Avoca Rivers, as well as the magical Gunbower Creek.

Free Camping In The Gannawarra

The Gannawarra boasts a huge offering of short-term free camping locations across six naturally-stunning locations, with communities of Cohuna, Koondrook and Leitchville all designated official RV-Friendly towns.

Cool and calming waterways are everywhere you turn in this part of the world and waterfront camping options are endless, where you can throw a line in, slow down to paddle pace, while away the afternoon under a shady gum tree and finally start that book you got for Christmas!

For intel on longer-term camping grounds, dump points and general information visit our dedicated RV Free Camping webpage.

Always check ahead for local conditions before you pack the car, especially if you’re planning a bush camp. For all the information you need for the perfect autumn camping holiday in the Gannawarra region this autumn visit our website and don’t forget the marshmallows for toasting around the campfire!

Caravan and Holiday Parks

If you’re keen for a few more creature comforts during your autumn getaway, but still yearn for wide open spaces and fresh country air, consider one of our ideally located caravan and holiday parks from Cohuna to Koondrook and delightful Lake Charm. (See the full list.)

Known as the hidden gem of the region, Cohuna offers the ideal getaway for an epic family holiday, and is the gateway to stunning Gunbower Creek and Island. The chilled vibe here will charm you with cafes, boutique shopping, activities, and classic pub fare right on your doorstep. Cohuna is a water lover’s paradise year round, however autumn’s cooler days are perfect for taking in stunning scenery and world-class birdlife from the safe and calm waters of Gunbower Creek. Don’t miss an eco-kayak experience of Cohuna Lagoon with Murray River Adventures while you’re in town.

For those travelling with their furry friend, the Kerang Big 4 Riverfront Holiday Park is pet-friendly and offers a range of cabins and powered sites right on the Loddon River. The scenic park is a beautiful place to relax next to the water, and is a great location for fishing, canoeing or hiking.

For that little taste of luxury, step into a world of tranquillity at Koondrook Glamping Retreat. Nestled along the banks of the Gunbower Creek, the self-contained accommodations offer more than just a place to stay - they are an immersive nature experience like no other.

The Dairy With An Artistic Twist

Once you've explored the waterways of our region this autumn, make some time for a must-see experience at Shepo's Whey - a local dairy farm with an artistic twist. This unique farm has a metal twist where garden and yard art take centre stage and you can even stay for the night. Farmer Mick, a fitter and turner by trade, creates sculptures from recycled tools and pieces of machinery, while his creative daughter Tiarna also makes welded creations using cutlery.⁠ In addition, Mick's wife Cath, the founder of UDDERly sMOOchy makes soaps and lip balm. There is also a range of handmade candles and melts thanks to their daughters’ collective To Be Real. Of course while on the farm, you can get up close and personal with the animals, including friendly goats and donkeys. Visit Shepo’s Whey by appointment only.

Day Trips

The Gannawarra is perfect for day trips, where you’re never too far away from your campsite for a quick coffee and cake, a long lunch at one of many friendly pubs or clubs, or afternoons spent exploring the shops in Kerang. (You can even charge your electric car in Cohuna and Kerang if needed).

There is a rich food culture in Koondrook where local produce is revered and it’s a great location for morning tea or a gourmet lunch. The Long Paddock Food Store is a favourite of locals and visitors alike. You can also pick up delicious fresh baked bread from the General Store on Thursdays and Sundays or spend some time with the locals in the beer garden at Mate’s Royal Hotel.

Hit the Trails

Cruising the creek is your ticket to ‘slow’ and the many waterways of the Gunbower Island Canoe Trail are ideal for paddlers of all levels and experience. This well-established and easy pace 5km canoe trail is well sign-posted through the forest. Aptly named Safe’s Lagoon, it will leave you craving more of all this natural haven has to offer. Hire a canoe or SUP from Barham Adventure Hire, find out more about paddling across the region here, and be sure to include it in your holiday itinerary.

You can also choose to take an adventure on one of our many walking or bike trails across the region or perhaps a self drive tour that guides you through the ancient and naturally stunning Gunbower State Forest. The Spences Bridge Forest Drive guides you via CD or podcast through the forest, taking in Aboriginal heritage, local timber industry history and the stunning wetlands, which are home to thousands of nesting water birds.

There is so much to see and do this autumn in the Gannawarra. Your only decision will be what to do first! We recommend you book that extra night, as the more you venture, the more you’ll discover there is to see. From natural wonders, to friendly locals, delectable regional produce, land and water trails and cosy campfires for days - here you’ll find your ticket to slow this autumn. So, pack your camping chair, a fishing line or two, maybe the esky, and start planning your trip today! For details on accommodation across the Gannawarra region pop over to our Visit the Murray website and we’ll see you soon!