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Have a dining experience in the Murray River region without leaving New South Wales

Corowa Chocolate and Whisky, Corowa. Image credit: Murray Regional Tourism

3 Aug. 2021 by Gemma Donahoe

Have a Dining Experience in the Murray River Region Without Leaving New South Wales

When the Murray River is known as the one of Australia’s food bowls, it’s no surprise it’s where visitors flock to experience the region's abundant local produce.

But while travel restrictions are in place between New South Wales and Victoria for many people, there’s no need for you to miss out on food experiences in the Murray River region.

From top-tier Australian culinary experiences riverside to sipping and swilling your way through award-winning wineries and whisky distilleries, the historic towns lining the Murray River pack a punch when it comes to fine dining.

Read on to discover how you can have a complete dining experience on the New South Wales side of the Murray River.

1. Corowa Whisky and Chocolate, Corowa

Go back in time as you indulge in organic Belgium-style chocolate and sample high-quality Australian whisky inside this charming 1920’s flour mill in Corowa.

Tour the distillery and taste the liquor crafted from locally-grown ingredients, bursting with flavours ranging from marzipan, caramel, and oak notes to ripe cherries with hints of chocolate before choosing your preferred drop at the gift shop.

For dessert, make your way over to sister company Junee Liquorice and Chocolate Factory to marvel at the chocolate-making process of their Belgium chocolates – or try your hand at making your own giant chocolate freckle or rocky road.

End the day by taking in the view of the historic setting at the rustic restaurant onsite.

2. Trentham Estate Winery, Trentham Cliffs

Experience an indulgent wine immersion as you tour the 45-hectare winery at the award-winning Trentham Estate Cellar Door and Restaurant, conveniently set right on the banks of the river at Trentham Cliffs.

After wandering the winemaking facility and sipping on decadent vintages, dine alfresco on the lawns or balcony overlooking the mighty Murray River.

Sit back and relax under the old eucalyptus trees, sampling the ever-changing lunch menu, created seasonally from produce sourced nearby.

If you’re after light tapas, choose to build your own platter or opt for sweet treat options with a coffee and cake, any day of the week.

3. Blacksmith Provedore, Mulwala

Step into a stylish setting with tonal, textural, and earthy colours and be greeted with aromas wafting from the woodfire oven inside Blacksmith Provedore.

Crafted from dough milled in Cesole in Italy, the popular pizzas are made in house and hand-rolled to order.

Not to mention the mozzarella, which is made from a single herd of buffalos on a family farm in Victoria – the only pure Riverine Buffalo herd in the whole of Australia.

Tuck into this doughy cheesy goodness while kicking back on the banks with a view of Lake Mulwala, and let the live music set the scene for the rest of the afternoon.

4. The River Deck, Albury

A short stroll from the Albury Botanical Gardens or Dean Street in central Albury, you’ll find River Deck situated among Red Gums, Dutch Elm and London Plane trees with unparalleled views of the Murray River from the open deck.

Modern Australian cuisine stars on this charming restaurant’s menu, with a strong focus on locally grown produce – think Griffith Murray Cod with roasted pumpkin purée, handmade ricotta gnocchi and beetroot cured salmon.

Cosy up by the fireplace indoors for a tranquil space to enjoy the delicious food and drink or dine amongst the steady hum of activity from surrounding parks, passing kayakers and bike riders along the river.

5. Junction Moama, Moama

Timeless elegance meets modern sophistication at Junction Moama, perched on the river's edge.

Rich in heritage and abundant in local produce, the welcoming restaurant and bar offer a completely social experience, extending from the shared dining menu and into the relaxed and warm environment of the venue itself.

The head chefs are devoted to serving only the freshest seasonal, local produce with the likes of mouth-watering Wagyu scotch fillet to the iconic Murray River Cod on the menu.

Pair your meal with wine bottled from neighbouring vineyards, craft beer chosen by the locals or savour fine spirits from the exciting cocktail list, driven by fresh fruits and herbal flavours.