Murray River Road

Cobram and Barooga

Cobram is a relative newcomer to the Murray, not proclaimed as a town until 1912 (although, sure, there were folks living there before then). Surrounded by farm gates that welcome visitors, this is the place for produce without pretence. Visit the farmers, stock up, and eat and drink your fill. After that, it’s all about the outdoor life in this (usually) sunny part of the world.

Australia’s largest inland beach, Thompson’s Beach, is a great place to swim, or bushwalk to explore Quinn Island. This stretch of the Murray is one of the prettiest, with gentle bends, 500-year-old river redgums, and scenic riverside walks. For sports fans, there’s the two championship courses at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club – a great way to earn your dinner.

Across on the New South Wales side, Barooga is sweet little place, well worth a visit for the impressive botanical gardens, featuring plants and trees from around the world.

If you’re travelling with a bridge enthusiast – and who doesn’t? – the Cobram–Barooga Bridge is a rare example of an intact vertical lift-span opening bridge, completed in 1902. That’s your next trivia night sorted.

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