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Long Paddock Touring Route

Discover the history of the region

The Long Paddock road trip follows the historic Cobb stock route, from fascinating Echuca – Moama on the mighty Murray River to iconic country towns like Deniliquin. The drive features public artworks and information boards along the way, bringing the history and heritage of this unforgettable drive to life.

The modern Cobb Highway follows part of the great network of stock routes that became known as “The Long Paddock” - a historic web of tracks and trails linking stock-breeding areas of inland NSW and Queensland with emerging markets in Victoria. It also provided an escape route from drought when the seasons failed. The Long Paddock is still a working stock route which provides us with a link to times and landscapes that are long since altered.

The Long Paddock also passes through some of the most character filled villages in Australia. These little townships of between 30 and 70 people provide visitors with a glimpse of life in country communities. Make sure you stop and have a cuppa or a beer in Pretty Pine, Wanganella and Booroorban, where you will be welcomed with a smile and can get a real feel for life in the bush.

The Long Paddock is an easy drive and accessible by caravan, car or 4WD. The beauty of the Long Paddock is that visitors can come for a day, a week or a lifetime.

In the Edward River region, you’ll find four of the Long Paddock Sculptures:

  • “Shod” by artist Jonathan Leahey is situated near the Peppin Heritage Centre in George Street
  • “Cut” by artist Jonathan Leahey is located on Davidson Street
  • “Smoko” by artist Geoff Hocking is located in front of the Pretty Pine Pub, a 20-minute drive from Deniliquin
  • “Headless Horseman” by artist Geoff Hocking is located at the Black Swamp rest site in between Wanganella and Booroorban, about a 40-minute drive from Deniliquin