Guiding you on your backroads journey, are a number of interpretive panels, telling the story of the land you are travelling through. Why not pull over and take a moment to read and learn.
From our paddocks come some of the best of Australia’s beef, lamb, wool and grain. But it’s been a hard-won success. You’ll learn about the search for water and the despair of watching the earth crack open in drought, the long wait for the railway to arrive and finally connect remote settlers with city markets and - most importantly - with each other. On our wide plains, parents built a school with their bare hands, bare knuckle boxers fought, and mechanised shearing was invented. We even have an earthquake zone to show you.
Above all, we hope you will come to understand how people on the land care for it. From the original custodians, the Aboriginal tribes, over thousands of years, to the early pioneering families. Similarly, you will see how our modern farming communities are constantly adapting, evolving and caring for the environment in which they live and work. You will gain insights into the way your food is produced in this area, and get to meet some of the people who grow and create it. The resources behind the Backroads Trail include historians, ecologists, agricultural experts and Indigenous archaeologists, as well as many farming families who have generously donated knowledge, time and personal photographs. The lovely country towns of Moama, Mathoura, Deniliquin and Barham are the gateways to the Backroads Trail, and we recommend you mix your Trail touring with time to stay and play in these centres and in the small villages dotted along the route.