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Koondrook


Nestled at the junction of the Murray River and Gunbower Creek, Koondrook is a sanctuary for those seeking authentic nature-based experiences.

Download a copy of Koondrook's two-day, one-night itinerary, curated for those seeking to connect with local culture, heritage and authentic nature-based experiences.

Discover the natural wonders of Gunbower Island, explore ancient redgum forests and wetlands of international significance. Listen to the enchanting calls of waterbirds as you paddle the waterways, home to platypus and turtles. Follow the winding trails beneath the forest canopy to uncover historical, cultural and ecological sites of interest.

Koondrook offers a range of accommodation options from Murray Waters Motor Inn & Apartments, Koondrook Caravan Park to local guest houses including Old Koondrook Bakery, originally built in 1911 and given new life. Koondrook Retreat, a luxury glamping experience, features six safari style tents, complete with an ensuite, kitchenette and a private deck offering magnificent views of the creek and forest. The glamping retreat is connected to the Gunbower Island via a redgum footbridge, and links to a 3km looped walking track via the historic Condidorios Bridge.

There is a rich food culture in Koondrook where local and seasonal produce is revered. The Long Paddock Food Store is a favourite among locals and visitors for their coffee and gourmet lunch menu. You can also pick up homemade savoury pastries from the Koondrook General Store, delight your senses with Curry on the Murray, or spend some time with the locals in the beer garden at Mate’s Royal Hotel.

Visit the international award-winning Koondrook Wharf where the original tram turntable has been reimagined with indigenous stone artwork depicting the story of the Murray Cod and Murray River, while the Sheild and Spears installation tell stories of the ancient culture.

As you wander along the waterfront you will hear the historic Arbuthnot Sawmills echoing through the towering redgum trees along the river while experiencing Koondrook’s historic timber harvesting heritage and riverboat history. Discover more of Koondrook's Paddle Steamer History.

The Redgum Statue Walk, showcases hand carved redgum logs, depicting local identities and native wildlife, connecting Koondrook to the Murray River twin town, Barham.

To fully immerse yourself in nature in Koondrook, hire a canoe to discover the Gunbower Island Canoe Trail that snakes around the waters of Safes lagoon. On this chilled and easily accessible self-guided experience you can spot abundant birdlife, kangaroos, turtles and the elusive platypus.

For an eco-experience of a life-time, join a tour with Murray River Adventures to paddle deep under the canopy of the flooded Gunbower Forest, known as the ‘Kakadu of the South’. These wetlands are unique environments of the Murray River floodplain.

Discover many indigenous, timber milling and early settler sites on the self-guided Spences Bridge Forest Drive. The CD for this drive is available to purchase from the Gateway to Gannawarra Visitor Centre in Cohuna or you can download free via Soundcloud.

Discover more things to do in Koondrook on page 8 of the Gannawarra Visitor Guide

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Twin town Barham over the river in New South Wales is a well-known destination for golfers. cluBarham caters for a wide range of entertainment and meals and is a popular choice with visitors.