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Murrabit

Murrabit is a small country town situated 27 km north of Kerang and within close proximity to the Murray River. The township and railway station was established in 1924 on the Kerang-Stony Crossing Border Railway. The town was built two miles from the river, a stipulation set by the New South Wales Government.

The Murrabit bridge was constructed in 1926 and was the first all steel bridge over the Murray River between New South Wales and Victoria. The bridge designed for road and rail, was integral in linking Victoria to the rich Riverine Plains of New South Wales. The bridge remains in operation today and its lift span is utilised a number of times per year to allow passage of large vessels including paddle steamers.

Murrabit comes to life when it hosts the Murrabit Country Market for dates visit www.murrabit.com.au/market. Established in 1977, the Murrabit Country Market is one of Victoria’s largest and longest running markets. The market attracts up to 150 site-holders, selling fresh produce, plants, arts and crafts, clothing and hardware. A community operated gift shop hosts a display of locally made products sourced from the market.

Businesses in town include the Murrabit General Store, Post Office and Tavern and Murrabit Trading Store offering rural merchandise and an engineering and steel fabrication business. Many trades including electricians, plumbers, builders and excavator operators are based in the township and local area.

Murrabit’s location on the Murray River and natural bush setting attracts visitors for camping, boating, day trips and fishing. Be sure to join in the annual fishing competition; the Murrabit Cod Challenge held in March each year. Murray Cod and Yellowbelly are the most popular catches.

While in Murrabit take time to discover the history of the area by visiting the purpose built heritage shelter. Follow the Railway Heritage Trail and Walking Track through town along the former railway line to the Murray River and bridge crossing, a 5.2km round trip.

Football, netball and tennis are popular local sports with junior and senior levels catered for. Annually at Easter the tennis club hold their tournament and have done so for over 70 years. There is also a 13 hole golf course for a those who enjoy a round!

With a town population of around 70 with a district of almost 300, Murrabit is a strong and proactive rural community.

Murrabit is a diverse agriculture area with dairy, citrus, lamb, beef, canola, grains and hay.

A medicinal cannabis project is highlighting the changing face of agriculture, providing new jobs and much needed investment in agriculture. In the Benjeroop area, Kilter is growing organic processing tomatoes, corn, organic grains, cotton and stonefruit utilising new irrigation technology such as sub-surface drip irrigation that is highly efficient and environmentally sustainable.