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Nyah/Nyah West

The towns of Nyah and Nyah West, around 20 minutes from Swan Hill, are the gateway to some magnificent natural riverside bush.

The popular Nyah Recreation Reserve is a free, spacious, shady camping ground perfect for the caravan. What it lacks in creature comforts is more than made up for in unspoilt riverfront views, fishing, birdlife and pleasant walks.

The more adventurous can head out in the 4WD or pack a tent to claim your private spot along 7km of rugged riverfront in the nearby Nyah Vinifera State Forest. Nyah Vinifera Park covers an area of 1,000 hectares of pristine nature including century old red gums, beautiful billabongs and lagoons, all alongside the banks of the Murray River. Just the ticket for a bit of well-earned rest and relaxation.

Day-trippers can make the most of this unspoilt slice of Aussie bush too, with walking and cycling tracks crisscrossing the area, inviting a day of exploration and relaxation. As you move through the area, keep an eye out for signs of the long history of Aboriginal communities (The Wadi Wadi people) in this region, including canoe trees and middens.

The small towns of Nyah (nearer the Murray River on the highway) and the slightly larger Nyah West (on the train line) support the region’s agricultural businesses, including fresh fruit and vegetables, wool and wine. The main street of Nyah West is a snapshot of early and mid-20th century architecture, with gorgeous single-story facades framing the everyday businesses of the town. Snap a photo of the Kookaburra and Sulphur-crested cockatoo art murals by local artist Paul Oswin.

Look out for Dollton Abbey – a Doll Museum with more than 2000 preloved and new dolls collected over 25 years by local resident and 2020 citizen of the year Lucy Dacey.

Pack your clubs and play 18 holes at the Nyah West Golf Club. You might even spot a kangaroo or five! It’s all a far cry from the 1890s when the area was first established as a socialist utopia! After your round, stop in for a meal and chat with the friendly locals at the Nyah West pub.

To find out more things to see and do in Nyah and Nyah West region, visit Discover More Nyah & Nyah West and start exploring today. Or Click here for a downloadable map.