With many of us being in lockdown for some time now it is never too late to start dreaming and planning your next escape and adventure once it is safe to travel this beautiful country once again unheeded. With this in mind we thought we would take a look at an often underrated region to explore in the great state of New South Wales. The picturesque and serene Riverina Region of New South Wales covers a vast area from the foothills of the mighty Snowy Mountains to the harsh, flat outback of the Hay Plain. Central to this region and playing an important role in the regions rich agricultural industry is the ever tranquil Murrumbidgee River. A major tributary of the iconic Murray River the Murrumbidgee is Australia’s second longest river. Protecting a large swathe of this majestic river and its surrounds is the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park.
A journey last year outside of Covid Lockdowns saw us spend several days relaxing and exploring a very small section of this amazing park. Venturing mere kilometres from the delightful Riverina hamlet of Nerrandera we meandered along deserted sandy tracks and albeit a bit damp found ourselves setting up camp on the bank of the Murrumbidgee without another soul in site. Simply magic and our favourite type of camping spot.
Exploring the beautiful surrounds of the Murrumbidgee is an ideal way to relax and without the crowds found at some other riverside camps this is definately a spot to put on your radar. Strolling through the enormous and ancient river Red Gums is a surreal experience and one that should be on your to do list.
Whilst spending some time exploring this small piece of paradise there is also some history to absorb. Located high on a sand hill a little ways back from the river sits the final resting place of Robert Graham in the mid 1800s. One account of Graham’s demise is that he was reportedly murdered by the local indigenous people for supplying poisoned flour to them. Another account is that the flour was actually poisoned by local white people who didn’t agree with Graham helping the Aboriginals at the time. Whatever the true account is it is still a poignant reminder of the areas troubled past, like so many across the country.
The lonely gravesite of Robert Graham
The scenery along the Murrumbidgee is simply stunning and you are hard pressed to not be impressed by the vistas around every corner. Whether sitting on a white, sandy beach by the river and contemplating life or marvelling at the inspiring reflections of our inland lifeblood the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park has you covered and will leave one wanting for more.
Peel your eyes away from the river for a while and you will find a myriad of birdlife that call these River Red Gum Woodlands home and you won’t need an alarm clock in the mornings, take our word for that one.
Tearing ourselves away from Murrumbidgee Valley National Park there are a couple more treasures to explore on the doorstep of Nerrandera. Our favourite would have to be just east of town on a serene bend in the river is Rocky Waterholes Reserve. Camping is permitted here and even though the spot is popular it does not detract from the sheer beauty of this idyllic location.
We urge everyone when you are next planning your escape once it is safe to travel once again to consider the relaxing and picturesque Riverina Region of New South Wales, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed in what you can find in this wonderful region.
Keep an eye out for our one of our next posts exploring the up and coming popularity of Silo Art in the wonderful Riverina Region of New South Wales.
Happy and Safe Travel Planning and hope we can all be out exploring this beautiful state and country in the not too distant future. Stay safe.