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THE RIVERINA - Murrumbidgee Country
The vast flat plain farming area, mainly along the Murrumbidgee River, in the south west of the state is known as
Large grain and rice farms exist to the west around Hay while, just east at Griffith, is a highly productive vegetable,
fruit and wine producing area resembling a lush oasis.
Further east, where the region meets the Hume Highway, towns like Gundagai and Holbrook are more settled catering to
travellers and visitors along the main highway between Melbourne and Sydney.
At the centre of this extensive region is its largest town, Wagga Wagga. With a population of over 60,000 it is
among the largest towns in New South Wales and has all the services needed to supply the town and surrounding area.
Across this highly irrigated area the Sturt Highway from Adelaide, and the Newell and Olympic Highways provide easy
access north, south, east and west. Most of the major towns are situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River
which rises in the Snowy Mountains near Canberra and flows into the Murray River near Swan Hill.
Extensive irrigation systems draw water from the river without which the Riverina would well be as barren as the
outback of the state.
There are several wilderness parks worth a visit and the man-made attractions offer the visitor plenty to do.
There is plenty of accommodation in motels, hotels caravan parks and B&Bs and major towns like Hay, Narrandera, Griffith,
Wagga Wagga, Junee, Leeton, Deniliquin and Gundagai have supermarkets and other facilities.
The Riverina is a way of exploring the Outback of New South Wales without the harsher climate and limitations of the far
The Riverina region enjoys a mediterranean climate with warm to hot days and cold nights in summer.
Limited rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year.
There are many motels, hotels and caravan parks to choose from catering for every budget. Use the
Accommodation Search below to find your options.
Discover fascinating attractions and scenic national parks. See typical outback Australian towns and settlements.
SOME MAJOR PLACES OF INTEREST:
Shear Outback: Hay. Australia wool and shearing museum.
The National Glass Gallery- Wagga Wagga
Dog on the Tuckerbox: Near Gundagai.
RAAF Museum Wagga Wagga
National Truckers Memorial: Tarcutta.
Old Hay Gaol Hay
The Giant Guitar In the Narrandera Visitor Centre.
Wineries at Griffith.
ACCOMMODATION & SERVICES:
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GETTING THERE BY ROAD
The Riverina region mainly lies along the Sturt Highway (20) between the Hume Hwy in the east and Balranald
in the west. It reaches north to include Junee, Cootamundra and Booroowa and east along the Hume Hwy to Holbrook in the south and
Gundagai and Yass in the north.
The Newell Hwy from Victoria to Queensland (39) and the Olympic Way from Albury also pass through the eastern Riverina. In the
West the Great Western Highway and Cobb Hwy pass through Hay.
Daily bus services operate along the Hume and Sturt highways and the main North-South railway stops in major towns and
cities including Yass, Cootamundra, Harden, Junee, Wagga Wagga, The Rock, Henty and Albury.
There are major airports at Wagga Wagga and at Albury. AIRPORTS
The Wagga Wagga Airport is Commonwealth (RAAF) owned. The civil side was leased by the City Council in 1992 for 30 years.
The Airport covers an area of approximately 500 acres (202 Hectares) with 2 runways.
1. Sealed Runway, 1768m (length) x 45m (width)
2. Grassed Runway, 1526m (length) x 30m (width)
The Wagga Wagga Airport handles over 200,000 passengers annually with daily services by major airlines.
It is located about 12 kilometres south west of town, or a 20 minute drive, or roughly a $30 cab fare.
Hire cars are available through Avis, Budget, Thrifty, and Hertz. The airport is clean and tidy
and offers the expected amenities, including an Internet service and ATM facilities.
There is both free car parking and paid secure car parking available. Wagga airport is open 7 days per week.
QANTAS, Jetstar, Regional EXpress (REX) and Virgin Australia all have flights from Capital cities across the country.
The Sydney to Melbourne CountryLink XPT operates twice daily from Central Station in Sydney at 7.42am and 20.40pm
and Southern Cross in Melbourne at 8.40 and 19.55pm. The trip takes around 11 hours.
The full economy fare Sydney to Melbourne is around $110,00 and First Class $156.00 (December 2012) Download Itinerary Sydney to Melbourne Download Itinerary Melbourne to Sydney
BY COACH Greyhound Australia operate 2 coaches daily between Sydney
and Melbourne (9.00am and 8.00pm from Sydney) stopping at
Sydney International Airport, Parramatta, Liverpool, Mittagong, Goulbourn, CANBERRA, Yass, Gundagai,
Wagga Wagga, Holbrook, Albury (Meal Break), Wangarratta, Benalla,, Campbellfield and arriving MELBOURNE at 11.00pm or
8.00am at the Greyhound Australia Terminal, Bay 64, Southern Cross Terminal, Spencer St
Coaches leave Melbourne at 7.15am and 8.00pm. Phone 1300 473 946 for enquiries. Cost is around $100.00 (Nov 2012)