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Sun Herald - 31/5/1998
Author: Rob Woodburn
In autumn the land is awash with amber. Glossy reflections of shimmering golden leaves flick across the car's bonnet as we slip down the mountain slopes around Gundagai towards the flat, verdant, irrigated heart of the Riverina.
Early this century, the south-west of NSW was John Oxley's "barren wilderness". Now this formerly arid region produces nearly all the State's oranges and a fruit bowl of other citrus and deciduous fruits.
The Riverina region occupies 63,500 sq/km either side of the
Wagga Wagga, the regional centre, is about a five-hour drive from
This cool-climate mountain region is famous for its apples, stone fruit and berry orchards, excellent fishing opportunities, bushwalking and fine bed and breakfast accommodation - the ideal overnight solution on a self-drive holiday.
The name Gundagai is etched into Australian folklore. The infamous bushranger, Captain Moonlight, lies in the local cemetery. Most visitors make sure they see the famous dog on the tuckerbox statue, a short distance from town, and Snake Gully's copper characters from Steel Rudd's On Our Selection.
At Gundagai's tourist centre there is a remarkable cathedral sculpture containing more than 20,000 hand-cut marble pieces. The central Riverina puts on its most spectacular show in early spring, when the canola crop flowers into fields of billowing yellow blooms fringed by lush green wheat and splashed through with the intense purple of
Coolamon is the centre of canola country and delightful in spring. Heritage tours offer visitors the chance to experience local life and sample produce.
Wagga Wagga's botanic gardens are probably at their best in autumn. The gardens are quite justifiably the pride of a town that, despite being NSW's largest inland city, still has a country heartbeat. The 9ha gardens, on
Wagga Wagga boasts no less than six theatre groups, all performing regularly. The presence of the
The Riverina is the biggest wine producer in NSW, crushing in excess of 110,000 tonnes of grapes a year. In recent times local winemakers have achieved spectacular success in the premium wine market, notably with the country's most prized dessert wine, De Bortoli's Noble One.
The railway town of
The Riverina's west has been likened to a mix of
Narranderra is an attractive riverside town, best explored on the Two Foot Heritage
Web Sites to view on Riverina (Also view our Links Page)
Riverina Regional Development Board – www.rrdb.com.au/home.asp