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Quambatook A beautiful piece of history
Nov20

Quambatook – A beautiful piece of history

Known as the tractor pulling capital of Australia, the small town of Quambatook makes a fantastic place to visit for any trip to this region. Located only 302km from Melbourne and less than an hour away from Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park, Quambatook boasts several historical areas and easy access to many beautiful natural sites.

Tractor Pulling

Since its first competition in 1976, Quambatook has become known for its annual tractor pulling event. If you’re in the area around Easter, make sure to check out this special event!

Historical Centres

If you’re interested in history, this small town offers a surprisingly diverse selection of historical sites and museums. The Quambatook Historical Centre not only collects and displays information and artefacts from the town’s history, but it also celebrates the life and career of one of Quambatook’s more famous residents, the beloved musician John Williamson. Less than 50 km to the east is the Kerang Historical Society and Museum and Boort Court House Museum.

Outdoor Options

Looking to get out in nature? Not only can you walk around the town and enjoy the beautiful buildings and fields, but Quambatook also functions as a convenient hub to reach hidden gems like Mount Jeffcott Nature Conservation Reserve, where a short walk will lead you to spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding land.

A short drive to the southwest will bring you to Tchum Lakes where you can enjoy activities such as swimming, boating, fishing and various water sports. Lake Boort, located 50 km to the south, offers similar activities, as do the Wooroonook Lakes.

Drive east for little under an hour, and you will find yourself in the beautiful Leaghur State Park. Home to some of the most amazing Black Box wetland and woodland areas, this state park offers visitors the chance to drive or walk throughout the area as they enjoy the stunning flora and fauna. If you plan on visiting, make sure to check on conditions within the park on the Parks Victoria website.

Where to Stay

If you’re planning on staying in town, the local Quambatook Hotel has been well praised for its atmosphere and service. Just passing through? Nearby hotels can be found in Boort, Kerand, and Wycheproof. If the weather is nice and you want a chance to enjoy the great outdoors, camping options are available at Lake Boort, Tchum Lakes, and Wooroonook Lakes.

Alternatively, the Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park, located 75 km to the east, offers a variety of cabins and sites for caravans, campervans and tents as well as a swimming pool, tennis court, jumping pillow, and other family-friendly facilities. Book online today.

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kerang victoria
Sep10

Kerang – step back in time

Kerang is a popular rural town and family destination known for its numerous lakes and lagoons. Located 277km North-West of Melbourne and only 25 minutes drive from Cohuna.

 

Reedy Lake Reserve

Apex Park Recreation Area at the Reedy Lake Reserve in Kerang is a lovely place to stop for a picnic. There are BBQs, picnic tables, toilets and a picturesque outlook. Spot a variety of waterbirds and the notorious flying ibis, the symbol of the town. (Not to be confused with Apex Park at Koondrook – same name, different location!).

 

Tourist Information Centre

The information centre is located in an old water storage tower called the Lester Smith Lookout Tower. Built in 1883 and boasting a display of local gemstones, minerals, fossils and shells, excellent views are also on offer. Behind the tower is an olympic-size swimming pool and kids can enjoy the waterslide in summer. Open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m, the tower is located at the corner of the Murray Valley Highway – Wellington St and Shadforth St. Tel: (03) 5452 1860.

 

Kerang Historial Museum

The Kerang Historical Museum features displays about the social and agricultural history of the local area, including farm machinery, tramways, vehicles and information about the town founder Woodford Patchell who was know to have pioneered the use of irrigation in the district. Open on weekends from 1.30 – 4.30pm and located in the former Franklin homestead in Atkinson Park, next to the caravan park in Riverwood Drive. Tel: (03) 5452 2225.

 

Karlie McDonald Memorial Clocktower

The Karlie McDonald Memorial Clock Tower was built in 1933 to commemorate the death of Karlie, a 26 year old Kerang High School teacher who lost her life attempting to save students from drowning in the Loddon River during swimming training in March 1927. Said to be one of the most attractive features of the Kerang township, the Clock Tower is a tall, modern structure and an asset of the local community. It is also referred to as the ‘Karlie McDonald Clock’. Located at the intersection of Victoria Street and Wellington Street, Kerang.

 

Where to Stay

There are 2 caravan parks at Kerang, the Kerang Caravan and Tourist Park, and Ibis Caravan Park. Alternatively, the Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park is just 25 mins drive away and offers an attractive range of cabins and sites, in addition to a swimming pool, tennis court, jumping pillow and other family friendly facilities. Book online today.

Featured Image via https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/kerang/

Sources

https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/kerang-20040208-gdkqtf.html

http://www.murrayriver.com.au/kerang>

https://www.traveller.com.au/kerang–places-to-see-6dv5

 

 

koondrook wharf near cohuna vic
Jun26

Koondrook – a rustic pioneer town on the Murray

Koondrook is a lovely country town and popular family holiday destination 305km North-West of Melbourne, sitting just on the Victorian side of the Murray River opposite the town of Barham. It’s only 20 minutes drive from Cohuna.

Koondrook Wharf

In 2016 the Wharf opened, showcasing a community-inspired area including a moored pontoon, a 28-metre ramp down onto the floating pontoon and a number of viewing platforms within the tree canopy. The design retains historical elements yet allows paddle steamers and large watercraft to berth and pick up passengers.

It’s been over half a century since the old Wharf was dismantled. The new wharf has been constructed alongside the spot the original wharf was located. The main section of the Wharf was constructed using red gum timber sourced locally from the Arbuthnot Sawmills.

Not only a wharf, the area is now a site for events, celebrations, cultural activities and arts.

The Koondrook Wharf was shortlisted in three categories of the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards and was awarded the Regional Prize Architecture Award, Urban Design Architecture Award and Small Projects Architecture Award.

Eating in Koondrook

The Long Paddock Food store serves coffee and a range of delicious cafe meals made from the best local produce.

The General Store has everything you need for your short stop in town – or if you’re staying a while. Newspapers, pizzas and all the basics.

Take a short walk into Main Street from the wharf and you can enjoy traditional pub meals at Mate’s Royal Hotel. Located in the middle of town, Mates has great meals along with good old-fashioned service.

Apex Park

Right near the Koondrook Wharf sits Apex Park. Enjoy views of the Murray or have a BBQ under the sheltered area while kids explore the playground. The fenced playground is suitable for young and older kids and also offers adult gym equipment. There’s toilets across the road.

Walking Tracks

There are a few popular walking tracks in Koondrook where you can learn about the rich indigenous and pioneer history of this unique area. The Red Gum Forest walk starts at Condidorio’s Bridge and heads through the Gunbower State Forest. Choose from the Eagle Loop or the Turtle loop, suitable for most ages and levels of fitness.

Where to Stay

There is a caravan park at Koondrook offering a range of powered and unpowered sites and ensuite cabins. Alternatively, the Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park is just 20 mins drive away and offers a wider range of cabins and sites, in addition to a swimming pool, tennis court, jumping pillow and other family friendly facilities. Book online today.

 

Featured Image via https://www.visitkerangcohunakoondrook.com.au/on-the-murray/koondrook-wharf

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https://www.visitkerangcohunakoondrook.com.au/on-the-murray/koondrook-wharf

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http://hirstprojects.com.au/projects/koondrook-wharf/

https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/koondrook-vic

https://www.visitkerangcohunakoondrook.com.au/on-the-murray/koondrook-wharf

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5503727/koondrook-wharf-wins-three-awards/

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