Now we have all heard of the Murray river, the mighty border between Victoria and New South Wales, and those iconic destinations that demand our attention and interest. The pioneer village at Swan Hill and the paddlesteamer cruises at Echuca/Moama are wonderful examples and part of travel folklore.
But hidden among these more obvious travel locations are lesser known hidden gems that are equally deserving of our attention. One such location is Gunbower Island and adjacent township of Cohuna, a relatively easy drive north of Melbourne along the Hume Freeway and Northern Highway in your Melbourne car rental. Let’s have a closer look.
A progressive and dynamic small country town, Cohuna has all the necessary drawcards to make it worth a visit. Steeped in history, all types of shopping, good services and some great local dining and wine options make for a perfect getaway. Even better, the township is a comfortable three hour drive from Melbourne which allows for some stops at antique shops, roadside fruit and vegetable stores and a changing scenery good for those with a camera addiction. But without doubt, the highlight in this area is Gunbower National Park, and the Gunbower Island, directly accessed via a bridge from Cohuna.
Gunbower Island is unique. Right from the start let’s mention this is the largest inland island in Australia. Bounded on one side by the mighty Murray River and on the other by the Gunbower Creek, the eco habitat of this island has not seen significant interruption or intrusion. As such this island is a magnificent tour de force of all that is good about natural habitats and the chance for us to share same. Would you believe there are 195 recorded species of native fauna? Yes, there are kangaroos, emus, lizards and koalas. But let’s not forget sugar gliders, the giant bullfrog and many more. That’s exciting but now let’s try the 200 species of birds on show including migratory birds from as far away as the Arctic and northern Europe. A true bird watcher’s and nature lover’s paradise. So much so that the Ramsar Treaty declares this area as a ‘Wetlands of International Significance’. Even better we can visit it by boat, four wheel drive or on foot. So why not stay close and with people who can point you in the right direction…
Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park
The Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park is on Gunbower Island and is bordered by Gunbower Creek. Drive up with a tent or get yourself one of the waterfront cabins. Bring a motorhome or caravan and be given a site right on the waters edge. Take advantage of bush walks, kayak trips, boating excursions, water adventures, four wheel drive information and the list goes on. Management are proud of being part of the Family Parks chain and as such consider bringing your four legged family as well. A customer service focus ensures that guests will have a memorable experience and are likely to return time and time again.
This is a great accommodation venue that is part of a truly impressive natural habitat that we can actually share and be part of. When you do your next list remember this is a “must visit”.
Happy days and happy travels.