The Riverina

New South Wales

The Riverina is an agricultural region of South-Western New South Wales, which extends from the foothills of the Snowy Mountains north west through the Murrumbidgee River catchment area to the flat dry inland plains of Hay and Carrathool.  The Riverina region is one of the most productive farming regions in Australia.

Visit Riverina and experience great country hospitality, gourmet produce, award-winning wines. The area has a growing wine industry with many wineries and cellar doors open for tastings. Enjoy the beautiful natural surrounds, museums and heritage rich locations such as old gaols, historic homesteads and antique shops. Visit the Botanic Gardens and the Regional Art Gallery.

Wagga Wagga is in The Riverina & is the state's biggest inland city and the regional hub.  Tumut, is a town on the banks of the Tumut River and lies in the tranquil Tumut Valley. It sits on the north-west foothills of the Snowy Mountains, to the east of Wagga Wagga, and is referred to as the gateway to the Snowy Mountains Scheme. The waters around Tumut are renowned for trout fishing. Yarrangobilly Caves have fine calcite formations and there is a Thermal Pool nearby which is known for soothing aches and pains.

Batlow is the heart of apple country and Blowering Dam is popular for picnicking, fishing and water sports. Cootamundra is home to the blazing beauty of the Cootamundra wattle in winter & boasts fine heritage buildings and ancient elm trees. The town of Coolamon has a series of holes which mysteriously fill with water from time to time. Lockhart's streetscape has distinctive wide verandahs and was once the haunt of bushranger Mad Dog Morgan. In Griffith the wineries offer tastings and cellar door sales. The Festival of Food and Wine is held annually at Easter. The Murrumbidgee flows through Hay and there are tranquil walks along the banks, sandy swimming beaches, water sports, fishing and wetlands for bird watching. Tumbarumba lies on the edge of Bago State Forest and is noted for its spectacular mountain scenery, the fuschia garden or the apple trees in blossom in the spring.

Summers in The Riverina are fairly hot but the nights can be cool, while winters are cool. The Riverina doesn't have a high rainfall and tends to fall in the winter months.

The Riverina was inspiration for Banjo Paterson's "The Man from Snowy River".


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The word Wagga Wagga comes from the Wiradjuri word Waga meaning a place to dance.

Since the first rural settlement in Wagga Wagga, in the early 1840s, there have been 77 floods of over 8.23m.

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