Barooga Botanical Gardens
The Barooga Botanical Gardens are delightful, well-established gardens. Maintained by the local community, it is a great place to spend a few hours enjoying the beautiful layout. Take a stroll through the gardens – all the trees and shrubs are well identified and facilities include a covered playground, public toilets, shelter and free barbeque facilities.
Address: 20 Nangunia Street, Barooga
Eco-tourism at its best. Explore the Murray River, Redgum forest and waterways by boat. You will experience the timeless natural beauty and peace when gliding along the “Barmah Choke” on the Murray River, an area 25,000 years in the making. Your tour departs from the Barmah Lakes day visitors area. Bookings are essential.
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday.
The region is famous for its numerous stretches of pristine, sandy beaches and Thompson’s Beach at Cobram does not disappoint. A few minutes drive from the centre of town, it is located in an idyllic setting and is a lovely spot to soak up the tranquillity of the Murray River. Shaded by the magnificent, towering river red gums and floodlit in the evenings, it is the perfect spot to relax or for a family get-together. Enjoy free electric BBQ’s, a playground area for children, swimming, walking, beach cricket, volleyball, canoeing and fishing.
The cactus and succulent collection has plants up to 50 years old and has become a favourite attraction not just for the avid collector but for the many tourists that visit the area. Once you’re out amongst the plants you really feel like you’re in another country. There are approximately 4,000 different species from North America and Mexico, South America and Africa. Cactus Country is a 10 minute drive west along the Murray Valley Highway to Strathmerton
Opens: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm
Closed: Christmas Day, New Years Day & Boxing Day
The Big Strawberry
Treat yourself to fresh strawberries, homemade ice cream, strawberry pancakes or some fresh jam with a Devonshire tea. Open daily 8.00am till 5.00pm. Located 11 km from Cobram on the Koonoomoo Rd, Koonoomoo, be sure to check out the large range of conserves and a year-round supply of fresh strawberries on sale.
Open: 7 Days a week - 8.00am to 5.00pm
Rich Glen Olive Farm
Established in 1997 by the Vodusek family, Rich Glen Estate is one of the largest family-owned and operated olive groves in Australia. Visitors to Rich Glen can enjoy an extensive sampling of over 60 multi-award-winning products these include gourmet salad dressings, flavoured oils and olives, dukkah, meat rubs, jam, chutney and herbal teas. They also produce a skincare range. You can enjoy a light lunch and or a coffee in the 100-year-old homestead, then look through the memorabilia gallery.
Opens: 9.00am to 4.00pm Mon to Fri, 10.00am to 4.00pm Sat & Sun
Quinn Island Wetlands Sanctuary at Cobram is a forty-hectare island that is formed by a bend in the Murray River, which has been cut off by a small anabranch called Scotts Creek. A bridge was built to the island and can be accessed from the small parking area approximately 100 metres to the west of the Quinn Island access point. A well-formed trail winds its way through River Red Gum and Silver Wattle Forest, including access to a great bird hide that overlooks a billabong. A variety of native birds and animals can be spotted on Quinn Island, and when it is wet, the island is a haven for water birds.
Address: River Rd, Cobram VIC 3644
The cool summer oasis of Ulupna Island is home to a vast number of native wildlife. Early morning or late afternoon visits to this region will not disappoint, with sightings of kangaroos and koalas virtually guaranteed.
The island also contains many sandy river beaches, making it an ideal location for swimming, camping and picnics. Many bushwalking tracks allow you to fully enjoy the majestic scenery, and over 180 plan and 120 bird species have been identified on the island.
Ulupna Island is bounded by the Murray River and Ulupna creek and can be accessed from the Murray Valley Highway on the western side of Strathmerton.
Address: Ulupna Bridge Road, Strathmerton