Rodeo, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 3960

This historic town on the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina district is an urban conservation area with several National Trust–classified buildings. It has been home to two Australian writers: local magistrate Thomas Alexander Browne who used the nom de plume Rolf Boldrewood to write early Australian novels such as Robbery Under Arms and father Patrick Hartigan, parish priest of St Mel's Catholic Church, who was better known as poet John O'Brien.

Visitor Information

Cnr Newell Hwy and Bolton St; (02) 6959 1766 or 1800 672 392

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In Town

Parkside Cottage Museum Displays include the scarlet Macarthur Opera Cloak, made from the first bale of merino wool the Macarthur family sent to England in 1816. Also on display are a snow shoe and ski from Scott's Antarctic expedition, a valuable collection of shells from around the world and a set of silver ingots commemorating 1000 years of the British monarchy. Open 2–5pm daily; Newell Hwy.

Lake Talbot: boating, waterskiing, fishing and canoeing. Also scenic walking trails around the lake; Lake Dr.

Lake Talbot Holiday Complex: water slides, swimming and barbecue facilities. Aquatic facilities open Oct–Mar; Lake Dr.

NSW Forestry Tree Nursery: seedlings of a huge range of native trees for sale; open Mon–Fri; Broad St.

Narrandera Park and Tiger Moth Memorial: beautiful park that houses the restored DN82 Tiger Moth commemorating the WW II pilots who trained in the district; Cadell St.

Visitor Centre: features a 5.8 m playable guitar; Narrandera Park.

Lavender Farm: tours and product sales; Bells Rd.

Two-foot town heritage tour: sights include the Royal Mail Hotel (1868) and the former police station (c. 1870); brochure from visitor centre.

Antique Corner and Objects d'Art: beautifully restored historic home which now houses fine antiques; Larmer St.

Bundidgerry Walking Track: track passes through the koala regeneration reserve; best viewing time is at dawn; brochure from visitor centre.

Blue Arrow scenic drive: historic sites, cemetery and lake; brochure from visitor centre.


John Lake Centre: fisheries visitor centre with live exhibits, audiovisual presentations and guided tours; open Mon–Fri; 6 km SE.

Craigtop Deer Farm: deer raised for venison and velvet with presentation on deer-farming and a tour of the deer-handling facility; 8 km NW.

Robertsons Gladioli Farm: produces flowers for Sydney and regional markets; 8 km W.

Berembed Weir: picnicking, fishing and boating; 40 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Wagga Wagga 84 km

In my early teens I lived in Wagga Wagga for about three years and spent many hours fishing from a kayak on the Murrumbidgee and at Lake Albert. The river held excellent numbers of redfin, and they were of good size, so... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching in Fivebough and Tuckerbil wetlands 84 km

Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands are Ramsar-listed, and among nearly 200 birds spotted here are brolgas, black-winged stilts and painted snipes. Fivebough has 5 kilometres of walking tracks, with bird hides along the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Narrandera Bakery

This gorgeous little bakery is more of a cafe selling bread than a bakery selling coffee. The food has really taken off, and customer demand is high. The sausage rolls are among the best you will ever taste and there is... Find out more

Nearby breweries

William Bull Brewery 64 km

The high-profile, family-run De Bortoli Wines diversifying into craft beer has been one of the longest-running stories around. In the late 1990s they acquired a brewhouse that originally belonged to the ... Find out more

Campsites around town

Five Mile Reserve camping area 5 km

There’s a boat ramp here, which makes it a popular camping spot for boat-based anglers. It’s 8 km east of Narrandera next to Bundidgerry Creek. To get here, take Old Wagga Rd from Narrandera. Bring drinking... Find out more

Buckinbong Reserve camping area 7 km

There’s a small, very basic camping area close to the Inland Fisheries Research Station and next to the river. It’s about 16 km south-east of Narrandera via Buckingbong Rd off the Sturt Hwy. Bring your own... Find out more

Sandy Beach (MIA I precinct) camping area 8 km

Turn off MIA Forest Dr onto Red Gum Rd, about 17 km west of Narrandera. Bring your own drinking water. Note: it’s gas/fuel stove only Oct–Easter due to a fire ban.... Find out more

Markeys Beach (MIA I precinct) camping area 10 km

The turn-off to this riverside camping spot is a couple of kilometres further along the MIA Forest Dr from the Sandy Beach turn-off. Bring your own drinking water. Note: there’s a solid fuel ban Oct–Easter,... Find out more

Long Beach (MIA I precinct) camping area 19 km

Coming from Yanco, the turn-off onto MIA Forest Dr is about 3.5 km along Trunk Rd. The road to Long Beach camping area is about 8 km east of Yanco. Bring drinking water. Note: gas/fuel stove only Oct–Easter.... Find out more

Middle Beach (MIA II precinct) camping area 22 km

As the most spacious and accessible beach on the Murrumbidgee River, this spot gets plenty of visits from school, fishing and community groups. Access is via Murrumbidgee Forest Dr, 6 km south-west of Yanco. Turn off... Find out more

Euroley Beach camping area 22 km

This is a good spot for swimming, fishing, paddling and even waterskiing; dry-weather access only via Euroley Rd. Bring drinking water, and note that there’s a fire ban Oct–Easter, when you’ll need to... Find out more

Ski Beach (MIA II precinct) camping area 23 km

The facilities here are maintained by Leeton Ski Club, and include a concrete ramp, toilets and shaded picnic tables. Access is via the Murrumbidgee River Rd. Bring drinking water. Note: there’s a fire ban... Find out more

Whitton Beach (MIA III precinct) camping area 37 km

This camping area is 22 km south-west of Yanco, accessible via Forest Dr past Golgelderie Weir. It’s well-shaded, flat and open. Bring drinking water, and note that it’s gas/fuel stove only Oct–Easter.... Find out more

Tims Beach camping area 42 km

Follow Cuba Forest Dr a little further past the turn-off for Cuba Beach, and you’ll find Tims Beach with much the same facilities and activities as Cuba Beach camping area. Bring drinking water and gas/fuel stove... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake Talbot Tourist Park 2 km

This is a large lakeside park in a quiet location away from the highway, adjoining the town’s popular swimming pool complex. The park has good amenities, a range of accommodation and nicely maintained lawns and... Find out more

Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park 54 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River under large, shady river red gums, this is an ideal place for an overnight stop or a few days watching the Murrumbidgee slip by. The park is busy at Easter and a slightly... Find out more

Griffith Tourist Caravan Park 68 km

This owner-operated caravan park stands out because of its excellent facilities and the fact that it is a great base from which to explore the interesting Griffith area. It has a large number of ensuite sites and a... Find out more

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 85 km

Nestled alongside the Murrumbidgee River, this park has wide expanses of shady lawns and is within walking distance of the main shopping area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Big4 Wagga Wagga Holiday Park 87 km

This older well-maintained and well-managed park, 2 km east of the town centre on the Sturt Highway, has long-established shade trees. this is a convenient and easily accessible park for the through traveller. Bookings... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Farrellee House

Farrellee House is a meticulously restored 1920s building housing three luxurious guest suites: the Rose Room, Blue Room and Garden Room. The names hint at the gorgeous English-style country garden framing the property,... Find out more

Midtown Motor Inn

The Midtown Motor Inn is a popular stopover for guests passing through Narrandera in search of comfortable, contemporary accommodation. The range of guest rooms is tastefully decorated, and for a budget-conscious option... Find out more

Narrandera Club Motor Inn

Set in a quiet location off the main highway, Narrandera Club Motor Inn's 30 suites offer a budget-friendly accommodation option. There are also three spa rooms, two family rooms, one disabled room and four deluxe rooms.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gillenbah rest area 10 km

98km N of Jerilderie (R) or 11km S of Narrandera (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by trees.

Sandigo rest area 21 km

25km SE of Narrandera (R) or 73km NW of Wagga Wagga (L)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees.

Pipers Reserve camping area 34 km

T/O at Galore

Under shady trees 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway on the riverbank.

Ardlethan rest area 43 km

54km N of Narrandera (L) or 82km SW of West Wyalong (L)

Among trees adjacent to and on both sides of the highway.

Widgiewa rest area 48 km

59km N of Jerilderie (R) or 50km S of Narrandera (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Sandside rest area 50 km

56km N of Jerilderie (R) or 53km S of Narrandera (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Darlington Point camping area 55 km

At Darlington Point

Numerous campsites in the reserve west of the highway via King St.

Berry Jerry rest area 58 km

66km SE of Narrandera (L) or 32km NW of Wagga Wagga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Beckom rest area 62 km

78km N of Narrandera (L) or 58km SW of West Wyalong (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bundure rest area 67 km

38km N of Jerilderie (L) or 71km S of Narrandera (R)

Well off the highway among some large trees.

Birdcage rest area 82 km

84km E of Hay (L) or 89km W of Narrandera (R)

Just off the highway under some shady trees.

Birdcage camping area 82 km

83km E of Hay (L) or 90km W of Narrandera (R)

Well off the highway on the riverbank.

Weethalle rest area 97 km

At Weethalle

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

What's on around town

Rodeo: Jan.

John O'Brien Bush Festival: Mar.

Hot Rod Rally: Easter.

National Cavy Show: guinea pig show; Aug.

National Model Aeroplane Championships: Apr.

Camellia Show: Aug.

Narrandera Cup: horse racing; Aug.

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