St Marys Presbytery, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 4082

In 1879 gold was discovered in the area and in 1880 the town site was chosen. By 1881 the Temora district was producing half of the state's gold. Of course this could not be maintained, and the population of around 20 000 dwindled quickly. What is left now is a quiet rural Riverina town with several historic buildings. It is also a harness-racing centre with numerous studs in the district.

Visitor Information

29 Goldfields Way; (02) 6977 1086


Nearby national parks

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In Town

Temora Rural Museum This award-winning museum has several impressive displays on rural life. There are fashions from the mid-1800s, ranging from baby clothes to wedding dresses, and a replica flour mill and display explaining the history of wheat since 3000 BC. Don Bradman's 1st home, a hardwood slab cottage, has been moved to the grounds from Cootamundra. There is also an impressive rock and mineral collection with an emphasis on the local gold industry. Wagga Rd; (02) 6977 1291.

Skydive Centre: instruction and adventure jumps; weekends; Aerodrome Rd.

Aviation Museum: This claims to be the world's finest collection of flying historic aircraft. The museum is home to the country's only 2 flying spitfires, the oldest Tiger Moth still flying in Australia, a WW II Hudson, the only flying Gloster Meteor F.8 in the world and many more. The museum holds regular flying weekends throughout the year; Menzies St; (02) 6977 1088.

Heritage walk and drives: include Edwardian and Federation buildings around town; brochure from visitor centre.


Lake Centenary: boating, swimming and picnicking; 4 km N.

Ingalba State Forest: 10 000 ha of state forest featuring flora and fauna native to the area; 10 km W.

Paragon Goldmine: working mine until 1996; 15 km N.

Ariah Park: town known as 'Wowsers, Bowsers and Peppercorn Trees', with beautiful historic streetscape lined with peppercorn trees. Hosts the Mary Gilmore Country Music Festival in Oct; 35 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Wagga Wagga 73 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 73 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

Koala-spotting - Narrandera 96 km

Koalas have thrived at Narrandera since they were released in 1972. At Narrandera Nature Reserve you should be able to spot a few.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Waratah Cafe

Waratah Cafe is mainly a takeaway place but it has a few tables available if you would like to sit down for a quick bite to eat. All the cafe classics are available on the menu, including burgers and beer-battered fish.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Ben Halls camping area 71 km

The grassy unpowered campsites here are set beside historic Seatons Farm, and are a 30 min walk from Ben Halls Cave. The farm is a well-preserved Depression-era structure, with interpretive signs that give a... Find out more

Holy Camp camping area 75 km

This is a nice, shaded spot 15 km west of Grenfell via Holy Camp Rd. From the camp you can do the Euladrie Walk, which follows an old logging road to the base of the escarpment and then climbs steeply to Peregrine... Find out more

Five Mile Reserve camping area 92 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 93 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

Caravan parks around town

Ace Caravan Park 66 km

This is an owner-operated park with a good choice of accommodation. The park is just 500 metres from the town centre and easily accessible from the major highways.... Find out more

Wagga Wagga Beach Caravan Park 75 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 76 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

Gundagai Tourist Park 86 km

Within walking distance of the town centre, this park has 30 undercover, drivethru, ensuite sites. It is ideal for vans or motorhomes less than 3.5 metres high. Some of these sites are suitable for camper trailers with... Find out more

Gundagai River Caravan Park 87 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the park is about 1 km from the town centre. First impressions are the wide expanses of green grass and large shady trees. It is a great spot to stay and enjoy this... Find out more

Lake Talbot Tourist Park 95 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Courthouse Cottage B&B

Courthouse Cottage has undergone a recent restoration, in keeping with its Federation-period history. Lovely guest rooms, a breakfast menu loaded with options and its location on a quiet street close to the heart of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Beckom rest area 49 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Ardlethan rest area 64 km

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

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

Poppett Head Mine Park Area 64 km

3 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 101 km W of Grenfell (R)

Small area just off the highway. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Wyalong Park Area 64 km

West side of town

Small parking area just off the highway.

Ben Halls Cave camping area 71 km

T/O 81km E of West Wyalong (R) or 23km W of Grenfell (L)

Secluded bush setting in Weddin Mountains National Park 13km south-west of the highway via Lynchs Rd (unsealed) and Nowlands Rd (partly unsealed).

Marsden rest area 76 km

36km NE of West Wyalong (R) or 69km SW of Forbes (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees on the banks of Bland Creek.

Boranbola rest area 79 km

22km E of Wagga Wagga (R) or 23km W of Hume Hwy (L)

Just off the highway among a few large trees.

Weddin View rest area 80 km

82km E of West Wyalong (L) or 22km W of Grenfell (R)

Adjacent to the highway under a few trees.

Coolac rest area 80 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Mingay rest area 81 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Berry Jerry rest area 81 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Pipers Reserve camping area 81 km

T/O at Galore

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

Grenfell rest area 84 km

At Grenfell

Just off the highway on the south side of town.

Bogolong Rest Area 84 km

95 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 9 km W of Grenfell (R)

Large area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Sandigo rest area 97 km

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

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

What's on around town

Quota Markets: Pale Face Park; last Sat each month.

Temora Rural Museum Exhibition Day: Mar.

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