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Population 5628

Corowa has been known for its goldmining, winemaking, timber milling and as the 'birthplace of Federation'. Traders in the 19th century had to pay taxes both in New South Wales and Victoria when taking goods over the border, which caused much agitation. It was argued that free trade would benefit everyone and the Border Federation League was formed in Corowa, which led to the 1893 Corowa Federation Conference. In 1895 the proposals put forth at the conference were acted upon and on 1 January 1901 the Commonwealth of Australia was born. In 1889 Tom Roberts completed his iconic painting Shearing the Rams at a sheep station nearby the town.

Visitor Information

100 Edward St; (02) 6033 3221 or 1800 814 054

Nearby national parks

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In Town

Federation Museum This museum focuses on the reasons behind Federation and Corowa's involvement in it. Also on display are local Aboriginal artefacts, Tommy McRae sketches, horse-drawn vehicles and saddlery, and antique agricultural implements. Open Sat and Sun afternoons; Queen St.

Murray Bank Yabby Farm: catch and cook yabbies, go canoeing and enjoy a picnic or barbecue; Federation Ave; (02) 6033 2922.

Self-guided historical town walk: includes Sanger St, Corowa's historic main street with its century-old verandahed buildings. Guide available for groups; brochure from visitor centre.


All Saints Estate Situated in the respected Rutherglen district, All Saints is a winery like no other. Behind the hedge fence and imposing set of gates lies an enormous medieval castle built by the original owner, George Smith, based on the Castle of Mey in Scotland. Now owned and operated by Peter Brown (of the famous Brown Brothers), All Saints offers a large cellar-door operation, a renowned restaurant, The Keg Factory, Indigo Cheese and beautiful gardens. Inquiries (02) 6035 2222; 5 km SW.

Corowa Jump Shak: skydiving and gliding weekends, weather permitting; off Redlands Rd; (02) 6033 2435.

Savernake Station: offers eco-heritage tours of their 400 ha woodland including 120 bird species, woodshed and shearers quarters (1912) and cooks museum (1930) and store; inquiries (02) 6035 9415; 50 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Mulwala 32 km

Lake Mulwala separates the Victorian and NSW towns of Yarrawonga and Mulwala. It is a little over three hours’ drive from Melbourne and is popular with anglers seeking native fish such as Murray cod and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Rutherglen region 9 km

The Rutherglen region in the far north of the state is renowned particularly for its fortified ports and muscats, perfect for a winter’s night. There are no organically certified wineries in the area, although... Find out more

Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 40 km

With 100 kilometres of safe, sealed bitumen surface to pedal on, the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is the most developed rail trail in the state, and therefore very popular, with more than 40 000 people estimated to... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Easdown House Restaurant

Flowing across three dining areas inside a 1875 heritage-listed house, this establishment is a charming restaurant in the heart of Corowa. Serving modern Australian cuisine with old-world elegance, there is a main dining... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bridge Road Brewers 48 km

Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more

Campsites around town

Granthams Bend camping area 4 km

From Lake Moodemere, the Murray River doglegs north past Corowa before taking another turn to the east. It’s up this way, 5 km north-east of Wahgunyah, that you’ll find Granthams Bend. There are walks along... Find out more

Stantons camping area 6 km

Stantons camping area is only 5 km from Rutherglen, where the delicious tastes of locally bottled shiraz and muscat await, as well as the fine fare offered in the local cafes and restaurants. Access is via Moodemere Rd,... Find out more

Lumbys Bend camping area 9 km

Lumbys Bend is another of the tranquil twists of the Murray River enjoyed by overnighting motorists and intrepid canoeists. It’s also utilised by swimmers, though the water can get quite cold. This camping area is... Find out more

Shaws Flat camping area 9 km

This camping spot is only 7 km north of Rutherglen, forcing visitors to choose between another swim or more fishing, and a trip to a local winery for a glass of fine wine and a long lunch – tough decisions must be... Find out more

Taylors Bend camping area 10 km

This slight crook in the flow of the Murray River is 18 km west of Rutherglen, near the township of Dugays Bridge. Turn north off the Murray Valley Hwy onto Brimin Rd, which meets the Murray near Collendina State Forest.... Find out more

Gooramadda State Forest (Police Paddocks) camping area 12 km

The Police Paddocks are so named because police horses used to have a rest in the vicinity in the late 19th century. Nowadays it’s campers who put themselves out to pasture here to take a break from heavy activity.... Find out more

Lower Ovens camping area (bush camping) 18 km

There’s dispersed bush camping along the picturesque Ovens and Murray rivers – try Parolas and Camerons bends. Check the local riverbanks for platypus and water rat burrows, and watch kingfishers go after... Find out more

Doolans Bend camping area 26 km

Doolans Bend is one of many twists and turns in the Murray River to the immediate north-west of Barnawartha North. Fishing, canoeing and swimming tend to make up the daily agenda here, with long breaks between activities... Find out more

The Forest Camp camping area 31 km

Located in the far north of the Warby–Ovens National Park, this basic campground has pit toilets and wood BBQs. There are walking tracks that head north and south from the campsite. To access the campsite turn off... Find out more

Richardsons Bend camping area 31 km

Take Kings Rd off the Old Barnawartha Rd to reach Richardsons Bend, which lies a few kilometres north-west of Barnawartha North. Note: like many of the tracks leading to sites beside the Murray River, this route is... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Corowa Caravan Park 1 km

The park is 2 km east of town with frontage to the Murray River. It is the closest park to the popular golf course. Large and shady, this park is great for a weekend or a longer break. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Ball Park Caravan Park 1 km

This is a large council-owned park, close to the centre of town. It is a popular holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods; a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends. Pets... Find out more

Yarrawonga Holiday Park 35 km

This is a very large, popular park on the banks of the Murray River, just below the Yarrawonga Weir. It is situated around some of the town’s sporting facilities, including the public swimming pool, and experiences... Find out more

North Cedars Holiday Park 37 km

Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more

Painters Island Caravan Park 39 km

Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 44 km

The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more

Albury Central Tourist Park 50 km

This centrally located park is about 2 km from the city centre in a quiet, off-highway location. It has good facilities including a tennis court. This is a basic park, but a good base for exploring the greater Albury... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Rivergum Holiday Retreat

Lounging beside the Murray River and hectares of untouched bushland, the Riverview Holiday Retreat is a delight for families. There is an array of activities to choose from, including two swimming pools, a bushwalking... Find out more

Savernake Farmstay Cottage

Nature lovers will be attracted by this special cottage situated alongside pristine forest and wetlands teeming with over 120 bird species, including the rare Superb parrot. Kangaroos are prolific here too. The... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Police Paddocks camping area 11 km

T/O 2km E of Rutherglen (L) or 42km W of Wodonga (R)

Large area 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Gooramadda and Police Paddock rds. Located on the banks of Murphys Creek in Gooramadda State Forest.

Lower Ovens Regional Park camping area 18 km

23km E of Yarrawonga (L) or 25km W of Rutherglen (R)

Numerous secluded campsites just off the highway. Located under trees on the riverbank of the Ovens River's eastern side.

Bundalong park area 21 km

At Bundalong

Adjacent to the highway among some trees. 

Howlong rest area 21 km

T/O 16km E of Rutherglen (L) or 28km W of Wodonga (R)

Overlooking a river 7km north of the highway on the road to Howlong.

Browns Plains rest area 23 km

18km E of Rutherglen (L) or 26km W of Wodonga (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Ironbark rest area 28 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.

Chiltern rest area 28 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.

Yarrawonga West rest area 38 km

33km E of Cobram (R) or 4km W of Yarrawonga (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Bruces Beach No. 2 camping area 42 km

T/O 28km E of Cobram (L) or 9km W of Yarrawonga (R)

Secluded area on a riverbank 4km (unsealed) north of the highway via Bruces Rd. Follow signs from the gate.

Bourkes Bend No. 1 camping area 50 km

T/O 19km E of Cobram (L) or 18km W of Yarrawonga (R)

Secluded area 2.8km (unsealed) north of the highway on the river in Bourkes Bend State Forest.

Bourkes Bend No. 2 camping area 50 km

T/O 19km E of Cobram (L) or 18km W of Yarrawonga (R)

Secluded area 3km (unsealed) north of the highway on the river in Bourkes Bend State Forest.

What's on around town

Market: Bangerang Park; 1st Sun each month (except Feb).

Federation Festival: Jan.

Billycart Championships: Easter.

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