Jerilderie

Restored railway station, Ken Stepnell

Population 769

Jerilderie is an important merino stud area, but is better known for its links with the Kelly Gang. In 1879 the gang captured the police, held the townspeople hostage for two days, cut the telegraph wires and robbed the bank. It was here that Kelly handed over the famous Jerilderie Letter, justifying his actions and voicing his disrespect for police, whom he called 'a parcel of big ugly fat-necked wombat-headed, big-bellied, magpie-legged, narrow-hipped, splay-footed sons of Irish bailiffs or English landlords'. The town of Jerilderie is now the gateway to the Kidman Way, an 800-kilometre outback highway.

Visitor Information

The Willows Museum, 11 Powell St; (03) 5886 1666.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Finley

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  • Tocumwal

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  • Cobram

    At Cobram and nearby Barooga (across the New South Wales border) the Murray River is bordered by sandy beaches, making it a great spot for...more

In Town

Telegraph Office and The Willows Museum The well-preserved Telegraph Office is where the Kelly Gang cut the telegraph wires in 1879. The Willows Museum next door houses photographs, including some of the Kelly Gang, documents of local historical significance and the cell door from the old police station. Samples of local craft are also on display and Devonshire teas are available. Powell St.

St Luke Park: features Steel Wings, one of the largest windmills in the Southern Hemisphere. The park runs along the bank of Lake Jerilderie, which is popular for all watersports, especially waterskiing.

Mini Heritage Steam Rail: runs along charming Billabong Creek, which also features the 1.8 km Horgans Walk. Entry behind The Willows Museum; runs 2nd and 5th Sun each month.

Ned Kelly Heritage Trail: retraces the gangs' visit; brochure from visitor centre.

Nearby

Coleambally Officially opened in 1968, Coleambally is NSW's newest town and is at the centre of the Coleambally Irrigation Area. It features the Wineglass Water Tower and a dragline excavator used in the irrigation scheme. The excavator is still in working order and can be viewed in the Lions Park at the town's entrance. Tours of the rice mill and of the farms are possible. The area is a haven for birdlife and kangaroos. 62 km N.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Mulwala 75 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


Campsites around town

Pebbly Beach camping area (bush camping) 53 km

There’s dispersed bush camping around Pebbly Beach, which is located opposite Tocumwal township on a sweeping bend of the Murray River. Pull out your camera and explore the local billabongs or just take a long... Find out more


Apex Beach camping area 54 km

Apex Beach is downstream of the Tocumwal Bridge, about 2 km south-west of Tocumwal township; Pumps Bend Track will lead you there. This beach is frequented by locals and out-of-towners alike, who all come here to enjoy... Find out more


Finley Beach camping area 54 km

This is another one of the relaxing beaches that line the Murray River. You’ll find it 2 km upstream of Tocumwal Bridge – pretty much due south of the township. Turn east off the Goulburn Valley Hwy at Finley... Find out more


Barooga precinct camping areas 60 km

This precinct is located next to the town of Barooga, accessible via the Tocumwal–Barooga Rd.... Find out more


Scotts Beach camping area 63 km

Just a few kilometres to the south-east of Cobram is Scotts Beach, which has a large and popular camping area. On the way to Scotts Beach down River Rd, stop off at the Quinn Island wetlands, a nesting area for... Find out more


Horseshoe Beach camping area 63 km

This camping area lies beside Horseshoe Lagoon, which is located 6 km south-east of Cobram on another gentle bend of the Murray. There are no facilities at this bush-camping site, but the local sandy beach and the grassy... Find out more


Ulupna Island camping area 66 km

The perimeter of Ulupna Island has been staked out by the flow of Ulupna Creek and that of the Murray River. Look for platypus in the quieter stretches of water. Take Bourchiers Rd from the Murray Valley Hwy at... Find out more


Cottadidda precinct camping areas 67 km

Cottadidda is only 2 km west of Barooga off the Tocumwal–Barooga Rd.... Find out more


Boomanoomana precinct camping areas 67 km

Part of a newly amalgamated national park, Boomanoomana precinct is accessed by following the Mulwala–Barooga Rd 16 km west of Mulwala. Bring your own drinking water.... Find out more


Nevins Bend camping areas 69 km

A drive or cycle of 11 km to the west of Yarrawonga will bring you to the camping areas at Nevins Bend – turn off the Murray Valley Hwy onto Thoms Rd. If you were to continue down the highway for a few kilometres... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Jerilderie Motel and Caravan Park 1 km

This neat and tidy, budget-priced park is located in Jerilderie’s main street. The park is an ideal overnight stop for travellers along the Newell Highway.... Find out more


Boomerang Way Tourist Park 52 km

This well-cared-for, owner-operated park is 500 metres from the centre of Tocumwal and away from the highway noise. There is a large swimming pool, covered barbecues and the park is ideal for an overnight stay or an... Find out more


BIG4 Tocumwal Tourist Park 52 km

This owner-operated park with great facilities, in a quiet off-highway location close to the centre of town, is developing into a top-rate park. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at... Find out more


Cobram Barooga Golf Resort 61 km

Adjacent to one of the Murray Valley’s renowned golf courses, this park is very good quality and just 1.5 km from the town centre. The park’s facilities include a tennis court. This would be a great base for... Find out more


Cobram Oasis Tourist Park 62 km

This has developed into a great park with unique multi-sided ensuite amenities being a feature. Situated about 4 km west of the Cobram town centre, it is ideal for a few days exploring this great area. Bookings are... Find out more


RACV Cobram Resort 64 km

This is a very highly rated resort complex with some 35 powered sites. Set on sprawling but well-cared-for lawns, there is a selection of accommodation; the park is a picture and we highly recommend it. Bookings are... Find out more


Yarrawonga Holiday Park 77 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


Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park 91 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


Corowa Caravan Park 93 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 94 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


Rest areas around town

Tongaboo rest area 26 km

8km N of Finley (L) or 28km S of Jerilderie (L)

Just off the highway on both sides.


Bundure rest area 34 km

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

Well off the highway among some large trees.


Finley park area 36 km

At Finley

Adjacent to the highway and the museum.


Sandside rest area 51 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Widgiewa rest area 53 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Town Beach camping area 54 km

T/O at Tocumwal

On the riverbank 1km south of Tocumwal (via the main street) in Tocumwal Regional Park.


Scotts Beach camping area 63 km

T/O at Cobram

Secluded on a riverbank 3km (partly unsealed) south-east of Cobram via Barooga and River rds.


Horseshoe Lagoon camping area 64 km

T/O at Cobram

Secluded area on a riverbank 6km (partly unsealed) south-east of Cobram via Barooga and River rds.


Morgans Gate camping area 65 km

T/O 29km NE of Nathalia (L) or 27km W of Cobram (R)

Secluded area among trees on a riverbank. Located 10km (unsealed) north of the highway via Haynes and Morgans Mill rds.


Bourkes Bend No. 2 camping area 69 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.


Bourkes Bend No. 1 camping area 70 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. 3 camping area 70 km

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

Secluded area 3.2km (unsealed) north of the highway on the river in Bourkes Bend State Forest.


Bruces Beach No. 2 camping area 70 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 rest area 72 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Yarrawonga West rest area 77 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.


Bundalong park area 84 km

At Bundalong

Adjacent to the highway among some trees. 


Lower Ovens Regional Park camping area 90 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.


Gillenbah rest area 91 km

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

Just off the highway surrounded by trees.


Darlington Point camping area 91 km

At Darlington Point

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


Wunghnu park area 92 km

At Wunghnu

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.


Birdcage rest area 92 km

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

Just off the highway under some shady trees.


Birdcage camping area 93 km

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

Well off the highway on the riverbank.


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.


Police Paddocks camping area 99 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.


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