Centrally located in the Riverina, Narrandera Shire is ideal for a range of interesting touring routes.
The drive is an alternative to heading north via the Newell Highway and is approximately 58 kilometres. Heading north on the Newell Highway on the outskirts on Narrandera, turn left onto Barellan Road. On your way, see if Lake Coolah has filled up with water (and check out the birdlife) and look out for Square Knob, a rock formation rising above the farmlands. Tour through the hamlet of Colinrobbie before coming to the village of Barellan. From Barellan, you can join Burley Griffith Way east to travel back to the Newell Highway at Ardlethan. Travel time is approximately 55 minutes from Narrandera to Barellan.
Burley Griffin Way (B94)
Burley Griffin Way is approximately 287 long from Griffith (west) to the Hume Highway (east), 18 kilometres southeast of Binalong and travels through Narrandera Shire. From Griffith, explore the villages of Binya, Barellan, Moombooldool, Kamarah, Ardlethan, Temora and Harden-Murrumburrah.
During the months of August and September, the golden fields covering the gentle rise and fall of the hills can be seen either side of Canola Way. Starting in Grong Grong, Canola Way is approximately 70 kilometres to Old Junee, taking in the villages of Matong, Ganmain, Coolamon, Marrer and Old Junee. We recommend the best time to travel this route is when the Canola crop has their yellow flowers in full bloom (August to September). While travel time may be approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, you can easily make a lazy day trip and stop at all the historic towns along the way.
Starting in Narrandera, Irrigation Way is approximately 88 kilometres to Griffith, taking in the towns of Yanco and Leeton along the way. Starting at Audley St in Narrandera, take in the historic houses of Narrandera, a “must visit” detour to Sandhills Artefacts on Bamblett St or Narrandera’s Town Beach, before heading out of town past the Narrandera-Leeton Airport. To get real feel for the natural beauty in the area, take the MIA Forest Drive (approximately 12 kilometres) through the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park along the beautiful Murrumbidgee River. It’s a great place for fishing, camping, kayaking, cycling, hiking and birdwatching.
As an alternate loop, turn left of Irrigation way to Whitton, continue to Darlington Point and then return back to Narrandera via the Sturt Highway.
Newell Highway – Route 39
The Newell Highway is the longest highway in NSW, stretching over 1,060 kilometres from the Victorian border at Tocumwal to the Queensland border at Goondiwindi (becoming the Leichardt Highway in Queensland to Yeppoon), and traverses through Narrandera Shire taking in the town of Narrandera, hamlet of Corobimilla and Grong Grong village.
For full touring information for the Newell Highway, visit the website.
Starting in Adelaide (South Australia) the Sturt Highway is approximately 950 kilometres. Just before Narrandera Shire, stop in at Altina Wildlife Park, before heading onto Yanco Creek weir, Narrandera State Forest (Nobles Bend), and Gillenbah. At Gillenbah you can turn left to head into the township in Narrandera. Heading east of Gillenbah along the Sturt Highway, turn down Buckingbong Road to discover some local gems – the kids will love Narrandera Fisheries, throw in a line at Buckingbong Reserve, visit the Buckingbong Station Cemetery, or you may like to take a tour and sample some trests at Glendale Cirtus Orchard, before passing the hamlet of Sandigo, through to Wagga Wagga. The eastern terminus of the Sturt Highway is at a junction with the Hume Highway near Tarcutta.
Old Wagga Road
Starting at the Narrandera Showground, the Old Wagga Road is approximately 100 kilometres to Wagga Wagga. This scenic route east is a part gravel, mostly sealed road that hugs the Bundidgerry Creek (which doubles as an irrigation canal) and the Murrumbidgee River. Enjoy the beautiful vista from the XX lookout, a quick visit at Rocky Waterhole (you can join the Narrandera Bike and Hike for abit and see if you can spot a koala) and call into Berembed Weir (great for shore based fishing), explore Matong State Forest, and through the hamlet of Currawarna. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and has charm in any season.
Road cycling tours are coming soon.