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Three of the best ways to explore Cobram
From farm gates and foodie trails to river boat cruising, these are three ways to explore Cobram and the mighty Murray River.
Whether you’re into winery hopping, floating or fishing, or just want to have your fill of the region’s myriad gourmet finds, there is no shortage of ways to while away a long weekend along the mighty Murray, in Victoria’s north east.
Sample olive oils and country fare in the elegant homestead at Rich Glen Olive Estate in Yarrawonga
You’ll need a commitment to time on the road, but the Murray Farm Gate Trail rewards with expansive views, warm personalities and premium produce. Spread your journey over a leisurely day or two and sample olive oils and country fare in the elegant homestead at Rich Glen Olive Estate in Yarrawonga (spend $50 and receive a free gift when you show your RACV membership card), then stock up on organic garlic products at Katamatite Garlic. Meet the young Lawless family who’ve taken over Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese, crafting a range of hard and soft cheeses using traditional methods on their 150-hectare dairy farm. In Katunga, the Monichino family has been making wines with a strong Italian influence since 1962. Try their fresh and floral pinot grigio (and receive a free bottle with every dozen purchased at cellar door). Travelling with children? Don’t miss The Big Strawberry in Koonoomoo for house-made pancakes, jam and ice-cream.
The azure kingfisher is a spike of blue in the dense grey-green foliage of the Australian bush. Watching it dart into the water in search of a feed, you appreciate its larger-than-life personality. Kingfisher Cruises owner, skipper and eco guide Benita Cox says she rarely fails to spot one for her passengers. Benita’s covered 30-seat cruise boat trawls gently through the World Heritage-listed Barmah Wetlands under the shadows of ancient river red gums. The surrounding lands of the Yorta Yorta people are home to 236 bird species and teem with wildlife. Cruises run for two hours (adults $40, children $22). If a historic paddleboat is more your style, head to Cobram’s Thompsons Beach for a Cobba Paddleboat Cruise (RACV members receive 10 per cent off cruises). Operation varies seasonally, depending on river heights.
From Cobram, meander your way towards the Barooga-Cobram Road bridge over the Murray, and explore the 2.5-kilometre river trail around Quinn Island, a 40-hectare wetlands sanctuary formed by a bend in the river. Pedal over the footbridge to the island and follow the dirt trail through grassy woodlands shaded by towering gums and silver wattle trees. Keep an eye out for wildlife including koalas, wallabies and possums, and listen for birdlife, frogs – and, in warmer weather, water-ski boats. If you’ve got a little more time and energy, head back under the Barooga-Cobram Road bridge and amble along the river flats past campsites and bushwalkers. Mountain bikes are available for hire from RACV Cobram Resort.
While you're there
Cobram is said to be the sunniest place in Victoria, so it makes sense to catch the early-morning rays on the town’s iconic Thompsons Beach. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at The Shack, an open-air cafe with friendly staff, hearty fare and prime views of the mighty Murray.