Things to Do Narrandera
Narrandera is located on the Murrumbidgee River, at the intersection of the Newell Highway and the Sturt Highway. Narrandera is at the centre of a diversely productive agricultural region. Its attractive tree-lined streets contrast with the open plains that surround it. This agreeable and gracious rural centre has a rich history. Narrandera is in the NSW Riverina region, 560 km south-west of Sydney via the Sturt Highway. With a population just under 5000, you’ll find Narrandera offers the best in Australian Country Hospitality – in fact, it has been declared an urban conservation area by the National Trust.
Narrandera now marks the transition between an extensive dry-land area devoted to cereal crops and sheep and wool production to the east, and, to the west, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) fed by water from the Burrinjuck Dam. The MIA is a region where irrigation has opened the way to a diversity of enterprise, from the growing of rice and other cereals under irrigation to the production of citrus, wine grapes and potatoes.
John O’Brien Bush Festival
Noted Australian poet John O’Brien wrote his verse collection ‘Around the Boree Log’ and other verses during his 27-year stint in Narrandera. Today, the John O’Brien Bush Festival, usually held in March, celebrates Irish-Australian culture through poetry, music, humour, dance and bush craft. Visitors will enjoy street busking, bush dancing, poet’s breakfasts, comedy shows, and lots of children’s activities. There will be a parade, a craft fair, an art exhibition and an Anzac tribute. This festival has a reputation for friendliness and fun.
Lake Talbot Holiday and Aquatic Centre
Just 2 km south-east of Narrandera is the award-winning Lake Talbot Holiday and Aquatic Centre complex. A great place to enjoy a family day with a 100-m waterslide, the extra-steep Rampage Slide, a variety of pools, terraced lawns, barbecues, water skiing and boating facilities
The Bundidgerry Walking Track
The Bundidgerry Walking Track also starts in Broad St, extending about the lake and riverside. Maps are available from the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre. The reserve along the river has been declared a regeneration area to promote a colony of koalas. The best time for a walk is early in the morning when there is plenty of wildlife about – kangaroos, parrots, currawongs, magpies, galahs, willie wagtails and kingfishers.