Back in May this year we decided to go and visit Corowa with the caravan and stay a couple of days. We wanted to check out the caravan park and see how far it was from the Golf Club . There are many caravan parks however only one is in walking distance to the town. Oh and this one allows dogs on lead so very important for us.
From Albury there are a couple of ways to get to Corowa however we chose to drive down the Freeway into Victoria and go via The Murray Valley Highway via Rutherglen in Victoria. We then turned off the Murray Valley and onto the Riverina Highway back in New South Wales into Corowa. We began to go past many caravan parks on the outskirts of town and we were go glad we hadn’t chosen to stay at any of them. Too far out of town.
All Caravan parks in Corowa back onto the mighty Murray River that flows through the town. After our sat nav told us the wrong way to get into our caravan park we saw that we were literally across the road from ours. Check in was quick at the Ball Park Caravan Park named because of all the areas for hockey, AFL, etc. There were a few caravans already parked up, however we were all nicely spaced out. We were lucky we got a really nice spot with a cement area to park up next too. Close to the shower and toilet blocks too. Although we do have a ensuite sometimes we use the park amenities.
$34 a night including power and water not bad for being within walking distance to town. Its great to have power – we do have solar and gas as well. We have a heater in the caravan that either runs of gas or power. So nice to keep warm. Corowa gets really cold. There were lockable gates to get to the Murray RiverWe took our girls/dogs for a walk along the Murray River. The Council are putting in paths along the river bank. We let the girls off for a run and they had so much fun. The river divides Victoria and New South Wales. There is a single lane bridge for cars and walking between Corowa and Wahgunyah Victoria. The bridge is the historic John Foord Bridge a iron lace bridge named after one of Wahgunyah and Corowa’s pioneer founders. Mr John Ford operated the original punt across the Murray River and was instrumental in building the first bridge. The original piles are still visible from the bank in Rowers Park. The current steel bridge was completed in 1892.
The Lagoon where the girls ran and played is a favorite picnic spot amongst locals and visitors. In summer you can swim there. Fishing is very popular as anglers want to be able to say they caught the great Murray Cod.
Back to the caravan for some dinner and to feed the dogs – girls – Betty and Sally. Once all traces of dinner done and cleaned up. We watched a bit of darts on the Ipad and had a glass or two of wine.
Next Morning we walked the girls again along the river then packed up the car and drove to Shepparton to drop off some soup and supplements to Gregs Mum. She wasn’t feeling the best had a virus so some home made chicken soup to the rescue. We drove via Mulwala – NSW and Yarrawonga – Victoria. These towns are also on the Murray River. We stopped along the foreshore at Muwala for the girls to have a wee walk. Normally, its a beautiful spot to take a break. However, this time we thought we had stepped into a horror movie. The once usually beautiful lake was empty, full of dead trees everywhere. It astounds me that when they “built” this lake they didnt remove the trees. Seeing all these dead trees that normally you wouldn’t see when the lake is full, makes me say no to any boat activity on the lake once full. It horrifies us that there are not more accidents.
It was eerie seeing it, like I said a horror movie or the apocalypse. Mad Max springs to mind! The reason it has been drained is to try and stop a invasive waterweed, Egeria densa. It floats just below the surface, growing denser over time, blocking pipes and making it difficult to launch boats, fish, swim, or water ski without getting tangled.
Once we dropped off the soup etc we hightailed it back to Corowa. Parked the car back next to the caravan and walked into town. It was strange plenty of pubs in town but no drinking or tables out on the footpaths which is unusual. Australians love to sit outside and have a drink or a meal especially if you have dogs. Signs everywhere stating no alcohol in the street till December 2025! We were going to sit outside and have a drink as we had the girls. Greg went into the Corowa Pub the last one before the caravan park. I sat outside on a bench a bit further up the road. He mentioned the no drinking law and the owner said we could come through the hotel to the courtyard. So in we go the girls thought this was great! They asked us if the girls could have a treat, of course we said yes. In the courtyard were most of the locals with a huge drum with a fire going in it. We were made welcome and so were the girls. So many pats and treats they had.
After a drink we walked back to the caravan for dinner for all 4 of us. Once again dinner finished and cleaned up we decided we would go back to the hotel for a drink. The fire was warm the drinks cold, the girls spoilt rotten with treats and beds to curl up in next to the fire.
Next morning we drove into town parked the car and walked around the town. Found a delightful cafe for coffee and cake where we sat and indulged.
We found a street that seemed to have every church known to man in it. I tried to take some photos however it was so cold and foggy I got back into the car as soon as I could. We got back to the caravan park hitched up and got back home around 2 pm. We didn’t even make it to the golf club to check out camping etc for the Darts Tournament in early July 2022. Made a decision to stay at the same caravan park and drive to the Golf Club each day. Will do a post on the dart weekend soon.
There is a Federation Museum in the main street of Corowa, unfortunately it wasn’t open when we were there. Would love to visit another time and go through it. So much Australian history is there.
A little bit of history of Corowa.
Corowa was the home of the Bangerang people. Their tribal lands extended north the Murrumbidgee River and along the Murray River from Howlong to Berrigan and South to Mansfield in Victoria. One of the members of this tribe, Tommy Mac Rae was encouraged to make sketches in pen and ink of various tribal activities and their contact with white man. Some of his original work survives today as an important record of those activities.
European settlements began to pop up in the area after explorers Hume and Hovel and Charles Stuart – another exporter is the first white man to acquire land.
Settler John Foord who the bridge connecting Victoria and New South Wales is named after acquired land and started the Wahgunah run. He grew wheat and became the flour miller, storekeeper, transporter, punt owner and bridge builder! Thats a lot of hats for one man! In 1859 he purchased land on the New South Wales side and planned the township of North Wahgunyah, now known as Corowa.
In 1852 Gold was discovered in Beechworth. This increased the towns population in Corowa and Wahgunyah. Wahgunyah became a busy river port as they supplied meat and grain to the goldfields. Rutherglen had a short lived gold run in 1859 so this increased the population even more.
Corowa played a roll in the creation of the Federation of Australia. in 1893 a conference was held in Corowa which accepted the motion that all future Federation conference delegates should be elected by the people, instead of being representatives of the various governments, and that they should draw up a constitution and submit it to the people for approval. The Federation of Australia was in 1901. Corowa is known as the Birthplace of the Federation. In 1902 irrigation and navigation rights to the Murray River, this became the River Murray Commission.
How to get to Corowa – If you live in Albury like we do its roughly 47 minutes via the National Highway or 50 minutes via National and Murray Valley Highway. From Sydney you can get a flight to Albury then get a hire car, or the train from Sydney or Melbourne.
Sorry its been so long between blog posts. I have been busy doing a course on Natural Therapies, making my own body cream and face cream. Learning how to treat illness with natural products. I might do a post on it one day.