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Emus on the Hay Plain

The Riverina is an inland region in the south of New South Wales, Australia, producing a good deal of the nation's agriculture.


Other destinations

  • 1 Tarcutta - Small village


The inland and rural Riverina region is known as a source of a significant amount of the fruit and vegetable production of the country. Aboriginal people are thought to have inhabited the Riverina for at least 40,000 years. The Wiradjuri people were the original inhabitants of much of south western New South Wales including much of the Riverina region along the Murrumbidgee and Lachlan rivers. European exploration of the Riverina began in 1817. Cattle raising was the major industry in the 1840s with sheep becoming predominant in the 1860s.

Get in

By car

The main routes throughout the Riverina are:

  • the Hume Highway, the main route between Sydney to Melbourne, which passes through the eastern Riverina;
  • the Olympic Highway (route 41) which runs north-south and passes through some of the major Riverina centres, including the city of Wagga Wagga; and
  • the Sturt Highway (route 20) which runs from the Hume Highway west through Wagga Wagga, Narrandera and other centres.

Access to the area is between 5-7 hours south of Sydney depending on what area of the Riverina you intend to travel to.

By train

NSW Trainlink runs twice daily XPT services between Sydney and Melbourne. In and around the Riverina area, services stop at Harden, Cootamundra, Junee, Wagga Wagga, The Rock, Henty, Culcairn and Albury on the NSW/Victorian border. Connecting coaches link with trains at Cootamundra and Wagga Wagga to other parts of the Riverina.

In addition, NSW Trainlink provide a weekly Xplorer service on Saturdays and Sundays between Sydney and Griffith. The service from Sydney runs with the morning Xplorer train to Canberra on a Saturday and splits from that service at Goulburn; the return service on a Sunday (coaches run on other days). The train stops in and around the Riverina area at Harden, Cootamundra, Junee, Coolamon, Naranderra, Leeton and Griffith.

Get around


Many people may see this area only as a drive between Sydney and Melbourne. Several of the towns along the way have great alternatives to the McDonalds and other fast food available road-side.


  • Hire a houseboat and power it down the Murray River.
  • Catch a restored paddle-steamer along the Murray River.
  • Climb The Rock (also known as Hanging Rock Hill) - the carpark is on the The Rock-Lockhart Road, 6km west of the town known by the same name (The Rock), which is on the Olympic Highway. The monolith dominates the surrounding area, and the 6km trail will take about 3hrs for a return walk. On a clear day you can see south to the Victorian Alps, and there are brilliant views over the Riverina. Free
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