If you don’t know about ‘Yarra’, or haven’t visited the popular Yarrawonga-Mulwala region, it must be said that you’re really missing out on an adventure.
Watersports, golf, gourmet food, wineries and family fun – there are so many things to do around Yarrawonga-Mulwala.
Yarrawonga sits prettily by the banks of Lake Mulwala, with the Murray River downshore and its sister town Mulwala on the other side of the water in New South Wales. Hello Mulwala!
Yarrawonga actually has more hours of sunshine each year than the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast (yes, really!) and so is commonly known as ‘Sun Country’. Makes sense, right? This opens up the doors to a whole range of outdoor activities and watersports that attract tourists from far and wide every year.
Many of these visitors become locals. In fact, Yarrawonga was placed 6th on a list of the most popular sea-change destinations in Australia – one of only two in inland Australia, and the only destination in Victoria!
With this population boom, it’s no wonder local Yarrawonga builders are kept so busy.
So why do people visit – and often relocate to – Yarrawonga? Let’s take a look at the top attractions of the Yarrawonga region. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or action, we’ve got you covered.
The completion of the Yarrawonga Weir in 1939 saw the birth of Lake Mulwala, a man-made reservoir covering a vast 4500 hectares. The lake was originally built as an irrigation supply channel for neighbouring land but has become so much more to visitors and locals of Yarrawonga-Mulwala.
As the only lake in inland Australia that is constantly kept at, or near, full operating levels, Lake Mulwala has become popular for boat cruises, fishing and events like the Great Lake Mulwala Boat Muster. This event sees a flotilla of registered boats cruise across Lake Mulwala to the Yarrawonga foreshore where they join up with another fleet of boats coming in from Bundalong and hold a huge boat party. Who doesn’t like a boat party?
The fourth muster will be held this weekend at the Mulwala Water Ski Club Lagoon and promises cash prizes, giveaways, live entertainment, a barbeque and jumping castle for the kids, so be sure to check it out.
Another great event to look out for later in the year is the Massive Murray Paddle, one of the longest paddling races in the world. It starts in Yarrawonga and finishes in Swan Hill 5 days later.
For something slightly less grueling, you might like to hire one of the famous Lake Mulwala Barby Boats – pontoons available for hire to cruise, party or generally enjoy the Yarrawonga-Mulwala area (no license needed).
Other popular water sports on the lake include water skiing, wakeboarding, flyboarding, jet skiing, kayaking and canoeing. You can hire all the equipment you need nearby, and take a break on the foreshore when you’re done.
The beautiful foreshore is framed by ghostly river red gums and offers barbeques, picnic areas, playgrounds and inflatable water park called Aquazone that’s not just for the kids.
And when you need some peace and quiet, it’s time to go fishing. Lake Mulwala is known as one of the few places in Australia where the elusive Murray Cod is still relatively common. Other species you might be lucky to sink your hook into include Trout Cod, Golden Perch (Yellow Belly), Silver Perch and Murray Crayfish.
Kyffins Reserve is also a popular spot for fishing.
Lovers of golf will most likely have heard of (or even experienced) the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort. Rated one of Australia’s Top 100 Golf Courses, it’s also Australia’s largest public access golf course. It’s a favourite among locals and offers two 18-hole courses, the Murray Course and Lake Course, and a 9-hole Executive Course for a total of 45 holes.
The resort boasts a huge range of activities other than golf, so – even if you’re staying for a few days – the whole family is sure to be entertained.
Golfing visitors to the region also explore golf courses from Corowa to Cobram-Barooga, Echuca-Moama, Swan Hill, and Albury/Wodonga. There are so many to choose from.
And for those seeking a little extra training, the local golf schools are sure to have you swinging like a pro in no time.
Eating and drinking
Is all that activity making you hungry? Then you’ll want to check out the region’s fresh produce and gourmet food options. There are many.
The most popular way to immerse yourself in the food and wine of the area is to follow the Sun Country on the Murray Farm Gate Trail.
The trail gives you the opportunity to visit many of the local producers by following a suggested itinerary – or by dropping into the farms and wineries that sound appealing to you. There’s something to please every palate – olives, cheese, stone fruit, strawberries, beer, cider and of course, wine. And for plant lover, two words: Cactus Country. It’s a must.
Off the trail are a huge number of beautiful cafes, restaurants and wineries to enjoy. Rich Glen Olive Oil is a favourite among locals and visitors, with much of the produce on your plate coming straight from the garden. Yum!
There are are tracks and trails for every walking ability in the Yarrawonga region.
For a relaxing stroll through wetlands, you might like to try the the Chinaman’s Island Walking Track – a 2-kilometre round trip from the Yarrawonga Yacht Club. There is seating along the way for tranquil stops that make it easy to view the abundant birdlife.
You’ll find another effortless walking track within the gorgeous Kyffins Reserve. This 3-kilometre trail starts at the Owen Bridge Reserve and hugs the banks of Lake Mulwala for an easy but beautiful walking experience.
Slightly further afield you’ll find the Murray River Regional Parks, where bush tracks lead through state forests to picnic and camping areas. Many of these walking tracks lead to the popular river beaches where families gather to swim, camp and play.
People interested in the history of the region could head to Tungamah, just 30km south of Yarrawonga and the Murray River. Here you can set out on the Tungamah Heritage Walk, which takes you through the Tungamah Store, Peter Peters’ Store, Tungamah Shire Offices, Victoria Hotel, Tungamah Hotel, Tungamah Garage, Tungamah Timber Yards, courthouse and fire station, among other destinations.
River beaches, water parks and walking trails are fun for everyone and most of the activities above are great for the whole family. But it’s hard to go past Tunzafun for the ultimate kids’ day out.
Tunzafun is a a not-for-profit, volunteer-run, community-owned fun park that offers mini golf, dodgem cars, a mini train, trampolines and more. There are also barbeques and kiosks when the lunchtime hunger hits.
When you’re on the lake, the sheer size of the Yarrawonga Weir makes it fun to explore before jumping into some of the water activities on offer.
And no visit to the region is complete without a trip down the Murray River on a paddle steamer boat. Most paddle steamers dock in the historic town of Echuca and each boat offers something unique.
If you’re keen to explore living in Yarrawonga-Mulwala, you might like to chat to an experienced Yarrawonga builder about your dream home.
You can also visit our Yarrawonga display home between 11am and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays to see the quality for yourself.