Iconic Koondrook offers visitors the lot


The Murray River town of Koondrook nestled amongst towering red gums in the Gannawarra Shire has grown quite significantly from the days when it was a remote timber harvesting outpost into a bustling riverside town supporting 800 residents.

In 1843 Edward Green acquired a lease of 114, 656 acres and named the station Barham. At the end of the gold rush selectors began occupying land on the southern bank and Koondrook was born.

A post office opened in 1879 followed by a school and hotel in 1880.

The ready supply of timber from the mighty red gum forests was an attraction and it wasn’t long before the timber industry took hold of the area.

Other developments included the construction of the first irrigation pump in 1890 which made way for a thriving dairy industry and creamery. In 1904 a lift bridge was constructed to allow paddle steamers to pass through on their way to Echuca.

The natural beauty of the mighty Murray and the associated fishing and water activities that go along with it are of course a significant attraction. The boat ramp provides easy access to the water and fish species including Murray Cod, Golden Perch and Catfish can be caught by any keen angler.

Visitors to the area can explore the unique beauty of the Gannawarra wetlands - home to over 160 different species of bird while the Gunbower Island Canoe Trail explore s the wetlands of Safe’s Lagoon. Walking tracks zing zag there way along and take in the magic of Australia’s most important river.

Rich in history and heritage, food and wine and agriculture, Koondrook has much to offer visitors to the area.

Located in North West Victoria, Koondrook is only 3.5 hours from Melbourne.

The Gannawarra Shire has released a commercial tourism Investment prospectus on the area and for more information visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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