Barham is known as the heart of the mighty Murray River. There are many ways to enjoy the Murray River from Barham. Weather it be fishing, boating or just relaxing by the edge of the water watching the mighty Murray flow by. Barham has a great little park area with a bbq and playground located right on the edge of the Murray for all to enjoy. Why not take the leisurely stroll around Barham and Koondrook and check out the magnificent red gum carvings telling the history of the area. Grab a picnic basket and take the leisurely drive on any of the local bush tracks around Barham. Or if you are feeling fit grab a bike and take a ride around the local area.
Barham Music Festivals
Through out the year there are a variety of music events held in Barham. From country to jazz to rock n roll and everything in between, there is always something to entertain you in Barham. Most saturday nights there will be someone performing at the Barham Club.
2017 Music Festival dates are
Rock n Roll Festival Fri 3rd -- Sun 5th Feb
Country Music Stampede Wed 22nd -- Sun 26th Feb
Balladeer and Country Music Thur 25th -- Sun 28th May
Jazz by the River Festival Fri 23rd -- Sun 25th June
Country Music Stampede Wed 26th -- Sun 30th July
Rock By The River Thur 24th -- Sun 27th Aug
12 Punt Road, Koondrook
Arbuthnot Sawmills tourist walkway
Arbuthnot Sawmills Pty Ltd is a family company established on its present site in Koondrook, Victoria by Alexander ( Sandy ) Arbuthnot in the year 1889.
The name of Alexander Arbuthnot is synonymous with the days when Paddle Steamers were more than Tourist attractions. “Sandy’s enterprises included building of paddleboats and barges for the busy river trade along the Murray River. The “Alexander Arbuthnot” paddleboat, built in 1923 in Koondrook is still in service as a tourist attraction at the Port of Echuca, Victoria. At their peak “Sandy’s” enterprises employed Two hundred men, between the sawmill, ship building and timber getting.
Since 1889 Arbuthnot Sawmills have played a major role in the social and economic viability of Koondrook and surrounding area. Today the mill employs fifteen full time employees, plus six contractors who do our logging in both Victoria and NSW. The sawmill today is a modern timber processing plant with automatic equipment which is a far cry from the days of steam power and heavy manual work.
In 1994, the mill added a kiln drying plant to value add to the Redgum timber resource. With kiln dried timber, new products including furniture, flooring and benchtops are now readily available.
An educational and tourist walkway was built in 1998, this walkway allows the public safe access to view the processing of raw logs into high value furniture and a range of other Redgum timber products.
Arbuthnot Sawmills Pty Ltd, is now well into its second century of sawmilling on the same site where its founder Alexander (Sandy) Arbuthnot commenced this great enterprise. Sustainable harvesting of the regeneration Redgum forests of the Murray Valley, together with the continued sound management of the mill will see the legacy of “Sandy” continue in perpetuity.
Arbuthnot Sawmills Pty Ltd established a tourist walkway through the mill in the year 1998. This was purposefully built for school groups, community organisations and tourists. The walkway allows for safe access and the opportunity of viewing the Redgum logs through the milling process and on to become a magnificent piece of Redgum Furniture.
The tours focus on; History and Social and Economic effects on Koondrook .
Environmental management of Sustainable Redgum Forests.
Processing-Viewing from walkway
Kiln Drying and Value Adding
Finished product; River Redgum Furniture Showroom
- Monday-Friday (except Public Holidays & RDO’s)
- Morning 10.30 AM, Afternoons 2.00 PM.
- Bus groups by appointment
- Individual visitors welcome
- Adults $6.00
- Groups 10 or more $5.00
- Pensioners $5.00
- Children $3.00
Southern Rd Koondrook
Wetlander Cruises provides the perfect backdrop for any occasion.
Our cruises combine the scenic landscape and waterways of the Gunbower Creek and Forest, with the enchanting dining experience for your family, friends, or work mates to enjoy.
Wetlander Cruises can cater for any event & can alter their cruise times to suit your individual needs.
Here at Wetlander Cruises we are able to operate on days other than those shown above.
So for your party, wedding, conference, meeting, or any other special event,
please contact us on 0438 537 104
to make it an occasion to remember!
7 Briar St Koondrook
Natural Edge Redgum
Curiosity was the drive behind Colin's passion for Redgum burls. He wanted to know what was underneath the burls on the trees in the forests. In 1988 after contacting NSW State Forests and obtaining the appropriate licences, Colin started collecting Redgum burls with the help of his father Alec. Now 28 years on Colin has collected many tonnes of burls. At this time Colin started making coffee tables, bowls, clocks and dining tables. He also supplied raw timber to other Redgum furniture manufacturers, wood turners and everyday people that want to make their own coffee tables.
Colin has been using mallee stumps/roots as bases for his coffee and dining tables from the very beginning and still uses them today for that unique look.
Moulamein Rd Barham
Barham Golf club
cluBarham Golf & Sports
As one of the major golfing destinations along the Murray River, cluBarham Golf and Sports is the idyllic location for your next golfing escape. Nestled amid natural bush surrounds lies a sequence of magnificent grass greens and challenging bunkers that make up a visionary 18-hole championship golf course.
Planned by noted golf course architect Ross Watson, cluBarham uses his blueprint to continually improve and redefine the layout and quality of play of the course.
18 holes: $40
9 holes: $25
Jnrs 18 holes (17 yrs or under) $17
Jnrs 9 holes (17 yrs or under) $12
Reciprocal Rights: $25
Gonn Ave Murrabit
Murrabitt Farmers Market
The Murrabit Country Market commenced in 1977 and held its 500th market in 2014. It was originally designed to provide a market outlet for cottage crafts and produce.
The Murrabit Market is still held the first Saturday of each month, with extra markets at Christmas and Easter. Each market attracts thousands of visitors to the area.
More than 200 stalls at the market with fruit and vegetables, local hand crafts, plants, tools, fishing gear, clothes, shoes and hardware. There is something for everyone at the Murrabit Market.
Open 8:30am to 1.00pm
Market Dates for 2016 & 2017
- Saturday 7th May 2016
- Saturday 4th June 2016
- Saturday 2nd July 2016
- Saturday 6th August 2016
- Saturday 3rd September 2106
- Saturday 1st October 2016
- Saturday 5th November 2016
- Saturday 3rd December 2016
- Saturday 17th December 2016 (XMAS)
- Saturday 7th January 2017
- Saturday 4th February 2017
- Saturday 4th March 2017
- Saturday 1st April 2017
- Saturday 15th April 2017 (EASTER)
- Saturday 6th May 2017
- Saturday 3rd June 2017
First Saturday of Every Month – Rain, Hail or Shine!
Please note dogs are not allowed at the market (guide dogs excepted)
Barham East Rd
Barham Lakes East Barham Road
This is a wonderful 32 hectare lake complex constructed by the Barham Services Club. It includes sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, barbecues, making it an ideal spot for a restful break. There are also wide expanses of lawn, 4.5 km of cycling/walking tracks and the lake system is stocked with native fish.
More things to see and do in Barham and Koondrook
The Koondrook Barham Redgum Statue River Walk commenced in November 2002 with the carving of Alexander "Sandy" Arbuthnot. The carvings depict wildlife and local people who are significant to the region. The walk continues to be a work in progress with the addition of new sculptures each year. Redgum sculptures are carved by chainsaw by Kevin Guilders, a world renowned chainsaw carver from Melbourne, who has produced most of the sculptures in the Walk.
Koondrook Track, Gunbower Island: The road south leads through 'Victoria's Kakadu', the Gannawarra wetlands which support nearly 160 different species of birds and countless numbers of native fauna.
Forest drives around Barham and Koondrook
From Barham scenic drives may be taken through three nearby areas of natural bushland.
Gunbower Island State Forest, just a short drive from Koondrook/Barham, the State Forest is a sanctuary for birds and native mammals and has a circuit walk that takes most of the day to complete.
Campbells Island, near Murrabit, is bound by the Murray and Little Murray rivers, and an ideal location for fishing, swimming and boating.
Koondrook State Forest has excellent camping spots on the banks of the Murray and good fishing.
Kerang wetlands Middle Lake Ibis Rookery
The Ibis Rookery at Middle Lake, six kilometres north of Kerang is a popular destination for nature lovers and bird watchers. The bird hide offers viewers the perfect place to watch Strawnecked and White Ibis and other spectacular birds such as Pelicans, Swans, Spoonbills, Egrets and Ducks.
Two species of Ibis inhabit the rookery with numbers often exceeding 20,000. The White Ibis is identified by its almost entirely white body plumage. The Straw-necked Ibis has unique, yellow, straw-like feathers on its neck. The wings, back and collar are glossy, iridescent black while most of the underparts are white. In both species the head is featherless, with the skin black and a long, down-curved, black beak. The Royal Spoonbill with its black, spoon-shaped bill and black legs also nests in small numbers amongst the Ibis.
Willakool Drive in Lake Boga
Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum – Home of the Catalina
Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum – Home of the Catalina
The Museum is a Lake Boga Lions Club project and is a memorial to those who worked on and with the Flying Boats during World War II and particularly commemorates the contribution made by service men and women stationed at the No. 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot, Lake Boga, Victoria.
The Lions Club, after many hundreds of volunteer hours, rebuilt the aircraft, A24-30, on display today and has re-constructed the adjacent Communications Bunker using original plans and photographs, to resemble its wartime state.
Other items on display are the Ronaldson and Tippet engine, which was used during and after the war to pump water from the lake to the water tower above Long Lake, and many wartime artefacts from World War II.
The Lions Club of Lake Boga run the Museum, now housed in a modern hangar which was officially opened on 21st April, 2012, overlooking the shores of Lake Boga in Willakool Drive. They employ staff and volunteers as guides and the Museum is open seven days a week between 9.30am and 4pm (except Xmas day and Good Friday).
Port Of Echuca
The bustling Port of Echuca is recognised as one of Australia’s finest heritage icons.
Built in 1865 by the Victorian Railways, the Port of Echuca Wharf was crucial to Echuca’s development. For many years, Echuca was the main shipbuilding centre for the river transport industry. Some of the boats built in Echuca, such as the PS Adelaide, still operate on the Murray River today. At its peak, Echuca supported 8 sawmills and turned over up to 240 paddle steamers a year.
Today, the Port represents the pageantry of the river trade’s heyday and offers an extraordinary insight into our pioneering days. The Echuca Wharf is a surviving part of the great red gum wharf, which once stretched more than a quarter of a mile.
Learn about the bustling river trade of the 1800s, discover the Star Hotel with it's underground bar, and hear fantastic but true tales of the Murray River on your next visit to Port of Echuca.
Monash Drive, Swan Hill,
Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement
Set on three hectares of land on the banks of the Little Murray River, the Pioneer Settlement lets you experience Australian history first hand.
You will find real-life Mallee cottages, a hotel, schools and shops, plus our enormous collection of working tractors and machinery – sourced mostly from the local area. You can feel the heat in the blacksmith shop, listen to the sounds of the old Pianola or take a ride through our Mallee township on a horse and cart. As you wander the site, you can also chat to our staff and volunteers, all looking the part in costumes of the period. The Pioneer Settlement opened in 1966 after a joint community and government effort to recognise the unique history of our Murray Mallee region. By the 1970s, the Pioneer Settlement was one of the most popular tourism destinations in Victoria, if not Australia, and the concept has been emulated around the country. The Settlement is now introducing more ground-breaking tourism concepts to complement the historical Mallee townships. The Heartbeat of the Murray Experience will include a laser light show that, in a world-first, will combine modern laser technology with the natural river environment. It will tell the story of the Murray region from prehistoric times until today.