The Canola Trail is a popular photo spot for budding photographers and amateur Instagrammers alike.
Nestled in the heart of the New South Wales south-west agricultural region, buttercup-yellow canola flowers blanket fields as far as the eye can see, only stopping for swaying gum trees and terracotta dirt roads. Yet, there’s more to the Riverina’s Canola Trail than just stunning sights. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the region’s abundant history; savour sweet and salty flavours; and marvel at the area’s amazing natural beauty – the Canola Trail has it all.
Journey through Junee
Travel two-and-a half-hours west of Canberra and 30 minutes north of Wagga Wagga, and you’ll find Junee at the southern end of the Canola Trail. Follow the main street lined with heritage architecture, and dive right into the amazing culture that this country town has to offer.
If you’re hungry, head to the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory to satisfy your sweet tooth. Take a guided tour and watch organic licorice being made, or even have a go at making your very own chocolate freckle!
Bike through Bethungra and Cootamundra
For those after more of an outdoor adventure full of adrenaline, look no further than Cootamundra’s Mountain Bike Track. Featuring three different bike courses for different experience levels, the Mountain Bike Track is a go-to for local cycling enthusiasts, BMX daredevils and sleek skateboarders of all ages.
Time travel in Temora
From Cootamundra, hit the road for 40 minutes to find Temora, at the north end of the Canola Trail. Home to one of the world’s most exceptional collections of vintage warplanes, Temora is not just rich in history, but in biodiversity, too!
Coast through Coolamon
Named after the Wiradjuri vessel used to carry anything from fruits and nuts, to water and even babies, Coolamon is a cultural hub in the south-west of the Canola Trail.
If you’re still in the mood for a retreat into nature (and some wildlife spotting), take a leisurely stroll or power walk through the Kindra State Forest’s 52 acres of untouched bushland.
To read more about the Canola Trail, read the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
Image: Temora (C) Destination NSW.