The Cobb Highway in New South Wales makes up part of the vast network of stock routes that cross Australia, and is still used to this day. This travelling route, also known as The Long Paddock, begins at the Victoria–New South Wales border in Echuca-Moama and ends in Wilcannia.
Moama to Deniliquin
Beginning your journey in the twin towns of Moama and Echuca, you’ll find yourself in the paddle-steamer capital of Australia. A short trip down the Cobb Highway will take you to Mathoura. Here, you’ll find the Barmah-Millewa Forest, which covers more than 65,000 hectares.
The third and final stop on the first day of your journey is Deniliquin, or ‘Deni’ as it is affectionately referred to by locals. If you are a more adventurous type with a love for fun and water activities, Deniliquin has you covered. Whether it be waterskiing and wakeboarding on Edward River, kayaking, fishing or playing a round of golf, Deniliquin has an outdoor activity sure to entertain you.
Deniliquin to Hay
An hour’s drive from Deniliquin will then find you in Booroorban, where you can stop for a drink at the Royal Mail Hotel. Built in 1868, it is truly incredible to see the original structure still standing.
Your next stop is Hay, located on the Murrumbidgee River. It is renowned for being one of Australia’s best merino wool growing regions. Learn more about this at the Shear Outback museum, or Shearers Hall of Fame, where you can also see a live sheep shearing demonstration.
Hay to Ivanhoe
Day three of your trip will see you travelling from Hay to Ivanhoe. On your way, stop off at Booligal, about a 45-minute drive from Hay. This small town, famously mentioned in Banjo Patterson’s poem ‘Hay, Hell and Booligal’, is remote and isolated. Stopping here gives you the opportunity to have a drink at the Booligal Pub, now known as the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel.
Another hour’s drive down the Cobb Highway and you’ll arrive in Ivanhoe. Drop into the Post Office and collect a map that will outline the Ivanhoe Heritage Trail. This self-guided walking tour is the perfect way to get an insight into the town’s history.
Ivanhoe to Wilcannia
Wilcannia, a historic port town situated on the banks of the Darling River, is a four-hour drive from Ivanhoe. It is known for its National Trust-listed Wilcannia Bridge and beautiful heritage listed buildings, many built of local sandstone.
A very easy hours’ drive from Wilcannia is White Cliffs, Australia’s oldest opal field. Established in the 1880s after the discovery of the opal, the pretty gemstone has been mined here ever since. While here, you have the opportunity to stay in their famous Underground Motel which also has a gallery displaying the works of local artists.