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Corryong, Victoria, at the Upper Murray River

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Corryong - Home to the Man from Snowy River

The largest township within Towong Shire is Corryong with a population of approximately 1,200 people. The township offers visitors great variety of shopping, accommodation, eateries, self drive tours and sporting facilities.

Situated on the Murray Valley Highway, the setting is incredibly peaceful. There are many lookouts presenting magnificent views of Corryong and its surrounding valleys. The valley town is surrounded in all directions by hills covered with eucalyptus and pine forests.

Explore the Man from Snowy River Museum, visit the grave of "The Man from Snowy River" - Jack Riley - and participate in an annual celebration of this Australian legend at the Man from Snowy River Bush Festival.

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Attractions within easy reach

Corryong is undoubtedly the jewelled centre piece of the magnificent region known as the Upper Murray. Located just 11km from the Murray River and in the foothills of the Australian Alps, Corryong and district has something for everyone.

Make the most of your visit to the magnificent Upper Murray by calling into the Corryong Visitor Information Centre to discover more of the attractions this region has to offer.

Ask about the abundance of local natural attractions including Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park. This awesome granite monolith is 1.5 times larger than Uluru and has breathtaking views from its summit should you chose to walk.

Cudgewa Bluff Falls is also within the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park and is one of the area’s best kept secrets. Parking is now approximately 100m from the Falls themselves, however for those with limited mobility a key may be obtained at the Information Centre to give closer access.

Take a drive to Embery’s Lookout on top of Mt Mittamatite and take in the view of Corryong with the Australian Alps as your backdrop. Mt Lawson State Park is only a short drive away. Visit Avondale Gardens and while in the area explore the trestle bridges.

For those with an interest in discovering more intimately our natural beauty ask the staff at the Corryong Visitor Information Centre about attractions such as four wheel driving, fishing and canoeing.

Located in the picturesque foothills of the Snowy Mountains and at the birthplace of the mighty Murray River, the Upper Murray has something for everyone. Give white water rafting a try with our local accredited operators and visit any open gardens advertised.

Touring throughout the Upper Murray provides unlimited opportunities to explore its local townships and history.

Visit historic Tintaldra, Walwa and Jingellic along the River. Stop for the many photographic opportunities at lookouts along the way. Tour Cudgewa, Nariel and Thowgla and the picturesque Biggara Valley. Pack a picnic and find a pleasant location along our many waterways.

A visit to the Man from Snowy River Museum in Corryong should definitely be included on your itinerary. The Museum features the history of Jack Riley of “Man from Snowy River” fame.

Jack was the head stockman at Tom Groggin Station when he was visited by AB “Banjo” Paterson who shortly thereafter penned the now famous poem “The Man from Snowy River” (1890). Jack Riley is buried in the Corryong Cemetery.

The Museum also houses a unique collection of ski memorabilia and other local history.

Corryong township in front of Snowy Moutains

Snowy Hydro’s Murray One Power Station is located just 10km above Khancoban on the Alpine Way. The Power Station is open for inspections daily at 11am and 2pm. Inspections are for approximately 20 minutes and combined with a visit to their Visitors Centre next door will provide an ideal opportunity to learn more about Snowy Hydro via its “hands-on” models and exhibits.

No matter what time of year you visit, there is bound to be an exciting event waiting for your presence. Annual feature events include the Nariel Creek Folk Festival, the Towong Cup and the Upper Murray Challenge. The Nariel Creek Folk Festival is held late December to January between two venues. The Towong Cup race meeting is well known as the “Flemington of the Bush”. It is held on the March long weekend.

The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival is held in Corryong in April. The festival is a unique Australian bush gathering showcased by the Planet Power Stockman's Challenge. The prestigious horse riding challenge draws skilled stockmen and stockwomen from right across Australia.

Jack Riley (1841-1914) Man from Snowy River

Jack was the legendary horseman who migrated from Ireland to Australia as a 13-year-old in 1851. Jack worked as a tailor near Omeo but found his true passion as a stockman, he worked for the Pierce family of Greg Greg, near Corryong.

Jack lived in isolation in a hut high up in the hills at Tom Groggin. He loved the Snowy Mountain Country, a good yarn and enjoyed a social drink or two. Jack was also a good mate of the late Walter Mitchell of Towong Station, who introduced Jack Riley to Banjo Paterson when the pair was on a camping trip. They trekked the Kosciusko Ranges and the Snowys, shared many campfires and yarns too. Jack was the Man from Snowy River who provided an inspirational journey and material for Banjo to write his now famous poem 'The Man from Snowy River' .

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50 Hanson St, Corryong VIC 3707
Phone: (02) 6076 2277
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