Naturally riverside

Barham is the largest township within the Shire and has much to offer the seasoned traveller or the occasional tourist.

With its Victorian neighbour Koondrook just a stone throw across the river, the Twin Towns have a unique history of industry and infrastructure, picturesque recreation areas and a tourism industry that continues to grow.

Barham has all the attractions of a relaxed country town located on the River including fishing, camping, and a collection of talented cultural and sporting groups.

Visitors are well catered for by a diverse range of accommodation services and eateries, and with a collection of little shops and services, the town forms the commercial centre of the Shire.

Barham is a well known centre of Redgum works and is home to elegantly designed Redgum furniture showrooms to look through. You can also witness an actual saw mill in full production before the furniture process, by paying a visit to Arbuthnot's Mill in Koondrook.

Barham has quite a programme of major events, too, with big weekends devoted to country music, jazz, rock 'n' roll, produce markets, target shooting, vintage machinery and a forest to furniture showcase with Koondrook.

Not surprisingly many activities in Barham are based around the iconic Murray River.

A leisurely stroll along the riverbanks of Barham and Koondrook will take you past some marvelous statues carved out of Redgum. You can admire the exceptional craftmanship of the chainsaw carvings and learn about some of our great pioneers and local animals.

Barham is also close to the Barmah Forest wetlands, which have attracted international recognition as one of the most important wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Visitors can also go for a forest drive through the Koondrook State Forest and look out for local wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, and plenty of bird species. Or search for waterbirds in the Gunbower Island State Forest, a 20,000-hectare flood plain.

Take the kids to the Barham Lakes Complex, four interconnected artificial lakes, surrounded by grasslands, BBQs, toilets, a children's playground and a walking track. Adjacent to the Lakes Complex is the Flywheelers museum where visitors can take a step back in time to the age of steam and see some of the finest restored machines of yesteryear.

If sporting activities are your game, them Barham is home to some championship recreational facilities including the bowling greens, golf course and tennis courts, all situated in beautiful settings near the River.

Combine all these activities with picture perfect weather and you will begin to understand why Barham is the perfect holiday destination that will have you coming back for more.

See the accommodation listing under the Tourism section for a list of places to stay.

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