Before European settlement in the 1840s, the indigenous Bangerang people, whose lives were centered on the rich and bountiful Murray River ecosystem, inhabited the Corowa district.
However with the discovery of gold in the nearby Beechworth district in the 1850s, it wasn’t too long before Corowa emerged as a significant river port.
And when in 1893, the People’s Convention was held here, in which the initial support for a democratic Australia was fostered; Corowa aptly earned the title of the ‘Birthplace of Federation’.
Many remnants of Corowa’s flourishing emergence over 160 years ago are ever present today, lending Corowa to the ideal of the symbolic country town. Captivating turn-of-the-century buildings such as the Corowa Court House and Oddfellows Hall, the building in which the People’s Convention took place, line the wide, leafy streets, and that friendly, country hospitality is well and truly alive!
All of this combined allows Corowa and its museums to provide the perfect setting in which to be fully immersed in Australian history and heritage. From the roots of this country’s Federation, local Aboriginal artwork and vintage motorcars, the area’s past history is proudly on display.
Yet amongst the history lies a fresh heart. A charming gallery showcases the artistic talents from the Shire, and the district’s comfortable Mediterranean weather means places such as Corowa’s very own fishing wharf and sandy river beach, known as ‘the Lagoon’, become magnets for tourists and residents all year round.
With Australia’s mightiest waterway on its doorstep, the leisure choices when you visit Corowa are seemingly endless. From camping, cycling and walking, swimming, fishing, canoeing and waterskiing – there is an opportunity for everyone to interact with this great natural wonder. You’ll be left feeling relaxed and revitalised after experiencing what the Murray River has to offer.
For those who prefer a more grounded experience, there’s plenty to make this a stay to remember. From lush lawn bowling greens and superb grass tennis courts, to the magnificent 27 hole championship golf course, that takes the ‘work’ out of working on your game. Positioned right on the river with stunning views, a wayward hook or slice could see your golf ball turn into fish fodder!
If it’s family fun you are looking for, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in Corowa. Playgrounds, skate parks, recreation reserves with bbq facilities and iconic attractions and events will allow you and the family to kick back and enjoy some treasured time together.
And with charismatic restaurants serving up world-class wines from vineyards of neighbouring regions to complement the scrumptious local food, residents and tourists alike are able to soak up the appeal that makes Corowa the heritage and historic choice of the Shire.
The memories you create in Corowa will live long after your visit.
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