Narrandera in NSW is a substantial and gracious rural centre positioned exactly halfway between Wagga Wagga and Griffith where the Sturt and Newell Highways intersect. Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River it is enriched by its many historic buildings and cedar-lined streets. The town has been declared an urban conservation area by the National Trust and the surrounding district has been developed as a conservation area for birds and koalas.
In riverside Narrandera, part of the beautiful Riverina, you can visit koalas in their natural habitat, explore fascinating heritage and enjoy fishing, kayaking and swimming. There are orchard tours, cycling and walking trails by the river, and two of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’.
The region is renowned for fresh produce, acclaimed wines, country charm and natural attractions, including native animals and sandy beaches on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.
For extraordinary wildlife encounters, the Narrandera Nature Reserve is part of the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and home to hundreds of koalas. Known locally as the Koala Reserve, the koalas munch on the river red gums, and on some days koalas doze on branches overhanging the river.
The fun and exciting events calendar includes the thrilling Narrandera Rodeo in February. Glimmering chrome fills Narrandera over Easter as vintage cars come to town for the annual Narrandera Rod Run Event. The tasty Narrandera Farmers’ Market is monthly.
Whilst in Narrandera NSW don’t forget to visit the Tiger Moth Memorial, commemorating the RAAF No. 8 Elementary Flying School.
In August 1940, an air school was established at Narrandera on the site of the present airport by the Royal Australian Air Force. The school was the No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School, where over the next five years during World War II, 3,818 student pilots commenced their elementary flying training on DH82 Tiger Moth Aircraft.
The memorial features a DH82 Tiger Moth Aircraft as used at the training school, a comprehensive collection of model aeroplanes, and a range of photographic and other memorabilia.