The Long Paddock Drive touring route will take you on a scenic adventure where you can discover the rich history of Echuca Moama and the Outback of western NSW.
The Long Paddock is a scenic touring route that follows the Cobb Highway from Echuca Moama on the Victorian border to Wilcannia in the NSW Outback. The route passes through the towns of Bourke, Broken Hill, White Cliffs and more, and allows travellers to experience the scenery and history of the region along this 610km drive.
The modern Cobb Highway follows part of the great network of stock routes that became known as ‘The Long Paddock’. They are a historic web of tracks and trails linking stock-breeding areas of inland NSW and Queensland with emerging markets in Victoria. It also provided an escape route from drought when the seasons failed. The Long Paddock is still a working stock route, providing a link to earlier times and historic landscapes.
On this touring route, you will be taken through some of the most unique landscapes in Australia, including the Hay Plains, celebrated as the flattest place in the southern hemisphere. It also passes through some of the most historically important agricultural country in Australia.
The Long Paddock is an easy drive and all types of vehicles are able to enjoy the route. The best part of the Long Paddock is that it can be a day trip or a month-long holiday, as there is so much to see and learn and it is all easily accessible.
It passes through the well-known towns of Echuca/Moama, Deniliquin and Hay, where you will be provided with all of the goods and services you can expect from large country towns. They also offer outstanding visitor attractions such as the internationally known Australian Shearers Hall of Fame – Shear Outback in Hay.
As well as being exposed to some of the most diverse landscapes in Australia, you will also venture through a multitude of character filled villages. These small, quaint townships have between 30 and 70 residents and will give you a glimpse of life in country communities. You can stop and have a rest in Mathoura, Pretty Pine, Wanganella, Booroorban and Ivanhoe, where you can get a real feel for life in the bush.
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