Location

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Major regional centres of Kerang, Bendigo, Echuca and Swan Hill are within 1 hour by road. Cohuna is part of the Gannawarra Shire, one of Victoria’s most diverse agricultural regions. Cohuna is an attractive rural town nestled on the banks of the majestic Gunbower Creek. Renowned for its natural beauty, Cohuna is a popular destination for visitors wishing to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Most visitors to the area appreciate the protected waters of the Gunbower Creek for water skiing and swimming, while the Murray River, only 10 minutes away, is an ideal spot for camping, fishing and bushwalking.

Gunbower Island...

Gunbower Island lies in between the Murray River and the Gunbower Creek. Magnificent red gum and box forests cover 80% of this 50 kilometre long island. The island is home to a diverse range of wildlife including some 160 species of native waterbirds and numerous species of native animals. Because of it’s totally natural state, Gunbower Island is perfectly suited for bushwalking, canoeing and bird watching. The Gunbower Forest is home to giant Redgums, some over 400 years old. This forest offers the visitor a really unique wildlife experience. However, recently artists, photographers and wood workers have tried to capture the beauty of these trees in a different way. The Gunbower Forest is a well used and much loved forest, a haven for wildlife and a source of enjoyment for those that love the outdoors.

Attractions

Gannawarra Visitor Centre

Call into the Gateway to Gannawarra Visitor Centre on the banks of the Gunbower Creek situated in the main street of town, for advise on activities and sightseeing to meet your individual needs. Open 7 days a week.


Gunbower State Forest

Across the Cohuna town bridge lies a flood plain located between the banks of the Murray River and the Gunbower Creek. This 26,400 hectare flood plain is called Gunbower Island, internationally recognised as a wetland of significance for its importance to birdlife, native mammals and amphibians. For more information about Gunbower State Forest or Gunbower Island.

Gunbower Island

Gunbower Island lies in between the Murray River and the Gunbower Creek. Magnificent red gum and box forests cover 80% of this 50 kilometre long island. The island is home to a diverse range of wildlife including some 160 species of native waterbirds and numerous species of native animals. Because of it’s totally natural state, Gunbower Island is perfectly suited for bushwalking, canoeing and bird watching. The Gunbower Forest is home to giant Redgums, some over 400 years old. This forest offers the visitor a really unique wildlife experience. However, recently artists, photographers and wood workers have tried to capture the beauty of these trees in a different way. The Gunbower Forest is a well used and much loved forest, a haven for wildlife and a source of enjoyment for those that love the outdoors. Gunbower Island Forest Drive:

Beginning in Cohuna, the drive is a leisurely half-day journey linking a number of historical, cultural and ecological sites of interest. One of Gunbower State Forest's greatest treasures is Wattle Creek, an almost rainforest-like damp and moss covered area which is a refuge for many small animals and birds. Stop along the way for a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the forest. Collect a map/brochure for directions from the tourist information centre or town newsagency.

Cohuna Golf Club

Home Course of Stuart Appleby -18 excellent holes, grass greens -2 Lawn Bowls rinks -Play along the banks of the picturesque Gunbower Creek and view the wildlife -Clubhouse with full bar facilities -Great package deals available Contact Julie: Phone (03) 54562 304 (BH) or (03) 54562 073 (AH) Email: archhyd@bigpond.net.au

Garden Park

Visitors comment on Cohuna's picturesque surrounds. Garden Park provides the perfect stopoff to relax and take in the natural beauty of the Gunbower Creek, while being able to easily access shopping facilities.

The Millenium Fountain

Situated in the Gunbower Creek opposite the shopping centre, this fountain was Cohuna's icon to welcome in the year 2000. Generous donations, both monies and in-kind, by businesses and residents contributed to Cohuna having an everlasting reminder of welcoming in the new century. The opening celebration was held December 31st 1999 in Garden Park with much fanfare and fireworks.

Mt Hope

Mt Hope is a point from which Major Mitchell surveyed the local region. While there is no formal walking track, this area provides the perfect landscape for picnicing, walking and has great viewpoints from the top. For more information on Mt. Hope, click here.

Major Mitchell Trail

Major Mitchell and his party were the first white people known to have passed through the district. In 1836 Mitchell set out on his third expedition, reaching Swan Hill on June 20th and arriving in the district on June 24th. The Major Mitchell Trail has been signposted.

Gunbower Creek Canoeing

Canoeing on the beautiful Gunbower Creek which runs from Gunbower through to Koondrook, meandering through the Gunbower state Forest and through the township of Cohuna.

Cohuna Ski Run

Situated on the Gunbower Creek along Island Road 3kms from Cohuna, this expanse of water has for many years been a drawcard for both locals and visitors. Maintained by a small group of volunteers, the grassy lawn area, sandy beaches, shady trees, toilet and BBQ facilities provide for a perfect day out for water sports.

Treetops - Gunbower Forest

A culteral event for local schools at Treetops in the Gunbower Forest. Treetops is a log cabin situated along the Gunbower Creek and is a great private camping option for those who like the luxury of toilets, showers and a kitchen. The venue is available for hire. You can bring your own bedding and sleep inside by the large open fireplace, pitch a tent or bring a van. Many weddings, parties and family reunions have been held here.

Cohuna Weir

The original weir was constructed in 1908 out of local red gum (see picture below). A new weir was constructed during the winter months of 2005 and is in a slightly altered location. The footbridge across the Weir gives access to some of the marvellous sporting facilities of the town. For more information on the Cohuna Weir, click here.

Cohuna Skate Park

Another hardworking and enthusiastic committee have worked over the last six years to bring their dream of a skate park for the local youth to fruition. The site is in the Apex Park, just over the town bridge and work is now completed. The youth of Cohuna are already enjoying the activities offered by this amenity

Waterslide

One of the first waterslides in the region, this slide still attracts thrill-seekers young and old. Located at the Cohuna Swimming Pool over the town bridge and turn left.

Cohuna Historical Society

The Cohuna Historical Society boasts an accredited museum of memorabillia in a historic chapel, trash and treasure tables and history archive section for the interest of visitors. Open most days with trash and treasure sales Wednesdays and Fridays. To see the Historical Society website, click here.

Cohuna Opportunity Shop

Cohuna Op Shop is surely worth a visit, as it is regarded as one of the best variety opportunity shops in the region. Friendly local volunteers operate this fundraising store for the Cohuna Anglican Church. Located in Cullen Street opposite the Post Office. Contact Marilyn on (03) 54563495

Events

Cohuna Bridge to Bridge - Sunday March 1st, 2015

The Cohuna Bridge to Bridge is an annual charity event that raises funds for the Royal Children's Hospital and Cohuna District Hospital. The main event is the 6.5km run/walk which can be run solo or as a team, there are also other activities including, swimming, bike riding, canoeing and triathlon. For further information please go to the event website www.bridgetobridge.org.au.

Stay

Bankhead Terraces

Bankhead Terraces offers guests a choice of four, 1 or 2 Bedroom units sleeping up to 4 persons. www.cohunaholidayrentals.com | M: 0411139010

Creek Side Apartment

Fully self-contained upstairs apartment with balcony & views over the beautiful Gunbower Creek. Contains 3 double bedrooms. Contact: Mary-Lou McDonald | P: (03)54562223 | www.creeksideapartment.com.au

Cohuna Scenic Accommodation

Located in the heart of Cohuna. 4 Bedrooms catering for 9 people. 2 bathrooms. Full kitchen. Contact: Ron | M: 0419584467 | E: bookings@cohunascenicaccommodation.com | www.cohunascenicaccommodation.com

The Folly

Fully self-contained 1940’s home. 1 double & 1 queen room, each with ensuite. M: 0413603328 | E: jeanettekline@bigpond.com

Creekview Cottage

3 bedroom house. Sleeps 6. Contact: Jenny | P: (03)54567446 | www.stayz.com.au

Old School House

17km from Cohuna. Sleeps 7, 1 QS, 2 singles upstairs plus 1 QS futon and 1 single downstairs. Continental breakfast included. Contact: Dianne | P: (03)54531158

Mattie’s Hideaway

16km from Cohuna, sleeps up to 15. Contact: Nicky | P: (03)54567597 | www.stayz.com.au

Cohuna Hotel Motel

12 units sleep 2 – 4 people, 14 ensuites hotel rooms, sleep 2 -4, (no TV). P: (03)54562604

Cohuna Waterfront Holiday Park

Cabins and powered sites available. P: 1800672372 or (03)54562562 | www.cohunacaravanpark.com.au

Cohuna Motor Inn

P: (03)54562974

Swampy’s Holiday House

15km from Cohuna on the edge of Kow Swamp. 2 dbl bedrooms and bunkroom all with ensuites, sleeps 6. Contact: Marita | P:(03)54567528 | www.stayz.com.au

Tree Tops Scout Camp

The spacious log cabin has electricity connected for cooking facilities and lighting, tables and chairs, toilets and showers and plenty of firewood for campfires. Contact: Jeanette Kline | P: (03)54564138

For more information about the Cohuna are, please call the Gateway Visitor Centre Cohuna (03)54562047 or www.cohuna.org.au

Lifestyle

Climate

  January March May July September November
Max Temp 31.4 27.7 17.9 14.0 19.0 26.5
Min Temp 14.9 12.8 6.7 4.0 6.7 11.2
Average Temp 22.9 27.8 37.2 35.8 36.1 26.7

History

Contact

Cohuna & District Progress Association Inc.
Sonia Wright (President) - PH: 03 5456 4343
Roslyn Dwyer (Secretary)
P.O. Box 321, Cohuna, VIC 3568
BH: 03 5456 2409 AH: 03 54563402
Wendy McGlone (Treasurer)
BH: 03 5456 2200 AH: 03 5456 2926
Gannawarra Shire Council Development Officer
Mr. Roger Griffiths
PH: 03 54509333 FX: 03 54503023
Email: roger_griffiths@gannawarra.vic.gov.au


Cohuna
Cohuna Information Centre: Ph: 03 5456 2047
Gateway to Gannawarra Regional Visitor Information Centre: Ph: 03 5456  2047