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Local Attractions from the Fig Tree Motel in Narrandera


Quick Facts

  • The town has been declared an Urban Conservation Area by the National Trust.
  • Bushranger Mad Dog Morgan is said to have hidden in caves in the area.
  • 562 km south-west of Sydney, population 4,650.

Narrandera Tourist Information Centre

Narrandera Park Newell Hwy

Narrandera NSW 2700

Telephone: (02) 6959 1766

Facsimile: (02) 6959 2788

Email: Tourist Centre

Web: Narrandera Tourist

Narrandera's Historic Walk

Narrandera's Historic Walk :: Fig Tree Motel

A pamphlet outlining a walk that takes in the town's heritage buildings is available from the visitor's centre in Narrandera Park, on the Newell Highway. The National Australia (formerly CBC) Bank at the corner of East St and Twynam St is a two-storey building of rendered masonry with a detached kitchen, coach house and stables at the rear. Built in 1884 the delicate iron lacework decoration is particularly pleasing. At the same corner is the red-brick Federation-style post office, erected in  1900 with terra cotta roof and some inappropriate extensions.

The site of the courthouse and police station (c.1900), at the corner of  Larmer and Cadell Sts, includes the former police station (now the  inspector's residence), cell block and outbuilding, constructed c. 1870.  The railway station and station master's residence (c.1885) are in Whitton St.

The town's old hotel buildings are the Royal Mail Hotel (1868) at 137 East St (the exterior has been altered and for the worst though the interior is substantially the same), the Narrandera Hotel at East and Larmer, and the Star Hotel. Although erected in the 1860s the Narrandera Hotel (largely unaltered) was initially called the Railway Hotel based on the expectation that the railway, when it did arrive, would pass through the southern part of the town, but the floods of 1870 made it clear that the railway would have to be situated on higher ground. Hence the Star Hotel, at Whitton and Arthur Sts, was built adjacent the station when it did arrive and was also called the Railway Hotel. The present building was erected in 1916 and is now a guest house. The old wooden bridge on the Newell Hwy, at the southern end of town, was built in 1886.

Antiques Corner, an old residence in Narrandera

Antiques corner, an old residence in Narrandera :: Fig Tree MotelIn addition to the visitor's centre, which has the 'Big (nearly 6 m) Playable Guitar' out the front, the Narrandera Park and Miniature Zoo has Aboriginal Canoe Trees, Queensland Bottle Trees, playground equipment, electric barbecues, toilets, birds and animals, and the Tiger Moth Memorial.

The latter is an actual Tiger Moth aeroplane which is a tribute to the World War II trainee pilots who received elementary instruction on these planes in Narrandera between 1940 and 1945.


Parkside Cottage Museum

Adjacent the park, on the highway, is the Parkside Cottage Museum (02-6959 1372), housed in a century-old building. The museum has a number of interesting pieces but the most famous are the MacArthur Opera Cloak, a cloak made from the first bale of wool ever sent to England by the MacArthur family in 1816. There is also a snow shoe and a wooden snow ski from Scott's Antarctic Expedition, as well as period costumes, shells, minerals and gemstones. It is open daily for a small admission fee.

Hankinson Ceramic Fountain

The Hankinson ceramic fountain in Memorial Park (East St) was made by Royal Doulton. It is one of only two known to be in existence. The other is in India. It was given to the people of Narrandera by Alderman and Mrs Hankinson in 1922 in honour of those who served in World War I. Antique Corner is located at 126 Larmer St and adjoins the historic Yo Merry home.

Lake Talbot Holiday and Aquatic Centre

Lake Talbot Holiday and Aquatic Centre :: Fig Tree Motel2 km south-east of town is the award-winning Lake Talbot Holiday and Aquatic Centre complex (02-6959 1211) with a 100-m waterslide, the extra-steep Rampage Slide, a variety of pools, terraced lawns, barbecues and waterskiing/boating facilities.

Lake Talbot Lookout, at the entrance to the Lake Talbot Caravan Park, off Broad St, affords a scenic view of the lake and surrounds.



The Bundidgerry Walking Track

The Bundidgerry Walking Track :: Fig Tree MotelThe Bundidgerry Walking Track also starts in Broad St, extending about the lake and riverside. Maps are available from the information centre.

The reserve along the river has been declared a regeneration area for a disease-free colony of koalas.

The best time for a walk is early in the morning when there is plenty of wildlife about - kangaroos, parrots, currawongs, magpies, galahs, willie wagtails and kingfishers.

Flora in the Area

Adjacent the Lake Talbot complex, on Broad St, is the NSW Forest Tree Nursery which sells seedlings for an enormous variety of native trees. It's open weekdays (02-6959 1223). Pine Hill Nursery is situated in a bush setting 5 km north-east of Narrandera on Harnett Rd (02-6959 1780). Robertson Gladioli Farm, 8 km west, on Paynter Siding, offers group tours by appointment (02-6959 2696).

John Lake Centre

The John Lake Centre is located at the Inland Fisheries Research Station where the aquatic inhabitants of the inland river systems are studied in an attempt to reverse the decline of native fish. For a small fee there are tours, featuring displays and an audio-visual presentation at 10.30 on weekdays. It is located 6 km south-east of Narrandera on Buckingbong Rd, off the Sturt Hwy (02-6959 1488). There are lawn and garden areas with picnic and barbecue facilities.

Galore Hill

Bushranger 'Mad Dog' Morgan is said to have hidden in the caves on the northern side of Galore Hill, 16 km north. This 500-ha nature reserve rises 200 m from an almost flat plain. It has birds, flowers and animals aplenty and contains an arboretum of 1600 trees from 300 species. A road leads to the summit where there are picnic and barbecue facilities and excellent views from the lookout tower.

MIA Forest Drive

The MIA Forest Drive lies to the west off the Narrandera-Leeton Rd. A map is available from the visitor's centre. It passes through woodlands, wildlife and the sandy freshwater beaches of the Murrumbidgee which are nice spots for camping, swimming and fishing. The Yank and Columbia Creeks, Gillenbah Lagoon, Lake Talbot and Yank Weird are also recommended fishing spots.

Narrandera Bike and Hike

Narrandera Bike and Hike :: Fig Tree MotelExperience Narrandera Bike and Hike – You Know You Want To!

  • Three separate track entry points
  • Take one trail, or take them all
  • Tailor your journey to suit your experience and ability
  • Directional and interpretive signage throughout
  • Historic Buildings
  • Gorgeous streetscapes
  • Koala spotting
  • Murrumbidgee River
  • Not one but two picnic areas with toilet facilities and BBQ
  • Narrandera Wetlands birdlife experience
  • Sandhills Aboriginal Totem Garden
  • Fishing
  • And so much more…

Other Activities in the Area

Murrumbidgee River :: Fig Tree Motel40 km south-east is Berembed Weird, built in 1910 to divert water from the Murrumbidgee River into the main canal of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. There are barbecue and picnic facilities.

Narrandera also has a golf course, north of town, and hosts a number of festivals. The Camellia Show is in August, the TREE-mendous Festival in October, the Agricultural Show in September and the John O'Brien Folk Festival in mid-March.

Be sure not to miss the following in Narrandera

  • Galore Hill, where Mad Dog Morgan is said to have hidden in the caves
  • The Hankinson ceramic fountain, made by Royal Doulton, in Memorial Park
  • Inhaling deeply at Lavander Aromatiques and sampling all things lavender
  • Looking a giant Murray Cod in the eye at the Fisheries Centre
  • The Big Playable Guitar at the Visitors Centre
  • NSW Governor John Macarthur's scarlet merino cloak at the Parkside Cottage Museum
  • Koala spotting in the Narrandera Koala Regeneration Reserve

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