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COROWA Corowa, Howlong Corowa is an engaging little town in delightful surroundings on the Murray River, but it has big claims on history. Regarded as the 'Birthplace of Federation', it was here at a conference in 1893 that public support for a Federation of the colonies was proclaimed, leading directly to the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. Corowa still retains grand examples of 19th-century heritage buildings, including the Corowa Court House, the old railway station, and Oldfellows Hall, the very building in which the groundswell of public support for Federation originally began. The National Federation Festival on the Australia Day weekend in January celebrates Corowa's claim to fame. Once a bustling river port, Corowa and its Victorian twin Wahgunyah also share a colourful gold-mining and agricultural history. A fine example is Tom Roberts' famous 1890 painting Shearing the Rams, now hanging in the National Gallery of Victoria, which was set near here at Brocklesby Station. Today, the Corowa-Wahgunyah and Howlong region is known for its scenic natural attractions, river-based activities and fine food and wine. The Rutherglen wine region across the river (incorporating Wahgunyah) is among the best in northern Victoria for it's renowned full- bodied reds. Fabulous walking and cycling trails wind through the magnificent river red gum forests along the banks of the Murray. Many of these ancient trees pre-date white settlement and provide a strong link back to the original custodians of the region, the Bangarang clan of the Yorta Yorta people. Golfers won't be disappointed with the region's courses either. Corowa Golf Club boasts a 27-hole riverside championship course, while Howlong Golf Club is an immaculate 18-hole course and one of the most challenging in the Murray region. If you're not fishing, camping or playing in the river, you can even try your hand at skydiving or gliding! There's Max's Motor Museum and day tours at the historical Savernake Station. For more cultural pursuits and an insight into the local community, visit Gallery 294 or Corowa Art Space to see the work of local artists and craftspeople. Visit the Corowa Federation Museum, with an excellent collection of memorabilia from Corowa and district. Play a round or two at the beautiful Corowa and Howlong golf clubs. Don your shoes and/or bike and cycle/walk some of the amazing trails on offer. Sample handmade Belgian-style chocolate at Corowa Whisky & Chocolate in the old flour mill. Visit the nearby Rutherglen Wine Region. COROWA VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 100 Edward Street FREECALL: 1800 814 054 EMAIL: tourism@corowa.nsw.gov.au WEB: www.visitcorowashire.com.au Download the OVG Corowa app from iTunes or Google Play for more information. MUST EXPERIENCE MORE INFORMATION 34

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