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Coleambally - Cities, Towns and Localities
Coleambally, south of the Murrumbidgee River, together with Darlington Point are part of the Murrumbidgee Shire Council. Located 645 km south-west of Sydney via the Hume and Sturt Highways, with beautiful gardens and streets named after local birds, the town was officially opened in 1968 to serve as the administrative, commercial and social centre of the Coleambally Irrigation Area.

Coleambally is situated amidst a cypress pine forest, and is known as 'a town in a forest'. The main crops in the region is rice, but can also include grain, sorghum, soya beans, barley, oats, canola, maize, sunflowers, lucerne, grape, prunes and pasture for sheep and cattle. The township is within the boundaries of the Murrumbidgee and is also part of the Riverina region.

A pictorial history of Coleambally can be viewed at the Murrumbidgee Shire Office in Brolga Place, where you can see how the town developed through the lens of a camera. As part of the Bicentennial project the John McInnes Square in Brolga Place was constructed as a town square in 1988. The pergola made from local redgum is covered with wisteria for summer shade.

There are walking tracks located in the forest reserves that surround the town, and kangaroos are often seen feeding at dusk and dawn. The area is home to an diversity of flora and fauna including the threatened species, the Superb Parrot and the Southern Bell Frog, with the rice fields provide a feeding habitat for many species of water birds, including ibis, sandpipers, egrets and herons.

The Lions Park at the entrance to the town is home to a huge Bucyrus Dragline Excavator that was used in the construction of the irrigation scheme. You can also experience farming at the Community Experimental/Demonstration Farm or even take a tour.

Source: Murrumbidgee Shire Council

Check out our listing of Coleambally accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Tourist Information Centre
Coleambally Caravan Park
Ph: 02 6554 4100

Murrumbidgee Shire Council
Ph: 02 6968 4166
Fax: 0269 68 4252

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Coleambally Attractions

The Lions Park
• At the entrance to town and ideal place for a picnic, with rest facilities, gas BBQ and an children playground. There is a Bucyrus Erie dragline excavator, an amazing piece of machinery. The Bucyrus is still in working order and can be seen when the Riverina Vintage Machinery Club hold their biennial rally.
Wineglass Tower
• Sitting atop a sand hill is a unique wineglass tower that can be seen over the tops of the cypress pine trees as you approach the town.
Jenimar Arcade Mural
• Brolga Place • Depicting the history of the area, this mural was painted by the local art group in 1991.
Southern Bell Frog (Litoria reniformis)
• Currently considered endangered in NSW, the use of irrigation for the cultivation of rice has created a suitable habitat for the Southern Bell Frog. The Coleambally Irrigation Area and possibly other bodies of water in the area has seen a greater number of frogs take advantage of the seasonal flooding that is required for the rice crop, to breed.

Source: Rice-growing and conservation of the Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis) in New South Wales, Australia - Graham H. Pyke, Unpublished Report

The Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)
• Found mainly in eastern inland NSW, with breeding season from September to January, the Superb Parrot has been sighted in the region nesting in tree hollows.

Source: Superb Parrot, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Information brochure 2000

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