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Lake Mulwala

Lake Mulwala was built in the late 1930s when the Murray was dammed at the Yarrawonga Weir as part of the Murray-Darling Irrigation Scheme. The Mulwala Canal is one of  the longest irrigation channels in the Southern Hemisphere.

The reservoir covers 6000 ha and is a popular tourist attraction. Picnicking at the foreshore parks, birdwatching, fishing, sailboarding, waterskiing, swimming, canoeing, sailing, boating and guided paddle-boat cruises are all popular on the lake. Pelican Island is a breeding ground for pelicans and there are several ibis rookeries. Thousands of partially submerged trees poke out from the waterline (apparently to stop waves building).

Two paddlesteamers operate on the lake and along the Murray. They are the Lady Murray (tel: 03 5744 2005) and the Paradise Queen, tel: (03) 5744 1843. Bookings can be made through the information centre.

Phil Smith's Ski Rides hires out yachts, canoes, fishing boats, air chairs, kneeboards and ski equipment and he takes people waterskiing, tube riding and paragliding. There are also ski lessons, tel: (0419) 211 122.

The Mulwala Water Ski Park and Club in Melbourne St offers excellent facilities, ski lessons and rides, tel: (03) 5744 1515.

There are boat ramps and some fine foreshore parks adjacent the roads which hug the southern foreshore in Yarrawonga - Hunt St, Bank St (which has a swimming pool and waterslide) and River Rd. There is another pool, waterslide and boat ramp at the end of Inglis St in Mulwala.

Mulwala Attractions

Linley Park Animal Farm
Linley Park Animal Farm has both native and exotic species, including emus, kangaroos, water buffaloes, donkeys, wombats, native parrots and waterbirds. There are rides on a farm trailer behind a motor bike, and, in season, sheep-shearing demonstrations. There is an emphasis on opportunities for the kids to bottle-feed baby and farm animals and sheep dogs at work. It is possible to purchase baby guinea pigs, ducks and chickens. the owners Pan and Rob Donaldson, do a fantastic bush tucker pan sizzle at lunch time and Pam's tomato relish is, according to one enthusiastic patron, 'to die for'. The farm is at the north-eastern edge of town, at the corner of the Corowa Rd and Bull Plains Rd, tel: (03) 5743 1693.


Kyffin Reserve
Virtually opposite is Kyffin Reserve, a quiet and popular area for picnickers and walkers by the lake shore. There is an Aboriginal canoe tree on the eastern side of the reserve.


Pioneer Museum
The Pioneer Museum at 151 Melbourne St has local memorabilia including photographs, agricultural machinery, early forms of transport, a display relating to sports and hobbies and items from the Mulwala station woolshed (1860s). There is also a temporary display of toys from the pre-television era. It is open from 1.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday and on school and public holidays, tel: (03) 5744 1402.

Coghill Cottages are based in Yarrawonga Mulwala on the great Murray River and Lake Mulwala

Yarrawonga / Lake Mulwala

Coghill Cottages are situated in the lakeside town of Yarrawonga about 150m from lake Mulwala foreshore with its swimming enclosure, water slides, lake cruises and boat ramp. Only 5 minutes walk to the town centre of Yarrawonga with supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and other amenities close by. The Murray River flows into Lake Mulwala and is famous for its river beacjhes and the Muray Cod. Anglers and water skiers from all over Australia come to Lake Mulwala and Yarrawonga is an ideal place to stay. Coghill Cottages have modern self-contained units with plenty of parking on site for the car and boat if required. All cottages have separate laundry facilities as well as all the usual facilities. We have just installed a wireless internet system which means that visitors can bring their own (wireless capable) laptop computers and access their e-mail on-site. All cottages have their own BBQ facilities and their is a swimming pool on site for guests to share. Call Coghill Cottages in Yarrawonga on (03) 5744 2271

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