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Timeout In Yarrawonga

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published March 22nd 2017
Murray River Sun Country
The construction of a weir on the Murray River at Yarrawonga 1935 was the first step in the creation of a waterway which led to the twin towns of Yarrawonga Mulwala developing into perhaps the most popular aquatic sports centre along the length of the river.

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Belmont Street Yarrawonga is the towns main thoroughfare and well served by cafes, pubs, restaurants and a great range of retail outlets. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


With near perfect weather year round Lake Mulwala hosts a range of water sports including sailing, swimming, water skiing, canoeing and fishing.

BBQ boats are popular and two commercial vessels, the restored paddle steamer CUMBEROONA and a modern day equivalent the PARADISE QUEEN, run a variety of lake and river cruises.

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Mulwala Bridge is one of two river crossings between the twin towns of Yarrawonga and Mulwala. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The kids will love the AQUAZONE inflatable aquatic playground on the foreshore adjacent to Mulwala Bridge and right next to the skate park.

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AQUAZONE inflatable playground is an attraction popular with kids and adults alike. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Catering for fun-seekers 7-years and older AQUAZONE comprises a series of great waterslides, trampolines and obstacle courses.

The same weather that makes the district an aquatic paradise is also a magnet for golfers attracted to Australia's largest public access golf resort, the magnificent Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort or the nearby and much newer Black Bull Golf Club situated on the Silverwoods Golf and Lifestyle Resort.

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The Black Bull Golf Club is one of 4 great courses available in Yarrawonga Mulwala. Photo: Janet Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Boasting 3 magnificent layouts, the Lake, Murray and Executive courses, Yarrawonga Mulwala Resort includes luxury accommodation and fine dining.

Silverwoods is a residential development and the Black Bull a challenging 18-hole layout designed by Peter Thompson.

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Yarrawonga's Customs House dates back to a time when taxes were paid on goods crossing the border between Victoria and New South Wales. Photos: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Of course. if sport and exercise is not your thing Yarrawonga Mulwala still has you covered with three major clubs providing outstanding wing, dining & entertainment options plus an enormous variety of shopping, cafes, restaurants and pubs stretching the length of Yarrawonga's Belmont Street.

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Lake Mulwala is a man-made watercourse popular with sailors, water-skiers, canoeists and fishermen. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


When it comes to eating out my value-for-money favourite has to be the Oriental Pearl Chinese Restaurant at Club Mulwala. On a recent visit, our group of three enjoyed a large sumptuous entré each, shared two huge main courses, 2-glasses of wine and a beer for just $88. The food, service and atmosphere were all excellent.

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Club Mulwala is one of 3 great sporting and service clubs popular with visitors and locals alike. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Yarrawonga Mulwala is just 265 Kms north of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway and Benalla, just over a 3-hour drive.

It's a great family destination with its waterborne activities, golfing options, clubs, wining & dining, nearby wineries or simply to relax around the lake in some of the wonderful sunshine the region is famous for. There are many reasons to call Yarrawonga Mulwala an oasis.
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Why? Experience the near perfect weather and abundance of activities to be had in this regional oasis just 3-hours drive from Melbourne.
When: Anytime is a great time to visit Yarrawonga Mulwala with the weather here often described as a Mediterranean style climate.
Phone: Visitor Information Centre (03) 5744 1989
Where: Yarrawonga Mulwala
Cost: Varies with venue or activity.
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An excellent follow up to your golf club article.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6149) 515 days ago
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