Murray River and Snowy Mountains view, Towong, Upper Murray

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upper murray towns
...indigenous for 'kangaroo skin'

Main St. Cudgewa with its WW1 avenue of elms and plane trees in their autumn colours. The Cudgewa WW1 obelisk is in the foreground.

Cudgewa is a great base for discovering the rest of the Upper Murray. Located 15 kilometres from Corryong Cudgewa is close to all of the region's scenic attractions, but it also has a fewattractions of its own to be enjoyed.

Cudgewa is a quiet, peaceful town with a resident population of around 80. Its current shop front businesses include the Cudgewa Hotel, The Speckled Hen cafe and gift shop and Elmstead Cottages, several self-contained cottages available for visitor accommodation.

Over the last 140 years or so, the township of Cudgewa has undergone many transformations. Butcher shops, blacksmiths and wheelwrights, a cordial factory, general stores, boarding houses, cafes, a green grocers and lolly shop, a rabbit chiller, rural merchandise stores, a post office, a school and a railway station, which now all no longer exist, have played a role at some time in the town's history. Signs of the past still however exist.

The former site of the  school, now shaded by massive oak trees and planted with a range of native trees and shrubs, is now the town's School Park. The park has an undercover barbeque and picnic table. There are also toilet facilities and adventure playground.

The First World War Avenue of Honour consisting of around 270 mature plane and elm trees line the Main Street andthe Cudgewa obelisk, commemorating 65 local men who served in this same war, commands a prominent place in central Cudgewa. A smaller monument, located in the School Park near the obelisk, pays tribute to local man Walter Briggs who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Boer War in 1901.

At the southern end of Cudgewa is a small building with a rabbit on its front wall. This was the H.K. James & Son rabbit chiller during the 1930s and 1940s. The business provided the local community with a place to sell rabbits which, at that time, were in plague numbers across the region.

First opened for business in 1925, the Cudgewa Hotel was built directly opposite the Cudgewa Railway Station. It is the hub of community life in Cudgewa and is a very popular venue for dining out. It also has various accommodation options.

Although the railway station was dismantled several decades ago, the Cudgewa community have recently erected a small information board about the role of Cudgewa played during the era of rail transport in the Upper Murray.

Two kilometres south of Cudgewa, it is possible to see a small wooden rail bridge over Wabba Creek, though its has now fallen into disrepair.

The Speckled Hen Cafe, officially opened in Spring 2010, now occupies the building that was once called the Cudgewa General Store.

Built in the 1940s, the shop has been extensively remodelled into a tastefully decorated cafe, serving delicious coffee and cakes, and has an interesting range of practical and decorative country style gift ware. A beautician works part time from the back of the store.

Next door to the Speckled Hen is the Cudgewa Mechanic's Institute Hall, which has served the local community since 1887. It is still used for meetings, markets and other special community occasions. Each year in late December three dance evenings are held in the Cudgewa Hall as part of the iconic seven day Nariel Creek Folk Festival.

Found on the northern outskirts of Cudgewa, the Cudgewa Community Recreation Reserve is home to the Cudgewa Football Netball Club. Since the 1880s, the recreation reserve has provided home matches, with a very picturesque setting which includes views of the Mt. Burrowa massif to the west and the Cudgewa Creek, which flows beside the reserve. The present clubroom was once a hut used at the Bonegilla Migrant Centre after the Second World War.

The wider Cudgewa community fields two senior and a junior tennis team in the local Upper Murray summer tennis competition. The town has four public tennis courts, near the corner of Ashstead Park Lane and the Main Street.

There are various options for accommodation in Cudgewa, including Elmstead Cottages, two fully restored farm cottages dating back as early as the 1870s. Set overlooking the Cudgewa valley, these cottages are a great choice for those who love a peaceful country holiday break.

Nearby points of interest

Cudgewa Creek, various points of entry
Swimming, trout and Murray cod fishing,
Wabba Gap, Murray Valley Highway, 6km
Scenic panorama of Cudgewa Valley

Touzel's Bridge, Touzel's Lane off Whitehead Road, 8km
Scenic views, fishing, swimming in Cudgewa Creek

The Needles Picnic Area and Railway Bridge,
Murray Valley Highway, 13km

Picnic table beside Cudgewa Creek, photo opportunities of a wooden trestle rail bridge
Lower Dogman Track, Burrowa Pine Mountain NP,
Touzel's Lane, 11km

Bush walking, 4WD trails leading to Ross' Lookout
Cudgewa Bluff Falls, Burrow Pine Mountain NP
Bluff Falls Road, 19km

Waterfall,  lookouts, walking tracks, wet gully flora, magnificent blue gums, picnic table, toilets (at camping area)

Read on to find out more about the early days of Cudgewa

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