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Although Picola's halcyon days as a railhead for the loading of wheat, livestock and red gum logged from Barmah State Forest and processed in local mills have long gone, the village's proximity to the Murray resorts of Moama and Echuca keeps it on the tourism map.

Picola, with its 130 citizens, is set on irrigated land about 15km north-east of the NSW-Victoria border and Moama. The twin towns of Moama and Echuca are living memorials to the golden era of the Murray paddle-steamers.

These days the steamers Pevensey, which enjoyed television fame as the Philadelphia in the mini-series All The Rivers Run, Alexander Arbuthnot and Adelaide are permanent, working fixtures alongside the spectacular red gum wharf at Echuca.

You can explore Barmah State Park and Forest, which cover a combined area of 29,500ha, on a 60km self-drive tour which takes in such historic sites as Muster Yard, Punt Paddock Lagoon, Cornalla Landing and Green Engine. Some of the reserve land gums reach 45m into the sky and are more than 500 years old.

Picola: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre

Visit the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre in Nathalia to discover and explore the colourful history of the Barmah National Park.

Learn about the fascinating and diverse history of this iconic region and be amazed at the struggles and achievements of the local forefathers, from pre-history to the present day.

Stories are told in an easy going style that educates and enlightens. Displays include local indigenous history, timber industry, wood cutters, river boats, leach and feather collectors, cattlemen and more.

The centre is a great resource for schools, educational, tour groups and social groups, with a video room available. Guest speakers can be arranged to speak to your school or group

A visit to the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre is a must before seeing the heritage listed Barmah National Park.

73 Blake Street
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 10.3K from Picola

Cockatoo Island Art Retreat

Visit the Cockatoo Island Art retreat on the beautiful Broken Creek at Nathalia. Walk amongst the artists and view their work.

Classes are available to all ages and to artists from beginner to accomplished. Painting and sculpture classes are available in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Glenda Cornell teaches and produces art (paintings, sculptures and murals), produces public art on a commission basis and works with schools as an artist in residence.

Art classes at Cockatoo Island Art Retreat are on the banks of the Broken Creek.

Community art projects include producing murals and working on street beautification projects. Glenda also works on private commissions and produces art work for local art shows.

A large range of art supplies are also available, as well as paintings and sculptures for sale.
Glenda Cornell has recently opened the Whistlestop Studio Gallery on the wharf at Echuca. The Whistlestop stocks a range of Glenda's works and art and craft from other local artists. Ross Paterson's wonderful watercolours are also available for sale at the Whistlestop Studio Gallery

443 Paynes Road
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 12.6K from Picola

Nathalia Golf Club

With nine immaculately presented greens and well kept, watered fairways, along with eighteen tees, Nathalia Golf Course is a very attractive par 70 course.

The club has a relaxed dress code and bar facilities are available on competition days. Bookings are not usually necessary for individuals or small groups. Nathalia Golf Club welcomes visitors on almost every day of the year.

444Paynes Road
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 13.1K from Picola

Barmah National Park

Barmah National Park, together with the adjoining Millewa forest in New South Wales, forms the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. The complex ecology of the forest is closely linked to the Murray River and its flooding regime, creating a diverse natural habitat for a variety of wildlife, particularly waterbirds.

Barmah is a great spot for camping. Days can be easily filled with fishing, horse riding, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing.

How to get there
Barmah National Park lies along the Murray River between the towns of Barmah and Strathmerton, about 225km north of Melbourne. Access to the 12 major entrance gates is available from the Moira Lakes Road, Barmah-Picola Road, and the Murray Valley Highway.

Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.

Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.

Moira Lakes Rd
Barmah, VIC, 3639

Located 13.7K from Picola

Yenbena Indigenous Training Centre

Yenbena Indigenous Training Centre is Indigenous owned and operated. Yenbena is a community centre that provides Cultural Interpretation to school groups, caravanners, locals and visitors to the area.

If you would like to know more about Aboriginal Culture and the Yorta Yorta people, the centre has Aboriginal artefacts on display. Fresh vegetables are grown from the community garden that can be purchased at the centre and tea and coffee or cateringis available for visiting groups.

Yenbena Indigenous Training Centre is a registered training organisation and are nationally accredited for training to all people.

Corner Schier and Tinkler Streets
Barmah, VIC, 3639

Located 14.1K from Picola

Picola: Events

Nathalia Lions New Years Eve Carnival

Having run for more than 50 years, the Nathalia New Years Eve Carnival is the only major event of its kind in the area. Occurring concurrently with the festival is Art Windows Festival which showcases regional art in the widows of retail and professional shopfronts in Blake Street Nathalia.

A large number of works are also hung in the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre which is open seven days a week in Blake Street during normal business hours. The Heritage Centre also acts as the Tourist Information Centre so a must for visitors to town.

The Art Windows Festival commences on 1 December and will continue until 29 January. It is free and can be viewed all day, each day and is not to be missed. Wander beautiful Blake Street and see paintings, ceramics, photographs and more.

The carnival itself commences on New Years Eve on Blake Street and will officially begin with the arrival of cars for the show and shine. The Broken Creek Cruise Show and shine has proven very popular and attracts a wide range of cars, motorcycles and even vintage trucks. It commences at 4pm.

At 4:00pm the Highway is closed and the carnival rides and the street market commence. There is a gourmet food court on the banks of the Broken Creek as well as the local cafes and hotels open for meals and drinks.

The event is alcohol free and designed to be an affordable family event with free demonstrations of sheep shearing, wood chopping and sleeper cutting together with an animal nursery. The night culminates with a massive fireworks display at the recreation reserve at midnight, a gold coin donation helps to cover the costs and it is one of the best fireworks displays in regional victoria running for around 20 minutes.

Event Dates
      31st Dec

Blake Street
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 10.1K from Picola

The Charcoal Burners - Exhibition

The Charcoal Burners

The Charcoal Industry as told by three Barmah and district charcoal burners.
An exhibition is being held at The Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre .

Open seven days a week nine am till five pm.

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Blake Street,
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 10.3K from Picola

Nathalia Fire Brigade Motorcycle Show 2016

Come to the friendly town of Nathalia for a weekend and join in the Nathalia Fire Brigade Motorcyle Show 2016.

This show is growing every year and there is something for everyone. All style of Motorcycles welcome, several categories will be judged on the day.

Food and drinks amusement rides for kids,and market stalls CFA vehicles and equipment on display.

Event Dates
      13th Nov

Park Street,
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 10.5K from Picola

Nathalia Little Athletics Club - Registration night

Register prior to the night online or on the night. All athletes even those who are coming for first time must be registered online prior to participating for insurance purposes, however just submit without payment.

Information session for parents/careers whilst kids do event/activities.

A family, fun and fitness community sporting organisation that provides Athletics to children aged five (as of 1 Oct 2016) to sixteen.

Affiliated with Little Athletics Victoria the events consist of long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, vortex (five-11), javelin (12 or older), hurdles, sprints (70, 100 and 200 metre), distance (800 and 1500 metre).

Ages under six and seven can do 'On Track' - teaching the kids the fundamental skills required to run, jump, throw, skip and leap. The basic skills required for all sports.

The season runs from 7th September to 14th December, starting at 4:45 on Wednesdays. Kids focus on doing their best with personal bests. Nights in season to help promote athletes to get personal bests.

The cost is $90 per athlete, discount applies to families of more than three kids, Uniform club singlet $10

Event Dates
      7th Sep

Park Street
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 10.5K from Picola

Picola: Travel Tips

Nathalia Barmah Visitor Information Centre

Nathalia Barmah Visitor Information Centre can help you explore the areas of Nathalia and Barmah, and show you the best attractions nearby.

Nathalia is set on the beautiful Broken Creek, it is a haven for visitors looking for a peaceful holiday with a welcoming ambience. Take a leisurely stroll along the main street to see historic buildings from days gone by. These add charm to the shopping strip where you'll find eateries and specialty stores.

Be sure to look out for local galleries and exhibitions. The Nathalia Golf Club is nearby or simply sit along the banks of Broken Creek in the centre of town.

A must see attraction is the Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre. It offers terrific information for those looking to explore the nearby Barmah National Park. Find out about the local indigenous culture, way of life and achievements.

Barmah is the gateway to the Barmah National Park, home to the largest stand of River Red Gums in the world and a wetland that is recognised under the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of International significance.

And they are not talking just any River Red Gum! Some of these trees are over 500 years old and grow to an astonishing thirty or forty metres in height. The Yorta Yorta indigenous community has lived in this area for more than 40,000 years, and today descendants remain to live and share this rich heritage.

A sixty kilometre self-drive tour takes you to places of interest throughout the park, including sacred Aboriginal sites, flora and fauna. Being on a major flight path for migratory birds, the park's wetlands are significant breeding grounds for water birds. Bush camping is enjoyed in the park, with canoeing or kayaking a great way to explore the waterways of this area.

73 Blake Street
Nathalia, VIC, 3638

Located 10.3K from Picola

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