Formed as the "Taverner Community Village Settlement" in the 1890s, the region is popular with fishing enthusiasts aiming to hook a Murray cod – arguably the best eating freshwater fish in the world – and explore the river red gum forests, which are open to vehicles, campers and bushwalkers alike.
To gain a full appreciation of the region, visit the Nyah and Vinifera State Park where anthropologists have discovered a wealth of archaeological material relating to ancient Aboriginal occupation of the land including canoe trees, middens, burial grounds and boundary markers. Be sure you pack your backpack and hiking shoes, as the walk through the Nyah State forest is an experience not to be missed.
Still craving for more history? Then travel three kilometres west and you will find the charming Mallee township of Nyah West. With its bygone street landscape, you could think you are on a movie set in the 1920s. This heritage listed and National Trust Judges Choice Award ‘Most Intact Streetscape’, is a must-see, just don’t expect the locals to be dressed in pioneer clothing.
On the final leg of your history tour, located at the east end of the Vinifera Forest is the location of Australia’s first commercial rice crop at Takasuka Bank.
Enjoy a long lunch or picnic by the river as you amble the 4km walk into the heart of the Nyah State Forest
Walk down the main street of Nyah West to discover life from a bygone era.