The Long Paddock is the colloquial term for the stock routes that cross Australia – open strecthes of unfenced land that anyone can use to move stock or feed in times of drought. The Long Paddock – Cobb Highway touring route follows the length of the Cobb Highway (610 km) from Echuca Moama on the Victorian border through to Wilcannia in the north.
The touring route takes visitors through some of the most unique landscapes in Australia including the the Hay Plains renowned as the flattest place in the southern hemisphere. It also crosses some of the most historically important agricultural country in Australia.
The Long Paddock is an easy drive and accessible by caravan, car or 4WD. The beauty of the Long Paddock is that visitors can come for a day, a week or a lifetime. The touring route passes through the well known towns of Echuca/Moama, Deniliquin and Hay, which have all the goods and services visitors can expect from large country towns. They also offer significant visitor attractions such as the internationally renowned Australian Shearers Hall of Fame – Shear Outback in Hay.
The Long Paddock also passes through some of the most character filled villages in Australia. These little townships of between 30 and 70 people provide visitors with a glimpse of life in country communities. Make sure you stop and have a cuppa or a beer in Mathoura, Pretty Pine, Wanganella, Booroorban, Booligal, Ivanhoe and Wilcannia, where you will be welcomed with a smile and can get a real feel for life in the bush.