waterbird creeksideCohuna is a hidden treasure nestled along the tree lined banks of the Gunbower Creek. Only minutes from the mighty Murray River, it’s the Gateway to the Gunbower National Forest, one of the largest red gum forests in the world, often described as the Kakadu of the South. Bushland, rivers, creeks, swamps and wetlands are home to a plethora of flora and fauna and are steeped in aboriginal and agricultural history.

On the weekend of April 6th to 8th Cohuna is going to unlock its hidden treasures. Kicking off the weekend is a “Friday Night Chill” at Waffles restaurant, with music from Tyler Hudson, with great local food and wine ensuring a fantastic start to the weekend. Then there is the launch of the “Keys to Cohuna Challenge”. In 2017 Triple J’s Veronica and Lewis threw out a challenge to the nation to come up with a list of challenges that they would do in order to gain the Keys to a town – Cohuna won. Over three days Veronica and Lewis endured and eventually achieved all tasks set by Mayor Brian Gibson to obtain the keys to Cohuna. The organisers don’t want Veronica and Lewis to be the only ones that have all the fun so the town has borrowed the keys back and are giving everybody the opportunity to gain their own keys. A list of challenges including visiting fantastic local businesses and exploring the natural wonders have been set and once 5 of the 10 have been completed participants will gain a “Key to Cohuna”. This will entitle them to incentives and discounts offered by all the local participating businesses.

Photography by Shayne Mostyn

On Sunday 8th April the first ever “Market on the Move” will take place. Seven unique venues will open their gates allowing the public to visit a number of working farms, meet the makers as well as being able to purchase a huge variety of local produce and artwork from a variety of stall holders at each venue. Venues include the Cohuna Art Gallery, “Haybrook” a commercial 400 cow dairy farm, Windella dairy goat farm and producer of hand made soap and body products, Shukura Park a boutique paddock to plate enterprise, Elm Tree Nursery – farm based plant nursery , Bowkett Park Horse and Pony Trail Riding and Viki and Mal Johnson’s creative garden featuring art pieces made from recycled materials. Full details can be found on, Facebook page “Get your Backside Creekside!” or from the Gateway to Gannawarra Information Centre.

So for a fun weekend, as the locals say, ‘Get your backside, creekside’.