Cohuna, Victoria

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Cohuna
Victoria
CohunaGunbowerCreek.JPG
Gunbower Creek
Cohuna is located in Shire of Gannawarra
Cohuna
Cohuna
Coordinates 35°48′0″S 144°12′0″E / 35.80000°S 144.20000°E / -35.80000; 144.20000Coordinates: 35°48′0″S 144°12′0″E / 35.80000°S 144.20000°E / -35.80000; 144.20000
Population 1,893 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3568
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Gannawarra
State electorate(s) Rodney
Federal Division(s) Mallee

Cohuna /kˈhnə/[2] is a town situated 274 kilometres (170 mi) north of Melbourne, on the Murray Valley Highway, in northern Victoria, Australia. At the 2006 census, Cohuna had a population of 1,893.[1]

History[edit]

A Post Office opened in the area on 18 September 1875, known as Mologa until 1876, then Cohuna and renamed Cullen in 1884 when Cohuna Township PO opened. This latter office was renamed Cohuna around 1887.[3]

The town today[edit]

The Cohuna water tower

Surrounded by dairy farms, and situated on the banks of Gunbower Creek, (an anabranch of the Murray River), the town is a popular holiday spot as well as a regional sports centre with a wide range of facilities.

Cohuna is the main access point to the attractions of the vast red gum and box forest covered Gunbower Island, which lies between Gunbower Creek and the Murray, and is home to diverse native birdlife, kangaroos and emus.

Legend has it that John Farnham was "discovered" in Cohuna, and he returned in 2002 for a free one-off show.[4][5] The Bee Gees also played in Cohuna in their early days.[6]

More recently, Australian artist Sarah Blasko used Cohuna landmarks such as a local cafe and hospital for her video "Planet New Year".[citation needed]

Gunbower Creek runs along the main street and garden park. Golf, tennis, camping, fishing, water-skiing, canoeing, birdwatching and bushwalking are popular with visitors.

The Cohuna water tower is adorned with the town's name, and visible for kilometres.

Cohuna is a plastic bag free town.[citation needed]

Events and Sport[edit]

The Cohuna Bridge To Bridge is a range of sporting events for all fitness levels including an 8-kilometre (5.0 mi) swim, 1.2 km (0.75 mi) swim, 6.5 km (4.0 mi) run, jog, walk, 25 km (16 mi) and 50 km (31 mi) bike ride, 10 km (6.2 mi) and 20 km (12 mi) paddle, triathlon and team events.

Cohuna hosts an Easter Tennis Tournament and Golf Tournament.

The local agricultural show is held in March.

The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the Central Murray Football League, the Cohuna Kangas.[7]

Golfers play at the Cohuna Golf Club on Weymouth Road.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cohuna (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ McIntyre, Kylie. "Biography". John Farnham - through the eyes of a fan. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  5. ^ "Cohuna Attractions". Cohuna & District Progress Association. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  6. ^ Williams, Gail (2005-03-06). "Barry Gibb Interview". Sunday Times. Bee Gees World. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  7. ^ Full Points Footy. "Cohuna". Retrieved 2009-04-25. 
  8. ^ Golf Select. "Cohuna". Retrieved 2009-05-11. 

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