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Main street of Koondrook
Koondrook is located in Shire of Gannawarra
Coordinates 35°38′32″S 144°07′53″E / 35.64222°S 144.13139°E / -35.64222; 144.13139Coordinates: 35°38′32″S 144°07′53″E / 35.64222°S 144.13139°E / -35.64222; 144.13139
Population 769 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3580
Elevation 78 m (256 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Gannawarra
State electorate(s) Murray Plains
Federal Division(s) Mallee
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
22.2 °C
72 °F
8.4 °C
47 °F
391.4 mm
15.4 in

Koondrook (/ˈkndrʊk/ KOON-druuk)[2] is a town situated on the Murray River, Victoria, Australia. The town is located in the Shire of Gannawarra local government area, 301 kilometres (187 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Koondrook had a population of 769.[1]


The Barrapa Barrapa Aborigines were thought to have occupied the Koondrook area prior to European settlement commencing in 1843. The Post Office opened on 1 March 1879.[3] In 1889 the Kerang-Koondrook Tramway[4] was opened linking the town to the Victorian railway network, being officially closed on 3 March 1981.[5]


Koondrook is connected by a bridge to its twin town of Barham in the neighbouring state of New South Wales. Industry in the area includes dairying on the river flats and citrus production using irrigation supplied from the Murray River. Timber from the surrounding state forests is used in the production of quality redgum timber and furniture.

Fishing and camping in the area popular activities for tourists in the surrounding state forests. The forests are important breeding areas for colonial waterbirds and are visited by migratory birds.

The town, in conjunction with neighbouring township Barham across the Murray, has an Australian rules football team competing in the Central Murray Football League.[6]

Notable people[edit]

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Roy Higgins and AFL premiership player Brent Guerra were born in Koondrook.


The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "BSk" (Tropical and Subtropical Steppe Climate). Climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate/Oceanic climate).[7]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Barham-Koondrook (Koondrook Part) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  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. ^ Kerang-Koondrook Tramway Buckland, J.L. & ors. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin October 1948, pp5-7
  5. ^ Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society) March 1990 (Vol 18 No 3)
  6. ^ Full Points Footy, Koondrook-Barham, archived from the original on November 20, 2008, retrieved 2008-07-25 
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Koondrook

External links[edit]

Media related to Koondrook, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons