Nyah

My Town

Nyah is a sleepy little town nestled on the banks of the mighty Murray River in Northern Victoria.

I love it because of the peacefullness and beauty of the mallee region. It has been home to me for around 30 years. I was born and raised on the NSW side of the river but Nyah was to main shopping town.

My name is Jennifer , I have 5 children, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Nome of them live near to me but they all love coming here to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Over the years I have done many things. Being a Mother and then a Foster parent were probably the most challenging, but most rewarding jobs I have had.

I am a qualified Hairdresser, and worked as such for a number of years.

I also worked as a Cook at the Sydney Opera House as well as many other locations around the world.

A respite worker, court counsellor and childminder are also jobs I have had.

I love to crochet, self taught a couple of years ago, love to cook and garden as well.

I am currently single.

When my Father passed away in 1990, I moved back to Nyah to care for my Mother. My 3 youngest and I moved into the house and Mum bought a granny flat which was set up next to the house.

This arrangement worked well.

Nyah is a kind of sleepy little town about 365 kilometres north west of Melbourne.

It has lots of character about it and there is good fishing and bushwalking to be had around the area.

IN 1914, at the edge of the Nyah/ Vinifera forest, is a spot where the country’s first commercial rice crop was grown. A man called Jo Takasuka planted it ans thus started a new industry for Australia.

The road into the forest is aptly named Takasuka road.

Nyah has a monthly market, fishing comps and also a large rec reserve where Grey Nomads can camp and chill out for a while.

Whilst Nyah does not have any significant events, the nearby City of Swan Hill has a lot to offer.

Swan Hill has monthly Farmers markets, great racing events, the main one being the Swan Hill Cup in June each year.

There is also the local Almond Blossom festival, Sea Lake Tyrell tours and many other events each year.

The best thing to do in Nyah is to go down to the river bank, chill out and watch the birds and other animals going about their day.

A couple of kilometres down the road is the old heritage town of Nyahwest .There is an opportunity shop, (pick up a bargain) and a mens shed at Nyahwest, as well as a Supermarket,Chemist and Engineering workshop.

A good cup of coffee can be had at either of the two Service Staions at Nyah.

For finer dining, a trip to the nearby Tooleybuc Club, or into Swan Hill whee restaurants and cafes are in abundance.

My fav is Princess of Ming Chinese Restaurant or for a delicious coffe and vanilla slice you cannot go past the Swan Hill Bakery.

A cafe with a view of the Murray River, and awesome breakfasts is called Spoons. Set in the Riverside park it is a scenic and peaceful spot to relax and enjoy the great food.

Riverside Park also has a Food and Wine festival each year.

There are many wineries in the vicinity of Nyah, as well as citrus groves and Olive plantations. Nearby Boundary Bend Olive grove produces the world famous Cobram Estate Olive Oil.

Andrew Peace Winery is a must for wine buffs. These wines regularly win best wine at the Melbourne show and other shows.

It is free to visit the winery.

For under $20 take a tour of the pioneer settlement, sitting on the banks of the Murray in Swan Hill. It is a step back in time. A paddleboat ride is also a must do.

On a hot summers day, Lake Boga is an iddylic place to cool off. There are water sports galore on the Lake as well as a museum of Flying Boats from WW2.

In winter, rug up and go to a local footy match or a night at the trots.

There are several clubs around the area, all good for a night out. Some have live music, others a DJ where you can dance the night away regardless.

A night at the movies is also available. The sound and light show at the Pioneer Settlement is well worth checking out.

Best restaurant for a special feed would have to be Java Spice. Not cheap but worth paying the extra dollar.

With friendly people, a huge area of interesting activities and pleasant climate, Nyah is where my heart is.

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