Originally this tract of the Upper Murray on the NSW side consisted of the following runs – Bowna, Cumberoona, Wagra, Dora Dora and Talmalmo. All of these runs had been taken up by 1839. Since then they have been sold into numerous smaller holdings. A small village sprang up at Bowna (on the main Sydney-Melbourne Road) to serve the rural community and travellers. Bowna was inundated by the Hume Weir (now Lake Hume) in 1934. Many coach change stations were established along the Upper Murray Road. All that remains today are the Wymah (formerly Wagra) School (closed in 1983 and reopened as Wymah Museum in 2013) and Doral Dora Hotel (delicenced in 1998) at Talmalmo.
While you are driving along the Murray River, why not try crossing at the The Spirit of Wymah, a heritage listed cable ferry built in 1946. The ferry crosses the river at Wymah in New South Wales and Granya in Victoria and is a fun alternative that enables you to experience the Murray River. The ferry can take 3 cars and has a capacity of 30 tonnes. Caravans and camper trailers are permitted if vehicle and caravan do not exceed 17 metres. The Wymah Ferry is one of only 2 surviving ferries that cross the Murray River, the other being Speewa Ferry, at Swan Hill. The ferry is toll free and from September to April runs from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm and during May to August from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, except on the first Wednesday of every month when it is closed between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Ferry closure for meal breaks: 10:00 – 10:20 am, 12:40 – 1:00 pm, 6:00 – 6:30 pm.
If you are a resident of Bowna, Wymah or Talmalmo please click here for further information.