A one-pub whistlestop at the junction of the Calder Highway and the road to Swan Hill, Culgoa is at the centre of sheep and wheat country in the state’s north.
Culgoa is about half an hour’s drive north of Wycheproof - a town set in the 'shadow' of Mt Wycheproof which rises to 43m and has claims to be the smallest mountain in the world.
To the north, Swan Hill is at the centre of a chain of singular Murray River towns including Robinvale, Tooleybuc, Nyah, Murray Downs and Lake Boga which boasts one of Australia’s most comprehensive collection of flying boats.
The Flying Boat Museum is a direct link to the days of World War II when Lake Boga was a vital communication and service centre for wartime sea lanes.
A 35km drive north-west on the highway takes you to Sea Lake and, just beyond, to Lake Tyrrell. In the good years, this ancient, salt water lake extends over 20,860ha and its islands are breeding grounds for huge colonies of seagulls. Constant evaporation means the lake is often 'dry' and when the saline crusts form the salt miners move in.