The southern border town of Henty has two historic claims to fame: it’s at the centre of Morgan Country - so-named because the region was terrorised by bushranger Dan Morgan - and it was home to Headie Taylor who, in 1914, invented the header-harvester that revolutionised the world grain-growing industry.
The inventor is honoured with a memorial in a park in the centre of town. In contrast, the only official recognition of Morgan is the killer’s name on the foot of a memorial of the police sergeant he shot outside town in 1864.
Located halfway between Albury and Wagga Wagga, Henty is only a short drive from the delightfully named waterbird sanctuary, the 2000ha Doodle Cooma swamp.
An 11 km drive east along the road to Cookardinia will take you to the Buckaringa woolshed while, in the town itself, you can explore what is left of the Squatters Arms Inn where the ale first flowed in 1848.
Centrepiece of the Bunkhouse Gallery and Panorama Farm at nearby Terong Creek is a 24m by 3m mural in which artist Gerry Willis has captured a farm scene from colonial days.