Nothing’s quite like Junee for the many wonderful outdoor and adventure activities our shire has to offer. From visiting one of the Riverina’s best 18 hole golf courses to exploring the wondrous landscape of Bethungra Dam and Reserve, you can be sure that there is something for everyone when looking to get out and explore the great outdoors.
Journey through history, a tantalizing array of food and wine experiences, spectacular landscapes and some exciting and award-winning attractions on the Riverina’s Canola Trail, taking in the shires of Coolamon, Junee and Temora.
Located just north of Wagga Wagga, the Canola Trail allows you to ease into relaxation mode as you explore (and indulge!) at your own pace. From the beginnings of the rail and agricultural industry to the thriving area the region is today, the trail will immerse you in the story of each shire and its people.
The Junee Urban Wetland is a hidden treasure and home to a variety of plants and animals. Explore the paths as they weave in and around the wetland. It’s a great place to take the kids and explore their region’s diverse plant and bird life.
The boardwalk around the wetland provides easy access for all ages and is a great way to get in some exercise while enjoying nature.
The Junee Golf Club has one of the Riverina’s most interesting and challenging 18 hole, 72 par golf courses.
Club selection is vitally important on most holes as there are a couple with out of bounds. Even though there are no bunkers, other hazards await the unwary golfer.
Holes range from the 519 metre par 5 third with a slight dog-leg left, to the short par 3 eighth from an elevated tee to a green below protected in front by a dry creek bed.
A course suited to both the average and longer hitters, although accuracy is needed by all golfers.
A great course for a social hit or a competition round.
Opened in March 2020, the Junee Agility Dog Park is a popular spot for locals and visitors with their K9 companions. Let your furry friends roam free and watch as they have a ball running, jumping and climbing through and over obstacles.
Located next door to the Junee Tourist Park, which offers pet-friendly accommodation.
Completed in December 2020, this all-inclusive park is a fantastic new facility for the Junee Shire.
Located at the Junee Regional Sporting and Recreation Hub, the park provides a fun and inclusive outdoor space for local kids and visitors to Junee.
The park includes a sensory play area with Aboriginal plantings and a special purpose swing for those with disabilities.
Bethungra Dam and Reserve is listed in the ‘Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia’. The scenic public recreation area accommodates canoeing, sailing, picnics, swimming and fishing. Camping facilities, toilets, BBQ’s and bins. Access is via Bethungra Waterworks Road.
Originally constructed in 1895 as a water supply dam to service Junee, this dam is located in the north east sector of Junee Shire, just north of Ulandra Nature Reserve. It continued to be used as a public water supply until about 1906, when water quality problems led to its disuse.
The dam covers an area of 14.65 hectares and holds 600 megalitres of water. It is on Crown Land and is managed by Junee Shire Council. Much of the land surrounding the dam is privately owned, while the remainder is leased for agricultural purposes.
In 1993, the first formally identified blue green algae bloom was recorded in the dam. This led to its closure for recreational purposes. In 2000 a small outbreak of blue green algae was recorded in the Dam. Several fish perished in this event and once again all recreation activities were forced to cease. One possible theory for the blue green algae blooms in the dam is the likely run-off of excess phosphates and nitrates from pasture and crop fertilisation. These compounds, particularly phosphates, build up in the soil over a period of decades until they reach a critical point after which the soil can no longer retain them. They are then leached out in run-off, to watercourses and the dam.
The “Bethungra Reserve Plan of Management”, 1989 lists flora and fauna observed or expected to occur on Bethungra Reserve.