beside the Murray River
Small Murray River township
Strathmerton is a small town located on the
Murray Valley Highway near the state border. It
is 15 km due west of Cobram and 229 km north of
Melbourne. The land hereabouts was taken up by
Benjamin Boyd (see entry on Eden) in 1841. He
initially named his property 'Ulupna' but later
changed it to Strathmerton from 'Merton', the
name of his family home in England, and 'strath'
meaning 'valley'. Today it is home to a large
Things to see:
There is a tourist information centre at Cobram,
tel: (03) 5872 2132 or free-call (1800) 659 258.
The major attraction in town is Cactus Country.
Located on the highway it is reputedly the
largest landscaped cacti garden in Australia.
There are guided tours, alpacas, plant sales,
tea rooms, a gift shop and educational sessions.
It is open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and
there is an admission fee, tel: (03) 5874 5271.
Ulupna Island (2833 ha) is located to the north
of town via Bourchiers Rd. The route is clearly
signposted from town. Here you will find some
pleasant natural sandy beaches such as Carter's
and Labbett's. Morgan's Beach, also clearly
signposted, is further west. There is a range of
plant and animal life on the island, including
Murray River Horse Trails come highly
recommended for those wanting to do some trail