NSW-Victoria border crossings: The best ways to switch states

With the border back open once again, now’s the perfect time for that post-lockdown road trip.

The cross-state road trip is officially back in business! And it’s certainly true that you often don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

All those people who had been planning a journey from Victoria to New South Wales or vice versa will know this feeling all too well, after their travel plans were put on indefinite hold earlier this year with the re-introduction of Victoria’s coronavirus lockdowns.

But now, with the border between the states finally reopened, you can once again set off and sample the scenic sights, cultural hotspots and wide-open roads each state has to offer.

And if you want to mark the momentous occasion when you pass from one state to another with a frame-worthy photograph, then you’ll likely want to choose one of the many spectacular or noteworthy crossing points.

So, to assist in the planning process, we’ve collated the best ways to cross the New South Wales-Victoria border – whether it be drawbridge, vehicle ferry or off-road track, here are some of the highlights.

This article was originally published in July 2020.

Bethanga Bridge

What: A long steel truss bridge with photogenic arches – and the border falls almost exactly in the middle!

Where: Along the Riverina Highway where it crosses Lake Hume. Google maps location

Cobram-Barooga Road

What: Old meets new at this special spot where a modern road bridge has been erected next to a heritage-listed lift-span timber-truss bridge (which is now pedestrian-only).

Where: Between the towns of Barooga and Cobram on approach to the Murray Valley Highway. Google maps location

Gonn Crossing Bridge

What: Opened in 1926, this lift-span bridge was the first all-steel bridge to be installed over the Murray River, finally allowing for local farmers to transport their produce to Melbourne.

Where: Located in the town of Murrabit, where Murrabit Road becomes Gonn Avenue, south east of Mildura. Google maps location

Indi Bridge

What: An unassuming single-lane bridge set amongst picturesque surrounds (the area also doubles as an idyllic camping spot).

Where: Off Upper Murray Road in the Indi Bridge Camp site in Upper Toowong. Google maps location

John Foord Bridge

What: A heritage-listed bridge dating back to 1892 that’s one of only a few surviving iron lattice bridges. It commemorates John Foord, the founder of the town of Wahgunyah in Victoria, and was a feature in the Federation Conference in Corowa in July 1893, regarded as signifying the unification of the colonies.

Where: Along Bridge Road in Corowa. Google maps location

Monaro Highway

What: If you’re a fan of the scenic route, opt for this road passing through both rugged national park lands and sprawling farmland, connecting Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

Where: It runs from East Gippsland in Victoria, through Coopracambra National Park and into Bondi Forest at the NSW border. Google maps location

Speewa Ferry

What: A three-car ferry which takes three minutes to cross the Murray River. Head here for timetables and details.

Where: Approximately 20km north of Swan Hill on an unclassified road between Swan Hill and Nyah. Google maps location

Spirit of Progress Bridge

What: If you’re not a fan of going off the beaten track, this bridge along the Hume Highway sits between the hubs of Albury and Wodonga and pays tribute to the Spirit of Progress passenger train which used to connect the two states.

Where: On the Hume Highway in South Albury. Google maps location

Tom Groggin campground (pictured at top of story)

What: A 4WD-only track that’s conditions-dependent, but allows you to cross the mighty Murray River without needing a bridge (although there’s also a suspension pedestrian bridge nearby for when the area is flooded).

Where: If you’re driving into NSW, follow the Alpine Way to Jindabyne and the NSW ski fields. If you’re going south into Victoria, it’s into the rugged and wild Victorian High Country via the Davies High Plain. Four-wheel-drive details here. Google maps location


What: Travel through scenic high country and cross the border at the charming timber Towong Bridge, which features the requisite ‘welcome to Victoria’ sign for a photo stop. And don’t forget to take a break in the exceedingly pretty town of Corryong, where there’s a museum dedicated to the Man from Snowy River

Where: The town of Towong on the Murray River in Victoria. Google maps location

Wymah Ferry

What: A three-car ferry with a load limit of 35 tonnes which takes six minutes to cross the Murray River. Head here for timetables and details.

Where: Around 45km east of Albury between Wymah and Granya. Google maps location

Want the full list? Here’s all the crossing points we could find!

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