All about Berrigan

Berrigan is a village, a small town of less than 1,000 residents, located in the Southern Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia.  The township is located 30kms north of the Murray River, with Melbourne three hours to the south and Sydney seven hours to the north east.

It is home to the offices of the Berrigan Shire Council and close to the Murray River communities of Barooga, Tocumwal, and Mulwala, with Finley to the west and Jerilderie to the north.  Industry in the region is predominately agricultural with some of the most innovative irrigated farming practices in Australia.

Berrigan entry sign

Major shopping centres and state of the art facilities can be found to the south in Shepparton, or east in Albury-Wodonga, both only just over an hour’s drive, with Wagga Wagga a two hour drive towards Sydney.

In a day trip around the region you can experience some of the best golfing in Australia, a visit to the prime fortified wines region of Rutherglen, a chocolate and whisky factory in Corowa, water-skiing on the Murray River or Lake Mulwala, snow-skiing at the Victorian ski fields, a motor museum in Deniliquin, and so much more.

Berrigan is a very modern, and family-friendly town, and also home to an ageing population, with many retirees choosing to make Berrigan their home, not only locals and retired farmers from nearby, but also grey nomads travelling through town and never leaving, or choosing to return at the end of their travels to settle in the region. When asked what drew them to live in Berrigan invariably the answer is the warm and welcoming nature of the residents.

This ageing population is well catered for, as Berrigan boasts world class hospice and respite facilities at our Berrigan & District Aged Care Facility, Amaroo, including a recently built dementia wing, further details regarding Amaroo Aged Care can be found in our Business Directory as can details for our local Berrigan Pharmacy.

The hospital, or Berrigan Multi Purpose Service (Berrigan MPS), is adjacent and is run by the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. The Berrigan MPS can be found at 45 Davis Street, Berrigan and was built in 2008 to meet the changing needs of the community.  It is a modern 14 bed facility, with 10 residential high care aged places funded by the Commonwealth. There are four flexible inpatient beds, along with a two bay emergency department (ED) and associated treatment rooms.

Berrigan MPS

The Berrigan MPS can be contacted on 03 5888 5300. 
In an emergency please dial 000.

Resident accommodation at the MPS consists of single rooms with ensuites, a lounge/dining area for residents with pleasant secure outdoor areas. Shared themes for the outdoor areas exist with the the hostel at Amaroo next door to maintain familiarity for residents having to move to the MPS from the hostel.

Community Health service areas are also contained within the MPS roofline as are an alcohol and drug unit, domiciliary care unit, emergency department and nursing home care unit.

The NSW Ambulance Service occupy the building as well, providing an all-in-one medical service to the township.

Across the road from the hospital at the corner of Davis Street and Memorial Place is the local doctors surgery, the Madill Centre. 

Appointments can be made by phoning the Madill Centre on 03 588 52201.

Children can attend their early years at the Berrigan Children’s Centre, for more information and contact details please see the Business Directory.  For their primary years they can attend the Berrigan Public School (K-6) and presently we also have St Columba’s Catholic Primary School (K-6), although this is closing at the end of this year after over 100 years of education to the children of Berrigan.

Finley High School is the local secondary option (7-12) and is located 22kms to the west in Finley, where another Catholic Primary School, St Joseph’s (K-6) is also located.  Buses transport the Berrigan students to Finley daily.

Students can also choose to travel by bus to schools in Cobram (Victoria) where they can attend the Cobram Secondary College (7-12), Cobram Anglican Grammar School (Prep-12) and St Joseph’s Primary (Prep-6).

Oaklands, 40kms to the north-east, has a Central School (K-12), that is a part of the Riverina Access Partnership.

Schools in the region

SchoolPhone NumberWebsiteEmail Address
Berrigan Public School(03)58852209http://www.berrigan-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/berrigan-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au
Cobram Anglican Grammar School (03)58711816http://www.cags.vic.edu.au/admin@cags.vic.edu.au
Cobram Secondary College(03)58711700http://www.cobramsc.vic.edu.au/cobram.sc@education.vic.gov.au
Cobram St Josephs Primary(03)58721573http://www3.sjcobram.catholic.edu.au/principal@sjcobram.catholic.edu.au
Finley High School(03)58831344http://www.finley-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/finley-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au
Finley St Josephs Primary(03)58831630http://web.sjfww.catholic.edu.au/sjf-info@ww.catholic.edu.au
Oaklands Central School(02)60354290 https://oaklands-c.schools.nsw.gov.au/oaklands-c.school@det.nsw.edu.au
St Marys of the Angels(03)58662222https://www.smotanathalia.catholic.edu.au/info@smotanathalia.catholic.edu.au

A video produced by Berrigan local Tom Pyle

Some videos produced by Berrigan Shire Council featuring our wonderful town

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