Local history – Cohuna is a rural town of 2200 people with a total Practice population of approximately 6000 based in the Torrumbarry irrigation area, 60 km north-west of Echuca. It is situated on the Murray Valley Highway. The first pastoral settlement in the Cohuna area was the Gunbower Pastoral Run (1845) with an average rainfall of 13 inches (32.5cms). The winters are typical of an inland climate with frosty mornings and sunny and warm afternoons. The irrigation and green summer pastures temper the hot dry summers.
Located on the banks of the beautiful Gunbower Creek, Cohuna offers great sight-seeing and activities, including Gunbower Island, claimed to be Australia’s largest inland island. It has a water frontage of 130 kilometres and is mostly covered by native forests and wetlands, making it an ideal spot for camping, picnics, fishing, boating and bushwalking.
Outdoor events, such as regular farmers markets, are often held in the pretty, centrally-located Garden Park. Other events include film festivals and the annual Big Cohuna Festival. With a thriving, welcoming community, Cohuna is ideal for your registrar training.
Surrounded by dairy farms, and situated on the banks of Gunbower Creek, (an anabranch of the Murray River), the town is a popular holiday spot as well as a regional sports centre with a wide range of facilities.
Cohuna is the main access point to the attractions of the vast red gum and box forest trees covering Gunbower Island (Gunbower National Park), which lies between Gunbower Creek and the Murray River, also home to a diverse native birdlife, kangaroos, emus and koalas.
Gunbower Creek runs along the Main Street and Garden Park. Golf, Tennis, Camping, Fishing, Water-Skiing, Canoeing, Birdwatching and Bushwalking are popular with visitors. Field shooting for duck and quail is available in season. Sporting facilities include 3 squash courts, 1 all-weather and 14 grass tennis courts, 18 hole golf course with grass greens, 2 x lawn bowling clubs, pistol club, gun club, water skiing, football, netball, cricket and a swimming pool with a water slide. Easily accessible creek for swimming, canoeing and boating clubs.
The annual Bridge to Bridge Swim of 8kms, with associated events of kayaking, bike riding and running has reinforced Cohuna’s image as a Sport orientated town.
Two small neighbouring townships form part of the practice – Leitchville, 16kms south of Cohuna, has a population of 400, and has traditionally regarded Cohuna as its medical centre – Gunbower on the Murray Valley Highway and 25kms south east of Cohuna has regarded both Cohuna and Echuca as its medical centres.
The main primary industry in the area is dairying and piggeries, with summer pastures providing grazing. The peak milking season is in the summer, winter is when the farmers take time off for the holidays and elective operations.
Cohuna water tower is adorned with the town’s name, and visible for kilometers.
Practice and Hospital
Morning Consultations are conducted at the Practice – Monday to Friday commencing from 10.00am to 12.00pm
Weekend – After Hours on Call Doctor consults at Hospital
Afternoon consultations start at 1.30pm on Monday to Friday finishing at approximately 5.00pm. All sessions at the clinic are by appointment, which are booked at 20 minute intervals for Registrars – the experienced doctors have 10 or 15 minute appointments. Longer appointments can be made by prior booking. Emergency and acute cases are given preference over booked appointments at the discretion of the staff.
Cohuna District Hospital has 16 beds and was completely rebuilt in 1997. This included a new labour ward and theatre with the addition of piped gases to the new wards.
All doctors attend the hospital at 8.30am on weekdays for hospital ward round.
The recent attempts to improve services have led to procedural services being downgraded and we only have 1 visiting General Surgeon – Mr Mo Atalla from Shepparton. Minor Theatre Procedures are performed twice a month by Dr Peter Barker and assisting anaethetist.
Nursing Home is attached to the hospital – 16 bed facility.
“The Village” a- 45 bed aged care facility is located behind the hospital under a separate committee of management and amalgamated with Respect Care in 2018
Outreach services include the Community Health Service, Meals on Wheels, District Nurse, HACC services and a Day Care Centre based at the Gannawarra Shire.
Pre School Centre
State Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Secondary College (including VCE Level).
Gunbower National Park
Cruise on the “Wetlander” or Cohuna Nature Cruises
Local Eateries & Shops
Old Pharmacy Cafe
Specialty Shops – Clothing, Shoes etc
Maudie Bells – 0400 738 080
Cohuna Hotel Motel
Events & Sports
Cohuna Park Run every Saturday at 8am at Sound Shell across from Main Street
The Cohuna Bridge To Bridge is a range of sporting events for all fitness levels including a 6.5 km (4.0 mi) run, jog, walk, 25 km (16 mi) and 50 km (31 mi) bike ride, 10 km (6.2 mi) and 20 km (12 mi) paddle, triathlon and team events.
Cohuna hosts an Easter Tennis Tournament and Golf Tournament.
Monthly Farmers Market
The local agricultural show is held in March.
Golfers play at the Cohuna Golf Club on Weymouth Road – the home course of PGA golfer, Stuart Appleby.
Ochre Health Medical Centre Cohuna is the only Practice in town:-
One Practice: One Hospital both with excellent staff
Cohuna is a plastic bag free town