Corryong ( 36°11’S, 147°53’E) is a small town in Victoria, Australia. It is located 120 kilometres east of Albury-Wodonga, near the upper reaches of the Murray River and thus close to the New South Wales border. At the 2001 Census in Australia, Corryong had a population of 1,139. It is reachable by road along the Murray Valley Highway, and is indeed the eastern endpoint of this highway. Further eastern travel puts a driver on the Alpine Way, until recently a dirt road, before encountering any major settlements.
Industries in the area involve mainly agriculture and forestry, particularly beef and dairy farming, though some farmers are experimenting with more exotic farming enterprises. The forestry industries include both harvesting native eucalyptus and the extensive pine plantations in the area. The town itself exists primarily to service these industries.
Corryong is supported by a variety of service clubs, a hospital and schools. It has a Catholic primary and Corryong College P-12 school. The College has approximately 460 (2006) students.
Its location makes it the Victorian gateway to the New South Wales snowfields, including the Thredbo ski village, and the Snowy Mountains Scheme. It is a way station for many travelers, particularly those on motorcycles, traveling across Australia’s highest mountains. Other tourists come to fish in the river and other nearby waterways, or to partake in horse riding around the mountain areas surrounding the town.
It is also of note as the home of Jack Riley, a stock man whose horse riding skills reputedly made him the inspiration for Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River. Whether this is true or not, the local government uses this claim extensively in its tourist promotions and holds a “high country festival” annually.
Corryong is close to the Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park and the massive Alpine National Park. The Kosciuszko National Park is located nearby across the state border. Both of which were extensively burnt in the bushfires which raged through this region in January 2003.