The Riverina, NSW

Discover 'fields of gold' on the Canola Trail

By The Weekender Travel

September 25, 2020 | 2 minute read

Quintessentially Australian and about as Instagrammable as it gets, the aptly-named ‘fields of gold’ are in full swing for 2020, providing the perfect excuse for a trip to the country.  

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.

Situated around two hours from Canberra, the Canola Trail  offers a range of routes that showcase the best of the Southern Tableland countryside. The fields are located north of Wagga Wagga and the very best place to start planning your trip is around the ‘heart of gold' in the towns of Temora, Junee and Coolamon. The surrounding landscapes are bursting with green and gold against a backdrop of beautiful blue skies. 

Not in New South Wales? That's okay, you can also spot the canola fields in many corners of Australia. Just keep your eyes peeled for that tell-tale yellow glow, you can't miss it. 

According to local farmers, this year's crop is one of the best ever thanks to plentiful rainfall — gifting us with gleaming buttery gold canola flowers that glimmer in the sunlight. Suffice to say, they’re utterly picture perfect!

Blooming bright until early October, now is the best time of year to immerse yourself in fields full of yellow. Given all that 2020 has thrown at small Australian towns, there’s never been a better time to pack a bag and do your bit to boost the economy where it’s needed most.  

There's just one rule if you're stopping to get that perfect Insta pic - don't hop any fences. These are working farms and you'll have some angry farmers coming for you if you trample their crop.