Visit the Murray River this winter
Wednesday 6 June, 2018
Don’t let the cold weather stop you getting outdoors. Winter is a great time to visit parks along the Murray River with cooler weather, lots of wildlife and fewer people. We had our Parks Victoria rangers list their top spots near the Murray for winter.
Barnawatha to Cobram
- Enjoy a day picnicking or camping by the river at one of the unique smaller Murray River Reserves such as Richardsons Bend, Shaws Flat, Police Paddocks, Granthams Bend or Stantons Bend. Popular with fishing enthusiasts and day-trippers these areas are well worth a visit.
- Lake Moodemere near Wahgunyah is a peaceful place for canoeing and rowing especially in the cooler months. Take in the giant River Red Gums that line the banks of this freshwater lake. Take your time as you cycle the local roads and tracks near the Murray River to sample wine and produce available from local farm gates and wineries.
- Near the junction of the Ovens and Murray Rivers you'll find the Lower Ovens Wildlife Reserve. Paddle the backwaters of the Ovens and Murray Rivers where you can explore sheltered creeks and wetlands. Keep your eyes peeled for platypus, kingfishers and sea eagles. Venture up the Heritage listed Ovens River into the Warby Ovens National Park through numerous wetlands and centuries old red gum trees.
- Sandy beaches from Yarrawonga to Cobram are great spots to camp and take in some fishing when it’s cool. When large River Red Gums drop their branches into the river it creates the perfect habitat for native fish such as Murray Cod.
Tocumwal to Barmah
- Ulupna Island near Strathmerton is a great spot to camp or picnic with family. Keep an eye out for koalas and kangaroos, the island is a haven for wildlife. Look out for signs of past use by Traditional Owners, the Yorta Yorta people.
- Barmah National Park is part of the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. The Barmah Lakes has some of the most picturesque and tranquil wetland systems along the Murray. Canoeing on the lakes among the reeds and wetland grasses is a fantastic way to see the internationally recognised Ramsar wetland. Walk the Yamyabuc Discovery Trail and learn about Yorta Yorta history or explore the Muster Yards and see how graziers once used the forest. Take a drive down Sandridge Track and explore deep into the forest. Look out for kangaroos, emus, sea eagles and koalas.
Echuca to Gunbower
- Birds and wildlife will be on show in the Gunbower Forest when environmental water starts flowing in mid-June. Flooding in Gunbower National Park and state forest provides a great opportunity to get out and see the area from a new perspective. Increased bird activity will be a highlight and best seen on a bushwalk or from the water. Take a canoe through the park or along the Gunbower Creek, don’t forget your camera and binoculars.
- Plan a visit to one of Echuca Regional Park’s picturesque beaches. There’s good all weather access to Christies Beach and Betts Beach east of Echuca and well maintained tracks to Wills Bend to the west of Echuca. All sites have toilets.
Swan Hill to Robinvale
- Launch your boat into the Murray River at Wood Wood and Nyah. Both sites provide great access to the river, especially along the picturesque Nyah-Vinifera Park.
- Looking for a nice spot to park your caravan for the night? Byrnes Lane into Nyah-Vinifera Park (near Swan Hill) is being upgraded and will provide improved access into the park. It is a popular spot for fishing, four-wheel driving and bush walking. Follow the Parnee-Malloo creek as it meanders through old River Red Gums. The park provides direct access to the Murray River and is a good place to enjoy water-based activities and camping.
Mildura to the South Australian border
- Kings Billabong near Mildura has facilities for families with prams and people of all abilities. Make use of the accessible canoe launcher, you can board your canoe on land before rolling down into the water. Admire the Kings Billabong wetlands and birdlife from the boardwalk leaving from the Billabong Walks carpark. It will take you through the stunning billabong and wetlands home to hundreds of water birds.
- Hattah-Kulkyne National Park is about 40 minutes drive south of Mildura. It lies in typical Mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals and vegetation thrive in the poor, sandy soils and searing summers. A great spot to visit for bush walking, camping, fishing and bird watching.
- Looking for a four-wheel drive adventure holiday? Explore the deserted wilderness of the Murray-Sunset National Park. Terrain and tracks are varied with sand dunes, salt lakes and wide-open country. Lots of great places to set-up camp, especially the pretty Lake Crosbie camping ground on the shores of a pink Lake. Make sure you pack a GPS navigation as it’s essential in remote areas.
For more information about where to go and what to do in Victoria’s unique and beautiful parks visit: www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.
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