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Mitchell River National Park

Mitchell River
from Wayne
Varanus varius
from Wayne
Near Den of Nargun
from Wayne
Cobbannah Creek
from Wayne
Intellagama lesueurii howittii
from Wayne
Den of Nargun
Billy Goat Bend
from Ben Spencer

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  • A section of Mitchell Road is closed to vehicles due to soil slips. Access to the Mitchell River walking track via Mitchell Road is still available. at Mitchell River National Park, Wednesday 29 March, 2017

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Mitchell River National Park has impressive river scenery, serene rainforest gullies, rugged landscapes and some of Victoria’s more unusual vegetation communities. From open forest to remote river gorges, the park is home to a vast array of indigenous flora and fauna, some at the furthermost extent of their range.

The park is an exciting destination for outdoor enthusiasts and boasts unspoilt natural beauty and remoteness. Canoeing or rafting provides the easiest access to much of the park. The river offers the canoeist short day trips or extended touring through tranquil pools and turbulent rapids down to the Gippsland Lakes. The best time canoeing is from July to December.

Gunaikurnai and Victorian Government Joint Management Plan

The Gunaikurnai and Victorian Government Joint Management Plan was approved by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in July 2018.

The plan guides the partnership between the Gunaikurnai people and the Victorian Government in the joint management of the ten parks and reserves for which the Gunaikurnai have gained Aboriginal Title as a result of their 2010 Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the Victorian Government.

The plan provides the strategic and operational direction for the ongoing management of these parks and reserves and supersedes any former approved management plans for them.

For more information, including the plan and summary information, please visit

Aboriginal Traditional Owners


The Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners' strong connection with the land has been legally recognised in a settlement agreement that enables them to jointly manage 10 parks in Eastern Victoria, including Mitchell River National Park.


Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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  • Billy Goat Bend Billy Goat Bend is a popular picnic site with basic facilities. Camping is allowed. The Bend affords panoramic views of…

  • Horse riding Horse riding is a great way to see the park. Horse riding is permitted on roads and vehicle tracks open…

  • Walking Mitchell River Walking Track 18km one way This walk is best completed in two days, though for energetic walkers it…

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