Nyah to Echuca East


Nyah to Echuca East

River Murray Reserve

The Murray River between Swan Hill and Echuca offer ample opportunities for both recreation and relaxation. Explore wetlands rich in wildlife. Enjoy camping, fishing, boating, canoeing and watersports. Take the kids for a swim and a picnic on a sandy beach or a walk through the River Red Gum forests.  

The Torrumbarry Day Visitor Area in the River Murray Reserve is an ideal spot for a family day out, with a boat ramp, picnic tables and toilets. You can learn about the natural and cultural history of the river and weir at the nearby information centre.  

Self-sufficient campers with 4WD vehicles have plenty of basic bush camp sites to choose from. There is always high demand for sites close to boat ramps and toilets, such as Masters Landing on Gunbower Island or Wills Bend near Echuca. 

Between Torrumbarry and Echuca the river is very popular for fishing, boating and watersports, and can be busy over warm weekends and holidays. Deep pools and snags make this a rewarding reach of the river to fish for Murray Cod and other species. Fish from the shore or launch a boat from one of the boat ramps on either side of the river. 

Downstream of Torrumbarry to Swan Hill the river becomes shallower and is less suitable for high speed watersports. 

Canoers and kayakers may prefer the quieter waters of Gunbower National Park and adjacent state forest (around Australia’s largest inland island), an internationally significant wetland with abundant birdlife. The nearby Kerang Lakes are also a rewarding destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers. 

All riverside campsites are free, no bookings required. For more information about the different sites along this reach of the river, including what regulations apply (for example whether dogs and campfires are allowed), click on the links below the map. Check out additional advice on campfire regulations and safety.

When you’ve decided where to visit, please check the change of condition notices in the need to know section. Visitor sites along the Murray are sometimes closed for your safety due to floods or damaged roads and amenities.

Things to do

Water birds wading through reeds

Gunbower National Park

A RAMSAR site with abundant waterbirds, Gunbower offers opportunities for dispersed bush camping, fishing, canoeing and birdwatching. When Little Gunbower Creek is flowing, the birdlife is at its best.
Waterbirds on a lake at sunset

Kerang Regional Park

The Kerang Lakes are a RAMSAR site with abundant birdlife. Camping is not permitted in the Regional Park, but nature lovers will enjoy a walk, drive or bike ride around the lakes. Fishing and canoeing is also permitted.
A group of trees growing from the water of the Murray River

Bailleau Lagoon Wildlife Reserve

Enjoy basic bush camping, fishing, canoeing and wildlife-watching in this small reserve (sometimes known as Richardsons Lagoon) near Torrumbarry. This State Game Reserve is a popular location for recreational hunting during duck season.

How to get there

Nyah to Echuca East

Swan Hill is 350km north west of Melbourne via the M79 then the Calder, Loddon Valley and Murray Valley Highways. Echuca is 230km north of Melbourne via the M79 Calder Freeway and Midland Highway. 

When to go

Camping and water sports are very popular along this reach of the river in summer, and demand is high for the most picturesque spots.  The Southern 80 water ski race attracts large crowds to camping spots between Torrumbarry and Echuca. As seasonal wetlands dry out, wildlife concentrates around the river.  

Need to know

Nyah to Echuca East

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Murray River closures

    The Murray stretches across the state and there are many different parks, reserves and other areas along it. These areas have also been heavily impacted by the 2022 floods and some places are still closed.

    We have split the Murray into four reaches to explain these closures, starting from the far east to the South Australian border.

    Upstream of Lake Hume (see map)

    All River Murray Reserve visitor sites upstream of Lake Hume are open.

    Barnawartha to Echuca East

    East of Barmah National Park (see map), the following areas are closed:

    • Forest Beach camping area (near Strathmerton)
    • Breens Beach camping area (near Strathmerton)
    • Long Beach camping area (near Strathmerton)
    • Cobrawonga Creek camping area (near Yarrawonga) - see Northern Flood Recovery Update newsletter - Cobrawonga Creek Bridge (PDF)
    • Lumbys Bend (near Yarrawonga)
    • Richardsons bend (near Wangaratta)
    • Moodemere bend (near Wangaratta)

    See closures on the Barmah National Park page.

    Barmah Island (west of Barmah National Park) to Echuca (see map), the following areas are closed:

    • Barmah Island South Camping Area (near Barmah)
    • Barmah Island Central Camping Area (near Barmah)
    • Barmah Island North Camping Area (near Barmah)
    • Barmah Willows (near Barmah)

    Echuca to Swan Hill (see map)

    The following areas are closed:

    • All camping areas between Torrumbarry Weir Road and Young Road are closed (Farley Bend is open) - see maps of closures for this area
    • Will’s Bend east of O'Dwyer's Road between Will's Sandbar and the O'Dwyer's Road Entrance is closed - see maps of closures for this area
    • Benwell and Guttrum State Forest camping areas are closed
    • Nyah Central Camping Area is closed
    • Loddon Floodway Eastern Bend camping area is closed

    While areas are open, access tracks may still be in poorer condition than normal. 4WD vehicles are recommended and please take care and avoid further damage by staying out of any wet areas.

    Swan Hill to South Australia border

    Flood waters took longer to get to and recede from this part of the river, therefore the team have had less time to get into areas, assess and re-open them.

    See more information and maps about which river bends are open and closed (PDF).

    See closures on the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park page.

    Murray River Adventure Trail

    Stage One of the long-distance nature-based Murray River Adventure Trail will encompass a series of new and upgraded trails and other facilities from Barmah National Park (near Picnic Point) to Koondrook. The trail will pass through Lower Goulburn National Park, Gunbower National Park, Murray River Reserve and Echuca. Find out more about the project.

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