Piangil to Echuca East

River Murray Reserve

The Murray River between Piangil 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. Or explore the the natural and cultural history of Nyah Vinifera Park

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.
A narrow section of the Murray River surrounded by trees

Nyah-Vinifera Park

Located just north of Swan Hill, Nyah-Vinifera is popular for camping, swimming, fishing, wildlife and four-wheel driving, with dispersed bush camping suitable for self-sufficient campers set among the River Red Gums.

How to get there

Piangil to Echuca East

Nyah is 365km and 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

Piangil 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 Sites

    Murray River Reserve - Flood Event August 2023

    Murray River Reserve is affected by flooding. High river levels are inundating camping areas and affecting track access. Roads and visitor sites are temporarily closed until floodwaters recede and sites can be assessed as safe.

    River Track and camping sites are affected between Colignan and Mildura, as a result the following bends or sections of these bends are closed:

    - Graces Bend Camping Area, Colignan

    - Lambert Island Nature Conservation Reserve

    -Karadoc Sandbar Camping Area

    Flood Damage

    Some areas are affected by flooding from the Murray, Campaspe and Goulburn Rivers.
    Visitors should be aware that river banks have been eroded by flood waters and may be unstable. Holes may have opened up in the ground and should be avoided. Trees along the river banks could be unstable. There is always a risk of trees dropping limbs.

    Murray River Reserve has been effected by flooding. Sections of track have been/are degraded by floods and recent rainfall, areas of track may still be holding water.

    River Track and camping sites are affected between Echuca and Torrumbarry Weir Road, as a result the following bends or sections of these bends are:
    Burnanga Bend - OPEN
    Braund Bend - OPEN
    Pianta Bend - OPEN
    Casey Bend - OPEN
    Wills Bend - OPEN
    Emu Bend - OPEN
    Point Rd Bend - OPEN
    Farley Bend - PARTIALLY OPEN, lower camping sections are still flooded.
    Betha Bend - OPEN
    Arnold Bend - OPEN
    Baillieu Bend - OPEN
    Baillieu Lagoon - OPEN
    Tolhurst Bend - OPEN
    Barra Bend - CLOSED
    Young Bend - CLOSED
    Crossman Bend - CLOSED
    Turner Bend - CLOSED
    Horseshoe Bend - CLOSED
    Norris Bend - CLOSED
    Jones Bend - CLOSED
    Williams Bend - CLOSED
    Gona Bend - CLOSED
    This water may be present for a couple months to come. Please drive with caution and do not drive through flood waters.

    Closed camping areas within Proposed Murray River Park (Part), River Murray Reserve in the vicinity of Strathmerton & Barmah

    The following camping areas remain closed due to wet and boggy conditions on roads and within Visitor camping areas following flooding:

    Wallpolla and Mulcra Island Closed

    Mulcra and Wallpolla Islands are closed due to riverine flood damage affecting both access and visitor safety.

    Guttrum State Forest and Benwell State Forest closed

    As a result of flooding in the area, Guttrum and Benwell State Forests have been closed to the public until 30 November 2023. Due to these state forest closures, access to campsites in the area is not available. See MapShareVic for road and track closures, and for more information, please visit the Forest and road closures page.

    Gunbower National Park closed due to flooding

    High river levels and environmental watering within Gunbower Island are inundating camping areas and affecting access to and via River Track. Roads and visitor sites are temporarily closed until floodwaters recede and sites can be assessed as safe. Tree-fall may be an ongoing issue with wet soils and strong winds. For safety reasons, do not drive through flood waters or past road closures.

    River track is impacted between Torrumbarry Weir Road and Koondrook, resulting in access to the following bends being closed:
    Baldwin Bend
    Broken River Bend (Murray River Reserve)
    Worthy Bend
    McKay Mill Bend
    Dalley Bend
    Long Bend
    Old Headworks
    Bell Bend
    Mopoke bend
    Munroe Track
    Kangaroo Track
    Kate Malone Bend
    Bonnemans Bend
    Scotty Bend
    Halfway Bend
    Broken River Bend (Gunbower National Park)
    Sandbar Bend
    Gravel Bend
    Bateman’s Track
    82 Bend
    84 Bend
    86 Bend
    Social Bend
    Nursery Bend 1
    Nursery Bend 2
    Nursery Bend 3
    Barton Track
    Robertson Track
    Cemetery Bend
    Wattle Track
    McClure Bend
    Peter Creek
    Wee Wee Rup
    Thompsons Track
    Five Sleeper
    Wire Fence
    Iron Punt
    Black Swamp
    Barham Mill Bend
    Nugent Bend
    Morton Bend
    Milverton Bend
    Ti Tree Plain
    Fence Track
    Spur Track
    Sovereign Bend
    Clump Bend
    McKenzie Bend

    This park has been impacted by recent significant weather events and is partially closed.

    For public safety, Parks Victoria will close areas impacted by severe weather.  Closures are necessary while assessments and works are undertaken to remove risk and repair damage before reopening for visitors.  For your safety, please avoid these impacted areas.
    During your visit to the Murray, you may see smaller areas fenced off or areas blocked by bollards. These areas have been closed due to safety and protection reasons. Please do not enter, remove fixtures or drive beyond them.  
    Visitors should be aware that river banks have been eroded by flood waters and may be unstable. Holes may have opened up in the ground and should be avoided. Trees along the river banks could be unstable. There is always a risk of trees dropping limbs.    
    Parks Victoria is working with Traditional Owners and other government agencies to manage the temporary levee in Echuca’s west. Visitors must not interfere with the levee. 

    All camping areas between Torrumbarry Weir Road and Young Road remain closed

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    Seasonal road closures 2023

    Seasonal road closures apply to areas within and tracks bordering this park from 15 June 2023. See MapshareVic for locations of the closures. Visit the seasonal road closures page for more information

    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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