South Australia border to Nyah


South Australian border to Nyah

River Murray Reserve

Passing through the dry Mallee, the Murray River and its wetlands provide a haven for wildlife. The landscape is relatively flat and open, offering easy access to the river and its sandy beaches, except where it passes through the dramatic Red Cliffs near Mildura. Campers can spend peaceful nights gazing up at the stars after days delighting in the river.  

Lindsay, Walpolla and Mulcra Islands, part of Murray-Sunset National Park, lie between Mildura and the South Australian border. There are many remote and secluded camping area along the sandy bends of the river suitable for self-sufficient campers with 4WD vehicles. Relax, fish or swim at a secluded campsite beside a river, or head out on a birdwatching or canoeing adventure along the many creeks and billabongs, or visit the historic Lock 9 Millewa Pumps.  

Near Mildura, Kings Billabong Park and Merbein Common in the proposed Murray River Park  have a network of walking tracks with many water birds and other wildlife to appreciate, as well as great fishing and canoeing opportunities. Look out for signs about local heritage, such as the Psyche Bend Pumps. Dispersed Camping is permitted along the river. Kings Billabong Lookout and the Red Cliffs Scenic Reserve and boardwalk are not to be missed for fantastic views of the wetlands and the striking Red Cliffs. 

Murray-Kulkyne Park lies between the Murray River and Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, offering the best of both river and Mallee country. Nature lovers flock to the Hattah Lakes for their abundant birds and other wildlife – an oasis among dry bushland – also popular for canoeing. Nyah-Vinifera Park is popular for camping, swimming, fishing and four-wheel driving. Both Murray-Kulkyne and Nyah Vinifera offer dispersed bush camping suitable for self-sufficient campers in 4WD vehicles.  

The river is wide and slow-moving downstream of Swan Hill. It is shallower with many snags and best suited to slower boating and vessels with a shallow draft. Waterskiing is popular in suitable stretches, such as near Robinvale and Mildura. 

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

A body of water in the distance surrounded by trees

Kings Billabong Park

Located on the outskirts of Mildura, Kings Billabong has a network of walking tracks through permanent wetlands rich in birdlife. The Park also offers opportunities for fishing, boating, canoeing, picnics and dispersed bush camping.
Wallpolla Island in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Lindsay, Mulcra and Walpolla Islands

Part of Murray-Sunset National Park, these islands along the Murray River offer a remote camping experience for self-sufficient visitors. Relax, fish or swim at a secluded campsite or enjoy a birdwatching or canoeing adventure.
Two kangaroos graze in a clearing of trees

Murray-Kulkyne Park

Sandwiched between the Murray River and Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, Murray-Kulkyne offers visitors the opportunity to explore both river and Mallee country. Camp, fish, boat or canoe, or relax and enjoy the local birds and wildlife.
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.
The sky between the trunks of tall eucalyptus trees

Karadoc Nature Nature Conservation Reserve

A small nature reserve located south east of Mildura near Iraak. A secluded spot for nature-based activities. There is a camping area with a toilet and picnic table. Dogs are prohibited.
The sky between the trunks of tall eucalyptus trees

Gadsen Bend Park

Located 5km south west of Robinvale, Gadsen Bend Park offers several basic bush camping areas and large sandbars with opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing and appreciating nature. Dogs are prohibited.

How to get there

South Australian border to Nyah

Mildura is 550km from Melbourne via the M79/A79 and 400km from Adelaide via the A20. Swan Hill is 350km north-west of Melbourne via the M79 then the Calder, Loddon Valley and Murray Valley Highways.  

When to go

This reach of the river may be quieter over summer than areas closer to Melbourne, but favourite riverside camping spots may still be busy. It is a good time for watersports and to enjoy being on and by the water. It can get very hot in the Mallee, so bring plenty of drinking water. As local wetlands dry out, birds and other wildlife are drawn to the river. 

Need to know

South Australian border to Nyah

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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