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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. Murray-Kulkyne offers 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.
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 Australia border to Piangil

Mildura is 550km from Melbourne via the M79/A79 and 400km from Adelaide via the A20. Robinvale is 465km 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

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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.

  • Richardsons Bend Camping Area (River Murray Reserve)

    Richardson's Bend - Area Closed due to flood damage

    Richardson's Bend is currently closed - Due to severe flooding Richardson's Bend Murray River Reserve sustained substantial damage to the track network.  This area will remain closed until repairs can be undertaken and access tracks reinstated.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Gunbower National Park and Murray River Reserve flood impacted areas

    Recent flooding is impacting on access to several sites within Gunbower National Park and the Murray River Reserve. Some 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.

    Flooding has resulted in poor road conditions in the area and 4WD access is recommended.
    A detour is in place at McClure Bend due to standing flood water. Access tracks across the State Forest may also be closed due to flood water. For safety reasons, do not drive through flood waters or past road closures.
     
    River track is impacted between McClure Bend and Milverton Bend, resulting in access to the following bends being closed:
    McClure Bend
    Peter Creek
    Wee Wee Rup
    Thompsons Track
    Five Sleeper
    Wire Fence
    Whistler
    Iron Punt
    Black Swamp
    Barham Mill Bend
    Nugent Bend
    Morton Bend

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Parks

    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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