Barmah Island South Camping Area (Proposed Murray River Park (part), River Murray Reserve)

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Barmah Island South Camping Area (Proposed Murray River Park (part), River Murray Reserve)

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Barmah Island South Camping Area (Proposed Murray River Park (part), River Murray Reserve)

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Barmah Island South Camping Area (Proposed Murray River Park (part), River Murray Reserve)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash

Restrictions

  • None applicable

Warnings

  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Closed visitor sites within Proposed Murray River Park (Part) & River Murray Reserve near townships of Strathmerton and Barmah

The following camping areas have been close due to high volumes of rainfall and rising river levels. Closures have been put in place for public safety and to avoid damage to tracks and the environment. 

  • Barmah Island Central Camping Area
  • Barmah Island North Camping Area
  • Barmah Island South Camping Area
  • Barmah Willows
  • The Ranch Camping Area Site 1
  • The Ranch Camping Area Site 2
  • The Ranch Camping Area Site 3
  • The Ranch Camping Area Site 4
  • The Ranch Camping Area Site 5
  • The Ranch Camping Area Site 6
  • The Ranch Camping Area site 7
 
We will review access weekly and open closed areas as soon as possible.

Barmah National Park Access update

 
Most primary access tracks within Barmah National Park are now OPEN for access to the River.
However, some tracks are flooded or very wet due to recent rain fall and will remain closed for public safety, and to avoid damage to tracks and reduce environmental harm.
 
Access tracks within Barmah National Park that are now OPEN are still impacted by high river levels and many have water across them in low lying areas and tracks may be in poor condition.
We recommend Four-Wheel Drive access only and advise that water crossings only be attempted by drivers with four-wheel drive training or experience and stay to the centre of the track.
Areas Open.
  •  Gulf Track, Tongalong track, Black Engine track, Suttons track, Manion’s track and adjoining parts of River Rd.
  • Sand Ridge Tk is open up to and including the Dharnya Centre, Day Visitor area and the Lakes campground, but there is No access to the River via Sandridge track.
    • Note; Lakes campground toilet at North end is Open, Day Visitor area Toilet and the Southern Lakes campground toilet are closed due to flood inundation.
  • Ulupna Island (Barmah National Park and Tocumwal Regional Park) is Open, Note; Ulupna beach toilet is closed due to flood inundation
  • The Ranch (south of Barmah not shown on map) is Open.
 
The following Access tracks are Closed within Barmah National Park; Sand ridge track from Dharnya centre to river Rd, River Rd down stream of Gulf Reg, Four Mile track, Sapling landing track, Darlows track, Newman’s Track, Hughes track, Trickeys lane, Gowers track, Bunyip track, Barmah Island (All).
 
See the attached map for tracks that are open or closed.
Tracks highlighted Green are open for river access.
Tracks and entrances highlighted Red indicate that they are closed due to Flood water.
Note; conditions are subject to change at any time without notice.
 
For all of the latest change of conditions regarding Barmah National Park and surrounding reserves, please see https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/barmah-national-park.
 
Current River flows are at 13.500 Megalitre’s a day out of Yarrawonga weir, river flows are forecast to decrease over coming weeks, and we will review access on a weekly basis and open the closed areas as soon as possible.
Please take care on all tracks due to the wet conditions and if you can avoid using wet tracks, please do so to prevent damage to Tracks and Vehicles.
 
 
Warning: Mosquito populations in Barmah are currently high and Mosquito borne diseases such as Barmah Fever and Ross River Fever are common. Please take care and cover up.  

Attachments: access map BNP 22.11.23 (438KB)

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

Flood affected areas within Gunbower National Park and Murray River Reserve

High river levels and environmental watering within Gunbower Island are inundating camping areas and affecting access to and via River Track. Multiple 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. We recommend you reconsider your travel plans. For safety reasons, do not drive through flood waters or past road closures. Areas that are open have also been impacted by flooding and road access is poor in some locations. Four Wheel Drive vehicles are recommended
 
Areas within the State Forest are also affected.  See MapShareVic for road and track closures, and for more information, please visit the Forest and road closures page.
 
River track is impacted between Nursery Track and Koondrook, resulting in access to the following bends being closed:
Barton Track
Robertson Track
Cemetery Bend
Wattle Track
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
Milverton Bend
Ti Tree Plain
Fence Track
Spur Track
Sovereign Bend
Clump Bend
McKenzie Bend

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.

Flood affected areas in the Murray River Reserve

Some areas are affected by flooding from the Murray, Campaspe and Goulburn Rivers.
Visitors should be aware that some river banks have been eroded by flood waters and may be unstable. Do not walk, ride, drive or dig on unstable banks, they may collapse.

Trees along the river banks and tracks could be unstable and there is always a risk of trees dropping limbs.
Sections of track have been/are degraded by floods and recent rainfall, areas of track may still be holding water.

The Murray River Reserve is affected by these flood events and 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 - OPEN
Betha Bend - OPEN
Arnold Bend - OPEN
Baillieu Bend - OPEN
Baillieu Lagoon - OPEN
Tolhurst Bend - OPEN
Barra Bend - OPEN
Fulham Bend- CLOSED
Young Bend - CLOSED
Crossman Bend - CLOSED
Turner Bend - PARTIALLY OPEN- SOME AREAS STILL FLOODED
Horseshoe Bend - OPEN
Norris Bend - OPEN
Jones Bend - OPEN
Williams Bend - OPEN
Gona Bend - OPEN
This water may be present for a couple months to come. Please drive with caution and do not drive through flood waters or around closed areas.

Echuca Village Reserve Day Visitor Area partially closed

Some areas are affected by flooding from the Murray and Goulburn Rivers.
Visitors should be aware that river banks have been eroded by flood waters and may be unstable. Do not walk, ride, drive or dig on unstable banks, they may collapse.
Trees along the river banks could be unstable. There is always a risk of trees dropping limbs.

Echuca Village Reserve Day Visitor Area 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.
The reserve is partially closed due to flood damage and large trees over the main track, the main track is not completely accessible by vehicle.
Please drive with caution and do not drive through flood waters or around closed areas.

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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