Shepards Track camping area 1 (River Murray Reserve)

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Shepards Track camping area 1 (River Murray Reserve)

Enjoy swimming or fishing in the Murray River or relax among the River Red Gums at Shepard Track Camping Area. Bring a picnic or barbecue, or spend the night immersed in nature. No fees or bookings apply. This is a dispersed bush camping area with no facilities. Campers must be self-sufficient. Access is via unsealed roads suitable for 2WD vehicles in dry weather only. A 4WD vehicle is recommended. This dispersed camping area can accommodate tents, caravans and motor homes.

Visitor Tips: Do not park, camp or rest under or near large trees, like River Red Gums. Whole trees and branches may fall at any time without warning and swing away from the tree.

Rivers may have fast currents, low visibility, underwater objects, shallow areas, unstable banks, drop offs and deep holes. Do not dive or jump in. Always actively supervise children in or near water.

Fishing and boating in the Murray River must comply with NSW regulations. Victorian regulations apply to all other waterways in the reserve.

Please practice minimal impact camping and take all camping gear and rubbish away when you leave. Campsites must be at least 20m from the riverbank. Digging steps into riverbanks is illegal and can cause erosion and landslides.

River water is not suitable for consumption.

Campfires are permitted if it is not a Total Fire Ban day, and: a 3 metre area around the fire is cleared of anything flammable; at least 10 litres of water is available for immediate use; and an adult is in attendance at all times. Fires must be no larger than 1m across and contained in a pit at least 30cm deep. Always extinguish fires with water not soil. A fire is safe to leave when it is cool to touch.

Firewood collection is permitted for on-site use only and must not be removed from the park. Collect only dead wood from the ground. Firewood must be cut on site and not dragged.

No bins are provided. Please take your rubbish away. Report illegal dumping to 13 1963.

Shepard track Camping Area is in the Mallee fire district. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. For up to date information on bushfires in Victoria call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226, download the VicEmergency app, visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au or tune into a local radio station. Check the forecast fire danger before leaving home. Consider not visiting forest or bushland on stormy days or days of high bushfire risk.

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Shepards Track camping area 1 (River Murray Reserve)

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Shepards Track camping area 1 (River Murray Reserve)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • None applicable

Warnings

  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Water hazards
    • 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.

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

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.

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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