Hattah-Kulkyne National Park

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Hattah - Kulkyne National Park

Hattah - Kulkyne National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

Hattah-Kulkyne National Park lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals and vegetation thrive in the poor, sandy soils and searing summers.

The freshwater Hattah Lakes is seasonally filled by creeks connected to the Murray, providing food and shelter for waterbirds and fish. These lakes can remain full for up to ten years without flooding, but flooding generally occurs once every two years.

Camping, walking, bike riding and canoeing are popular here and in the adjoining Murray-Kulkyne Park.

Things to do in the area

Walking
There are a range of walks available throughout the park, from easy family walks to longer hikes.

Hattah Nature Walk – 1.2km, 40 minutes return
This gentle walk begins from the carpark near the park entrance off the Hattah-Robinvale Road. Interpretative signs highlight Mallee ecosystem.
Warepil Lookout Walk – 600m, 30 minutes return
Start from the Old Calder Highway carpark and take a short stroll up the steady incline to the lookout tower. You will be rewarded with great views of the surrounding Mallee Region. Look north-west and see the vast Murray Sunset National Park. This is a great place to witness the magnificent Mallee sunsets.
Woodlands Walk – 2.5km, 1 hour one way
This walk starts at the Hattah- Kulkyne National Park Visitor Centre carpark and connects to the Camel Pad Track. It allows you to walk the 8km to Lake Mournpall Campground avoiding the car traffic on Mournpall Track.
Mournpall Lake Loop – 9.5km, 3 hours circuit
Starting at the Lake Mournpall camping area, this loop walk follows the northern edge of Lake Mournpall before circling north around Lake Konardin passing through River Red Gum flood plains and Mallee dunes.

The walk showcases the dramatic changes in vegetation, as you get closer and further away from water. Keep an eye also for the abundant wildlife. Kangaroos and emus can frequently be spotted, as well as a variety of birds, including wedge-tailed eagles, whitebellied sea eagles and whistling kites.

Two people camping by the water

Camping in Hattah - Kulkyne National Park

The freshwater Hattah Lakes is seasonally filled by creeks connected to the Murray, providing food and shelter for waterbirds and fish. These lakes can remain full for up to ten years without flooding, but flooding generally occurs once every two years. Camping, walking, bike riding and canoeing are popular here and in the adjoining Murray-Kulkyne Park.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
A couple stop on the side of the Great Ocean Road to take a picture.

Long drives

Venture out on a regional road trip with some of Australia's most scenic drives taking you to its most spectacular natural attractions.
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.

Stargazing

Escape the city lights to remote nature locations to see the spectacular starry southern night sky.
Wildflowers

Wildflowers

Whether you’re surrounding yourself with carpets of colourful flowers, spotting rare orchids, or just enjoying the local native flowers, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in nature and help your spirits soar.

Wildlife and Nature

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Emus
Kangaroos
Koalas

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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Camping & accommodation

Hattah-Kulkyne National Park lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals and vegetation thrive in the poor, sandy soils and searing summers. Camping, walking, bike riding and canoeing are popular here and in the adjoining Murray-Kulkyne Park.

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Hattah - Kulkyne National Park

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

    Closure due to Code Red Fire Danger Rating on 21 November

    Thursday 21 November 2019 has been forecast as a day of Code Red Fire Danger Rating in the Mallee and Northern Country weather districts. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria will close parks and forests (including state forests and national parks) in the relevant weather district for public safety. See park closures due to Code Red Fire Danger Rating.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Park closure - conservation program

    Due to conservation programs parts of the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park, including Lake Hattah and Lake Mournpall campgrounds will be closed from sunset to sunrise on week days from Monday 18 November to Friday 22 November 2019. These areas are open to the public during daylight hours and weekends. Closure signs will be in place on all main entry points into the closed sections of the park. 

    Notice - Fish death

    Fish deaths are currently occurring at Lake Hattah. The dead fish are predominately invasive carp. The natural drying down of the lakes during the current dry season will help eradicate carp in the lake system. Visitors should be aware there may be an unpleasant smell present.

    For more information contact Mallee CMA on 5051 4377 or follow on Facebook or Twitter @MalleeCMA

    Blue Green Algae warning

    Blue Green Algae is suspected to be present within Lake Hattah. Contact with the affected water may cause harm to humans and animals. For your safety, we recommend not to drink the water, no prolonged contact on skin, no swimming and limit recreational activities on the water. 

    Blue Green Algae warning

    Blue Green Algae is suspected to be present within Lake Hattah. Contact with the affected water may cause harm to humans and animals. For your safety, we recommend not to drink the water, no prolonged contact on skin, no swimming and limit recreational activities on the water. 

  • Information Bay River Track South (Hattah - Kulkyne National Park)

    Temporary track closure due to watering event

    A planned watering event within Lake Kramen has affected access through Shorts Pipelines Track. The track is temporarily closed until further notice. Access to the southern end of the National Park is via River Track.   

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