Mitchell River National Park


Mitchell River National Park

Mitchell River National Park is one of the jointly managed parks within Gippsland. The Joint Management agreement recognises the fact that the Gunaikurnai people hold Aboriginal Title and maintain a strong connection to Country. As custodians of the land, they are the rightful people who speak for their Country. These parks and reserves are cultural landscapes that continue to be part of Gunaikurnai living culture. For more information on Joint Management, please visit the Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation.

Mitchell River National Park, on Brabralung Country, is highly significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners due to its remarkable Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Walk through the rainforest gully to the Den of Nargun and absorb the eerie atmosphere from a safe distance. Tradition has it the Nargun, a fierce being, half human and half stone, lives there. The Gunaikurnai people and Parks Victoria ask you to respect this special place by not entering the cave.

Enjoy the loop walk at the Den of Nargun, where you can access the Mitchell River for a swim during the warmer months. Walk into Deadcock Den and see Eastern Water Dragons relaxing in the sun, and check out the panoramic view of the Den loop track and the wider park landscape from the lookout. From here you can return to the Den of Nargun picnic area for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea. Toilets, a picnic shelter and tables, gas barbecue and fire places are provided.

Billy Goat Bend is also a popular spot for a picnic, with basic facilities and panoramic views of the Mitchell River Gorge and rapids from the Lookout point. The Billy Goat Bend Camp area also has toilets, picnic tables and fire places for campers and day visitors, and provides a perfect resting point for those hiking along the Mitchell River Walking Track between Angusvale and the Den of Nargun.

Brabralung Country

Mitchell River National Park has a rich cultural history that tells of tribal conflict, ceremonies, food gathering, community life and local spirits. It is rocky country that has rugged gorges... good lookout points for our ancestors, used for safety and defence... There are important places throughout this park — Angusvale was a good source of food, medicine and materials, and Billy Goat Bend had reliable water. Deadcock Den is important to the Gunaikurnai people. The Den of Nargun, a cave behind a waterfall, is a place of great cultural significance to the Gunaikurnai people, especially women… and may have been used for women’s initiation and learning ceremonies.

Gunaikurnai Whole-of-Country Plan (GLaWAC 2015)

The park and gorge was a stopping‐off point for Gunaikurnai travelling to the high country. Today, it provides an easily accessible entry into the fringes of the Victorian Alps and a sense of remoteness from the plains due to the enclosed gorge and valleys.

Preserving the past is important to better manage our cultural landscapes. Patrick Mullett is a proud Gunaikurnai man working on Country to manage Aboriginal cultural heritage. He assesses sites and provides advice under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 on how to best protect cultural heritage.

Things To Do

The Mitchell River flows through the country side.

Cultural Heritage

Mitchell River National Park, on Brabralung Country, has a rich cultural history that tells of tribal conflict, ceremonies, food gathering, community life and local spirits.

Walking in Mitchell River National Park

Mitchell River Walking Track is a perfect way to discover the Impressive river scenery, serene rainforest gullies and rugged landscapes of the park, and some shorter walks connect you to the parks Aboriginal culture and heritage.
The camping area at Angusvale in the Mitchell River National Park.

Camping at Mitchell River

Camp at Billy Goat Bend or Angusvale camping area, or along the Mitchell River Walking Track at one of the basic campsites.
Billy Goat Bend on the Mitchell River National Park.

Canoeing and rafting at Mitchell River

The Mitchell River offers short day trips or extended touring through the tranquil pools and turbulent rapids down to the Gippsland Lakes, with challenging Whitewater Grades III and IV rapids. July to December usually have the best flow, but please check river levels before you visit.
Three hunters silhouetted at sunset.

Hunting in Mitchell River National Park

Deer stalking is permitted in accordance with hunting regulations in the eastern section of the park from 15 February to 15 December. Hunting is also permitted south of Hortons Track on the eastern side of the National Park. Firearms are not permitted on the Western side of the Mitchell River.

Horse riding in Mitchell River National Park

Horse riding is a great way to see the park and is permitted on roads and vehicle tracks open to the public. Horses are not permitted to remain overnight in the park unless prior approval has been obtained. Horse riders are asked to apply the horse rider’s code to ensure minimal impact, and to feed clean weed free food prior to arrival.

Mitchell River National Park

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

Lace monitors
Powerful owls

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

Find a Licensed Tour Operator

How to get there

Mitchell River National Park

Heading west out of Bairnsdale on Main Street/Princes Highway/A1, turn right onto Bairnsdale-Dargo Road/C601 and follow for about 42 kilometres. You can turn right at Wallers Road and follow that to the end to reach the Den of Nargun picnic area. Forr access to Billy Goat Bend camping area, either turn left off Wallers Road and head north along Park Road, or turn right off the Bairnsdale-Dargo Road/C601 onto Billy Goat Bend Road, and follow the signs to the camping area.
Angusvale campground is located at the end of Mitchell River Road, further north along the Bairnsdale-Dargo Road/C601. Turn right off the C601 and follow the track for 16 kilometres.
To access the eastern side of the park, turn right off the C601 onto Lindenow-Glenaladale Road. Cross the bridge over the Mitchell River and turn left to stay on Lindenow-Glenaladale Road. Turn right at Weir Road and stay on it until you are continuing along Wattle Creek Road and see entry signs to the park.
To visit the Old Weir day visitor site, turn left off Weir Road onto Milton Park Road. Please be aware that the end of this road down into the day visitor site is rated as a Double-Black Diamond 4WD track, and is suitable for experienced four-wheel-drivers only. Visitors can access the site on foot - park your vehicle at the top of the hill and walk approximately one kilometre to the site. Please take plenty of water.

When to go

Cool off with a swim or a paddle in the Mitchell River. Enjoy extended days to camp and relax along the river, or explore the cool depths of the warm temperate rainforests of the Den of Nargun area.

Need to know

Mitchell River 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.

  • Billy Goat Bend Camping Area (Mitchell River National Park)

    Billy Goat Bend Road - partial closure

    Billy Goat Bend Road is currently closed between the Bairnsdale-Dargo Road and Bull Creek Divide Track due to improvement works. 

    Billy Goat Bend Campground can be accessed via Park Road. 

    Opening date is condition dependent, please refer to website for updates

  • Angusvale camping area (Mitchell and Wonnangatta Rivers Heritage River)

    No access to canoe launch

    Canoe launch area is closed for public safety. Please use the launching area in the day visitor site for river access. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Billy Goat Bend Road condition - 4wd recommended

    Due to the current surface condition of Billy Goat Bend road, between Bairnsdale-Dargo road and Bull Creek Divide track, it is recommended that only vehicles with four wheel drive traverse this section.

By using our site you accept that we use and share cookies and similar technologies with certain approved third parties. These tools enable us to improve your website experience and to provide content and ads tailored to your interests. By continuing to use our site you consent to this. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.