Echuca East to Barnawartha


Echuca East to Barnawartha

River Murray Reserve

This reach of the river has many beautiful sandy beaches and towering River Red Gums. Look out for koalas and large flocks of cockatoos and corellas high up in the trees and kangaroos and emus below. Take a wander through the open forest, take a refreshing dip in the river, or relax on the banks and watch the birds and boats go by.

Explore one of the self-guided walking tracks in Barmah National Park or Quinns Island in Cobram Regional Park to learn about the cultural significance of the area and some of its plants and animals to the Yorta Yorta People.

Cobram, Echuca, Tocumwal and Yarrawonga Regional Parks offer a range of opportunities for recreation and relaxation, including camping, fishing, canoeing, picnics and walking (dogs are permitted in Regional Parks but must be kept on a lead) close to those communities. 

Between Echuca and Barmah the river is very popular for boating and canoeing, and can be busy over warm weekends and holidays. Fishing is also popular between Echuca and Yarrawonga, and where the Goulburn and Campaspe rivers join the Murray. Carp, redfin, crayfish, golden perch, and the iconic Murray Cod can all be found. Fish from the shore or launch a boat from one of the boat ramps on either side of the river. 

Self-sufficient campers with 4WD vehicles have a staggering range of camp sites to choose from, but there is high demand for the small number of sites close to boat ramps, toilets or with 2WD access. Barmah Lakes is an excellent choice for campers who enjoy the convenience of good facilities. 

 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

Aerial view of the Barmah wetlands system

Barmah National Park

Discover the cultural significance of Barmah and Dhungulla (the Murray River) to Yorta Yorta People on a self-guided walk. Look for birds and other wildlife among the wetlands and the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. Camp along the river and enjoy fishing, swimming, boating and canoeing.
A sealed track curves around tall trees with a body of water in the distance

Cobram Regional Park

A shared use walking and cycling track links the town of Cobram to the Regional Park. Enjoy camping, horse riding, fishing, canoeing, swimming or a picnic with the family on a sandy beach. Explore Quinns Island and look for birds, koalas and other wildlife.
A group of trees growing from the water of the Murray River

Echuca Regional Park

Take a picnic and enjoy relaxing on the banks of the Murray River close to Echuca. Pitch you tent at one of the basic dispersed camping sites, throw in a fishing line, go for a swim or jump in your boat or canoe.
A bird nesting in a tree

Lake Moodemere

A permanent billabong off the Murray River near Rutherglen with abundant birds and wildlife. Explore the 12km walking trail around the lake, enjoy a picnic or go swimming or canoeing on the lake. Day visitors only.
Warby Lower Ovens Reflections

Lower Ovens Wildlife Reserve

Located at the junction of the Murray and Ovens Rivers, this reserve offers opportunities for self-sufficient camping, fishing, boating, canoeing and wildlife-watching. This State Game Reserve is a popular location for recreational hunting during duck season.
The sky between the trunks of tall eucalyptus trees

Tocumwal Regional Park

Enjoy camping, fishing, swimming and canoeing from one of several basic camping sites located among the River Red Gums and sandy beaches of Tocumwal Regional Park.

Yarrawonga Regional Park

Whether you’re after a relaxing time or some fun recreation, Yarrawonga Regional Park. has something for everyone. Walking, camping, picnics, wildlife viewing, bike riding, fishing, kayaking, and many other water sports are all popular activities.

How to get there

Echuca East to Barnawartha

Echuca is 230km north of Melbourne via the M79 Calder Freeway and Midland Highway. Barnawartha is just west of Wodonga, 300km north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway / M31 National Highway and 150km south-west of Wagga Wagga via the A31.  

When to go

Camping and water sports are very popular along this reach of the river in summer, and demand is high for the most picturesque spots. As seasonal wetlands dry out, wildlife concentrates around the river. 

Need to know

Echuca East to Barnawartha

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 Sites

    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
    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.

    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
    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.

  • 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.

  • Echuca Village Reserve Day Visitor Area (River Murray Reserve)

    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.

  • 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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