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 Parks

    Wallpolla Island Closed

    2022/23 Flood Damage

    Wallpolla Islands is closed due to riverine flood damage from the 2022/23 event. Impacts affecting both access and visitor safety are still present and are being worked on as part of recovery efforts. Timeframes for re-opening to the public are still unknown at this time.

    Murray River Adventure Trail

    Stage One of the 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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