Piangil to Echuca East


Piangil to Echuca East

River Murray Reserve

The Murray River between Piangil and Echuca offer ample opportunities for both recreation and relaxation. Explore wetlands rich in wildlife. Enjoy camping, fishing, boating, canoeing and watersports. Take the kids for a swim and a picnic on a sandy beach or a walk through the River Red Gum forests.  

The Torrumbarry Day Visitor Area in the River Murray Reserve is an ideal spot for a family day out, with a boat ramp, picnic tables and toilets. You can learn about the natural and cultural history of the river and weir at the nearby information centre.  

Self-sufficient campers with 4WD vehicles have plenty of basic bush camp sites to choose from. There is always high demand for sites close to boat ramps and toilets, such as Masters Landing on Gunbower Island or Wills Bend near Echuca. 

Between Torrumbarry and Echuca the river is very popular for fishing, boating and watersports, and can be busy over warm weekends and holidays. Deep pools and snags make this a rewarding reach of the river to fish for Murray Cod and other species. Fish from the shore or launch a boat from one of the boat ramps on either side of the river. 

Downstream of Torrumbarry to Swan Hill the river becomes shallower and is less suitable for high speed watersports. 

Canoers and kayakers may prefer the quieter waters of Gunbower National Park and adjacent state forest (around Australia’s largest inland island), an internationally significant wetland with abundant birdlife. The nearby Kerang Lakes are also a rewarding destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Or explore the the natural and cultural history of Nyah Vinifera Park

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

Water birds wading through reeds

Gunbower National Park

A RAMSAR site with abundant waterbirds, Gunbower offers opportunities for dispersed bush camping, fishing, canoeing and birdwatching. When Little Gunbower Creek is flowing, the birdlife is at its best.
Waterbirds on a lake at sunset

Kerang Regional Park

The Kerang Lakes are a RAMSAR site with abundant birdlife. Camping is not permitted in the Regional Park, but nature lovers will enjoy a walk, drive or bike ride around the lakes. Fishing and canoeing is also permitted.
A group of trees growing from the water of the Murray River

Bailleau Lagoon Wildlife Reserve

Enjoy basic bush camping, fishing, canoeing and wildlife-watching in this small reserve (sometimes known as Richardsons Lagoon) near Torrumbarry. This State Game Reserve is a popular location for recreational hunting during duck season.
A narrow section of the Murray River surrounded by trees

Nyah-Vinifera Park

Located just north of Swan Hill, Nyah-Vinifera is popular for camping, swimming, fishing, wildlife and four-wheel driving, with dispersed bush camping suitable for self-sufficient campers set among the River Red Gums.

How to get there

Piangil to Echuca East

Nyah is 365km and Swan Hill is 350km north west of Melbourne via the M79 then the Calder, Loddon Valley and Murray Valley Highways. Echuca is 230km north of Melbourne via the M79 Calder Freeway and Midland Highway. 

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.  The Southern 80 water ski race attracts large crowds to camping spots between Torrumbarry and Echuca. As seasonal wetlands dry out, wildlife concentrates around the river.  

Need to know

Piangil to Echuca East

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.

  • 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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Gunbower National Park and Murray River Reserve flood impacted areas

    Recent flooding is impacting on access to several sites within Gunbower National Park and the Murray River Reserve. Some 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.

    Flooding has resulted in poor road conditions in the area and 4WD access is recommended.
    A detour is in place at McClure Bend due to standing flood water. Access tracks across the State Forest may also be closed due to flood water. For safety reasons, do not drive through flood waters or past road closures.
    River track is impacted between McClure Bend and Milverton Bend, resulting in access to the following bends being closed:
    McClure Bend
    Peter Creek
    Wee Wee Rup
    Thompsons Track
    Five Sleeper
    Wire Fence
    Iron Punt
    Black Swamp
    Barham Mill Bend
    Nugent Bend
    Morton Bend

  • 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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