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
How to get there
Piangil to Echuca East
When to go
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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Murray River Reserve - Flood Event August 2023Murray River Reserve is affected by flooding. High river levels are inundating camping areas and affecting track access. Roads and visitor sites are temporarily closed until floodwaters recede and sites can be assessed as safe.River Track and camping sites are affected between Colignan and Mildura, as a result the following bends or sections of these bends are closed:- Graces Bend Camping Area, Colignan- Lambert Island Nature Conservation Reserve-Karadoc Sandbar Camping Area
Flood DamageSome areas are affected by flooding from the Murray, Campaspe and Goulburn Rivers.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.Murray River Reserve 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.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 - OPENBraund Bend - OPENPianta Bend - OPENCasey Bend - OPENWills Bend - OPENEmu Bend - OPENPoint Rd Bend - OPENFarley Bend - PARTIALLY OPEN, lower camping sections are still flooded.Betha Bend - OPENArnold Bend - OPENBaillieu Bend - OPENBaillieu Lagoon - OPENTolhurst Bend - OPENBarra Bend - CLOSEDYoung Bend - CLOSEDCrossman Bend - CLOSEDTurner Bend - CLOSEDHorseshoe Bend - CLOSEDNorris Bend - CLOSEDJones Bend - CLOSEDWilliams Bend - CLOSEDGona Bend - CLOSEDThis water may be present for a couple months to come. Please drive with caution and do not drive through flood waters.
Closed camping areas within Proposed Murray River Park (Part), River Murray Reserve in the vicinity of Strathmerton & BarmahThe following camping areas remain closed due to wet and boggy conditions on roads and within Visitor camping areas following flooding:
Wallpolla and Mulcra Island ClosedMulcra and Wallpolla Islands are closed due to riverine flood damage affecting both access and visitor safety.
Guttrum State Forest and Benwell State Forest closedAs a result of flooding in the area, Guttrum and Benwell State Forests have been closed to the public until 30 November 2023. Due to these state forest closures, access to campsites in the area is not available. See MapShareVic for road and track closures, and for more information, please visit the Forest and road closures page.
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 ReserveHigh 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 recommendedAreas 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 TrackRobertson TrackCemetery BendWattle TrackMcClure BendPeter CreekWee Wee RupThompsons TrackFive SleeperWire FenceWhistlerIron PuntBlack SwampBarham Mill BendNugent BendMorton BendMilverton BendTi Tree PlainFence TrackSpur TrackSovereign BendClump BendMcKenzie Bend
Notices Affecting Multiple Parks
Seasonal road closures 2023
Murray River Adventure TrailStage 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.