Thistle Bend Camping Area 1 (Barmah National Park)


Thistle Bend Camping Area 1 (Barmah National Park)

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Thistle Bend Camping Area 1 (Barmah National Park)


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Need to know

Thistle Bend Camping Area 1 (Barmah National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No firearms allowed
  • Not yet assessed


  • Water hazards
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Strong currents
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Current Access 05-01-2021

Some tracks are still closed in Barmah National Park and adjoining River Murray Reserve (including Ulupna Island and Barmah Island) as a result of current flood water remaining on tracks. The closures are to protect public safety and to protect tracks.
The following tracks are open within Barmah National Park, however are recommended four-wheel drive only and are subject to change at any time without notice:
Sand Ridge Tk, River Road, River Tk, Gulf Tk, Tongalong Tk, Siphon Tk, Newmans Tk, Burnt Landing Tk, Black Engine Tk, Farm Tk, Agistment Boundary (part – Farm Tk/Gulf Tk loop), Suttons Tk, Trickeys Lane, Boundary Tk (part), Bunyip Tk, Broken Creek Tk, School Tk, Ramp Tk, Black Swamp Tk, Sharps Plain Rd, Darlows Tk, Bourke Street, Mannions Tk, Centre Tk, Reference Tk, Emu Tk and the access tracks to the Barmah Lakes Day Visitor Area and Campgrounds.
Depending on changing conditions, 2WD drive vehicles and some 4WDs, including those with low clearance or without snorkels fitted, may have difficulty accessing some of these tracks.
Most tracks are open in the River Murray Reserve (adjoining Barmah National Park) including River Road, Corrys Track (part) and Carters Track (Ulupna Island).
See attached map for tracks that remain open, highlighted maroon recommended for 4x4 only access.
We will review access on a weekly basis and open the closed areas as soon as possible. Please take care on all tracks due to the wet conditions and if you can avoid using wet tracks, please do so to prevent track damage.
Visitors to parks and reserves are reminded to follow the public health measures in place across regional Victoria, by following physical distancing measures.

Attachments: Current Access 05-01-2021 (302KB)

Take care while driving on wet tracks

This summer weather is predicted to be wet. Roads and tracks are easily damaged during wet weather and can only be repaired once the weather clears up and the roads are well dried out. When visiting parks keep an eye out for temporary track closures and if it’s raining or the track looks soft find an alternative route.
When driving your car or four-wheel drive in a park keep in mind these basic tips:
-     stay off wet tracks or recently graded roads
-     drive only on formed roads
-     take notice of signage and only use roads that are open to the public and safe to do so
-     avoid wheel spin and churning up track surfaces
-     remove fallen trees or limbs from roads; don’t create new tracks by driving around them

Blue Green Algae Warning for Lower Broken Creek

Blue Green Algae warning for the Lower Broken Creek 
A blue green algae warning for the Lower Broken Creek downstream of the Nine Mile Creek confluence (near Walshs Bridge) has been detected.
Blue-green algae occur naturally in waterbodies. They contain toxins that are harmful to humans and animals.  Characteristic signs of algae contact are skin rashes or itchiness, sore eyes, ears and nose or if swallowed, nausea or vomiting.
For your safety, we recommend: 
People & Pets avoid contact with water
People who come in contact with affected water should wash affected skin immediatly
Do not use water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering.

Attachments: Broken Creek From Nine Mile Confluence to the Murray River (0KB)

Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Agreement 2010

The Yorta Yorta People have joint management arrangements in place for Barmah National Park, although this park has not been transferred to Aboriginal Title. The Yorta Yorta Traditional Owner Land Management Board has released a Joint Management Plan (PDF) for Barmah National Park.

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