Thompson River Canoe Trail (Thomson River Heritage River, Walhalla Historic Area, Baw Baw National Park)


Thompson River Canoe Trail (Thomson River Heritage River, Walhalla Historic Area, Baw Baw National Park)

The Thomson River Canoe Trail winds through a deep river valley from the Thomson Dam to the Walhalla Road Bridge near Rawson. The grade 2 rapids are perfect for first time paddlers and rafters.

How to get there

Thompson River Canoe Trail (Thomson River Heritage River, Walhalla Historic Area, Baw Baw National Park)

Need to know

Thompson River Canoe Trail (Thomson River Heritage River, Walhalla Historic Area, Baw Baw National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No drones without a permit
  • No dogs allowed


  • Water hazards
    • Shallow water
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Deep water
  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks

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.

Seasonal road closures 2023

Seasonal road closures apply to areas within and tracks bordering this park from 15 June 2023. See MapshareVic for locations of the closures. Visit the seasonal road closures page for more information

Track closures due to severe weather damage.

 Cricket Ground and Britannia Spur Tracks- seasonally closed roads not yet suitable for reopening due to severe weather damage.

Closure of Northern Tramway Walking Track Walhalla

The northern section of the tramway walking track from the Long tunnel mine to the North Gardens camping area has been closed due to water damage and land slips caused by previous extreme weather events. The track has been assessed as being too risky to remain open and will be closed from June 30th 2023.  Safety is our number one priority. 

Poverty Point Bridge Closure

After an engineers assessment recommended that the the bridge be closed for public  safety. 
The Bridge will remain closed until significant repairs the structure have been completed and 
the Bridge made safe again for public use.  

Road Closures impacting access to Walhalla Historic Area

Current road closures are in place on the Walhalla Road which will impede access to the Walhalla Historic Area. Please check Emergency Victoria app and/or website to keep informed of closures before heading out to Walhalla Historic Area.

Firebreak Track (between O'Sheas and Mt Erica Road)

Firebreak Track between O'Sheas and Mt Erica Road is overgrown with trees down making the track hard to negotiate. Please be aware of the local hazards when using the track. 

Ground shooting operations targeting deer

Ground control operations targeting deer will be undertaken in these Parks and Reserves from December 2022 to December 2023. These areas will remain open to visitors during operations.
Alpine National Park (Bogong High Plains, Mount Bogong, Dinner Plain, Dargo High Plains, Foothills and Southern Alps)
Buchan Caves Reserve
Burrowa-Pine Mountain
Cape Conran Coastal Park
Cape Liptrap Coastal Park
Cabbage Tree Creek Flora Reserve
Errinundra National Park
Lake Tyers State Park
Lakes National Park
Baw Baw National Park
Mount Buffalo National Park
Mount Mittamatite Regional Park
Mount Mitta Mitta Flora Reserve
Mount Lawson State Park
Mount Granya State Park
Mountain Creek Education Area
Pheasant Creek Flora Reserve
Wabba Wilderness Park
Wilsons Promontory National Park

For more information about deer control to protect biodiversity, please visit this link.

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