Barmah National Park

Mist over the Murray River in the Barmah State Forest at Echuca, Tourism Victoria
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Introduction

Barmah National Park adjoins the Millewa State Forest in New South Wales; together, they protect the largest river red gum forest in the world. The park stretches along the Murray River, between the towns of Barmah and Strathmerton. The river, which routinely floods, is the focal point of the forest, providing wonderful opportunities for a range of waterborne activities. Ulupna Island, bounded by the Murray River and Ulupna Creek, is higher than other parts of the park making it less prone to flooding.

Mounds, stone artefacts, middens and burial sites attest to a long association with the land by the Yorta Yorta people. European exploration began in the 1830s, followed by settlement. The forest was harvested for timber and paddlesteamers plied the Murray, their cargo of red gum a key component of the state's economy.

A total of 38 rare or threatened plants, including fruit saltbush and winged peppergrass, are protected within the park. On the ridges yellow and black box thrive. More than 200 bird species have been identified here, including brolgas, spoonbills, sea eagles and azure kingfishers, and this is one of the state’s biggest areas for breeding waterbirds. Also present are grey kangaroos, emus and koalas.

Canoeing and boating along the Murray River are great ways to see the park. Fishing is popular, with Murray cod, golden perch and catfish regularly pulled from the river. Sandy beaches on the river's bends create enjoyable swimming opportunities.

Walking trails starting at the Dharnya carpark include the self-guided Yamyabuc Discovery Trail (30 minutes return); and the Lakes Loop Track (2 hours return) which passes mature river red gum and the remains of Aboriginal camp ovens.

At the time of writing, exceptionally heavy rains and flooding has resulted in the closure of all roads and visitor areas in the park; check with Parks Victoria for the latest information before planning a trip here.

Fact file

Camping

Campsites along the river

Location and access

225 km north of Melbourne on the Murray River. Twelve major entrance gates from Moira Lakes Rd, Barmah–Picola Rd and the Murray Valley Hwy

Park information

PV 13 1963

Size

28 521 ha

Visitor information

Echuca–Moama 1800 804 446

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Campsites

Barmah camping area (bush camping)

You can choose your own bush-camping site beside the Murray among (though never under, because of the possibility of falling branches) the towering red gums here. From Picola, which lies off the Murray Valley Hwy, take... Find out more


Barmah Lakes camping area

Just east of the relatively flat ground of the Barmah Lakes camping area is the Dharnya Interpretative Centre (closed indefinitely), where a number of bushwalks begin. These include the self-guided Yamyabuc Discovery... Find out more


Ulupna Island camping area

The perimeter of Ulupna Island has been staked out by the flow of Ulupna Creek and that of the Murray River. Look for platypus in the quieter stretches of water. Take Bourchiers Rd from the Murray Valley Hwy at... Find out more


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