In Barmah State Park bushwalkers can stroll among some of the elder statesmen of the bush, the 500-year-old river red gums, more than 30 metres tall, along the Murray. The park rims the river in separate sections, from Barmah to Strathmerton. A few medium-length walking tracks of 4–7 kilometres are signposted near the Dharnya Centre (on the southern edge of the park just north of Barmah). There are some great camping options along the Murray, including in established campgrounds or bush camping. For a deeper appreciation of the Barmah forest and its internationally recognised wetlands, visitors can take an eco-accredited, one- or two-hour cruise in the MV Kingfisher, a small vessel that carries only 30 passengers. Alternatively, explore the area on your own by hiring canoes and kayaks from Gondwana Canoe Hire in Barmah.
Kingfisher cruises: (03) 5480 1839, (03) 5855 2855 or after hours 0428 552 854