Bring your four-legged friend on this flat, easy trail through Murray Valley Regional Park following the 5km Gulpa Creek Walk in Mathoura. While men once hauled logs off to the local timber mill, the towering red gums now live in peace and provide shelter for vibrant birdlife around the creek.
The half-day (13.2km) Turtle Loop following the Koondrook Red Gum Forest Walk takes you deep into Gunbower Forest, a 26,400-hectare floodplain made up of towering red gum and black box forest. On this easy and flat three-and-a-half-hour trail keep a lookout for a 40-metre-high red gum called Eagle Tree, freshwater Broad-shelled turtles around Gunbower Island, and more than 200 types of birds that thrive in the Ramsar-protected wetlands.
Back in 1889, Canadian engineers, George and Ben Chaffey put Mildura
on the map with early irrigation systems. Huge pumps start moving water from the Murray River to Kings Billabong to be used for vineyards and fruit farms. Now the 2000 hectares of Kings Billabong is a wildlife reserve popular with walkers and cyclists, complete with a four-kilometre Kings Billabong Nature Trail. Follow a trail past river red gums watching for ducks, spoonbills, kingfishers, whistler kites and marsh harriers along the way.
You can extend your trail another eight kilometres to visit the original Psyche Bend Pump House, the oldest intact irrigation station in the country.
Three constructed trails with boardwalks, bird hides and picnic areas allow you to explore the stunning Kinnairds Wetlands following the Red Gum Walk Loop Track in Numurkah. This one-hour (3.5km) track features panoramic views of the wetlands and woodlands, passing under plenty of mega-sized river red gums – some more than 300 years old!