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Top hikes and trails to tackle in The Murray

Woomargama National Park

10 May 2023 by Luke Crowley

Top hikes and trails to tackle in The Murray

There are few feelings that compare to summiting a peak or hitting your step-count and few regions that do it better than the Murray River region.

Good news for wayfarers, the Murray River region is home to outdoor adventure, otherworldly scenery and diverse landscapes, making it a top destination amongst hiking lovers.

Step back from the hustle and bustle of the city, and step forward onto the ethereal landscapes surrounding the Murray River, where the only thing separating you from jaw-dropping views, mysterious forests, and natural phenomenon is a set of sturdy walking shoes.

For the fearless adventurers, fresh-air chasers, and Sunday strollers, check out these hikes and walking trails to fill your nature cup in the Murray River region.


Camel Pad Track, Hattah Kulkyne National Park

Traverse the trails that connect Sunset Country to the Murray River and set out on the Camel Pad Track, a grade three hike winding through Hattah Kulkyne National Park. Whether it’s your first or 50th journey along the 10km trail, you’ll never grow bored of the everchanging vegetation, eucalypt lined pathways, sand dune crossings and large salt pan found on your journey. During your hike, let your imagination wander (just like your legs) back to over 100 years earlier and picture the original creators of this trail, camels, carrying packages of salt between Spectacle lakes and the mighty Murray River. Set aside 2.5 hours for this hike, and keep a keen eye out for local wildlife, such as kangaroos, emus, and a variety of birds.

Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk and Wonga Wetlands via Wagirra Trails, Albury

Tick off two ‘must-see’ items in Albury: the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk and Wonga Wetlands via Wagirra Trails. Equal parts serene and historic, the trail begins with 5km of wide concrete pathway that winds past 15 sculptures crafted by aboriginal artists. Take time to stop and admire each artwork, read the interpretive signage, and learn the story behind the piece, deepening your connection with the region. After completing the Yindyamarra Sculpture Walk, continue along the 12.1km trail into the Wonga Wetlands. While trekking the wetlands, watch your natural encounter tally rise like your step count, as you cross paths with many of the 151 species of birds that call the wetlands home. Bring the binoculars and pack a picnic, this four-and-a-half-hour return hike is best enjoyed with plenty of fresh goodies from the Albury Wodonga Farmers Markets on hand.

The Turtle Loop of the Koondrook Red Gum Forest Walk, Koondrook

Delve deep into red gum forest and hug the riverside pathways of the Turtle Loop on the Koondrook Red Gum Forest Walk. This trek is great for hikers with a medium fitness level, combining both gentle undulation and iconic scenery. As you walk between towering red gums and along the coursing waterways, look for remnants of Traditional Custodians, whose occupation can still be seen in the cooking mounds, middens, and scars left on trees. For history buffs, learn the stories of the forest by stopping at the interpretive signs spaced along the 13.2km loop. Why should your furry friend miss out on the exercise too? Dogs are more than welcome on the Turtle Loop when kept on a leash.

Samuel Bollard Campground to Norths Lookout, Woomargama National Park

For a hike that gets the heart pumping, load the day pack with plenty of water and snacks for a 23.3km journey through Woomargama National Park. Beginning and ending at Samuel Bollard Campground, this moderately challenging route delves deep into thick pine plantations, before opening up to 180 degree sprawling views of the National Park from Norths Lookout. On a clear day, the view can extend all the way to the Snowy Mountains. Be sure to bring a camera for an insta-worthy snap and let the local Park Rangers know of your adventure before you set off on the seven-hour hike.

Nail Can Hill Ridge Trail, Albury

Offering the perfect ratio of puffing to gasping in awe, a must-walk trail in Albury is the Nail Can Hill Ridge Trail. Spanning 13.2km with 470m elevation gain, this hike requires a good fitness level to tackle the punishing inclines but is equally rewarding with rolling views of Albury and surrounds from the ridgeline. Expect to encounter rare flora and fauna, such as vibrant yellow wildflowers and orchards as you put boot to track.

Terrick Terrick Loop, Terrick Terrick National Park

Just north of Mitiamo, a nature lovers’ paradise is found on the 24.6km Terrick Terrick Loop. Set in the stunning Terrick Terrick National Park, the return route sets off into grasslands and spaced-out forests closely resembling vegetation which covered Australia before European settlement. The large gaps between trees makes it easy to enjoy a nature encounter with the resident kangaroos and wallabies, and gives plenty of opportunities to spot the dozens of rare and threatened birds, animals and plants found in the parks surrounds. Struggling to find time for the full five-and-a-half-hour hike? There are several shortcuts that can turn the loop into a shorter trip.

Gunbower Taylors Creek Loop, Gunbower

For the perfect route to show off on Strava, set off along the Gunbower Taylors Creek Loop in Gunbower National Park. You’ll be smashing your step goals along the 19.3km track, which takes you right up to the waterways streaming off the mighty Murray, only accessible by foot. Tackle the four-and-a-half-hour trek with binoculars in hand (there are plenty of birdwatching spots along the route) and take the time to explore the peninsulas that protrude into lagoons to see the hustle and bustle of animals in and beside the river.

Walking Trails

Pink Lakes Trail, Murray Sunset National Park

For a mind-bending nature experience, take the Pink Lakes Trail in Murray Sunset National Park and witness a phenomenon of nature. In spring, four of the park’s lakes turn a magical pink colour from a red pigment called carotene being released into the water by algae. The pink appearance is most vibrant at dusk and dawn, so embrace your inner early bird to embark on the 2.5km trail and grab a stunning new screensaver pic, but please be cautious while walking in low light.

Gulpa Creek Walk, Mathoura

For a walk to enjoy with your adventurous pooch, set your sights on the Gulpa Creek walk near Mathoura. Embark on a leisurely 5km stroll through the traditional lands of the Yorta Yorta people and experience a reconnection with nature while you exercise. The path tracks the shady banks of Gulpa Creek, making it the perfect spot for birdwatching, jogging, and spending quality time with your furry friend. Time your rest stops with the signposts found along the route to learn the names of native trees and read stories of the Yorta Yorta tribe. For the full sensory experience, take a quiet moment to be serenaded by the sounds of frogs and the distinctive calls of sulphur-crested cockatoos at various points along the way.

The Lakes Loop, Barmah National Park

There’s no better way to fully immerse yourself in Barmah National Park than by embarking on the 4km Lakes Loop. When you’re not staring in awe at the giant red gum trees (that’s right, Barmah National Park is home to the largest river red gum forest in the world), The Lakes Loop will lead you past sacred indigenous sites for the Yorta Yorta tribe. The Yorta Yorta have been inhabitants of the park for over 40,000 years, where ancient kitchen middens, oven mounds and canoe trees are still viewable to this day.

Kings Billabong Nature Trail, Mildura

For a leisurely walk with minimal undulation, take an easy stroll along the Kings Billabong Nature Trail in Mildura. Don the joggers and follow the twists and turns of the 4km trail as it tracks Kings Billabong, and tick a much needed dose of tree bathing off the wellness checklist. Yet to see all of the 371 species of birds found in the Murray – Darling Basin? Settle into one of the two bird hides and watch our feathery friends go about their day.

WAAAF Creek Walk at Tocumwal

This tranquil creek sidewalk is lined with signage that pays homage to the Women's Auxiliary Australian Airforce (WAAAF), a little-known yet impactful chapter in Australia's military history. As you stroll along the walkway, take a moment to read the stories of the brave women in the WAAAF on the interpretive signs. At the trailhead you’ll also find a striking art installation that serves as a testament to their spirit and determination, making this a truly special and meaningful place to visit. Whether you are looking to gain a deeper understanding of Australia's past, or simply enjoy a peaceful walk-in nature, the WAAAF Creek Walk is an experience not to be missed.