Day 3 - 4
First stop today is Barmah National Park, a sublime forest and wetlands area straddling the Murray and forming the largest stand of river red gums in the world. The oldest river red gums have been around for over 500 years, and the forest has been declared an internationally significant wetland. Arrive early for the excellent Kingfisher eco-cruises that run along a narrow stretch of the Murray most mornings at 10.30am.
Drive north towards Deniliquin, crossing the Cadell Fault, a natural ridge created by earthquakes thousands of years ago. Stop off at Mathoura, which has easy access to the Murray Valley National Park, a superb place for bushwalking and camping around the Murray and Edward rivers. Continue up to Deniliquin to explore the Island Sanctuary, a natural island formed by the Edward River.
Head back down to the Murray on the backroads to Koondrook Barham, a good base to explore Gunbower Island, Australia’s largest inland island. You can access Gunbower National Park and its red gum forests by conventional vehicle from Koondrook, Cohuna or Gunbower, or for those with more time and a 4WD, take the 354km River Red Gum Drive.
- Echuca – Barmah: 31km 25 minutes
- Barmah – Deniliquin: 77km, 56 minutes
- Deniliquin – Koondrook Barham: 103km, 1½ hours