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Mathoura - Picnic Point

Mathoura is located 40km north of Echuca Moama and is a spectacular gateway to one of the largest red gum forests in the world. It’s an enchanted wonderland for lovers of the Australian bush, the river and the great outdoors.

The forest, which stretches more than 70,000 hectares and includes wetlands of international significance, has arguably the best access in the region to the Murray River. It features good dry weather roads and sprawling low river banks that feed out across gloriously flat sheets of water.

Mathoura is a popular destination for those seeking the gentle country lifestyle and a peaceful retreat in the heart of a beautiful natural environment.

It has a rich and unique history, a charming main shopping street, a vast array of public artworks, a popular calendar of events, and beautiful forests and waterways at every turn.

There’s so much to see, touch and experience in this little slice of river paradise.

Must Do’s:

  • Explore the many forest walks and drives, including through the Murray Valley National and Regional Parks and the Gulpa Creek Walk.
  • Visit the Gulpa Creek Reedbeds Bird Observatory, along Picnic Point Road. It’s an easy walk along the boardwalk to the hide, where you can look for yellow rosellas and superb wrens or watch at the edge of the water for the purple swamp hen. The kids will love the audio visual displays.
  • Set on the picturesque Edward River in Murray Valley Regional Park, adjacent to Murray Valley National Park, Edward River Bridge campground is bush camping at its best. It's dog-friendly, and it’s also free and suitable for caravans, motorhomes and tents.
  • Learn of Mathoura’s pioneering history on the Mathoura Heritage Trail and at the Pioneer Cemetery. Download the heritage trail brochure here.
  • The Murray and Edward rivers and Gulpa Creek are all within 10km of Mathoura and are prized fishing grounds by anglers throughout Australia.
  • Edward River Canoe and Kayak Trail in Murray Valley National Park is a great paddling spot with camping, picnic, and swimming opportunities. It's also equipped with a wheelchair-accessible kayak launch.
  • Explore the Backroads Trail and Long Paddock Touring Route to discover the region’s history, heritage and culture, as well as local produce and farm gate shops.
  • Learn about Mathoura’s timber heritage along the Timber Heritage Walk at Picnic Point, and spend some time by the river at the picnic area and boat ramp.

Mathoura Factsheets

Learn more about Mathoura's fascinating history environment through a series of fact sheets, researched and written by local resident David Joss:

Mathoura History, Heritage and Environment Guide

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