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Stay outdoors

Home to five mighty rivers and an impressive collection of creeks and backwaters, River Country is never short of a sandy riverbank or shady bush setting to set up around a campfire with the family or spend a quiet long weekend fishing throughout winter.

Escape the crowds and claim a secluded campsite at one of the many picturesque riverside clearings throughout the area. You can keep it simple with just a tent, swag and campfire or really glamp it up with your camper trailer, van or self-contained motorhome!

There are also beautiful forest settings close by which are a haven for native wildlife. You’ll find plenty of camping grounds, picnic areas, walking trails and an extensive network of forest roads to explore.

Murray Valley National and Regional Parks

Explore majestic river red gums and Ramsar - listed wetlands in the Murray Valley National Park. Go birdwatching, fishing, bike riding and kayaking in what is part of the largest continuous red gum forest in the world.

The Murray Valley National and Regional Parks stretch along the length of the New South Wales – Victorian border; an important, unique ecosystem where waterways teem with wildlife, and tracks and rivers are aching to be explored. This particular stretch of forest offers beauty even beyond that of the magnificent river red gums that adorn its banks.

Sites of interest include:

  • Gulpa Creek Walk (Mathoura): an easy path to walk along with your dog and is great for birdwatching, or to go canoeing or kayaking.
  • Edward River Bridge Campground (near Mathoura): free camping, good facilities and dogs are welcome.
  • Benarca Campground (15km from Moama): provides bush camps and is an ideal spot to fish along the Murray River.
  • Five Mile Picnic Area (Moama): With good facilities right by the river, this is the perfect place for a riverside picnic, with plenty of spots for fishing and places to launch your boat, kayak or canoe.
  • Five Mile Mountain Bike Trail (Moama): offers 7km of purpose built mountain bike trails in beautiful bushland by the river and wetlands. The trails are suitable for all skill levels and its one of the best places for biking in the region.

Yanga National Park

Off the Stuart Highway near Balranald, River Country is the perfect gateway to one of NSW's newest national parks - Yanga National Park.

The park is the perfect destination where campers can unwind and enjoy a choice of settings complemented by an array of new visitor facilities. There's ample free camping for tents, RVs and caravans, and visitors can enjoy fabulous fishing in the Murrumbidgee River or bird watching just off the highway at Yanga Lake.

Yanga Station was one of the oldest and largest properties in the Riverina established in the 1840’s. These days, as a national park it celebrates both its pastoral history and natural wonders.

Sites of interest include:

Campbell’s Island State Forest

Excellent for camping,Campbell’s Island State Forest 4-wheel driving, bush walking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, those with dogs, this state forest runs along the Murray and Little Murray Rivers, just north of Barham. Dogs are welcome here and is also great for those requiring 2-wheel drive access. Best access is via North Barham Road in Barham.

Gunbower–Koondrook-Perricoota Forest

The Gunbower–Koondrook-Perricoota Forest covers approximately 51,000 ha of the Murray River floodplain downstream of Torrumbarry Weir, between Echuca and Barham. Gunbower Forest is on the Victorian side of the Murray River and Koondrook–Perricoota Forest is on the New South Wales side.

Gunbower and Koondrook-Perricoota Forests are both listed as Ramsar wetlands of international importance. The forests are also an icon site under The Living Murray Program. The forest areas are suitable for camping, walking, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and fishing. Best access is via Moulamein Road or East Barham Road just out of Barham, or from the south-east near Moama.

Before you visit, take a look at important information, camping tips, regulations and any current closures by visiting the Forestry Corporation or National Parks websites, as listed on this page. If you are planning on having a fire, check the regulations and take note of any total fire bans in the area.