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Gunbower Island

Gunbower Island is a 26,400 hectare flood plain considered to be the largest inland island in Australia.

The Gunbower Creek breaks away from the Murray River near Torrumbarry and re-enters the Murray River at Koondrook, flowing through Cohuna along the way, creating the border of Gunbower Island.

Gunbower Island consists of two significant forest areas, the Gunbower National Park and Gunbower State Forest.

Gunbower National Park and Gunbower State Forest are ideal destinations for nature lovers and campers. Popular activities include fishing, bushwalking, camping, canoeing and sightseeing. The landscape is also tailor-made for mountain biking with plenty of bush tracks to choose from.

Discover the historical, cultural and ecological sites of interest of the forest on the Gunbower Island Forest Drive or kayak Gunbower Creek's safe waters to view stunning scenery. Cool mornings and late afternoons are ideal for spotting elusive birdlife while paddling.

Gunbower Island forest tracks map.

The wetlands of Gunbower Island support 24 reptile species, a variety of fish and approximately 200 plant species. Photographers keen to capture a dynamic natural environment can have it all. All year round you can shoot glorious late-afternoon photos, when the dappled light is just right.

Kangaroos and emus are very common throughout the many forests. There are koalas too, but you’ll need to look carefully. Campers will almost certainly hear calls from mopoke and barking owls, a variety of frogs, and a range of woodland and water birds.

In October 2016, Museum Victoria undertook a bioscan on Gunbower Island. The project marked 160 years since William Blandowski's first expedition in the same area in 1856. Find out more about Gunbower Island Diversity.

Gunbower Island is extremely important to the Barapa Barapa and Yorta Yorta peoples who occupied this area for thousands of years and lived in harmony with the land, adapting to the changing conditions.

The area provided materials such as timber, bark and reeds and a variety of foods including mussels, fish, yabbies, birds’ eggs, possums and important plants such as cumbungi, nardoo and yam daisies. Evidence of Aboriginal occupation can still be found in the various scar trees, cooking mounds and middens scattered throughout the forests.