Camping & Going Bush around Echuca Moama
River Redgum Parks along the Murray
Explore, experience and enjoy the beautiful river red gum parks and reserves along the Victoria / New South Wales border. There's nothing better for your wellbeing than getting out in nature. Every year the Murray River attracts thousands of visitors to its waters and surrounds including the magnificent river red gum forests and internationally significant wetlands. Together the parks along the Murray River in Victoria and New South Wales form the largest river red gum forest in the world with an abundance of flora and fauna and wildlife.
A feature of River Red Gums is that they drop their limbs in times of drought to conserve water. River Reds and many other eucalypts have an ominous nickname, “Widow Maker”, as they have a habit of dropping large boughs (often half the diameter of the trunk) without warning, specially when you least expect it in calm, hot weather.
The hollows created by the falling of the limbs make perfect habitats (homes) for a host of wildlife, making the River Red Gum a magical ecosystem along the inland waterways of the Australian bush.
Please note: Never camp or park your car underneath a river red gum just in case the tree falls or drops branches.
All images on this page courtesy NSW National Parks. Photos by OEH/G. Hansford and D. Finnegan.
Driving in the bush
Conditions change in parks for many reasons. Check for any changes affecting the park you intend to visit. ALWAYS check current road and weather conditions before you head 'bush' as many tracks become inaccessible due to rain and/or high water levels. It is best to avoid bush tracks after rain so try and stick to the safer, main roads. For more information on bush and river track closures during winter and also road closures due to bush revegetation or rehabilitation during different times of the year please visit the Parks Victoria website or NSW National Parks websits.
In the warmer times of the year, please check total fire bans and ratings (Country Fire Authority) before you enter a park, please check the CFA website for Total Fire Ban declarations including a 4 day forecast.
Special Offer from National Parks
Look out for a $15 discount on Annual Passes to NSW national parks (All Parks Pass and Multi-Parks) when you renew a NSW vehicle registration online. This will sort out vehicle entry for a whole year’s worth of activities such as your next ski trip, a couple of picnics in spring, and bushwalks to your favourite secluded beach on hot summer days.
Your support helps maintain visitor facilities, protect bio-diversity and conserve sites of cultural significance. Click here nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/DAP for more information.
Camping along the Murray River
Camping is a unique and adventurous way to enjoy the Murray River, there are toilets and fireplaces at Barmah Lakes, Ulpuna Island and Mathoura, while Christies Beach is also a popular spot, just out of town, but remember camping is not permitted within 5km of the Echuca Moama town centres and while many Regional Parks and reserves are dog friendly, pets are not permitted in the National Parks.
Some roads, tracks and campgrounds experience seasonal closures to reflect current weather conditions. ALWAYS remember to check conditions BEFORE YOU TRAVEL, this information is available from Visitor Information Centres, call us now to check conditions on 1800 804 446.
Oh! And don't forget your fishing licence - available from Visitor Information Centres, call us on 1800 804 446 to organise your Victorian or NSW licence before you go.
For comprehensive camping information and park alerts please check the Parks Victoria or NSW National Parks websites and in the warmer times of the year, please check the Country Fire Authority website before you enter a park for Total Fire Ban declarations including a 4 day forecast.
View The Murray River Guardian below for additional information on safe and sustainable camping guidelines.
For those who still prefer a little bit of luxury: a Caravan or Holiday Park is ideal for a casual and relaxed camping holiday. Powered, unpowered sites and cabins line the river, providing easy access to boat ramps, swimming pools, tennis courts and barbecue areas. Echuca Moama has an abundance of Caravan and Holiday Park options.
The Murray River Guardian
Your guide to visiting and camping on the Murray River.
• Guide to parks and other tourist attractions
• Recreational fishing guidelines
• Boating Safety
• Fire Information
• Junior Ranger activities
• Managing Your Rubbish
Bushwalking & Cycling
Visit our dedicated Bushwalking and Cycling pages for all your riverside trail options, Recreational Trail map downloads, mountain bike tracks and scenic off-road bush track adventures.