The Murray River is host to the world's largest river red gum forest. Equally, the area could be called a wetland as much of it is frequently flooded. Straddling the New South Wales and Victorian sides of the Murray, the forest extends from Echuca in the west to Strathmerton in the east, encompassing the Barmah and Millewa forests. The river red gum forests are home to endangered birds such as the regent and superb parrots, as well as carpet pythons, brolgas, squirrel gliders, bats and owls.
Things to do include;
* Take the 60 km (two hour) self-drive tour to sites of historical interest in the Forest, including the Muster Yard, Punt Paddock Lagoon, Cornalla Landing and Green Engine.
* Learn more about the Aboriginal people and their culture at the Dharnya Centre, open from 10.30am - 4.00pm every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday and NAIDOC day (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee).
* Follow the walking tracks, varying in length from four to seven km, signposted near the Dharnya Centre. Walking is most enjoyable on cool, sunny days, but tracks in the forest can be impassable after rain.
* See 500-year-old river red gums in Barmah Forest.
* Try canoeing or fishing on the Murray River.
There are developed picnic and camping grounds with toilets, barbecues and picnic tables at Barmah Lakes and Ulupna Beach. Bush camping is permitted elsewhere.
The best times to visit are late spring, summer and early autumn. Visit the Tourist Information Centre in Echuca/Moama for information on river tours.
02 6033 3221
Barham, New South Wales, 2732
Experiences you can enjoy at Murray Rivers Red Gum Forest The:
Flora/Fauna, Nature based