Caring for National Parks and Reserves

Murray River National Parks Camping Guide

This information is provided as is and government bodies change regulations constantly. We assume no responsibility for changes from departments regulating National Parks and Reserves.

The Murray River, with its majestic River Red Gums, sandy beaches and a large variety of wildlife, provides the ideal backdrop for camping and a range of water-based recreation. You can help protect the river environment, and enhance the enjoyment and safety of visitors by following a few guidelines from the list below.

  • Campsites
  • Toilets
  • Fires
  • Rubbish – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Vehicles
  • Dogs and other pets
  • Fishing and Shooting
  • Firewood and Vegetation
  • Be safe – take care
  • Nature and History

Camping along the Murray River

For thousands of years, local indigenous people have lived along the Murray River. When exploring you may discover shell middens (kitchen hearths), burials and scar trees testifying to a rich human history spanning more than 10,000 years. Please respect these Australian heritage sites which are protected by law.

Today, the Murray is a major source of domestic water for around 1.25 million people and is often referred to as the ‘food bowl’ of Australia. Some products of Murray irrigation include fruit (fresh, dried, canned and juiced), dairy produce, vegetables, rice and other cereals, wine, meat and vegetable oil, many of which are exported.

Keeping the Parklands clean is important to ensure the quality of this food and water. The enclosed guidelines will help you to protect the environment, and enhance your enjoyment and safety whilst visiting these magnificent Parklands.

Enjoying the River Parklands

You can enjoy a wide variety of healthy, natural experiences such as walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing, boating, scenic drives and camping, just some of the popular activities along the river and parks in the region.

Preparing the ideal holiday

  • Camping opportunities along the River range from formal campgrounds with facilities to basic bush camping.
  • Before you leave home, decide on the type of camping that you want to do and prepare accordingly.
  • Many of the sites listed have separate Park notes providing more detailed information.

A haven for plants & animals

The Murray River National Parks, with their majestic River Red Gums and forests provide an important habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Kangaroos, emus and koalas are common.

Over 200 species of birds have been recorded and the river is one of the largest breeding grounds for waterbirds in Victoria. The river is also a breeding ground for native fish species such as the Murray Cod and Golden Perch.

Regulations and Guidelines

There’s a simple series of guidelines that will ensure those who visit after you will enjoy their stay as well.

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