Willoughbys Beach campground

Murray Valley National Park

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Overview

Camp by the river at Willoughbys Beach campground in Murray Valley Regional Park near Deniliquin. Perfect for families, camping is free and you can go fishing, walking and bike riding.

Accommodation Details
Camping type Tent, Camper trailer site, Caravan site, Camping beside my vehicle
Facilities Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, boat ramp, carpark
What to bring Drinking water, cooking water
Price Free. There are no camping fees at this campground but a $6 booking fee applies.
Bookings Bookings are required. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note There are no marked sites.
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For a real taste of peaceful solitude, visit Willoughbys Beach campground – a free camping area in Murray Valley Regional Park, on Edward River at Deniliquin.

It's suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes, and is a great camping spot for the whole family to enjoy – you can even bring your dog along to join in the fun, thanks to its location in Murray Valley Regional Park.

If you're looking for a little fix of the outside world during your stay, there's a sealed track that meanders along Edward River to nearby McLean’s Beach in town, so you can easily wander into Deniliquin for a coffee and to collect the daily paper.

There's plenty to do in the park – try your hand at a spot of fishing and be sure to bring your bikes along to explore the park's trails. You can also put your boat into Edward River using this easily accessible boat ramp, best suited for small to medium vessels.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Also see

  • Signage at the start of Kolety walking tracks, Murray Valley Regional Park. Photo: Amanda Hipwell © DPIE

    Kolety walking tracks

    Kolety walking tracks are a hidden oasis at Murray Valley Regional Park, in Deniliquin. Take an easy, dog-friendly stroll through river red gum forest to enjoy colourful birdlife or a riverside picnic.

  • A bike rider descends steep dirt singletrack along Deniliquin mountain bike trails, Murray Valley Regional Park. Photo: Ain Raadik/Edward River Council.

    Deniliquin mountain bike trails

    Ride Deniliquin mountain bike trails in Murray Valley Regional Park. This popular singletrack cycling network is perfect for intermediate riders.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/willoughbys-beach-campground/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Willoughbys Beach campground.

Getting there and parking

Willoughbys Beach is in the Deniliquin precinct of Murray Valley National Park. To get there:

  • Take Memorial Drive from Island Sanctuary. You’ll find Willoughbys Beach campground 200m to the left inside Murray Valley Regional Park.

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as the road to Willoughbys Beach campground can become boggy when it rains.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at Willoughby’s Beach campground.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Murray Valley National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The perfect time for a camping holiday: the days are cooler and the nights are not yet too chilly.

Spring

If it's been a wet winter white ibis and straw necked ibis will be nesting from late winter through to spring.

Summer

A great time for water activities on the Murray - swimming in the river is a delightful way to spend your time.

Winter

The morning light sparkles on the river; try your hand at fishing for Murray cray.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

12°C and 32°C

Highest recorded

44.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 17°C

Lowest recorded

–3.8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

August to October

Driest month

February

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

98mm

Facilities

Water is not available at this campground.

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Boat ramp

This boat ramp is best suited for small to medium boats.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Outback safety

Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

  • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Pets

You can walk your dog at this location. See other regional parks in NSW that have dog walking areas.

Dogs may not be brought into Murray Valley National Park but they are permitted in Murray Valley Regional Park. You can camp with dogs at Willoughbys Beach campground, as long as park restrictions surrounding dogs are observed. 

Prohibited

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Deniliquin (6 km)

Take time out to visit Murray Valley National Park, admire the serene wetlands and towering river red gums. Go for a walk or ride the Gulpa Creek track, bring your canoe or kayak along for a spot of paddling or head to Reed Beds bird hide for a spot of birdwatching.

www.visitnsw.com

Finley (21 km)

Home to beautiful Finley Lake and the largest irrigation channel in Australia, Finley is a peaceful Riverina town that's surrounded by farmland. Enjoy the rural scenery and look out for fields full of rice.

www.visitnsw.com

Hay (26 km)

This exciting and innovative exhibition space uses contemporary design and cutting edge technology to tell the story of Australian sheep shearing. You'll meet the shearers, shed hands, cooks, classers, cockies, sheep and dogs behind the legends at this sparkling gallery-museum in Hay.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Willoughbys Beach campground is in Murray Valley National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal heritage

Two friends fishing at the river, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

The river red gum forests of the Murray Valley are the traditional Country for Aboriginal people. The landscape and all that it contains; rivers, forests, birds and animals are part of cultural beliefs and feature in Dreaming stories. The park provided a wealth of resources, including plants that were used as medicines and in tool making. The river was a rich food source; in some seasons the water was so clear and the fish plentiful. When you're exploring the park, keep your eyes open for Aboriginal sites, especially middens, oven mounds and scarred trees, where bark has been removed from the tree to make canoes, coolamons and shields.

An abundance of treasures

Bird watching on the river, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

The Ramsar-listed Murray Valley wetland is home to over 60 threatened native animal species and 40 threatened plant species. Lay down the paddle of your canoe and sit in the silence, enjoying the company of egrets and cormorants, and keep an eye out for the superb parrot, slender and bright green. You may also see night herons, black swans, yellow rosellas, ducks, falcons, cockatoos, tree creepers, pardalotes, kingfishers and owls - this is truly a bird-lover's paradise.

  • Moira Drive The scenic Moira drive takes you through the gorgeous river red gum forest around the mighty Murray River. Walk to the water bird observatory and stop for a picnic lunch.
  • Murray River canoe trails These 4 canoe trails in Murray Valley National Park and Victoria’s Barmah National Park offer something for every paddler. Canoe the flowing Murray River, secluded creeks or Barmah Lake.
  • Personalised birding tours around Deniliquin Keen birders will love these tailored outings by Australian Ornithological Services. They're a great way see rare and endemic birds, including plains wanderers, in the unique ecosystems near the outback town of Deniliquin.
  • Reed Beds Bird Hide boardwalk It’s an easy walk along the boardwalk to Reed Beds Bird Hide, with fun things to do along the way. Listen to see how many different bird calls you can hear on the way.

Forestry history

Woman observes red gum logging, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: Gavin Hansford

The magnificent river red gums have made this an important area for forestry and milling since the mid-nineteenth century. By the 1870's, construction of railway lines brought great demand for red gum sleepers; logging became a key feature of this area's industry. Wood-chopping events have long been a feature of local festivals and many people who live in Mathoura are third and fourth-generation timber workers.

  • Gulpa Creek walk Gulpa Creek walk, in Murray Valley Regional Park, is an easy path to walk along with your dog and great for birdwatching with opportunities to go canoeing or kayaking, not far from Mathoura.

River red gum country

View of the river, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

This iconic landscape features the huge river red gums soaring from the banks of the Murray and wetlands that make up this part of the Riverina's important ecosystem. This new park, formed from a number of former state forests, is part of the largest continuous river red gum forest in the southern hemisphere and is an important and unique ecosystem.

  • Moira Drive The scenic Moira drive takes you through the gorgeous river red gum forest around the mighty Murray River. Walk to the water bird observatory and stop for a picnic lunch.
  • Personalised birding tours around Deniliquin Keen birders will love these tailored outings by Australian Ornithological Services. They're a great way see rare and endemic birds, including plains wanderers, in the unique ecosystems near the outback town of Deniliquin.
  • Ski Beach picnic area Ski Beach picnic area is a fantastic spot to picnic with your family at the old Murray River punt site, and only minutes from town. The picnic area, in Murray Valley Regional Park, boasts a great river view with a sandy beach, and river red gum shade.

Plants and animals you may see

Animals

  • Australian pelican. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

    The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

  • Eastern snake-necked turtle on a rock. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Eastern snake-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis)

    Found across most of NSW, the eastern snake-necked turtle, also known as the eastern long-necked turtle, can be found in swamps, lakes and inland waterways. This freshwater turtle is carnivorous and lives most of its life submerged on the water’s edge, searching for worms and snails.

  • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

    Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

    Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

  • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

    Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

    One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

Plants

  • River red gum, Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Photo: Paul Childs

    River red gum (Eucalpytus camaldulensis)

    Australian native plants, majestic river red gum trees are widespread across Australian inland river systems. The river red gum is a dominant tree species of the Murray-Darling basin which spans NSW, Queensland and Victoria. This iconic native eucalypt grows to a height of 30m and is thought to have a lifespan up to 500-1000 years.

Environments in this park

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