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Forest drive

Murrumbidgee Valley National Park

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If you’re looking for a scenic day trip near Murrumbidgee River, near Narrandera, go 4WDing or mountain biking along Forest drive, in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park.

16km one-way
Time suggested

Whether you’re touring by car, on a mountain bike, or hiking, Forest drive is a great route for exploring the MIA 1 area of Murrumbidgee Valley. There’s an abundance of birdlife in the area, so make sure you bring your binoculars. Look out for apostlebirds travelling in groups of 12, grey-crowned babblers with their distinctive curved bill, and dollarbirds with circular markings under each wing like old-fashioned silver dollars.

Murrumbidgee Valley National Park’s MIA (Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area) precincts, which are dominated by river red gums, access over 100km of river frontage. As well as river red gums, there are also white cypress pine, yellow box and black box growing in this area.

There’s also plenty to do whilst exploring the park along Forest drive. Why not have a swim at Middle Beach, find a shady riverside spot to fish, or enjoy a picnic whilst bird watching at Turkey Flat or McCaughey’s lagoon?

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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