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Koala picnic area

Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve

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Overview

Koala picnic area is part of Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve, and home to more than 200 koalas. It’s a great place for walking, bird watching and wildlife spotting.

 

Type
Picnic areas
Accessibility
Medium
Opening times
Koala picnic area is open in dry weather but access roads will be closed during and after rain.
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • Although the majestic river red gums that line Murrumbidgee River create shady picnic spots, try to avoid sitting or standing directly underneath them as they are notorious for dropping large branches without warning.
  • Access to Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve is through Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve managed by Narrandera Shire Council. In wet weather, the council closes the access gate and roads. 
  • Eastern grey kangaroos live here. These are wild animals. Do not approach them or try and stroke them.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the reserve. They are however allowed in adjoining Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve which Narrandera Shire Council manages.
  • There are no toilet facilities in the nature reserve. The nearest toilets are in the town of Narrandera or at at a nearby water park.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to spot koalas or bird watch.

At Koala picnic area, the whole family will love seeing koalas in the wild. This is an ideal environment for them - river red gums are a great source of food and Murrumbidgee River offers a cooler location on hotter days. Look out for them in branches overhanging the river.

In 1972, when no koalas had been seen around these parts since 1900, koalas were re-introduced into Narrandera district from Victoria and Queensland. Through heatwaves, flooding and fire, a healthy population has survived.

Roll out a picnic blanket and enjoy lunch on the grass or head to the river where you'll find some picnic tables. Then either walk or cycle along Koala walking track through the reserve to see how many koalas you can spot, or contact Narrandera Visitor Centre for information on tours.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby

  • One of many koalas that you can see on Koala walking track, Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve. Photo: Jacob McCarten © DCCEEW

    Koala walking track

    It’s so exciting to see koalas along Koala walking track in Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve. This easy 2.2km return riverside trail near Narrandera is one of the best places in NSW to see wild koalas.

Park:

Murrumbidgee Valley National Park

Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, situated along the Murrumbidgee River and near Narrandera, Hay and Balranald, is a great place for fishing, camping, kayaking, cycling, hiking and birdwatching.

People kayaking in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Credit: Gavin Hansford © DPE

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