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Koala picnic area

Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Koala picnic area.

Getting there and parking

Koala picnic area is in Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve. From Narrandera visitor centre: 

  • Drive South of Narrandera on Newell Hwy for 140m.
  • Turn left onto Larmer Street and travel for 700m.
  • Turn right onto Lake Drive and continue for 850m. 
  • Turn right onto Elizabeth Street over the bridge. 
  • Turn right again onto Oakbank Street. 
  • Enter the council-managed Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve. 
  • Follow the red arrows pinned on the trees until you come across the green entrance panels to Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve. 

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out. Narrandera Shire Council closes the access roads to Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve during and after wet weather. Roads can be slippery and boggy for some time after rain.


  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads require 4WD vehicle

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available at the entrance to Koala picnic area.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


16°C and 32°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


4°C and 16.5°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

Picnic tables

There are picnic tables at the end of the track that leads to the river.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

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).

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.

Water activities

Beaches, rivers and lakes in NSW national parks offer lots of opportunities for water activities. Please take care in the water and find out how to help your family and friends stay safe around water.


Disability access level - medium

There are some minor difficulties such as a grassy surface, fallen branches and uneven surfaces.

Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.



No electric bikes and motor bikes can be used in the picnic area, as these disturb the wildlife. 


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


Camp fires and solid fuel burners



Flying a drone for recreational purposes is prohibited in this area. Drones may affect public enjoyment, safety and privacy, interfere with park operations, or pose a threat to wildlife. See the Drones in Parks policy.

This area may be a declared Drone Exclusion Zone, or may be subject to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) rules for flying near airports, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites. See CASA's Drone Flyer Rules.

Commercial filming and photography

Commercial filming or photography is prohibited without prior consent. You must apply for permission and contact the local office.

Gathering firewood




Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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