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Koala reserve

Murrumbidgee Valley National Park


Known to locals as Koala reserve (Narrandera Nature Reserve), is part of Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and home to over 200 koalas. It’s a great place for walking and cycling.

Picnic areas
Murrumbidgee Valley National Park
What to
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 as they are notorious for dropping large branches without warning.
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to spot koalas or bird watch

At Koala reserve, the whole family will love to see hundreds of these iconic Australian animals 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, at a time 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 and there are believed to be well over 200 koalas living in the area.

Koala reserve, as its known locally, is within Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve (sign-posted as Narrandera Nature Reserve) and has no formal picnic facilities. So roll out a picnic blanket and bring a prepacked lunch. Then either enjoy an independent walk or cycle 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


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Murrumbidgee Valley National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Hay area office
      (02) 6990 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 339A Murray Street, Hay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6990 8250
    • Yanga National Park
      (03) 5020 1764
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily
    • Sturt Highway, Balranald NSW
    • Fax: (03) 5020 1914
    • Mid West area office
      (02) 6966 8100
      Contact hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday
See more visitor info
Wooloondool, Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Photo: OEH