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Gulpa Creek Forest walks

Murray Valley Regional Park

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All the practical information you need to know about Gulpa Creek Forest walks.

Track grading

Features of this track


5km return


1hr - 1hr 30min

Quality of markings

Clearly sign posted

Experience required

No experience required


Gentle hills


Occasional steps

Quality of path

Formed track

Getting there and parking

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    Gulpa Creek Forest walks are in the Gulpa Island precinct of Murray Valley National Park. To get there:

    • From Mathoura, head to Crane’s Bridge at the northern end of town.
    • Cross Crane’s Bridge and turn right to follow the walking track along Gulpa Creek
    • After 1.1km, you can turn onto Liston Bridge to return to Mathoura or walk on along the track creek for another 2.5km.
    • At the end of the track, you can cross a wooden bridge to stroll along Poley’s loop for a further 1.5km. If you’re leaving the track at Poley’s loop, turn west along Picnic Point Road and right onto Cobb Highway to return to Mathoura.


    Parking is available at Crane's Bridge, at the start of Gulpa Creek Forest walks, or at Poley’s bridge if you feel like walking from the other end.

    Best times to visit

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


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


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


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


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

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature


    12°C and 32°C

    Highest recorded


    Winter temperature


    3°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded



    Wettest month

    August to October

    Driest month


    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day


    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    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.

    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.

    Do not dive into the river as there can be submerged logs and the water may be shallow.


    Disability access level - hard

    • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty



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


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

    You can walk your dog in Murray Valley Regional Park, including Gulpa Creek Forest walks, however dogs are not permitted in Murray Valley National Park. Please take note of any dog restrictions when you're in the regional park. 



    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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