Gulpa Creek walk

Murray Valley National Park

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Overview

Gulpa Creek walk, in Murray Valley Regional Park, is an easy path to walk along with your dog and great for birdwatching with opportunities to go canoeing or kayaking, not far from Mathoura.

Where
Murray Valley National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
5km return
Time suggested
1hr - 1hr 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note

Gulpa Creek is a great destination for canoeing - bring your own equipment or contact Mathoura Visitor Information Centre on 03 5884 3730 for details of small boat or canoe hire.

From the historic little town of Mathoura, at Crane's Bridge, where bullock teams once hauled logs to the timber mill, you can set out on Gulpa Creek walk.

It's a flat, easy 5km walk or ride among the river red gums along Gulpa Creek in Murray Valley Regional Park, adjacent to Murray Valley National Park. The colours and movement of birdlife around the creek and the light on the red gums are quite a view, and make this walk quite special. Gulpa Creek is also a peaceful spot for canoeing or kayaking. What’s more, because of Gulpa Creek walk’s location in Murray Valley Regional Park, you can even bring your dog along for the ride.

You might also like to bring along your binoculars and a bird book so you can identify the birds you see along the way. If you feel like more birdwatching, visit Reed Beds Bird Hide boardwalk in the nearby Murray Valley National Park.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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

Track grading

Grade 3

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  • Time

    1hr - 1hr 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Sign posted

  • Gradient

    Gentle hills

  • Distance

    5km return

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

Getting there and parking

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    Gulpa Creek walk is 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.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking is available at Crane's Bridge, at the start of Gulpa Creek walk, 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.

    Autumn

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

    Spring

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

    Summer

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

    Winter

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

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    12°C and 32°C

    Highest recorded

    44.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    3°C and 17°C

    Lowest recorded

    –3.8°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    August to October

    Driest month

    February

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    98mm

    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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - hard

    • Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

    Permitted

    Fishing

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

    Pets

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

    Prohibited

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Deniliquin (24 km)

    Take time out to visit Murray Valley National Park, admire the serene wetlands and towering river red gums. Go for a walk or ride the Gulpa Creek track, bring your canoe or kayak along for a spot of paddling or head to Reed Beds bird hide for a spot of birdwatching.

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    Hay (127 km)

    This exciting and innovative exhibition space uses contemporary design and cutting edge technology to tell the story of Australian sheep shearing. You'll meet the shearers, shed hands, cooks, classers, cockies, sheep and dogs behind the legends at this sparkling gallery-museum in Hay.

    www.visitnsw.com

    Moama (39 km)

    Part of the largest continuous red gum forest in the world, this region is an important place for Aboriginal people. Keep your eyes open for Aboriginal sites, especially middens, oven mounds and scarred trees, where bark has been removed from the tree to make canoes, coolamons and shields.

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    Learn more

    Gulpa Creek walk is in Murray Valley National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Aboriginal heritage

    Two friends fishing at the river, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    The river red gum forests of the Murray Valley are the traditional Country for Aboriginal people. The landscape and all that it contains; rivers, forests, birds and animals are part of cultural beliefs and feature in Dreaming stories. The park provided a wealth of resources, including plants that were used as medicines and in tool making. The river was a rich food source; in some seasons the water was so clear and the fish plentiful. When you're exploring the park, keep your eyes open for Aboriginal sites, especially middens, oven mounds and scarred trees, where bark has been removed from the tree to make canoes, coolamons and shields.

    An abundance of treasures

    Bird watching on the river, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    The Ramsar-listed Murray Valley wetland is home to over 60 threatened native animal species and 40 threatened plant species. Lay down the paddle of your canoe and sit in the silence, enjoying the company of egrets and cormorants, and keep an eye out for the superb parrot, slender and bright green. You may also see night herons, black swans, yellow rosellas, ducks, falcons, cockatoos, tree creepers, pardalotes, kingfishers and owls - this is truly a bird-lover's paradise.

    • Moira Drive The scenic Moira drive takes you through the gorgeous river red gum forest around the mighty Murray River. Walk to the water bird observatory and stop for a picnic lunch.
    • Murray River canoe trails These 4 canoe trails in Murray Valley National Park and Victoria’s Barmah National Park offer something for every paddler. Canoe the flowing Murray River, secluded creeks or Barmah Lake.
    • Personalised birding tours around Deniliquin Keen birders will love these tailored outings by Australian Ornithological Services. They're a great way see rare and endemic birds, including plains wanderers, in the unique ecosystems near the outback town of Deniliquin.
    • Reed Beds Bird Hide boardwalk It’s an easy walk along the boardwalk to Reed Beds Bird Hide, with fun things to do along the way. Listen to see how many different bird calls you can hear on the way.

    Forestry history

    Woman observes red gum logging, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: Gavin Hansford

    The magnificent river red gums have made this an important area for forestry and milling since the mid-nineteenth century. By the 1870's, construction of railway lines brought great demand for red gum sleepers; logging became a key feature of this area's industry. Wood-chopping events have long been a feature of local festivals and many people who live in Mathoura are third and fourth-generation timber workers.

    • Gulpa Creek walk Gulpa Creek walk, in Murray Valley Regional Park, is an easy path to walk along with your dog and great for birdwatching with opportunities to go canoeing or kayaking, not far from Mathoura.

    River red gum country

    View of the river, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    This iconic landscape features the huge river red gums soaring from the banks of the Murray and wetlands that make up this part of the Riverina's important ecosystem. This new park, formed from a number of former state forests, is part of the largest continuous river red gum forest in the southern hemisphere and is an important and unique ecosystem.

    • Moira Drive The scenic Moira drive takes you through the gorgeous river red gum forest around the mighty Murray River. Walk to the water bird observatory and stop for a picnic lunch.
    • Personalised birding tours around Deniliquin Keen birders will love these tailored outings by Australian Ornithological Services. They're a great way see rare and endemic birds, including plains wanderers, in the unique ecosystems near the outback town of Deniliquin.
    • Ski Beach picnic area Ski Beach picnic area is a fantastic spot to picnic with your family at the old Murray River punt site, and only minutes from town. The picnic area, in Murray Valley Regional Park, boasts a great river view with a sandy beach, and river red gum shade.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Australian pelican. Photo: Rob Cleary

      Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

      The curious pelican is Australia’s largest flying bird and has the longest bill of any bird in the world. These Australian birds are found throughout Australian waterways and the pelican uses its throat pouch to trawl for fish. Pelicans breed all year round, congregating in large colonies on secluded beaches and islands.

    • Eastern snake-necked turtle on a rock. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Eastern snake-necked turtle (Chelodina longicollis)

      Found across most of NSW, the eastern snake-necked turtle, also known as the eastern long-necked turtle, can be found in swamps, lakes and inland waterways. This freshwater turtle is carnivorous and lives most of its life submerged on the water’s edge, searching for worms and snails.

    • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

      Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

      One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

    Plants

    • River red gum, Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Photo: Paul Childs

      River red gum (Eucalpytus camaldulensis)

      Australian native plants, majestic river red gum trees are widespread across Australian inland river systems. The river red gum is a dominant tree species of the Murray-Darling basin which spans NSW, Queensland and Victoria. This iconic native eucalypt grows to a height of 30m and is thought to have a lifespan up to 500-1000 years.

    Environments in this park

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