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Kangaroo River walking track

Morton National Park

Overview

Kangaroo River walking track winds 3.5km down to the water’s edge, where a secluded picnic spot offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing, birdwatching and camping.

Where
Morton National Park
Distance
7km return
Time suggested
2hrs 30min - 3hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 4
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching.

A short walk down to Kangaroo River (Lake Yarrunga) offers the sort of solitude and pristine nature that makes our national parks such treasures. Bring some swimmers and a picnic lunch for a relaxing afternoon by the water, or carry in a tent and make a thrilling night of it. Endangered owls and arboreal mammals live in the trees and come out after dusk, making the evening experience completely different.

Kangaroo River walking track threads off Tallowa Dam Road, 15km west of Kangaroo Valley, and extends 3.5km downhill. There are several steep sections along the way, but the unusual wave-like rock formations make it a fascinating trek. Carry some binoculars if birdwatching is an interest, waterbirds, gang-gang cockatoos, and little lorikeets are regularly sighted in the area.

If you’re into fishing, carry a rod and some bait down to the edge of the river, as bass and carp are plentiful in Lake Yarrunga.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

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Kangaroo River walking track, Morton National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk