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Koala walking track

Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve

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It’s so exciting to see koalas along Koala walking track in Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve. This easy 2.2km return riverside trail near Narrandera is one of the best places in NSW to see wild koalas.

2.2km return
Time suggested
1/2 hr - 1hr
Grade 2
Opening times
Koala walking track is open in dry weather but access roads will be closed during and after rain.
What to
Binoculars, drinking water, food supplies, sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, sunscreen, hat
Please note
  • Koala walking track in Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve is always open. However, access is through Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve managed by Narrandera Shire Council. During and after wet weather, the council closes the access gate and roads. 
  • There are no toilet facilities in the reserve. The nearest toilets are in the town of Narrandera or the water park nearby.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the reserve but they’re allowed in adjoining Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve managed by Narrandera Shire Council. 
  • Eastern grey kangaroos live here. These are wild animals and should be admired from a distance.
  • Be careful of falling tree branches, especially if it’s windy. There may also be  fallen logs across the walking track. 

Koala walking track in Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve is a short walk that packs in plenty of wildlife and Murrumbidgee River scenery. More than 200 healthy koalas live in the reserve, making it an ideal place to see these lovely animals.

Plan your walk for the early morning, late afternoon or dusk as these are the best times to see koalas. You could also see other animals like grey kangaroos and various parrots including eastern rosellas and galahs. Remember to bring your binoculars and camera.

Stroll through a landscape of river red gums, white cypress and the striking red banks of Murrumbidgee River. At the end of the track, have a relaxing riverside snack at Koala picnic area. On the way back, look out for wildflowers such as the garland lily and common everlasting.

You could go fishing in the river or enjoy a cooling swim. You could also combine this short walk with a trip to adjoining Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve for more walkways, wildlife and picnic areas.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Koala in Koala picnic area, Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve. Photo: DCCEEW

    Koala picnic area

    Koala picnic area is part of Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve, and home to more than 200 koalas. It’s a great place for walking, bird watching and wildlife spotting.



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Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH


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