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Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve

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Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve was created in July 2010. It covers an area of 1998ha. View the detailed park and fire management documents.

A haven for koalas

Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve is one of the best places in NSW to see koalas. More than 200 healthy koalas live in its river red gums and other habitat trees. Enjoy a picnic at Koala picnic area. Stroll through river red gums by Murrumbidgee River along the 2.2km return Koala walking track.

The koalas were reintroduced to the area in 1971 and 1974 from Victoria and Queensland, and are thriving. 

Other animals and plants in the reserve

Wildlife includes koalas, grey kangaroos, eastern rosellas, galahs and sulphur-crested cockatoos. Ringtail and brushtail possums roam the trees at night.

The river red gum species include river red gum, yellow box and river cooba.

There are also medium sized trees such as river oak and white cypress pine. 

Getting there and parking

Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve is only 7.3km from Narrandera, but it can take half an hour to drive there because of unsealed roads and speed limits. 

From Narrandera visitor centre: 

  • Drive South of Narrandera on Newell Hwy for 140m.
  • Turn left onto Larmer Street and travel for 700m.
  • Turn right onto Lake Drive and continue for 850m. 
  • Turn right onto Elizabeth Street over the bridge. 
  • Turn right again onto Oakbank Street. 
  • Enter the council-managed Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve. 
  • Follow the red arrows pinned on the trees until you come across the green entrance panels to Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve. 

Parking is available at the entrance but there are no designated parking spots.

Important information

  • Access to Murrumbidgee Valley Nature Reserve 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. 
  • Please note that pets and drones are not permitted in this park.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.