Echuca Moama Walking Trails

From the serenity of the iconic Murray bushland to the charm of our riverside towns

Experiencing Echuca Moama on one of our walking trails is a ‘must do‘ during every visit to the region.
Take a self-guided historic town walk and learn more about our region’s legendary past, or head to the bush and let the fresh country air and sounds of nature revitalise your system. Below are some of our favourite trails and bushwalks in VIC and NSW, ranging from half-day bush walks to a short stroll around town taking in some of the interesting sites.

Victorian Walks

Banyule State Forest

START FROM:     2 Heygarth St, Echuca, VIC
  6km return
KEY SITES:          Banyule Forest

Commencing from Aquatic Reserve, 2 Heygarth St, Echuca. Follow the path around to the start of the levee bank where you will head off under the historic Echuca Moama Bridge.

A maze of tracks crisscross the Banyule Forest Area. Take your pick as you wander among the majestic gums so prominent in this area.

Following the track along the Murray River as you explore the Banyule Forest, making your way to the footbridge over the canal, along Moama Street and turn back into Packenham Street, which will lead you back into the town centre.

Campaspe River Walk

Lions Park – Campaspe Esplanade, Echuca, VIC.
TRAIL LENGTH:  5km return
KEY SITES:          Lions Park, Campaspe River

This walk follows the meandering Campaspe River through the urban area of Echuca. It utilises a sealed footpath/cycleway that provides for walkers, joggers and cyclists. The walk begins at Lions Park, which is a nice picnic spot beside the Campaspe River with a range of facilities. The walk then follows the river through natural bushland.

Exercise equipment lines the path and seats are conveniently located at regular intervals. Two footbridges provide linkages across the river into the township. Once you reach the Warren Street Bridge you have the option of retracing your steps back to Lions Park, or crossing the Campaspe River and following the trail along the east side of the river, behind the shops and businesses in high street, before crossing back over the Anstruther Street footbridge.

Scenic Trail Walk

START FROM: Crofton Street, Echuca                     
TRAIL LENGTH: 6km return
KEY SITES: Murray River, Campaspe River

Enjoy the serenity of two rivers in one walk! The loop of the Scenic Trail will take you through bushland along the edge of the Murray River and Campaspe Rivers. 

To the junction where the rivers meet, and past many ancient indigenous sites, such as scarred trees, oven mounds and shell middens. Park in Crofton Street and walk down towards Scenic Drive to connect up with the riverside bush walking trail. Travel the well made dirt tracks following the river, until you come to the signed junction area, where the rivers meet. You will also pass by the new Echuca Moama bridge as you reach the boat ramp area. Head back up to Crofton Street to complete your loop.

Koondrook Red Gum Forest Walk

START FROM: Condidorios Bridge, Koondrook, Approx 1 hour from Echuca Moama.
KEY SITES: Historic Condidorios Bridge, Gunbower stockyards, shell middens, Aboriginal mounds, scar trees, the Eagle Tree, wetlands, Chinamens’ Bend, rifle range, Three Corner Hole lagoon.

Turtle loop: Trail length 13.2km, 3.5 hours return. Trail grade Flat trail Eagle loop: Trail length 9.1km, 2.5 hours return Trail grade Flat trail

For the avid bushwalker, the Koondrook Red Gum Forest Walk takes you on an adventure through Gunbower State Forest, where you will not only get some exercise in the beautiful red gum forest, but also learn about its unique ecosystem and diverse history. Follow the Turtle or Eagle Loop and learn about the area, from its Indigenous significance and early European settlement to the modern day, on the interpretive story boards located along the walk.

Echuca Heritage Walk

START FROM: McDonalds – 479 High St, Echuca VIC
2km return

Let your mind drift back to a time when Echuca Moama was thriving under the steam of river and rail.

Discover the sites where historic buildings once stood, and see some of the original buildings that have transformed over time. Use the Echuca Heritage Walk brochure to guide you, reading the plaques along the way.

Echuca Museum

Many of the historic buildings now house unique shopping opportunities, so make sure you allow time for a bit of retail therapy. Continue along the Mighty Murray or head to town for a coffee or to wander around the many shops on offer.

Barmah National Park

Barmah, VIC
Approx. 35 mins from Echuca Moama via NSW

START FROM:     Dharnya Centre – Sandy Ridge Track, Barmah, VIC

Barmah National Park is home to the world’s largest River Red Gum forest and has been home to the Yorta Yorta and other Aboriginal people for over 40,000 years. The Dharnya Centre, located on Sandy Ridge Track near Barmah, is a significant place of interest where you can see evidence of Indigenous living as well as European settlement. This is the base for three great nature based walks. Visit the Parks Victoria website for details on trail conditions, opening hours and safety information. You can also download the Barmah State Park and Barmah State Forest Visitor Guide for trail information and maps.

Barmah Lakes Loop Track

Trail length: 4km, 1.75 hours return
Trail grade: Flat trail

Starting at the Dharnya Centre, this walk takes you past the Murray River and Barmah Lake into Barmah State Park, a haven for birds and wildlife. Discover ancient Aboriginal sites such as kitchen middens, oven mounds and canoe trees in among the towering forest of river red gums. The track is used for walking and cycling, with sandy beaches nearby for kayaking, fishing, and resting tired legs!

Broken Creek Loop Walk

Trail length: 3.5km, 1.5 hours return
Trail grade: Flat trail

The walk skirts the Dharnya swamp, a low area subject to seasonal inundation, through River Red Gum and Grey Box Woodland to the Broken Creek.

The track continues downstream along the Broken Creek, past a number of Aboriginal oven (cooking) mounds to Rices Weir.


Yamyabuc Discovery Trail

Trail length: 1.5km, 30 mins return
Trail grade: Flat trail

The trail is designed to introduce visitors to some of the natural and cultural features of the Barmah forest.

Features of the walk includes evidence of Aboriginal and European occupation, the Barmah muster yards and aspects of park managements, forestry operations and water regulations.


New South Wales Walks

Moama Beach Walk

START FROM: Kerrabee Soundshell – Blair St, Moama
TRAIL LENGTH: 4km return
KEY SITES: Moama Beach, historic Echuca Wharf, Moama Slipway

Park the Car at Moama’s Kerrabee Soundshell

Take the leisurely 10 minute walk along the dirt track until you come to the Moama Beach.The Moama Beach area is a popular picnic and recreation spot on the Murray River.

Head back along the same track a short way, and a left hand turn will take you along Forbes street to view Echuca’s historic wharf from the opposite side of the river. Continue on until you come to the Moama Slipway, where you may be lucky enough to find one of our iconic paddlesteamers being slipped for repair. Retrace your steps back along the main track to return to Moama’s Kerrabee Soundshell.

Horseshoe Lagoon

START FROM:     Horseshoe Lagoon – Shaw St, Moama NSW
TRAIL LENGTH:  1.5km return
KEY SITES:          Horseshoe Lagoon, Moama Wetland & Floodplain Reserve 

Set among Horseshoe Lagoon is Moama’s Wetland and Floodplain Reserve. The area includes a horseshoe-shaped lagoon, a billabong, and is home to native birds, animals, plants and fish. Commencing from the parking area in Shaw Street, Moama, wander along the boardwalks, cycle the trails, indulge in some wildlife spotting or just enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this natural hidden gem. The reserve is widely used for walking, bird watching, running, bike riding, seed collecting and other low-impact activities. Interpretive panels throughout the area can help you to learn about the importance of wetlands and floodplains along the mighty Murray River.

Gulpa Creek Walk

START FROM: Crane’s Bridge, Mathoura, NSW. Approx. 35 mins from Echuca Moama
TRAIL LENGTH: 5km return, with option to add Poley’s loop for an additional 3km return walk
TRAIL GRADE: Grade 3, easy flat walk
KEY SITES: Murray Valley Regional Park, NSW, Crane’s Bridge, Gulpa Creek

Located in the Murray Valley Regional Park, this 5km return walk follows an easy, flat path along Gulpa Creek. The walk starts from Crane’s Bridge in the historic town of Mathoura, with the colours and movement of birdlife around the creek and the light on the red gums making this walk quite special. Gulpa Creek is also a peaceful spot for canoeing or kayaking. What’s more, because of its location in Murray Valley Regional Park, you can even bring your dog along for the fun! You might also like to bring 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.

View our Day in Murray Valley National Park itinerary to see how you can incorporate the Gulpa Creek Walk into a day spent among nature in the Murray Valley Regional and National Parks.