It is hard to believe that Victoria, Australia forms part of the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. The Barmah National Park and the neighboring Millewa Forest in New South Wales forms the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. The River Red Gum is the oldest eucalyptus species in Australia. The trees are home to birds, reptiles and mammals that take safety in the majestic trees. The trees certainly make the Barmah National Park a gorgeous forest to visit. If you’re a nature lover and love the great outdoors then I’m confident you’ll love Barmah National Park.
7 Reasons to visit the Barmah National Park
- Free Camping
- Water sports
- Nature walks
- Learning about the Yorta Yorta Country
- Serenity in the great outdoors
If you’re looking for a place to free camp along a river, look no further. There is so much space to find that special spot to park your van or pitch your tent, head to Barmah Lakes. If camping is not your style a day trip to the Barmah Lakes offers a place to put in your boat, kayak or jet ski and soak up the atmosphere of the great outdoors. There are picnic tables which offer views of the lake with some being sheltered to protect you from the burning sun during the summer months.
Our Experience at Barmah Lakes, Barmah National Park
We visited the Barmah National Park after visiting the nearby brilliantly painted Picola Silo Art on a day trip from Kyabram. The National Park is a wonderful place to explore, being Easter weekend there were many campers happily relaxing around their campsites with friends and families, some were fishing or enjoying cooling down in the river. The camping grounds run alongside the lake and river and have flushing toilets and running water to wash your hands. A perfect place to free camp.
Yes, we will return to set up camp and take in the serenity of country Victoria. With a fishing licence in our pocket we will be relaxing by the river with fishing rods in hand as we eagerly wait to catch a Murray Cod, Golden Perch or one of the other popular fish to be caught along the river. There are signs to show you what fish can be caught and limits on the size and how many you can catch.
Within the forest there are walking trails to explore which take you to indigenous sites. With information boards to take you back in time and think about the lives of the Yorta Yorta people that called the Barmah National Park home. There is so much information to learn about the Yorta Yorta people who have inhabited the area for tens of thousand of years. It is certainly a place you can easily spend a couple of hrs exploring if visiting for a day trip.
You can visit the old muster yards which have been used since the 1880’s by local farmers in the Red River Gum Forests along the Murray River. There are information boards so you can read up on all the information on the muster yards. We loved the old style farm gate, such an easy and effective gate.
Barmah National Park Facilities
We found the toilets to be very clean which was great to see on a busy long Easter Weekend. There is a nearby place to take your rubbish to as you leave the National Park. There are no rubbish bins in the camping or day visiting areas, all rubbish is to be taken with you.
- Free camping areas
- Water to wash hands only (untreated rain water- Do not drink)
- Picnic Tables
- Boat ramp
- Walking tracks
- Information on the Barmah National Park and the Yorta Yorta people
- Rubbish is to be taken with you, there is a nearby transfer depot
- Fires – need to check the Fire restrictions
Things you need to know if you are fishing
The area is a very popular spot for anglers of all ages. Ensure you are aware of the below before throwing your line in.
Whilst visiting Barmah National Park there are so many attractions nearby, if you are traveling from Melbourne there are loads of places to stop along the way and different ways to reach Barmah. If you are returning to Melbourne after your visit ensure you return a different way to witness other lovely parts of North East Victoria. Below are some links to learn about some other areas that may be of interest. From street art, silo art to the paddle steam boats in Echuca, the historical towns of Rushworth and Murchison to name just a few places to explore.
- Barmah Punt, Victoria, Australia
- Picola Silo Art, Victoria, Australia
- Redesdale Water Tank Art, Victoria, Australia
- Kyabram Water Tank Art, Victoria, Australia
- Silo Art Trail, North East Victoria
- Tongala Street Art, Victoria, Australia
- Echuca, Victoria
- Waranga Dam, Whroo, Victoria
- Balaclava Mine, Whroo, Victoria
- Murchison, Victoria
- Kirwans Bridge, Victoria
- Rushworth, Victoria
Barmah National Park Location
Moira Lakes Road, Barmah, Victoria
- Approx. 254km, 3hrs from Melbourne CBD
- Approx. 19km, 17 mins from Picola Silo Art
- Approx. 58km, 45 mins from Kyabram
Have you visited the Barmah National Park or any other forests that you would like to share your experiences with us? We’d love to hear about them.