Parks are cool during winter

By Riverine Herald

PARKS Victoria is encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, despite the cold weather.

A spokesperson said winter was a great time to visit parks along the Murray River with cooler weather, as there are lots of wildlife and fewer people.

Parks Victoria rangers have listed their top spots near the Murray at Echuca, Gunbower and Barmah for winter.

■Plan a visit to one of Echuca Regional Park’s picturesque beaches.

There’s good all weather access to Christies Beach and Betts Beach east of Echuca and well maintained tracks to Wills Bend to the west of Echuca. All sites have toilets.

■Birds and wildlife will be on show in the Gunbower Forest when environmental water starts flowing in mid-June.

Flooding in Gunbower National Park and state forest provides a great opportunity to get out and see the area from a new perspective.

Increased bird activity will be a highlight and best seen on a bushwalk or from the water. Take a canoe through the park or along the Gunbower Creek, don’t forget your camera and binoculars.

■Barmah National Park is part of the largest river red gum forest in the world.

The Barmah Lakes have some of the most picturesque and tranquil wetland systems along the Murray.

Canoeing on the lakes among the reeds and wetland grasses is a fantastic way to see the internationally recognised Ramsar wetland.

Walk the Yamyabuc Discovery Trail and learn about Yorta Yorta history or explore the Muster Yards and see how graziers once used the forest. Take a drive down Sandridge Track and explore deep into the forest. Look out for kangaroos, emus, sea eagles and koalas.

For information about where to go and what to do in Victoria’s parks, call 131963 or visit