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LEGENDARY RIVER RED GUMS North of the Murray, the River Red Gum reserves of Murray Valley National and Regional Parks are pristine environments for bushwalking, birdwatching, camping, kayaking or just enjoying nature at its magestic best. This is true River Red Gum country, where the towering eucalypts line the riverbanks and wetlands, providing a habitat and shade for countless species of birds. Stretching between Deniliquin and Mulwala, Murray Valley National and Regional Parks offer an easily accessible sense of isolation and peace. The southern part of the park is bordered by the Murray River, while the Edward River runs through the centre of the park, providing plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating, riverside picnics and bush or beach camping. Established river campsites with toilets and gas barbecues include Edward River Bridge and Swifts Creek, both accessible from Mathoura, and Quick's Beach near Barooga. Both are suitable for tents, caravans and motorhomes. Willoughby's Beach, near Deniliquin, and Benarca, near Moama, are great spots for bush camping if you're self-sufficient. The Gulpa Creek Walk is an easy 5km walk or mountain-bike ride along the creek starting at Crane's Bridge in Mathoura. Nearby, the Reed Beds Bird Hide is a beautiful place to spot sea eagles, royal spoonbills, yellow rosellas and superb fairy wrens. Turn over the bird panels as you stroll along the boardwalk and use your smart phone to find out more. In Deniliquin, don't miss the Beach to Beach walking track between McLean Beach and Willoughby's. It's also a great route for kayakers on the Edward River. Explore the Narrows near Swifts Creek Campground – as the name suggests, it's the narrowest part of the Murray River. Visit the Story of the Forest sculpture at Edward River Bridge picnic area. Swim from the sandy Murray River beach at Quick's Beach, Barooga. HIDDEN GEMS 10

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