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Irymple - Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve




Many of the tracks in this park lead to perfect shady sites along the Murray. It is a great place for camping. Once camp has been set up, the days can be spent canoeing, kayaking, fishing and bushwalking.

Kings Billabong Nature Walk - In 1889, Canadian engineers George and Ben Chaffey set about irrigating Mildura. Invited by the Victorian Government to establish an irrigation system for the new settlement, the brothers installed huge pumps at Psyche Bend and began pumping water from the Murray River to Kings Billabong. The billabong was the central water distribution point for what would eventually become a huge wine and fruit-growing district.

Now a 2,000 hectare wildlife reserve, Kings Billabong is a popular spot for walking, cycling and birdwatching. To find the start of the walk, turn east onto 11th Street from Deakin Avenue in Mildura. Follow 11th Street for approximately 5 kilometres and turn left into Irymple Avenue and follow for 4 kilometres. Turn right off Irymple Avenue at Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve sign and follow the Parks Victoria wooden signs to the walk. Follow the 4 kilometre loop track past river red gums, keeping an eye out for the region's waterbirds, including ducks, spoonbills and kingfishers, and birds of prey such as whistler kites and marsh harriers.

Distance : 4km
Duration: 2 hours return
Start and Finish: Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve, Mildura

The track through Kings Billabong continues on to the original Psyche Bend Pump house. The oldest intact irrigation station in the country, the pump house used to deliver 6.4 million litres of water an hour to the billabong. The new pump station stands alongside.

Extension Psyche Bend Pumphouse
Distance: 8km
Duration: 2 hours one way
Start: Eleventh Street Irymple Avenue, Mildura
Finish: Psyche Bend Pump house

Review:


The best place to start walks seems to be the Billabong Walk car park which is reached via quite a rutted and rough road. If you reach the intersection of Irymple Road and Billabong Road, continue down the gravel road along the Murray River and follow the signs to the Billabong Walk car park. This car park has toilets and unshaded tables and is the starting point for a range of walks varying from 1 hour to 4 hours return.

We did the Bird Hide Loop Walk which was 4.3 km in length. There are seats and information boards along the route and a bird hide overlooking the billabong. The view at the Bird Hide was slightly obstructed by reeds. We saw pelicans, cormorants and ibis at the hide and plenty of birds flitting through the trees along the route. The path is wide and well formed and the route is well sign posted with directions and maps.

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Address | Contact


48 Irymple Avenue,  Irymple 3498, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: X914 Ref: B5

Web Links


Link Kings Billabong Park (Parks Victoria)

Link Park note - Birds of the Mallee Parks (PDF)



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