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On Track for a River Red Gums Drive and a Great Read

Media release: 22 November 2013

A new 354 kilometre route aimed at four wheel drive enthusiasts has been launched, set to take tourists winding through the River Red Gum parks on the borders of NSW and Victoria.

The River Red Gum Drive takes in the Murray Valley National and Regional Parks in NSW with NSW National Parks working alongside Parks Victoria, Gannawarra Shire Council and Four Wheel Drive Victoria to develop the route.

NPWS Western Rivers Regional Manager Ross McDonnell said it was another way the two states were working together to develop tourism in the area.

“It’s classified as an “easy” 4 wheel drive route, but that doesn’t mean it’s not spectacular.

“The Reed Beds Bird Hide, Edward River Campground and our newest campground Swifts Creek along The Narrows on the Murray River will be perfect spots to visit for those trying out the River Red Gum Drive.

“The River Red Gum Drive passes through Murray Valley National Park, Perricoota State Forest, Gunbower National Park and State Forest, Koondrook State Forest, Barmah National Park and Murray River Reserve, but it’s not just a geographical trip. It’s a journey through the interwoven stories of the Aboriginal people, timber loggers and river men,” Mr McDonnell said.

The River Red Gum Drive was launched at a special ceremony on the banks of the Murray River tributary – the Gunbower Creek - in Cohuna recently where the 2013-14 edition of the Murray River Guardian publication was also unveiled.

NPWS Ranger Mick Lalor said the popular NPWS and Parks Victoria publication was jam packed with information on how to enjoy a variety of nature experiences along the Murray River.

“The Murray River Guardian will help you find top spots to fish, kayak through tranquil wetlands, or test your mountain bike skills.

“There’s also plenty of advice about using our parks safely, finding out where and when you can have a campfire, and links to our visitor website for the latest conditions before you travel,” Mr Lalor said.

Look for the latest edition of the Murray River Guardian in your local visitor centre, or read it online at http://campaign.bordermail.com.au/murrayriverguardian2013

Contact: Jacki Roberts

Page last updated: 02 December 2013