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Dogs allowed
No booking required
No fees payable
Suitable for 2WD vehicles

The island can be subject to environmental watering during the months of August to November. During this period access to the island may be limited, however it's still a great time to visit the forest for bird watching and canoeing.

About this picnic area

If you’re just passing through or planning a day trip, this is a serene spot to stop for a picnic.

The recently upgraded canoe launcher here is an easy and safe spot to launch your canoe and explore Gunbower Creek.

Gunbower State Forest is home to the second largest river red gum forest in Australia. You can take part in a range of outdoor activities in the forest, including bird watching, camping, bushwalking and fishing.

An important ecosystem

Gunbower State Forest holds great significance to the Barapa Barapa people. The forest contains many cultural sites and has a rich post-settlement history. Gunbower Island is a declared Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. It plays a critical role in supporting the breeding of birds, mammals and amphibians.

Make sure you're prepared if you’re planning to fish around Gunbower Island. A current NSW freshwater recreation fishing licence is required to fish in the Murray River. A Victorian recreational fishing licence is required to fish in waters south of the Murray River.

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Page last updated: 10/11/23