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Spend a few days exploring the majestic Snowy River National Park and discover lush forests and river scenery, towering gorges and waterfalls. A popular spot for canoeing and rafting, the park also boasts myriad camping, bush walking, wildflower-spotting and four-wheel driving opportunities.
On the water
Get active and take in the local scenery on a canoeing or whitewater rafting adventure, paddling through rugged gorges, fast-moving rapids and calm lagoons. Choose one of the gently sloping sand bars to set up camp if you’re on an extended trip.
Take a dip
Looking for a good place to cool off in the summer months? Drive on up to McKillops Bridge, the best place to get direct vehicle access to the Snowy River. Stretch out on the wide sandy beaches just up from the bridge, dip your toes in the shallow rock pools, or jump right in for a refreshing swim.
Delve into Australia’s ancient past on a wander through the park, situated on land that was occupied by the Gunaikurnai people for more than 21,000 years. Find some of Victoria’s most significant aboriginal cultural sites, including scar trees, middens and stone artefacts.
Weather and travel conditions can change quickly, so it important to always check the local conditions on the Parks Victoria website before you leave home. Get familiar with the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe during the hot season.
Address:Buchan Orbost Road, Buchan, Victoria, 3885
Official Website: https://parks.vic.gov.au/places-to-see/parks/snowy-river-national-park
Cost: See Website
Open Hours:Open 24 hours
The Snowy River National Park is a national park located in the alpine and East Gippsland regions of Victoria, Australia. The 98,700-hectare (244,000-acre) national park is situated approximately 390 kilometres (240 mi) northeast of Melbourne and 350 kilometres (220 mi) southwest of Canberra, south of the Black-Allan Line that marks part of the border between Victoria and New South Wales.
On 7 November 2008, the park was added to the Australian National Heritage List as one of eleven areas constituting the Australian Alps National Parks and Reserves.
Some aboriginal relics were discovered on the Snowy River which indicated that the Kruatungulung group of the Kurnai Aborigines used to hunt here. It was in the 1840s that cattlemen and miners visited the region and started using the higher land for summer grazing and introduced silver mining. The proposal for the national park was submitted in 1935, but the establishment took place in 1979.
Location and features
Declared on 26 April 1979, much of the park is classified as wilderness area, where vehicles are unable to visit. Within the national park is the Little River Gorge, Victoria’s deepest gorge, with the Little River descending 610 metres (2,000 ft) off the Wulgulmerang plateau over 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) to the Snowy River at an elevation of 122 metres (400 ft) above sea level.
The park provides one of the last natural habitats at the Little River Gorge for the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby. Numbers for this species are estimated as extremely small, with the rugged terrain making it difficult to accurately monitor the species population. Over 250 native species have been recorded in the park, 29 of which are considered rare or threatened in Victoria, including the long-footed potoroo, spotted quoll (tiger quoll), giant burrowing frog and Cyclodomorphus michaeli.
McKillops Road is the northern park boundary, with the Alpine National Park to the north of the road. The road is designated unsuitable for caravans, trailers and semi-trailers due to its long, narrow, and steep descent down to McKillops Bridge which crosses the Snowy River near its juncture with the Deddick River. A camping site near McKillops Bridge provides an excellent site for swimming, launching canoes and rafting through the rugged gorges downstream, or the start for the 18 km Silver Mine Walking Track and the short Snowy River Trail. The park is also located adjacent to the Errinundra National Park, the Coopracambra National Park, and the nearby Croajingolong National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park.
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