Kiewa River

The Lower Kiewa has been identified in recent Victorian Government publications as of statewide significance, due to it's floristic diversity.  As an unmanaged river, Kiewa River Parklands provides a unique Australia "experience" of the naturally meandering river and is one of the top three rivers in Victoria for recreational fishing. 

Features

  • If its bird watching you are after, then the Kiewa River Parklands is the perfect place offering a number of bird hides along the Kiewa River walking track.
  • Pack a picnic and take a relaxing stroll among the River red gums.
  • Alternatively, for the more energetic, there is a spectacular 10km loop track from the Kiewa River at Killara carpark to the Huon Hill Summit then via Watsons Lookout down to the Murray River, with some steep climbs and descents. Explore Huon Hill Parklands.

  • Follow the Kiewa Track to the junction of the Murray and Kiewa Rivers then stroll along the Wodonga Creek arm of the Murray River for another 2km's.
  • Size: 125 hectares
  • Vegetation community: Riparian
  • Landform: Floodplains
  • Classification: Recreation and conservation 
  • Birdhides
  • Wetlands 

Walking trails

  • Kiewa Track (8km return downstream of Killara to junction with Murray River)
  • Kiewa Track (2km return upstream of Killara on western bank)
  • Kiewa Track (25km's from Killara to Kiewa township on eastern bank) - Once permission is secured for three key access points, this track will be formally opened.

Access

The Entrance to Kiewa River Parklands is the Killara picnic area on the Kiewa River just off the Murray Valley Hwy on the left and right (as you are heading out of Wodonga) just before the road crosses the Kiewa River.

Things to do

  • Birdwatching
  • Picnicking Short or Long walks
  • Photography
  • Mountain biking (easy grade as flat earthen track)
  • Fishing (one of the top three  "premier" recreational fishing rivers in Victoria)
  • Fishy Trail Run (first Sunday in April)

Facilities

  • Walking Tracks
  • Picnic Tables
  • Carparking
  • Bird Hides

 

A long time ago (1788)...

 

Not so long ago (1824) ...

 

Today ...

An ambitious endeavour, the Lower Kiewa River Project aims to establish, revegetate and stabilise a riparian corridor on either side of the Kiewa River – from its junction with the Murray River to upstream at Yackandandah Creek. The section from the Murray River to the High Country Rail Trail is now fenced between 50-100 metres wide.  

Thank you to Regional Skills and Work for the Dole participants who completed 10 kilometres of fencing and planted 25,000 plants along this riparian area. The integrated land management program includes spring crash grazing to control the pasture grasses, particulary Phalaris and Paspalum; summer and winter broadleaf weed control; rabbit fumigation and staged revegetation with understorey species. 

North East Catchment Management Authority has also worked with individual licensees and private landholders to facilitate fencing stock from the actual river. Whilst these corridors are narrower, both water quality and stock health have improved measurably, as Waterwatch Facilitators can testify. 

The three Rotary Clubs of Wodonga completed work on the Kiewa River Walking Track, extending it 4 kilometres from the Murray Valley Highway to the Murray-Kiewa Junction. Bird hides have been constructed along the track overlooking wetlands.

A Fisheries Victoria recreational fishing access grant was the impetus to extend the Rotary walking track all the way to Kiewa - Tangambalanga with stock-proof chicane pedestrian gates installed in cross fences along the crown water frontages between Killara and Kiewa - Tangambalanga.  This provides safe pedestran access along the water frontages without having to clamber under and over electric and barb-wire fences, and enables neighbours stock water access. Once the project is complete, a map of access points will be included on our website.


Kiewa River