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Gunbower Forest

Gunbower Forest spans 20,000 hectares along the Murray River floodplain near Cohuna, downstream from Echuca.


As an internationally important wetland it includes one of the most significant remaining areas of river red gum forest in Australia. It is also Australia’s largest inland island, bounded by the Murray to the north and Gunbower Creek to the south.

The forest is home to many endangered plants and animals, such as the giant banjo frog and the intermediate egret. It contains numerous sites of Aboriginal and post-settlement cultural heritage. These sites indicate peoples ‘strong connection to the forest, both historically and today.

Recreational activities, such as camping, kayaking, fishing, riding and bushwalking are very popular throughout the forest.

The North Central Catchment Management Authority's mission for Gunbower Island is to maintain and improve Gunbower Island by enabling native plants and animals to flourish, restoring the floodplain's health for future generations.