Nowhere else in the world can you experience such timeless, natural beauty and peace as when you are gliding through the World-Heritage listed Barmah Wetlands aboard Kingfisher Cruises. You will understand why they have been named 'Wetlands of International Importance' as you slip quietly across the water in the dappled shade of towering gums of the worlds largest single stand of River Red Gum. The Barmah forest is also a place of deep and continuing significance to Yorta Yorta Aboriginal people. Kingfisher travels the narrowest section of the Murray River, between Albury and the ocean called the 'Narrows' or the 'Barmah Choke' where the river travels at almost twice the normal speed. The Murray River here separates Victoria's Barmah National Park from Moira, Millewa and Gulpa Forests in New South Wales. Combined, the area ranks as the world's largest stand of River Red Gum. It is a wildlife haven for 236 bird species, 50 mammals and more than 500 plant species. When water levels allow the two-hour cruises also explores the Barmah Lake and a short land excursion is often included along the way. Hear fascinating commentary form your certified eco guide about the hundreds of species of water birds, animals and native fish that have made the Barmah Wetlands and Forest their home, and about myths and legends of this very special area.
Yenbena Indigenous Training Centre is Indigenous owned and operated. They are a community centre that provides Cultural Interpretation to school groups, caravaners, locals and visitors to the area. If you would like to know more about Aboriginal Culture and the Yorta Yorta people, the centre has Aboriginal artefacts on display. They grow fresh vegetables from their community garden that can be purchased at the centre. Yenbena Indigenous Training Centre offers tea and coffee or catering for visiting groups. Yenbena Indigenous Training Centre is a registered training organisation. They are nationally accredited for training to all people.
Barmah National Park, together with the adjoining Millewa forest in New South Wales, forms the largest River Red Gum forest in the world. The complex ecology of the forest is closely linked to the Murray River and its flooding regime, creating a diverse natural habitat for a variety of wildlife, particularly waterbirds. Barmah is a great spot for camping. Days can be easily filled with fishing, horse riding, bushwalking, swimming and canoeing. How to get there Barmah National Park lies along the Murray River between the towns of Barmah and Strathmerton, about 225km north of Melbourne. Access to the 12 major entrance gates is available from the Moira Lakes Road, Barmah-Picola Road, and the Murray Valley Highway. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.