East Wangaratta Nature Conservation Reserve 

Wilderness Walks
2 km
Grade 1: No bushwalking experience required. Flat even surface with no steps or steep sections. Suitable for wheelchair users who have someone to assist them. Walks no greater than 5km.
Grade 2: No bushwalking experience required. The track is hardened or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and occasional steps. Walks no greater than 10km.
Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps. Walks up to 20km.
Grade 4: Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.
Grade 5: Very experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid. Tracks are likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Walks may be more than 20km.

Located just two kilometres away from the Wangaratta city centre, this conservation reserve for River Red Gums can be easily accessed from a hidden gate along the Great Alpine Road.

A Parks Victoria sign clearly marks the spot. The western boundary of the reserve is defined by Yellow Creek, an anabranch of the Ovens River, which also meets Reedy Creek at this point.

To enter the reserve, visitors have to walk through a rough vehicle track, as the entrance gate is locked to prevent vehicles from entering the area. This measure is in place to restrict cattle grazing under licence. The reserve is limited to nature study and bird watching activities only.

The area is home to a well-developed tall shrub layer of River Bottlebrush and a grassy (mostly weedy) understorey, providing an ideal habitat for various bush birds.


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