A Campfire Beside The River… Life’s Good!


If you love camping beside a river, privacy, a campfire crackling away and a drop toilet (and who doesn’t love a drop toilet?!), then you’ll love Birdcage Reserve.

It’s 91km West of Narrandera or 86km East of Hay on the Sturt Highway. At the road is a rest area and drop toilet. A track starts at the Western end of the rest area and heads vaguely North-West, towards the river. Follow this track for about 500m and you’ll find a great camping spot… right beside the river.

We spent our first night of a 12 month trip at Birdcage Reserve. Was really relaxing – cold and windy but fun.

Camping Birdcage Reserve Murrumbidgee River New South Wales Australia


Campfires With Peace And Quiet – Sort Of

Birdcage Reserve is a fantastic place to camp. You can get down onto the banks of the river. The bird life amongst the river gums is prolific. A keen fisherman (of which I’m not one!) would be in paradise.

Camping Birdcage Reserve Murrumbidgee River New South Wales Australia

The only (minor) downside is noise from the Sturt Highway at night. Even though we were about 500m away and well below road level, the trucks were pretty noisy. Not a big deal though – and probably exaggerated by a strong Southerly wind blowing the noise our way.






The sunsets were magnificent. There’s nothing quite like a spectacular sunset and a warm campfire.

Charlie’s new camera had a real workout and Ben collected burr #1 through the front bike tyre! Somehow I suspect it won’t be the last flat tyre…

Camping Birdcage Reserve Murrumbidgee River New South Wales Australia

Ben’s bike has proven to be really useful. The drop toilet is near the highway, about 500 metres away. So the bike was in demand for toilet duties…

Murrumbidgee River Birdcage Reserve New South Wales
Campfire Birdcage Reserve New South Wales
Sunset Birdcage Reserve New South Wales





Sunset Birdcage Reserve New South Wales
Sunset Birdcage Reserve New South Wales
Murrumbidgee River Birdcage Reserve New South Wales
Murrumbidgee River Birdcage Reserve New South Wales
Sunset Birdcage Reserve New South Wales





Sunset Birdcage Reserve New South Wales


Final Thoughts

Birdcage Reserve is a welcome surprise. You could drive past and never know it was there. Apart from some road noise at night, its a peaceful place. Sitting in a comfy chair, gazing out over the water is a great way to relax.

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