Camping on the Murrumbidgee River at Birdcage Reserve… Life’s Good!


If you’re thinking of camping on the Murrumbidgee River, then you’ll love Birdcage Reserve. Privacy, a campfire crackling away and a drop toilet (and who doesn’t love a drop toilet?!)… bliss!

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.

Birdcage Reserve is an ideal overnight stop.

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

Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
All set up on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

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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.

Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
Getting the campfire started.

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…

Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
Taking on the tracks beside the river.

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…

Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
Not a bad view!
Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
Keeping the home fires burning.
Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
Another perfect western New South Wales sunset.



This really is a good spot to unwind and relax. You can wander among the stately old red river gums and wonder what sights they’ve seen during their long lives. Their complex web of roots help keep the riverbanks stable and when they fall into the river, they provide vital habitats for fish and other creatures who call the Murrumbidgee River home.

Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
River red gums holding the banks together.
Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
A peaceful walk along the riverbank.



Sunset at Birdcage Reserve. Camping on the Murrumbidgee River, New South Wales Australia.
A last gasp flash of colour as the sun disappears.


In Summary

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

And if you’re looking for other ideas for camping on the Murrumbidgee River, check our article on the nearby Willbriggie State Forest.


Birdcage Reserve is on Wiradjuri Country.



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