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Glenelg River

The Glenelg River is located within the Lower Glenelg National Park, which is just a few kilometres west of the Grampians National Park.

The Glenelg River is the central feature of the Lower Glenelg National Park. Along the last part of its winding 400-kilometre path to the sea, the river has carved a spectacular gorge up to 50 metres deep through limestone. River erosion and the action of rainwater have created a remarkable cave.

Glenelg River, Fishing Map, Walking Trails & Camping, Grampians Park

There are great places for fishing, canoeing, camping and picnicking along the Glenelg River. Access the river via the Portland-Nelson Road (south) or Wanwin Road (north).

Canoeing is a popular activity on the river, with many people taking the challenging 4-day river ride between Dartmoor and Nelson or the popular 3 day trip between Moleside and Nelson. Canoes can be hired from Nelson and Dartmoor/Winnap and taken both upstream or downstream. For those canoeing over a number of days, there are a number of designated camping sites along the river including Bowls Canoe Camping Area, Georges Rest Canoe Camping Area, Lasletts Canoe Camping Area, Moleside Canoe Camping Area, Pattersons Canoe Camping Area, Pines Landing Canoe Camping Area and Skipworth Springs Canoe Camping Area. Advanced bookings are required.

Regular camping is also permitted along the river and there are toilets, water and fireplaces located at most camping sites, however camping fees may apply.

For those taking a boat along the river, some restrictions apply. Power boating and water skiing are permitted, however only during designated times in Taylors Strait and Sandy Waterholes:

  • Dec, Feb: 8am to 8pm (summer time)
  • March, April: 8am to 6pm (standard time)
  • May: 9am to 6pm (standard time)
  • June, July: 9am to 5pm (standard time)
  • Aug, Oct: 9am to 6pm (standard time)
  • Nov: 8am to 6pm (standard time)

During your visit, make sure to visit the Princess Margaret Rose Cave and view the magnificent limestone cliffs. Scheduled tours are available.

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