Psyche Bend Pumphouse, Mildura, The Murray, Victoria, Australia

Kings Billabong Nature Walk

Sample a Mildura cabernet and taste delicious regional delights such as yabbies, avocados and Murray cod. Back in 1889, Canadian engineers George and Ben Chaffey set about irrigating Mildura. Invited by the Victorian Government to establish an irrigation system for the new settlement, the brothers installed huge pumps at Psyche Bend and began pumping water from the Murray River to Kings Billabong. The billabong was the central water distribution point for what would eventually become a huge wine and fruit-growing district and has helped make Mildura a favourite winter getaway for Victorians.

Now a 2,000 hectare wildlife reserve, Kings Billabong is a popular spot for walking, cycling and birdwatching. To find the walk, turn east onto 11th Street from Deakin Avenue in Mildura. Follow 11th Street for approximately 5 kilometres and turn left into Irymple Avenue and follow for 4 kilometres. Turn right off Irymple Avenue at Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve sign and follow the Parks Victoria wooden signs to the walk. Follow the 4 kilometre loop track past river red gums, keeping an eye out for the region's waterbirds, including ducks, spoonbills and kingfishers, and birds of prey such as whistler kites and marsh harriers.

Distance: 4km
Duration: 2 hours return
Start: Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve, Mildura
Finish: Kings Billabong Wildlife Reserve, Mildura
Permits/bookings: None required.

The track through Kings Billabong continues on to the original Psyche Bend Pump house. The oldest intact irrigation station in the country, the pump house used to deliver 6.4 million litres of water an hour to the billabong. The new pump station stands alongside.

Extension – Psyche Bend Pumphouse
Distance:
8km
Duration: 2 hours one way
Start: Eleventh Street Irymple Avenue, Mildura
Finish: Psyche Bend Pump house
Permits/bookings: None required.

Content: Tourism Victoria

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