Hattah-Kulkyne National Park
Address: Calder Hwy, Hattah, Victoria 3501
Freecall: 131 963
Hattah-Kulkyne National Park lies in typical mallee country with extensive low scrub and open native pine woodland. Superbly adapted birds, animals and vegetation thrive in the poor, sandy soils and searing summers.
The freshwater Hattah Lakes is seasonally filled by creeks connected to the Murray, providing food and shelter for waterbirds and fish. These lakes can remain full for up to ten years without flooding, but flooding generally occurs once every two years.
Camping, walking, bike riding and canoeing are popular here and in the adjoining Murray-Kulkyne Park.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.
Before you go
Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website.
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Take the Calder Highway to Hattah township, 35 km north of Ouyen. Turn off to Lake Hattah camping area (4 km). Two wheel drive gravel track to Mournpoul camping area (10 km). Melway ref: 514 C8.
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In places, evidence of Aboriginal life can be seen, with scars on trees where shields and canoes were made, and middens heaped with shells left from meals eaten over many generations. Today, Aboriginal communites in Mildura and elsewhere take an interest in the park and in recovering more of its Indigenous heritage. Last century, and for much of this century, the country was extensively grazed by sheep and cattle (and rabbits), damaging the natural vegetation and soils. In 1915 a Sanctuary was formed to protect the beauty of the Hattah lakes. The Sanctuary became Hattah Lakes National Park in 1960, and in 1980 the adjacent Kulkyne State Forest was added to form Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and Murray Kulkyne Park.
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