Kai Kai Nature Trail – Katarapko – Murray River National Park

Start Point Kai Kai Nature Trail, Katarapko SA 5343, Australia
End Point Kai Kai Nature Trail, Katarapko SA 5343, Australia
Distance 2km return
Time 40 Minutes – Walking

40 min loop, 2km

Popular with school groups, this walk takes you on a journey of discovery, revealing native plants and animals along the way.

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Come and explore the three separate areas that make up the Murray River National Park: Katarapko (Berri/Glossop), Lyrup Flats (Lyrup) and Bulyong Island (Renmark), each of these sections have separate entrances so make sure you familiarise yourself with maps and where these entrances are. This park enables the conservation of more than 13,000 hectares and includes a vast network of Murray River wetlands and floodplains that provide unique natural experiences.


Katarapko features black box covered floodplains and wetlands alive with aquatic bird species. Katarapko Creek is a significant creek that flows through the park and provides great canoe adventuring and is a very important habitat for native fish. The walking trail Ngak Indau is great for viewing wetland birdlife.

Katfish Reach is a community environmental rehabilitation project that encompasses the Katarapko and Eckert Creek area. The area has been identified as a priority floodplain for environmental flows, and for broad-scale rehabilitation works for native fish.

Lyrup Flats

Includes 2,000 hectares along the floodplain on the northern side of the river and ferry at Lyrup. It provides wonderful opportunities for birdwatching, fishing and camping. You can take your dog for a walk in the Lyrup Flats area of the park providing it is on a lead.

Bulyong Island

North of Renmark, this area is only accessible by boat. The Goolwa street boat ramp is the closest launch point. The island is home to a number of wildlife species, such as western grey kangaroos, emus, pelicans, kingfishers and parrots. It is a fantastic area for canoeing and exploring the extensive waterways above Renmark by small boat.

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