Good to know

  • Walk in sites, partial seasonal 4WD access possible but the final 300 m is pedestrian access only
  • Any sort of caravan or trailer cannot access this site
  • No facilities available
  • Portable toilet required
  • Campfires not permitted
  • No dogs allowed
  • Sheep and cattle may graze this area


  • Dispersed camping
  • Fishing
  • Walking

Camping area description

The Little Murray River - Pental Island camping area 1 and 2 provides for camping on the banks of the Little Murray River, approximately 21 km south-east of Swan Hill. There is pedestrian access from an unnamed track off Pental Island Rd. Access on this track is for 4WDs only and vehicle access is only partially available and it is not possible to access the campsites with vehicles, (refer to the map below).

This camping area is on a licensed Crown water frontage that has been designated for camping. Before visiting this site, find out about camping on licensed Crown water frontages.

The camping area is mostly flat. It is important that campers take care to use the map and instructions below to safely access the area and avoid trespassing on private property.

Camping is only permitted in the designated area on this frontage (see map below). Visitors may use other areas of Crown water frontage for recreational activities other than camping such as fishing, walking, and picnicking.


Crown water frontages are rough and rugged bush camp areas. Before you go, it is important to consider all potential risks and hazards when accessing and camping at this location. Campers are responsible for their own safety and the safety of those in their care.

Tree hazard

  • Trees and limbs may fall unexpectedly. Avoid camping under trees.
  • Stormy and windy weather increases the risk that trees and limbs may fall.


  • This site may be part of a working farm
  • Cattle may be present on this water frontage and access the river.
  • If cattle approach you, avoid sudden movements and loud noises.
  • Farm animals  are not pets. They can be large and unpredictable and should not be approached.
  • Store your food in a secure container to avoid attracting livestock and other animals.
  • Leave all gates as you find them.

Water and flood safety

  • Play it safe by the water.
  • Hidden dangers may include submerged objects and debris and strong currents. A storm well upstream from you could cause flash flooding.
  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology for weather forecasts and flood warnings, or visit Play it Safe by the Water for more information.


  • Be aware of dangerous weather and bushfire conditions.
  • Check VicEmergency for information about current fires, Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans.

Other risks that may be present include dangerous terrain, animals and adjoining farming operations.

How to get there

  1. From Swan Hill, travel east on McCallum St for 1.6 km
  2. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Curlewis St/Murray Valley Hwy for 2.4 km
  3. Turn left onto Pental Island Rd for 16.6km
  4. Turn right onto an unnamed track for 200 m and this is the official parking area for non-4WD vehicles. Pedestrian access from this parking area is 3.3 km
  5. Seasonally, 4WD vehicles maybe be able to travel a further 3 km to the west along an unnamed track on the northern bank of the Little Murray River
  6. The second 4WD only parking area is marked with signage adjacent to the Little Murray River
  7. Pedestrian access to camping area 1 is a further 250 m and camping area 2 is a further 350 m to the west through the Crown frontage

Get directions to the camping area access point

Map - camping area


Further information

Page last updated: 19/06/23