northern Victoria and the Southern Riverina
The above table of contents does not cover all the reserves which are listed below in alphabetical order.
Parks with names starting 'A' to 'J'
section outlines, in alphabetical order, most of the national parks,
natural conservation reserves and other reserves in northern Victoria
and the central Murray Valley of NSW.
on one of the parks listed in the contents box above or scroll down (not all bushland areas and wetlands covered are listed in the table of contents) for notes about parks with names commencing A through to J.
For reserves with a name commencing K to O inclusive, click here.
For reserves with a name commencing P through to Z click here.
There are separate pages, which can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate green button at the top of the page, for several bushland areas of the region, including Barmah-Millewa, Greater Bendigo National Park, Gunbower-Perricoota Forest, Heathcote-Graytown National Park, Kanyapella Basin, Lower Goulburn River National Park, Murray River reserves, Terrick Terrick National Park and Warby-Ovens National Park.
Each of the separate pages gives information about access, map, possible bushwalks, vegetation and camping sites.
Many of the state forests shown
on NSW Forests 'Central Murray Valley Forests (Western Forestry Region)'
map are listed ~ copies of this map are usually available at the Mathoura
RTC (information centre). Well worth having, this 1:250,000 map also
shows many of the northern Victorian forests and reserves.
Hayman's Maps has produced two very good 'forest activities maps' which cover much of the region.
CFA rural directories (maps) are also very useful although somewhat difficult to obtain. The VicRoads Country Street Directory shows many of the Victorian reserve. All VicRoads map references are for Edition 7.
more and more reserves have been included, this file became too large
for one page. So separate pages have been created for some areas and some reserves are together on a second page. This page covers reserves from A to O inclusive. The second
page covers reserves with names starting with P through to Z.
Most of the bushland reserves in the area have been badly affected by
over 15 years of drought.
Several new national parks and nature conservation reserves have been created as a result of the Victorian Environment Assessment
Council (VEAC) and Natural Resources Commission of NSW investigations of River Red Gum Forests in northern Victoria and southern NSW.
For details of Victoria's new Red Gum national parks and reserves, click here (DSE Red Gum page).
For details of the new Red Gum wetland national/regional parks in southern NSW, click here (NSW Government page)
on the above parks follow on this page.
Click here for parks with names
commencing P through to Z.
some of the listings below, topographic map names/numbers have been
given; in some cases VicRoads map references are given. CFA regional
map books are also useful map resources. Some indigenous grassland paddocks
presently in the process of being purchased by DSE and several small
reserves may not be included here.
~ a small box and River Red Gum forest south-west of Kerang between Wandella Creek and the Loddon River. VicRoads Map 20 F8
~ a 3,671ha reserve to the west of the region covered by this site. VicRoads Map 56 H5
~ an area alongside the Campaspe River (east side) near Elmore in which camping is permitted. There are toilets. This is the formersite of Elmore Field Days. VicRoads Map 31 C9.
Over the past few years, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Trust for Nature have secured several thousand hectares of grassland and woodland on the Avoca River plains west of Kerang. The Trust has recently purchased several grassland paddocks to the east of Sandhill Lake between Bael Bael and Budgerum East.
Located west of Kangaroo Lake and Lake Cullen near Lake Charm township and about 20km from Kerang, Lake Bael Bael is a large freshwater lake that fills from the Avoca River in times of flood. Part of the Koorangie NCR, Lake Bael Bael a Ramsar-listed wetland and is an important breeding and feeding ground for waterbirds. Camping is allowed on the north-west side of the lake. Access is via Charleston Road off the Lalbert-Kerang Road. VicRoads Map 20 D5
Lake Lake Bael Bael (K Stockwell)
Lake Bael Bael was dry for about 15 years prior to heavy rains during 2010. Any overflow fills Bottom (First) Marsh, Second Marsh and then Top (Third) Marsh (see map below). Early in 2011, the lake overflowed into the marshes and onto surrounding land.
A large area of indigenous grassland alongside Korrak Korrak Grassland recently purchased by Trust for Nature is called Wanderers Plain. This grassland property adjoins Bael Bael Grassland. The grassland area is in a very dry part of Victoria. Some inland birds rarely observed in Victoria have been sighted here in the warmer months, including Inland Dotterel.
The Victorian Government has purchased property between Wanderers Plain and Sandhill Lake which is expected to be added to the reserve system that already covers several thousand hectares of grassland and wetlands to the east of Kerang.
See also Korrak Korrak Grasslands and Koorangie Marshes.
(Richardsons) Lagoon Wildlife Area
Also know as Richardsons Lagoon, Baillieu's Lagoon is a 120 hectare freshwater marsh located on the Murray River floodplain within a 248 hectare State Wildlife Reserve. Richardson's Lagoon, a cut-off meander, is located north of the Murray Valley Highway between Echuca and Torrumbarry. Access is via Baillieu Road which loops around the lagoon in a semi-circle. A pipe has been put in place to enable environmental water to be delivered to this wetland. North Central CMA aims to fill Richardson's Lagoon twice (and maintain water levbels for up to three years) every ten years. The lagoon will be allowed to dry out bwetween fills. The lagoon is surrounded by native bushland, most of which grows on sandhills. The sandhill vegetation is one of the five remaining areas of pre-European sandhill communities remaining in Victoria. A genetically isolated stand of Southern Sandalwood (endangered) grows on the sandhills. Birds observed in the reserve over recent years include Magpie Goose (uncommon in Victoria), Brolga, White-breasted Sea-eagle, Diamond Firetail, Grey-crowned Babbler, Bush Stone Curlew and Black-tailed Native Hen. Grazing
and timber harvesting are no longer allowed.The reserve contains evidence of aboriginal occupation. The lagoon has been open to shooters during recent duck seasons despite the strong objections of surrounding landholders who are campaigning to update the area to a Nature Conservation Reserve. VicRoads Map 31 B2 north-east of the Murray Valley Highway. VicRoads Map 31 B2.
~ a 220ha reserve dominated by Plains grassy-woodland located alongside Old Euroa Road west-south-west of Violet Town. This reserve helps protect habitat for a colony of the endangered Grey-crowned Babbler. Click here to download a pdf copy of the reserve's management plan. VicRoads Map 47 B/C4
Now part of Murray Valley Regional Park, Bama Forest covers about 2,800ha on the NSW side of the Murray River, downstream of Barmah Town. It is an outlying part of the Barmah-Millewa Forest. Much of the forest consists of Box trees many of which have multiple stems from a stump because they have been logged in the past. An adjoining private property is used for 'paint ball games'.Some adjoining landholders have allowed some regeneration of bushland. Formerly part of an ancient lake, this is a natural flood-retarding basin. Barmah Forest Road passes through this forest which is best accessed from Old Barmah Road. Topographic map: Moama 7825-N 1:50,000. Do not confuse this forest with Victoria's BARMAH Forest.
Prior to 1st July 2010, this was a State Forest.
This 762 hectare State Forest is south-east of Darlington Point. Although not having a Murrumbidgee River frontage, it is part of Murrumbidgee National Park. It is separated from the riverside forests by private land. See Murrumbidgee National Park.
Now part of the Echuca Historic and Cultural Features Reserve, this River Red Gum forest is located downstream of the old Echuca-Moama Bridge and includes an area known as 'Shinbone Alley'. Few signs remain of the 'houses' which stood there at the start of the twentieth century. Frequent flooding forced the residents to seek higher ground and the forest has regrown. Unfortunately the forest has been abused by some and much rubbish has been removed by volunteers. It is hoped that better management will result from its incorporation into the Echuca historic Reserve. VicRoads Map 266 H3 shows part of the reserve: the bushland extends to the edge of the Murray. Bird observers usually find the forest of the NSW side of the Murray (Moama Wetlands) has more birdlife. VicRoads Map 596 K6
Click here to enter a page about Shinbone Alley
~ See Werai State Forest. IN late 2009, the NSW Natural Resources Commission recommended that this 1.295 hectare forest be part of an 'indigenous managed area' or national park.
Barham Lake is a wetland reserve on the edge of the town of Barham, on the NSW side of the Murray River. There is a camping area, toilets and lawns between a lake and the Murray River. There is an indigenous botanical garden nearby. VicRoads Map 591 T7.
The nearby waste water treatment ponds provide a haven for a variety of water birds, including crakes.
Barmah-Millewa Forest (including Barmah National Park, Murray Valley National Park, Barmah State Forest, Moira Forest, Millewa Forest and Gulpa Island)
A separate page has been created for this forest. Click here to enter.
VEAC Map showing Barmah National Park (pdf)
here to download a brochure on birding spots of Barmah Forest (pdf).
See also 'Reed Beds, the'
Barmah State Park page
This 1,190 hectare forest wetland lies upstream of Tocumwal. Popular with locals, it, along with Boomanoomana State Forest, Woperana State Forest and Cottadida State Forest is part of a non-contiguous riverside national park.
~ a 239 hectare River Red Gum forest located about 40km north-west of Deniliquin. The NSW Natural Resources Commission has recommended that this forest be part of an indigenous protected area or national park. See Werai State Forest.
Located to the north of the region covered by this site, Barren Box is a 3,200ha ephemeral wetland fed by run off from Mirrool Creek near Leeton. The wetland is being rehabilitated. Supported by Murrumbidgee irrigation Ltd, the project won the 1996 Sydney Engineering Excellence Award (Environment and Heritage).
Depression Bushland Area
Beattie Depression is a linear floodway between MacDonald Road and Looker Road (between Echuca and Kanyapella Wildlife Area). 398ha of the depression is now a bushland reserve. Some hope a bio-link will one day be established between it and the nearby Kanyapella Wildlife Area.
Map: Echuca East 7825-1-3 1:25,000
Beechworth Regional Park
This bushland area lies to the east of the region covered by this site. It affords excellent bushwalking opportunities, with walking tracks linking several points of historical and scenic interest. If there have been good winter rains, the Spring wildflower display is often very good. VicRoads Map 35 C7.
Located within a large meander of the Murray River downstream of Moama, this 212 hectare forest wetland (formerly SF751 and now a precinct of Murray Valley Regional Park) features a large riverside sandhill, part of which has been fenced to protect Sandalwood, Callitris, wattles and other plants. A colony of Babblers lives near the sandhill. Most of the remainder of the reserve is a River Red Gum forest.
A riverside beach is popular with boaters, swimmers and campers.
The forest has been badly affected by prolonged drought and over-grazing (early this century, cattle were removed to help the forest recover. There is a complex of rough, eroded bush roads throughout the reserve.
Benarca Forest can be accessed from Moama via Perricoota and McKindlay roads. Map: Moama 7825-N 1:50,000 (Central Mapping Authority NSW)
Benarca State Forest was upgraded to a Regional Park in 2010.
A long section of Bendigo Creek south of Balderstone Road has been added to Terrick Terrick National Park. There are plans to create a vegetation corridor from Terrick Terrick National Park to Kow Swamp and on to Gunbower National Park, with a branch to Lake Tims.
Bendigo Regional Park
This box-ironbark bushland park of about 8,740ha on the outskirts of
Bendigo has several sections. One of the largest sections lies between
Eaglehawk and the northern (Whipstick) section of the Greater
Bendigo National Park.
It comprises the former Eaglehawk Regional Park, Diamond Hill Historic
Reserve and parts of the Marong, Mandurang and Wellsford State Forests
as well as a number of smaller bushland reserves. See also Wellsford
and Mount Sugarloaf NCR. The wildflower display during Spring may be
terrific following wet years. The area is renowned for its wattles and
This 1,130 hectare forest wetland is located downstream of Darlington Point and is part of Murrumbidgee National Park. See map below the 'Dunnoon Lagoon' entry.
Nature Conservation Reserve (D22)
Lying between Kerang and Murrabit, this 1179ha reserve, with frontages to Barr Creek and the Loddon River, features Riverine Chenopod Woodland (with several endangered and rare species) and Lignum. Endangered fish species are found in the river. Benjeroop Landcare Group has fenced a roadside near the Benjeroop Hall to raise awareness of the presence of the endangered Grey-crowned Babbler, a colony of which reside in the vicinity The area was flooded for a prolonged period early in 2011. VicRoads Map 20 F/G3.
Benwell State Forest
A multi-use forest west of Barham-Koondrook in Victoria downstream of Cutwell State Forest. Access is via Murray Road from Murrabit or via Hall Lane or Watsons Road from Murrabit-Koondrook Road. Camping is allowed on the banks of the Murray River. VicRoads Map 21 B3.
Berambong State Forest (SF205) comprises two red gum forests alongside
the Edward River several kilometres downstream of Moulamein. Access
from a dirt track which runs north off Moulamein-Swan Hill Road west
of Pike Pike Lane.
Swamp Wildlife (State Game) Reserve
There are two Black Swamps north of Shepparton:
Black Swamp (Black Dog Creek), and
Black Swamp (Nine Mile Creek). Black Swamp (Nine Mile Creek) is north-east
of Wunghu and was supplied with environmental water in May 2008. It
is popular with shooters during the duck season.
also a wetland on Gunbower Island called Black Swamp. Because it was dry for a lengthy period,
the wetland is now covered in young Red Gum saplings.
Some reserves are located close to the township of Boort, including Boort Lake and Little Lake Boort. Nearby bushland includes broombush and some endangered plants. VicRoads Map 29 D3.
Boomanoomana Precinct, Murray Valley National Park
This 1,026 hectare riverside forest/wetland downstream of Mulwala is part of Murray Valley National Park. The NSW government has accepted the recommendation of the NSW Natural Resources Commission that Boomanoomana, Cottadidda, Barooga and Woperana State Forests be consolidated into a national park and that ecological links be maintained between them.
Situated between Deniliquin and Hay, to the east of the Booroorban Hotel,
this seldom-visited forest (SF370) features a sandhill on which a wide
variety of uncommon plants grow. The southern section is part of the
Burra Burroon Swamp. There is an access road from the Cobb Highway just
south of Booroorban Hotel.
This reserve is west of Warby Range-Ovens River National Park. VicRoads Map 34 C5
Nature Conservation Reserve
small bushland reserve near Boxwood, between Dookie and Devenish.
Located alongside Billabong Creek 5km east of Walbundrie on the Culcairn
Road to the north-east of the region, this reserve provides habitat
for Bush Stone Curlew and, in winter, Swift Parrot.
Broken-Boosey State Park
Located north of Shepparton, Broken Boosey State Park is a 1031 hectare linear (worm-shaped)
State Park stretching for about 140km along the Broken, Boosey and Nine Mile Creeks. The vegetation along these
creeks is the only remaining substantial occurrence of indigenous vegetation
on Victoria's northern plains. Some of the threatened plants found in the park include Coolibah Grass (only Victorian site), Spiny-fruit Saltbush, Pepper Grass and Narrow-leaf Sida. Parks Victoria manages this reserve from
its Nathalia office.
The park and the nearby Nathalia, Numurkah, Tungamah and Youarang Natural Features Reserves are unusual among Victoria's Box Ironbark protected areas in that they are tiny remnants of box-dominated grassy woodland strung along a creek
Please note that there are no facilities in this park.
On the advice of VEAC, Broken-Boosey Conservation Management Network was established in 2002 to foster cooperation between private landholders and public land managers. The network is composed of some landholders from within the area plus representatives of Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Parks Victoria, Department of Primary Industries, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Trust for Nature, Moira Shire Council and other interest persons. The CMN has been involved with fencing, revegetation, education and pest control.
Parks Victoria's Broken-Boosey Park Notes and Map (pdf file)
Bryce Blair Reserve is a roadside strip of Bowman's Road Whorouly near
the intersection of Paddy Gully Road. The roadside features old Red
Box, Stringybark and Blakely's Red Gum. Lots of birds are usually observed
here. Look for Owlet Nightjar, Rufous Whistler, Turquoise Parrot, King
Parrot, Eastern Yellow Robin, Restless Flycatcher and Brown Tree-creeper.
VicRoads Map 35 B9.
Nature Conservation Reserve (D13)
40ha area north of Wychitella. Plains Woodland with Buloke. The area
has been badly infested with Wheel Cactus but locals are working hard
(weekly half-day work bees) to control this pest. VicRoads Map 29 A5.
Bullatale (Tuppal) Forest
Located alongside The Edward (River) south of Deniliquin and north of
Gulpa Island, this former flora reserve (SF189) can be accessed in dry weather
via a dirt track off Lower River Road. Refer to 1:50,000 topographic
map Deniliquin (CMA NSW) or to Hayman's Barmah-Shepparton-Deniliquin Adventure Map)
Formerly a Flora Reserve, this area is now part of Murray Valley National Park.
Mountain National Park
Located in north-east Victoria outside the area covered by this site,
this park contains some waterfalls, a number of walking tracks and pleasant
scenery. VicRoads Map 37 D3.
Victoria web site for information on this park.
California Gully Bushland Reserve
~ a box-ironbark forest in Bendigo. VicRoads Map 603 R11.
River Reserve (G107)
~ a 632ha. linear reserve along the Campaspe River south of Echuca.
Island State Forest
This 3,189 hectare forest (SF615) straddles the Little Murray River in NSW north-west of
Barham, north-west of the larger Perricoota-Koondrook-Gunbower Forest.
The wetland is called Benwell and Guttrum Forest on the Victorian side of the Murray.
CFA (Vic) Region 20 Rural Directory Map 192 grid reference 360 590.
As a result of a forest assessment by the NSW Natural Resources Commission in 2009, the forest will remain a multi-use forest, with logging allowed.
Click here for the Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota
small indigenous grassland reserve off Baxter Road, west of Echuca.
VEAC's draft proposal is for this area to become
a separate block of Terrick Terrick National Park.
16ha area of Buloke with vulnerable Umbrella Wattle north of Charlton
and west of Cohuna.
Cantwell Reserve (Millewa Nature Conservation Reserve)
Also known as Millewa Nature Conservation Reserve, this 30 hectare
reserve on Muller Creek south-east of Bamawm Extension Hall is at the
corner of Whinfield Road and Cantwell Road (VicRoads Map
31 C5). During the economic depression of the 1930s, the land was used
as a temporary camp ground for workers building irrigation channels.
Drainage ditches were dug to help lower the salty water table. These
drained the wetland. By the 1980s only a handful of Yellow Box and Black
Box trees remained and the area was used as an unofficial rubbish dump.
Over the past few decades, a local farmer, Parks Victoria and school
students have planted thousands of native
trees and shrubs. Rubbish has been removed. To keep out cattle and vehicles, the reserve has been
fenced and gates padlocked. Since the cattle were removed, there has
been good natural regeneration around old Yellow Box and Black Box trees
and ground plants such as Ruby Saltbush and Bluebush have reappeared.
Restoration work was funded by the Victorian Government.
A small wetland has been re-created. There is another wetland area
on the adjoining private property.
The reserve has several distinct vegetation zones:
an area where Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora) is dominant (north end);
• grassland, including one of the few local stands of Red Grass
• wetland (including a drain).
• an area where a variety of native plants have been planted (south end)
Authorities are concerned that the trees may die as a result of salty groundwater. Monitoring is taking place(by the local CMA and/or DPI) and, if the water table shows signs of rising, a pump may be installed. Once the trees show signs of stress it may be too late to save them.
Parks Victoria manages the reserve.
is a wetland east of Youanmite and south of Youanmite NCR. When the
wetland contains water, Brolgas and Baillon's Crake have been observed
here. Flame Robins visit over winter. Brown Tree-creepers are resident.
Unfortunately, part of the wetland was used as a rubbish dump and the
ground is still covered with broken bottles, metal objects and other
junk. That no obvious effort has been made to remove old surface rubbish
and undertake revegetation works reflects badly
on authorities. The weir has fallen into disrepair. 36 degrees 09 minutes
south; 145 degrees 40 minutes east. VicRoads Map 33 C4 (the name of the reserve is not show on this map).
Diggings National Heritage Park
Gold was once mined in the Castlemaine area. This 7,445ha park, to the south of the region covered by this site, is designed
to protect the indigenous vegetation and some mineral springs whilst
also attracting heritage tourists. The reserve is only 100 metres in
depth so that underground mining could occur at some stage in the future.
DSE claim that this is Australia's first 'national heritage park. VicRoads Map 59 E4/E5'.
Forest Wildlife (State Game) Area
Located near Kerang, this reserve sometimes affords good birding (and shooting) opportunities. VicRoads Map 20 G5.
Pilot National Park
This 21,943ha national park, located to the east of the region covered
by this site, was meant to provide protected habitat for the most in
tact box-ironbark fauna assemblage in Victoria. Much of the Mt Pilot
block was burnt early in 2003 and the fire was so hot that it will take
many years for the reserve to recover. The blocks near Chiltern appear
to have escaped damage. Excellent touring and birding notes are available
from the Chiltern Information Centre. There is a good caravan park in
Chiltern, alongside Lake Anderson. Camping is no longer permitted in
the park. The White Box walk is a signposted walking circuit from Honeyeater
Dam (formerly called Cyanide Dam). This walk should satisfy bird observers.
Bird observers might consider visiting Bartley's Paddock, Chiltern Valley
Number One Reservoir and the Magenta Min. VicRoads Map 35.
Victoria web site
and/or Chris Tzaros book Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country
for maps and more about Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park.
of Chiltern web site
~ a 511 hectare red gum wetland located alongside the Murray River near
Cobram. There are some good camp sites and sandy beaches alongside the
I understand that this area is now a section of 'Murray River Park'. Camping is to be permitted.
Rocky escarpments are a feature of this reserve 25km north-east of Griffith.
The Cocoparra Range is covered in Mugga Ironbark, Black Cypress Pine,
Dwyer's Mallee Gum, Spearwood, heath and native grasses. White Cypress
Pine, Grey Box and Blakely's Red Gum grow in deep valley soils on creek
flats. There is a camping area on Woolshed Flat which is often used
as an overnight stop by travellers (e.g. by some travelling between
Adelaide and Sydney or between Melbourne and Brisbane). In good seasons,
many bush birds can be observed and Turquoise Parrots are sometimes
seen in sheltered gullies. The Binya State Forest lies immediately south
and is also ideal for good birding and bush walking.
a brochure or further information, contact NSW NPWS (02) 6966 8100.
This wetland near the township of Corop covers 12 hectares.
Cox's Reserve is located between Anderson Road and the Campaspe River, Strathallan (south of Echuca). The Strathallan Family Landcare Group has applied for permission to care for the reserve and plans to conduct regular bird surveys.
Located between Heathcote and Elmore on the western side of the Northern
Highway (VicRoads Map 45 C6), Crosbie Nature Conservation Reserve is a 2060 ha dry sclerophyll
forest. I understood that the reserve covers 1,265 ha. Most of the trees
are Grey Box. It provides habitat for several threatened species,e.g.
Ausfields Wattle, Regent Honeyeater, Grey-crowned Babbler and, in winter,
Swift Parrot. Topographic map: Ladys Pass 7824-3-1 1:25,000 and Toolleen
7824-4-2 1:25,000 (VicMap).VicRoads Map C5/C6
Crusoe Reservoir and Number 7 Park
Partly surrounded by the Greater Bendigo National Park, the 210 hectare Crusoe Reservoir and Number 7 Park is located at the southern end of Granter Street (which leaves the Calder Highway near the Harvey Norman Store) in the Bendigo suburb of Kangaroo Flat. At Crusoe Reservoir, water activities such as fishing and non-powered boating are allowed. The smaller Number 7 Reservoir is reserved for conservation and is not available for such water-based activities. The Friends of Crusoe Reservoir and Number 7 Park help to promote, protect and enhance the park.
From 2012, the reserve became better-known and the presence of such birds as Painted Snipe and Freckled Duck attracted many bird observers, many of them from Melbourne and elsewhere.
The reserve features gravel tracks, toilets, picnic facilities, historic relics, frog ponds and many hectares of native bushland.
A brochure and bird list are available from the Bendigo Visitor Information Centre. VicRoads Map 612 K10
Located near Leeton, this1642 hectare forest includes Cuba Beach and Tims Beach. It is a breeding area for the Superb Parrot. The forests along the Murrumbidgee form a nationally significant wetland. See map below 'Dunnoon Lagoon'.
In 2009, the NSW Natural Resources Commission recommended that this forest form part of a consolidated national park along the riparian corridor of the Murrumbidgee River and called for increased environmental water allowances for riparian forests such as Cuba.
Bird Routes of Griffith: Cuba State Forest
Lake Wildlife Area
Located near Kerang, this 749 hectare reserve is often open to shooters
during duck season. Part of the Koorangie reserve system and fed by the Reedy Lake system, Cullen Lake is a Ramsar listed salty, ephemeral wetland surrounded by open herbland. Cullen Lake has very high environmental value and provides a valuable feeding and resting area for many waterbirds. When it contains water, it often supports a wide
variety of water birds including Avocets, Stilts and endangered species. In order to minimise any build up of salinity, this marsh is allowed to dry out at times. Best access is
probably from Lake Charm-Quambatook Road. Motorists are advised not
to drive close to the water's edge lest they become bogged. CFA Region
20 Map 191 510 520; VicRoads Map 20 E4.
Click here for more information about Cullen Lake (DPI site)
This red gum wetland is located in Victoria on the opposite side of
the Murray to Campbell Island State Forest, between Koondrook and Murrabit.
Cussen Park, Tatura
Tatura locals have developed a 33 hectare park of indigenous plants around a lake
fed by town runoff. The area was previously strewn with rubbish. Cussen Park wetland is used to biologically treat Tatura's urban storm water, preventing poor quality water being passed onto the wetlands and farms downstream. It
is now a Mecca to bird observers who often flock here when less common
birds such as Freckled Duck are sometimes reported. Spotless and Spotless
Crake are often observed along with waders and water birds. The main wetland is sometimes dry but the section on the eastern side of Margaret Street almost always contains water. VicRoads
Map 671 M2.
Cussen Park Site
Travelling Stock Route Reserve
area of bushland, part of a travelling stock route, near the intersection
of Moulamein to Dahwilly Road with the Cobb Highway north-west of Deniliquin,
highly-regarded by ornithologists. Several less-common bush birds are often observed here, e.g. Hooded Robin.
hectares of box-red gum forest and lignum swamp at the junction of the
Loddon River and Sheepwash Creek.
Nature Conservation Reserve
Located west of Bealiba, this 1015 hectare floristically diverse reserve contains an area
of large, old Grey Box and Yellow Gum trees with hollows and
areas of White Ironbark. In places, on higher ground, Allocasuarina (Buloke) is the dominant tree.
Much of the reserve has a grassy understorey with Calytrix tetragona, Wattles, Flame Heath, Dianella
and Hibbertia. This reserve provides habitat for for several
endangered species, including Swift Parrot, Barking Owl, Powerful Owl,
Hooded Robin, Bush Stone Curlew, Tree Goanna, Fat-tailed Dunnart, Little
Whip Snake and Woodland Blind Snake. Yellow Robins can usually be seen,
e.g. along Centre Track. A creek borders one side of the reserve but
cannot be assessed as it is on fenced private land. The reserve has
been heavily logged in the past and, in places, tree stumps detract
from the wilderness effect. But the fallen timber provides great habitat. Access is via Stuart Mill-Emu Road or Archdale
Road. For groups, the corner of Burge Road and Archdale Road is a good
meeting point. VicRoads Map 42, H6. Map: Redbank North 7524-2-N 1:25,000
Victoria web site
and/or Chris Tzaros book Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country
for more about Dalyenong NCR.
Lead Nature Conservation Reserve
Located to the west of the area covered by this web site, this 1823
hectare reserve near Stawell contains a diverse array of vegetation
types within a reasonably confined area. The spring orchid display can
be very good.
Victoria web site
and/or Chris Tzaros' book Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country
for more about Deep Lead NCR.
precinct, Murray Valley Regional Park
This 428 hectare red gum wetland (formerly SF397) is located alongside the Edward River on
the south-eastern side of Deniliquin. In 2009, the NSW Natural Resources Commission assessed the forest and recommended that it become a Regional Park. See also: Island Sanctuary, Deniliquin.
west of Murchison, this wetland is managed by Parks Victoria. Because it is possible to channel water into this swamp, it may receive environmental water allocations from time to time.
Plain (Rochester West) Flora Reserve
This is a tiny native pine reserve, 10 hectares in size, west of (but
not alongside) the Northern Highway (B75).
Click here for more information about Doherty's Plain Flora Reserve (DPI site)
There are several small reserves near Dookie, including Boxwood NCR,
Yabba South NCR and Wattville NCR. Dookie Agricultural College's bushland
reserve, at the foot of Mt Major, features mature White Box which, when
in flower, provides habitat for the Swift Parrot ~ access is via the
Ring Road but permission to enter is required from the College.
Lake South NCR
A 116 hectare saline wetland north-west of Kerang. At times, the muddy
edges are ideal for waders. The northern section of Duck Lake will remain
open for shooting during 'Duck Season'.
Dunnoon Lagoon is part of a 155 hectare forest-wetland alongside the Murrumbidgee River downstream of Darlington Point. It is part of Murrumbidgee National Park. See
Echuca Historic and Cultural Features Reserve
This newly-proclaimed reserve includes The Port of Echuca and Banyula Forest (see above).
(The former) Echuca Regional Park
The original wooden Stewarts Bridge has now been replaced by a new one-lane
structure open to all traffic. This riverside area near Stewarts Bridge is now part of Murray River Park.
See Murray River Park page for more information on this area.
See also Torrumbarry Area Reserves
and Wills Bend.
English's Bridge Streamside Reserve
Located about 35km north-east of Bendigo, this reserve is alongside the Campaspe River. Access is via English's Road from the Midland highway. Camping is allowed beside the river near the bridge. Birding is better at the end of Rocky Crossing Road to the south.
Natural Features Reserve
Located 3km north of Everton, this lovely reserve is all but bounded
on one side by the Wangaratta to Bright rail trail. At one corner of
the reserve, the trail forks, with one fork going to Beechworth and
other to Bright. The reserve features some old Red Box trees and Blakely's
Red Gum, with an rich understorey which includes Grevillea alpina,
Calytrix, Dianella and various species of wattle.
love the trails in this reserve. A suggested walk starts where the rail
trail forks and parallels the rail trail past Everton station (toilets).
Keep turning right at each track junction, uphill alongside a regenerating
field with lots of Grevillea alpina, uphill past a vineyard and
right at the track intersection. Follow this track back to the start.
Birds usually observed in this reserve include Turquoise Parrot, King
Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Jacky Winter, Peaceful Dove, Grey Shrike Thrush,
Golden Whistler, Rufous Whistler, White-throated Tree-creeper and Crested
Shrike-tit. VicRoads Map 35 A8.
Botanic Reserve, Barham
This is an indigenous plant garden located to the east of Barham Lake
alongside East Barham Road. A wide variety of locally native plants
are displayed. Note that the numbers of the plants on the spreadsheets
which can be obtained from inside the garden shed do not always match
the numbers at the base of the plants. VicRoads Map 591 U7.
See also Barham Lake (above)'
outstanding Ramsar-listed wetland in Leeton to the north-east of the
region. This wetland attracts many birders to the area. Large numbers of Glossy Ibis can be observed at dusk coming in to roost in the wetland over night. Some treated water from the adjoining sewage treatment plant is discharged into the wetland. An evening walk in the wetland is a feature of the annual Australian Bird Fair held in nearby Yanco.
here to enter the Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands Trust web site.
Australian (Leeton) Bird Fair (external site)
Five Mile Reserve: See Perricoota Road reserves and Murray Valley Regional Park.
51 hectares of lignum and box forest (many of the trees are dead) have
been reserved south of Cohuna, immediately downstream of the confluence
Pyramid Creek (which connects Kow Swamp to the Murray River) and Bullock
Creek. The reserve is about 4km south-east of Rowland NCR.
Access is across a paddock and difficult to find without a guide from DSE or DPI. CFA Region 20 Rural Directory, Map 216, 460 227. VicRoads Map 21 D8.
Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve
~ 2,149 ha south-east of Castlemaine, to the south of the
Gadsen Bend Park
Legislation to create Gadsen Bend Park was passed by both Houses of the Victorian Parliament in December 2009. This reserve is alongside the Murray River near Robinvale and covers 1,620 hectares. It features large sandbars and picturesque scenery.
Details of this new reserve can be downloaded from the DSE Red Gum page by clicking here.
15km north of Lockhart on the Narrandera Road, this hill supports a
wide variety of native grasses and wildflowers. Contact Friends of Galore
(02) 6920 5683.
Red Gum Swamp NCR (D29)
A 148 hectare block currently known as Red Gum Swamp Wildlife Reserve. VicRoads Map 21 D5.
Swamp, Mooroopna South
wetland managed by DSE. It is unlikely that any environmental water
allocation can be delivered to this wetland which is often dry because it relies on local runoff. CFA map 292 515655.
Swamp Wildlife Area
452 hectare wildlife reserve on the south-eastern side of Lake Cooper
(near Elmore). Duck hunting has been allowed at times. This wetland
fills from Cornella Creek overflows and backup water from Lake Cooper. Brolgas are sometimes observed here.
Managed by Parks Victoria. CFA map 289 0-50550. VicRoads Map 45 F2.
Swamp Wildlife Reserve
wetland area with some Yellow Box at the edge of Echuca-Mooroopna Road
in Mooroopna. There is a walking track around the swamp and locals have
prepared a brochure outlining points of interest. It is regarded as
a good birding area. It was burnt by wildfire during 2006. See Lower Goulburn River National Park for more information on this area. VicRoads Map 672 G7.
A 28 hectare block of Crown land with good quality Chenopod Grassland
around a Lignum Wetland. Contains rare Spiny Lignum. VicRoads Map 29 J2.
(Trust for Nature) Grassland
Glassons is a 170 hectare Trust for Nature indigenous grassland reserve south-east
of Terricks, alongside Aird Road Rosylnmead. Other than on 'open days',
please do not enter this property without permission from the Trust
and/or its manager Eris O'Brien. During the recent drought, there has
been a reduction in weed infestation and a healthy regrowth of some indigenous
grasses and bushes. The Striated Sun-moth has been recorded twice in
Victoria: the second sighting was in January 2007 in this reserve. This
is one of several indigenous grasslands in the region owned by the Trust,
others include Korrak Korrak, Kinypanial and Naringalingalook. The
property immediately to the east (the green shaded area in VicRoads) has been purchased by DSE and is now a section of Terrick Terrick National Park. VicRoads Map 30 H4.
Trust for Nature notes on Glassons Grassland.
Nature Conservation Reserve
Located south-west of Rushworth, this reserve covers 300ha. VicRoads Map 45 G5.
This small bushland reserve lies off Euroa-Mansfield Road near Galls
Gap Road. There are toilets downstream of the falls. This reserve and Polly McQuinns Reservoir is
a very good birding spot. There is a small camping area at nearby Polly
McQuinns. VicRoads Map 47 B7
Goschen Bushland Reserve
in a sea of farmland between Ultima and Lake Boga (VicRoads
Map 13 J9), this small, isolated bushland reserve is very popular with
bird observers as many inland birds not often seen further south or
east are often observed here. It is often visited by birders in conjunction
to a visit to Tresco West Bushland Reserve.
Early last century, this was proposed as a site for a township. Some of the buildings included a school and a church, few signs of which remain. A hall still stands but is rarely if ever used. There is a fenced area containing a communications tower. There are tennis courts which are no longer used. In addition to the township area, some adjoining land has been allowed to regenerate.
mallee eucalypts, this delightful reserve contains Cassia, Olearia (white-flowering bushes above) and Berrigan [or Long-leaf
Emu-bush] (Eremophila longifolia), a rough barked small tree that
is a vital food source for nomadic honeyeaters such as Black Honeyeater
and Pied Honeyeater. The range and variety of birds tends to fluctuate
from year to year, depending on levels of rain and the availability
of flowering plants, such as eucalypts and Emu-bush. The bird list for
this small reserve is extensive. Species recorded here include Budgerigar,
Cockatiel, Blue Bonnet, Mulga Parrot, Variegated Fairy-wren, Yellow-throated
Miner, a wide variety of honeyeaters (including Singing, Yellow-plumed,
Striped, White-fronted, Pied and Black), Crested Bellbird, Orange Chat, Hooded Robin,
Red-capped Robin, Dusky Woodswallow, Zebra Finch and Pied Butcherbird.
surrounding area has been cleared for farming. VicRoads Map 13 J9.
Article about a visit to Goschen by Chris Coleborn, 'a Christian birder'
Tim Dolby's Goschen and Tresco West page (excellent; highly recommended)
Located alongside the Goulburn River upstream of its confluence with the Murray River and near Loch Garry.
Most of the forested areas along the lower reaches of the Goulburn River have been incorporated into the new Lower Goulburn River National Park.
NCR and Gowar South NCR ~ several
small Box-Ironbark reserves north-east of St. Arnaud.
Balranald Shire has constructed a bird viewing structure at this important
waterbird breeding area. The new hide (which is not well sited) is part
of the Tri-avian Corridor, the other hides being in Wakool Shire (Tullakool
Evaporative Basin) and Murray Shire (Reed Beds, Mathoura to Picnic Point
Greater Bendigo National Park (incorporating
Whipstick & Kamarooka State Parks)
on this park have been moved to a separate page. Click
here to enter.
Victoria web site
and/or Chris Tzaros book Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country
for maps and more about Greater Bendigo Regional Park.
here to download a pamphlet on birding spots of Kamarooka Forest by
Gully State Forest
This smallish, degraded 48 hectare wetland (SF368) is located near the intersection of Perricoota
Road and Lower Thule Road north-west of Bunnaloo.
Green Gully is a former course of the Murray River. The NSW Natural Resources Commission has recommended that it become either private covenanted land or a research and rehabilitation reserve.
of Corop, this lake is managed as an irrigation storage by Goulburn Murray Water
and sometimes used for boating. Water comes from Cornella Creek, Lake
Cooper overflows and the Western Waranga Channel. There are usually
Brolga and a range of water birds in the reserve. The north-western section is usually the best section of the lake for water birds. Free camping is permitted and there are toilets. VicRoads Map 31 F8/F9.
69ha formerly known as Quambatook Flora Reserve. Access is via Griffith Road from
Boort-Quambatook Road. VicRoads Map 20 A9; CFA Regional Directory Region
20, Map 213 88 187
Click here to enter a separate page on
Barmah-Millewa Forest of which most of Gulpa Island is a part.
Near Torrumbarry and Gunbower, public land adjoining Gunbower Creek (including associated lagoons) is being fenced to separate it from private property. Woody weeds are being removed and much revegetation work is in progress. A good map or local guide is desirable in order to access some sections.
Gunbower Island National Park and Gunbower Island State Forest
Located between anabranches of the Murray, this 26,400ha 'island' supports
an extensive red gum wetland of international significance for its importance
to birds, native mammals and amphibians. Over 170 species of bird, 24
reptile species, many species of fish and around 200 plant species have
been recorded on the island. No wonder the island attracts anglers,
campers, canoeists, 4WD drivers, bird observers and bushwalkers.
A separate page has been created to cover Gunbower-Perricoota-Koondrook Forest, including Gunbower National Park.
Located within its confines is the
19,450ha Gunbower National Park and State Forest, part of one of the six Living Murray
icon sites. Part of the island has recently been declared a national park. The national park covers 9,330 hectares. Much of the remaining public land remains state forest in which some logging activity will be permitted.The forest is called the Perricoota-Koondrook
Forest on the NSW side of the Murray River.
Forest is an important breeding area for colonial waterbirds. It contains
threatened plant and animal species, and is visited by migratory birds
listed under international treaties with Japan (JAMBA) and China (CAMBA).
Interim objectives and outcomes for actions under the First Step of
The Living Murray Initiative
are as follows: maintain and restore a mosaic of healthy floodplain
communities; 80% of permanent and semi-permanent wetlands in healthy
condition; 30% of River Red Gum forest in healthy condition; Successful
breeding of thousands of colonial waterbirds in at least three years
spots on the island include Clump Bend (Gilbert Whistler, Grey-crowned
Babbler, Black Swamp, Reedy Lake and Little Reedy Lake. Gunbower Development Group Inc. has published a brochure on the birds of the Gunbower District; the free brochure is available from some retail outlets in Gunbower and from local information centres.
Some areas of
State Forest on Gunbower Island (e.g. near Koondrook) remain available for timber
For more information, visit the Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota
Click here to download a pdf brochure
on birding spots of Gunbower Island.
See also Perricoota-Koondrook Forest
Guttrum State Forest is a
red gum wetland in Victoria north-west of Barham. Access via Miller
Road (which runs off Murrabit Road). The wetland is called Campbell
Island State Forest on the NSW side of the Murray River. This is a multi-use forest ~ logging (licence required), camping and dogs are permitted. CFA Region 20 Rural Directory Map 192 350 380.
Gunbower-Koondrook-Perricoota Forest page.
49,975 hectare national park is located to the north-west of the region covered. See Parks
Victoria Hattah National Park Page for information. VicMap has a special
outdoor recreation map on Hattah National Park. The park is popular with campers, naturalists, bushwalkers and bird observers.
Hay section, Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park
One of several blocks of the new Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park. this River Red Gum wetland near Hay lays to the north of the region covered by this site. Area and details unknown.
Heathcote-Graytown National Park
A separate page has been created for this National Park. Click here to enter.
Ida is located alongside the Northern Highway just north of Heathcote,
half an hour south of Echuca. From its summit all the way north to New
Guinea there is no higher hill. Mt Ida, which was a flora reserve for many years, is now
part of the new Heathcote-Graytown National Park which covers 12,833ha
from Mt. Ida in a north-easterly direction.
In Spring, the base of Mt Ida is often a sea of colourful wilflowers.
The former Mt Black Flora
Reserve is included in this national park (proclaimed late in 2002).
It is possible to see marked changes in the vegetation as one travels
in a north-south direction through the park.
Mt Ida's riches lie not in metals, (although gold mining
occurred around here and accounts for the establishment of the nearby
town of Heathcote), but in its diversity of flora. The north slopes
are not as densely vegetated as the south-facing slopes because the
southern slopes are cooler and wetter. On the western side, along the
Northern Highway (B75) there is a stand of Yellow Gum. Further east
is Grey Box and Red Stringybark. Then the box forest gives way to Red
Ironbark (in Dargile Forest). River Red Gum, Yellow Box, Yellow Box
and Silver Wattle grow along some of the gullies and creeks. Some of
the other plants found here include Daphne Heath, Grevillea alpina
and a wealth of wattles, including Gold-dust Wattle (Acacia acinacea).
Grass Trees are common further east, near Mt Black. The area is best
visited in Spring.
around 30,000 hectares, the area between Mt Ida and Rushworth is the
biggest remaining box-ironbark forest in Victoria. The new national
park covers 12,833ha of this area. The Spring Creek Nature Conservation
Reserve covers a further 401ha and the Whroo Nature Conservation
Reserve covers a further 2298 ha. some of which has been mined.
The open cut mine at Whroo is well worth visiting.
The remainder of the forest is State Forest, much of which is available for
a vehicular track from the Northern Highway to the summit of Mt Ida
where it is relatively easy to find fossils in rocks. There is a basic
picnic ground near the Highway. Bushwalkers can walk from Mt. Ida into
Heathcote but the appropriate topographic maps and a compass should
be carried. An even better walk is to walk a circuit incorporating Plantation
Track and the Dargile Forest.
an excellent camping and picnic ground, with toilets, off Plantation
Track, in the Dargile Forest. It can be reached via the Colbinabbin
Road and Hicks Rd. The wildflower display around the picnic ground is
usually outstanding in Spring. Many of the trees around the picnic ground have
been planted. Further from the picnic ground is an ironbark forest which
supports a magnificent display of wildflowers in spring, provided, however,
the winter has been reasonably wet.
There are some marked walking tracks that start and end in the picnic ground.
extends eastward toward, a locality known as Graytown, which once had
a population of several thousand. The former Mt Black Flora Reserve,
which offers superb views, is part of this new National Park and is
popular with bird watchers and bush walkers.
also extends into the large Puckapunyal Military Training Area. The
military reserve is a retreat for emus and is where some of the oldest
ironbarks can be found.
is bordered on the west by a number of vineyards which produce shiraz
of outstanding quality.
To the north
of the reserve is an area of State Forest and the Whroo Historic Reserve.
Unfortunately, a wonderful grasstree forest between Whroo and Rushworth
is not included in the reserve.
good in the forest, with a mix of northern and southern birds, especially
from Spring through to Autumn. Bird observers regard the Whroo area as one of
the best birding areas in the State, particularly when the ironbark
is in flower.
a small timber industry based on Rushworth and ironbark.
the Northern Highway (B75), the nearby Crosbie NCR is worth visiting.
It, too, is a Box-ironbark Forest forest.
topographic maps covering the park include Ladys Pass, Heathcote, Graytown
and Redcastle (VicMap).
Greater Bendigo National Park Page A pdf map of the park can be downloaded
from the Parks Victoria web site.
~ native bushland off Alan Street Henty
(to the north-east of the region) with Yellow Box, Red Gum and a rich
Hird Swamp Wildlife Area, Macorna North
near Macorna North , north-west of Leitchville (VicRoads Map 21 C7),
the Ramsar-listed Hird Swamp is sometimes a Mecca for bird observers, some of whom
have travelled from as far afield as Broome to observe Painted Snipe. Other species which have been observed in this 344 hectare deep freshwater marsh include Freckled Duck; Australasian and Little Bittern; Baillons and
Spotted Crake; Buff-banded Rail; Wood and Marsh Sandpiper; large numbers
of Spoonbills, Egrets, Herons, Cormorants, Dotterels; Whiskered, Gull-billed
and Caspian Tern; Orange Chat; Brown Quail; bush
birds such as Pied Butcherbird; and birds of prey, including White-bellied
Sea Eagle. Fire ravaged the swamp a few years ago. Since then, regeneration
has occurred and the swamp is sometimes flooded through summer when
most other wetlands are dry.
Including some bushland, the reserve is to cover 456 hectares. The reserve is divided by Pyramid Creek. AThe western side of the creek is dominated by lignum, Typha and Phragmites. The smaller eastern side is dominated by woodland.
It has recently
been established that the Australian Painted Snipe is a separate species
to the Asian bird, and Hird Swamp is one of only a few locations where
this rare bird has been recorded over recent years. So this swamp is
of great ornithological significance.
Birders are advised to check out Johnson Swamp on the other side of the Leitchville-Kerang Road. In dry weather, access is via Day Lane (which becomes Rifle Range Track). It is hoped that when Hird Swamp is allowed to dry out environmental water will be released into Johnson Swamp.
map: Keely 1:50,000 (Central Mapping Authority of New South Wales).Vicroads Map 21 C7.
Lagoon (Moama Wetlands)
Located on floodplain alongside the iron bridge over the Murray in Moama,
this 18 hectare park (SF742) features an elevated walkway over a billabong. Most
of the trees are red gums (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) but there
is an understorey of wattles, native grasses and native cherry (Exocarpus
strictus). A swamp near the scout hall is frequented by water birds,
including Pelican and Purple Swamp Hen. Dollar Birds are often observed
NSW Natural Resources Commission has assessed the area and recommended that Horseshoe Lagoon Bicentennial Park become a Regional Park in which logging and cattle will not be permitted.
brochure on this reserve has been prepared by local students and is
available from the adjoining Murray Shire offices. VicRoads Map 597 K5.
Click here to go to Murray Shire's web page about Moama Wetlands (Horseshoe Lagoon)
here to download a brochure on birding spots of Echuca-Moama, including
'permanent' drought refuge wetland in Barmah National Park managed by Parks
Victoria. Dried out in 2007. Now part of Barmah National Park. VicRoads Map 22 A8 (not marked).
Nature Conservation Reserve
mallee blocks totalling 1,200ha near Inglewood and Kooyoora State Park. VicRoads Map 43 F2 and F3.
The Inglis Bushland Reserve Management Committee has signed off on a
management plan with other stakeholder groups for this 17 hectare reserve
which is situated along the Congupna-Guilfus Creek, south of Katandra
The reserve protects a remnant of
Grey Box Grassy Woodland which once covered a wide area. The reserve
was originally set aside as a watering point for drovers and later became
a sporting reserve before the focus shifted to revegetation and conservation.
Island Sanctuary, Deniliquin
There are few places in Australia
where you can stand on the footpath of the main street of a town and
possibly see a wild platypus. You can, with luck, in Deniliquin. Water rats and
tortoises might also be sighted in the lagoon at the entrance to this 14 acre riverside wetland.
Opposite the shops in Deniliquin's
main street is a delightful park. Further along the main street, on
the same side as the shops, a lagoon of the Edward River has been preserved
in its natural condition. The lagoon is roughly parallel to the footpath.
A footbridge leads from the footpath across the lagoon into an area
of River Red Gum bushland.
There is a picnic shelter
located within the reserve. Toilets are located alongside the main entrance.
Many young gums which came up after a recent
flood can be seen around marker 2.
Red Kangaroos and Grey Kangaroos
are found here and, until a few years ago, there were emus. The emus are no longer there, which is just as well as they were becoming a little
aggressive! A mound has been built (marker 3) to enable the kangaroos
to survive floods. They prefer the cooler, lower area near marker 3
when it is hot.
Over 100 species of birds have been
recorded in the reserve. Many seek shelter in the rushes alongside marker
5. Waterbirds are common and many live and breed here when conditions
are right. During flood times, hundreds of Nankeen Night Herons and
Intermediate Egrets nest in the reserve. Some locals go birding in the
reserve from 7am almost every Sunday morning.
here to download a brochure on birding spots of Deniliquin, including a sketch map of Island Sanctuary.
Click here for an html version of the above
Jallukar Nature Conservation
Located to the south-west of the area covered by this web site, this
high-quality, species-rich open woodland with large Yellow Gum, Yellow
Box and river Red Gum trees, provides habitat for threatened species.
Located west of Ararat, this 1165 ha block lies just east of Grampians National Park. VicRoads Map 56 D5.
Flat Nature Conservation Reserve ~
71 ha reserve near Eaglehawk.
VicRoads Map 603 T11.
Creek Regional Reserve
~ located east of Wodonga
outside the area covered by this site.
Swamp Wildlife Area
Near Hird Swamp, this 555 hectare reed-covered Ramsar freshwater marsh (340 hectares plus surrounding flats and bushland) and may support
Painted Snipe. A local bird observer recorded around 50 species in the
reserve when it was dry. This wetland is usually open to hunters during
the duck season despite the presence there, at times, of some endangered species. The swamp is often dry but authorities try to release environmental water into either this wetland or part of nearby Hird Swamp at times when environmental water is available. If there has not been flooding, the plan is to flood this wetland with environmental water once every five years and then to keep it topped up for several months before allowing it to dry again. Access is via Day Lane. VicRoads Map 21 C7.
~ part of Bush Heritage's Nardoo Hills Reserves, this section has over 300 hectares of grassy woodland adjoining the Wychitella
Nature Conservation Reserve
near Wedderburn. Located north of Mt Kerang, the reserve is
not open to the public. The Fund has recently purchased two adjoining properties
and call these the Nardoo Hills Reserves (see below). VicRoads Map 29 A6.
Kalyarr National Park
Created in 2005, this national park (formerly Darcoola Station) covers 8,173 hectares and is located north-west of Hay. .The park contains native grasslands, some sandhills and clay flats. Access is via a track to Darcoola Homestead off the Maude-Hay Road, about 30km west of Hay. The park is managed through the Griffith office. Enquiries: (02) 6969 0700.
~ now part of Greater
Bendigo National Park
Kanyapella Basin Wildlife Area
There is a separate page on this
forest. Click here to enter this site's Kanyapella Basin page.
here to view a map of the area (DSE site)
here to download a pdf brochure on birding spots of the Kanyapella
Basin by Dallas Wyatt.
More reserves commencing with the letter K are listed here.
following are some of the reserves starting with the letter K through to O outlined
on page 2 (unless otherwise stated):
Kamarooka Forest (click to enter a separate page on Greater Bendigo National Park of which Kamarooka is a part)
Kanyapella Wildlife Area (click to enter a separate page)
Kara Kara Forest
Kerang Regional Park
Koondrook Forest (click here to enter a separate page on Gunbower-Perricoota-Koondrook Forest)
Kooyoora State Park
Korrak Korrak Grasslands
Leaghur State Park
Lower Goulburn National Park (click here to enter a separate page on this national park)
McDonald Swamp Wildlife Area
McKenzie Reserve, Alexandra
Maryborough Regional Park
Morgans Beach, Barmah Forest (click here to enter a separate page on Barmah-Millewa Forest)
Mount Alexander Regional Park
Mount Black (click here to enter a separate page on Heathcote-Graytown National Park of which Mt Black is a part)
Mt. Egbert ("The Granites")
Mt. Granya State Park
Mt. Hope NCR
Mt. Ida (click here to enter a separate page on Heathcote-Graytown National Park of which Mt Black is a part)
Mt. Lawson State Park
Mt. Sugarloaf NCR
Murray River Park
Murrindindi Scenic Reserve
Murrumbidgee Valley Regional Park
Nanneella Bushland Reserve
Oolambeyan National Park
Ovens River reserves
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Several maps available for sale
cover part of the area covered above. For NSW Forests, refer Central
Murray Valley State Forests (Western Forest Region) 1:250,000 (NSW Forestry
1992) ~ also covers part of northern Victoria. Topographic maps of the
area are available by phone order from Information Victoria. Local topographic
maps are sold at the Mathoura Rural Transaction Centre, Cobb Highway
Mathoura. For bushwalking, 1:25,000 maps are best. However, only 1:50,000
maps are available for much of the region. Hayman Maps has produced excellent maps of the Barmah-Echuca and Cohuna-Gunbower Island areas and these two maps are available through Information Victoria and local tourist information centres.
G=Natural Features Reserve; NP=National Park; NCR=Nature Conservation
Reserve; TSR=Travelling Stock Route Reserve; SF=State Forest.
Click here for Echuca Landcare
Group's home page
here for gthe home page of BirdLife Echuca Disrtrict
Created April 1997; redesigned
and amended February 2006; last revision October 2011 by Keith Stockwell.
The information above is based on various DSE publications, Box-Ironbark
Investigative reports, Internet sites, newspaper articles, tourist brochures, maps,
word of mouth, emails and personal observation. This is a private, unofficial site and the information may not be completely accurate or up-to-date and should not be therefore be relied upon. No responsibility is taken for errors and omissions, so use this information at your own risk. if you detect
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