Nature & wildlife

Bird Watching

The area is renowned for its natural beauty, from the still backwaters to the mighty red gums to the enchanting native wildlife and everything in between. Unique to other tourist destinations it has not been robbed of its charm or ability to provide quiet space and tranquillity- it’s nature as it was intended!

The area is close to the Barmah Forest wetlands, which have attracted international recognition as one of the most important wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin. Visitors can also go for a forest drive through the Koondrook State Forest and look out for local wildlife such as kangaroos, emus, and plenty of bird species. Or search for waterbirds in the Gunbower Island State Forest, a 20,000-hectare flood plain.

Birds of the river margin habitat include kingfishers (Kookaburra, Azure Kingfisher and Sacred Kingfisher), Black Duck, Wood Duck, Eurasian Coot, Purple Swamphen, and the Buff-banded Land Rail. The tall trees also attract numbers of common birds such as Yellow Rosella, Long-billed Corella (sometimes in deafening flocks), Noisy Miner and Willy Wagtail.

There are excellent forest settings which are a haven for native wildlife with plenty of recreation sites like camping grounds, picnic areas, walking trails and an extensive network of forest roads for you to explore. These include: