Wetlands are areas of land where water covers the soil - all year or just at certain times of the year. Wetlands may be natural or artificial and the water within a wetland may be static or flowing, fresh, brackish or saline. Wetlands include:

  • swamps, marshes
  • billabongs, lakes, lagoons
  • saltmarshes, mudflats
  • mangroves
  • dams and farm dams
  • rivers and creeks.

Learn more https://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/about

To get you started, we have provided the locations of some key wetland locations but there are many more.

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New South Wales and ACT

Albury Wonga Wetlands
Location: A five-minute drive from the Albury CBD along the Riverina Highway (the road to Howlong and Corowa).
T: (02) 6043 5820
E: jhawkins@alburycity.nsw.gov.au
W: www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/leisure-and-culture/wonga-wetlands

Barmah Forest
Location: On the Murray River between the towns of Barmah and Strathmerton. Access to the 12 major entrance gates is available from the Moira Lakes Road, Barmah-Picola Road, and the Murray Valley Highway.
T: 13 1963
E: info@parks.vic.gov.au

Batemans Bay Water Gardens wetlands
Location: 1 Museum Pl, Batemans Bay NSW 2536 

Bicentennial Park
Location: Homebush Bay
W: www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/whats_on/parks/bicentennial_park 

Bushells Lagoon
Location: Wilberforce
W: http://www.bonzle.com/c/a?a=p&p=164194&cmd=sp

Cattai Wetlands
Location: Spring Hill Road, Coopernook
T: 02 65925399
E: tareecouncil@gtcc.nsw.gov.au
W: www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au

Colongra Swamp Nature Reserve
Location: Colongra, NSW
W: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/colongra-swamp-nature-reserve

Comerong Island
Location: Shoalhaven heads NSW 
W: https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Comerong-Island-Nature-Reserve

Coomaditchy Lagoon
Location:
Port Kembla
W: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=2700738

Everlasting Swamp Conservation Area
Location: Lower Southgate
W: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/parkmanagement/SMI/20140156SMIEverlastingSwampSCA.pdf 

Goulburn Wetlands
Location:
139 May Street Goulburn NSW 2580
T: 0418 235 425
W:
http://goulburnwetlands.org.au/

Gwydir Wetlands
Location: near Moree
W: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Events/waterbird-lagoon-gwydir-wetlands-open

Hunter Wetlands National Park
Location: Short drive from Newcastle
W: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Hunter-Wetlands-National-Park 

Jerrabomberra Wetlands
Location: Canberra
T: (02) 6205 7151
E: FriendsOfJerraWetlands@gmail.com   
W: www.jerrabomberrawetlands.org 

Lake Brewster wetland
Location: Between Lake Cargelligo & Hilston
W: www.environment.gov.au/water/cities-towns/water-smart/lake-brewster-dam

Lake Cowal
Location: 
43 km northwest of West Wyalong, and approximately 60 km south west of Forbes in Central New South Wales.
W: www.lakecowalfoundation.org.au

Lake Illawarra
Location: Lake Illawarra is located between the Illawarra escarpment and the Pacific Ocean on the NSW South Coast some 90 kilometres south of Sydney.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 W: http://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/south-coast/shellharbour-area/shellharbour/attractions/lake-illawarra  

Lake Wollumboula
Location: Culburra Beach
W: http://www.wollumboola.org.au/Birds%20of%20Lake%20Wollumboola.pdf

Lime Kiln Bay
Location: Hurstville
W: http://www.hurstville.nsw.gov.au/Lime-Kiln-Bay.html

Longneck Lagoon
Location: Scheyville National Park
W: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Walking-tracks/Longneck-Lagoon-walking-track

Macquarie Marshes
Location: 60km north of Warren
W: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Macquarie-Marshes-Nature-Reserve

Mannus Lake Dam
Location: Tumbarumba
W: www.tumbashire.nsw.gov.au/mannus-dam-project

Menindee Lakes
Location: Broken Hill
W: www.menindeelakes.com/home.htm

Mina Creek
Location: Menai

Murray River
Locations: Throughout the river's length
NSW: www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/the-murray

Namoi River 
Location: Gunnedah
W: www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw/tamworth-area/gunnedah/attractions/namoi-river-and-woolshed-reserve

Narrabeen Lagoon
Location: Narrabeen, Northern Beaches, Sydney
W: http://www.warringah.nsw.gov.au/play/narrabeen-lagoon-state-park 


Paroo Overflow Lakes
Locations: Bourke, Louth and Tibooburra
W: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/paroodarling-national-park

Pittwater/Orielton Lagoon (RAMSAR recognised)
Location: Orielton Tasmania
W: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/file.aspx?id=11639 

Pughs Lagoon
Location: western end of Windsor Street, Richmond
W: http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/18610/Parks-and-Reserves-brochure.pdf

Putta Bucca Wetlands
Location: Mudgee, New South Wales
W:puttabuccawetlands.webs.com

Saltpan Creek Wetlands
Location: Riverwood
W: www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/Discover/Parks-sporting-community-facilities/Parks-Sporting-Fields/Salt-Pan-Creek-Wetlands

Tempe Lands
Location: Tempe, NSW
T: (02) 9335 2193
W: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/environment/in-your-community/volunteering/tempe-birdos/

Thirlmere Lakes National Park
Location: Couridjah
T: (02) 4632 4500
W: www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Thirlmere-Lakes-National-Park 

Tiger Bay Wetland
Location: Warren
T: 1800 748 379
E: ceoriversmart@gmail.com
W: http://www.warren.nsw.gov.au/region/133-tiger-bay-wetlands or www.riversmart.org.au

Warriewood wetlands
Location: 14 jackson rd
T: 1300 000232
E: cec@pittwater.nsw.gov.au
W: www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au 

 

Northern Territory

Howard Springs Hunting Reserve
Location: East of Darwin and to the North of the Howard Springs Nature Park
W: www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/hshunting#.Vwh5pPl97IU

Manton Dam Recreation Area
Location: Turn west off the Stuart Highway about 70 km south of Darwin
W: www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/mantondam#.Vwh7I_l97IU

Mary River wetlands
Location: Darwin
W: www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/maryriver#.Vwh5bfl97IU

McMinns Lagoon Recreation Reserve
Location: 5 Dreamtime Drive, McMinns Lagoon
W: www.litchfield.nt.gov.au/gallery/mcminns-lagoon-recreation-reserve
 

Queensland

Boondall Wetlands Reserve
Location: 31 Paperbark Dv, Moreton Bay and Islands
W: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/environment-centres/boondall-wetlands-environment-centre/boondall-wetlands

Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve
Location: At the foot of the Hann Tableland, 6.5kms north of the township of Mareeba on the northern Atherton Tablelands. It is an easy 1 hour drive NW of Cairns, or 1 hour SW of Port Douglas with a clearly signposted turn-off on the highway at Biboohra.
W: www.mareebawetlands.org

Lake Eden
Location: North Lakes, Brisbane, Qld
W:http://www.visitmoretonbayregion.com.au/listing/town-park-lake-eden-north-lakes/ 

Loganholme Wetlands
Location: Cornubia/Loganholme Qld
T: 0427002640
E: piccabeen1@bigpond.com

Spring Lake
Location:
Springfield Lakes QLD 4300
T: 1800223050
E: info@lendlease.com.au
W: www.http://communities.lendlease.com/springfield-lakes

TYTO Wetlands
Location: Ingham
T: (07) 4776 4792
E: tourism@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au 
W: www.tyto.com.au


Victoria


Alphinton Park Wetlands
Location: Alphington
W: www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Environment/Parks-and-reserves/Alphington-Park

Balcombe Creek
Location: Mt. Martha
W: www.berg.org.au

Belgrave Lake Park
Location: 35 Park Drive , Belgrave, VIC 3160
T: 1300 368 333
E: mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au
W: http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Lists/Parks-Facilities/Belgrave-Lake-Park

Balyang Sanctuary

Location: 1-11 Marnock Road, Newtown, 1-11Barwon valley, Geelong VIC

W:  http://www.geelongaustralia.com.au/parks/item/balyang.aspx or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balyang_Sanctuary 

 
Birdsland Reserve
Location: 271 Mt Morton Rd, Belgrave Heights
T: 1300 368 333
E: mail@yarraranges.vic.gov.au
W: http://www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Lists/Parks-Facilities/Birdsland-Reserve

Blackburn Lake
Location: Blackburn
W: http://blackburnlakesanctuary.org

Cairn Curran Reservoir
Location: Welshmans Reef
W: www.g-mwater.com.au/water-resources/catchments/storages/loddon/cairncurranreservoir

Dolphin Lagoon
Location: Tambo Bluff, Gippsland Lakes
T: 03 5156 2008
E: secretary@tblc.org.au
W: https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-37.879104,147.8203428,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1s1ZAUEoLfnuaIEnbLilm2baYFEFzk 

Darebin Creek wetlands
Location: Alphington
W: http://friendsofdarebincreek.org.au/explore/

Edithvale Wetlands
Location: Edithvale
W: http://www.edithvale-seaford-wetlands.org

Gippsland Lakes
Location: Loch Sport
W: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Gippsland/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife/Lakes-and-waterways or http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/gippsland-lakes-coastal-park

Hay's Paddock billabong
Location: Leason St, East Kew
W: www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/parks-gardens/popular-parks

Jacksons Creek
Location: Sunbury
W: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Creek_(Victoria)

Jells Park
Location: Dandenong Creek Valley, Wheelers Hill
T: 13 1963
E: info@parks.vic.gov.au
W: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/dandenong-valley-parklands/things-to-do/lake-area

Lysterfield Lake
Location: Lysterfield Park, Narre Warren North
T: 131963
E: info@parks.vic.gov.au
W: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/lysterfield-park

Murray River
Locations: Throughout the river's length
NSW: www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/the-murray

Nagambie Lakes
Location: Nagambie, Victoria
W: http://www.nagambielakestourism.com.au/

Princetown Wetlands
Location: Princetown
W: http://www.greatoceanwalk.info/inspiration/princetown-wetlands/

Reedy Swamp
Location: Shepparton
W: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/lower-goulburn-national-park/environment

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Vic
Location: Ballad to Rd and Botanic Drive Cranbourne
T: 03 5990 2200
E: rbgc@rbg.vic.gov.au
W: https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/visit-cranbourne  

Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne
Location: Bird wood Ave, South Yarra Vic
T: 03 9252 2300
E: rbg.vic.gov.au
W: https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/  

Rupertswood Lake
Location: Sunbury
W: http://au.pentalocal.com/vic/sunbury/rupertswood-lake/

Spavin Lake
Location: Sunbury
W: www.melbourneplaygrounds.com.au/melbourneplaygrounds-info.php?id=28988

Trin Warren Tamboree
Location: Royal Park, Oak St, Parkville
T: 03 9658 9658
W: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au

Wilson Botanic Park Berwick
Location: 668 Princes Highway, Berwick
T: 9707 5818
E: wbpb@casey.vic.gov.au
W: www.casey.vic.gov.au/wbpb 

Winton Wetlands
Location: Winton North, approximately two hours north east of Melbourne. The Mokoan Hub and Cafe, located at 652 Lake Mokoan Road, Winton North 3675, is the gateway to the site. 
W: www.wintonwetlands.org.au 

Yea Wetlands
Location: Goulburn Valley Hwy, Yea
T: 03 5797 2663
E: info@ywatercentre.com
W: www.ywatercentre.com.au
 

South Australia

Coorong, and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert wetland Ramsar site
Location: Coorong, near the mouth of the Murray River, 35°56'S 139°18'E
W: www.environment.sa.gov.au or www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/publications/coorong-and-lakes-alexandrina-and-albert-ramsar-wetland-factsheet

Hart Road Wetland
Location: 46km SW from Adelaide. Hart Road Wetland is on the corner of Hart Road and Rowley Road extending northwards to Emerald Boulevard, Aldinga Beach. It is adjacent to the NE corner of the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park.
W: http://www.birdssa.asn.au/location/hart-road-wetlands-aldinga-beach/                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Laratinga Wetlands
Location: Mount Barker SA
W: http://www.mountbarker.sa.gov.au/laratingawetlands
 

Murray River
Locations: Throughout the river's length
W: www.southaustralia.com/en/places-to-go/murray-river-lakes-and-coorong

River Torrens
Locations: Throughout the river's length (from Adelaide Hills to Gulf St Vincent)
W: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Torrens

Tasmania

Gould's Lagoon
Location: Granton, Glenorchy
W: www.greaterhobarttrails.com.au/track/goulds-lagoon-sanctuary

Kellaways Creek
Location: Pelverata
W:www.bonzle.com/c/a?a=p&p=194424&cmd=sp

Moulting Lagoon
Location: Midway along Tasmania’s east coast. It can be accessed at several points on Coles Bay Road
T: 1300 827 727
W: www.parks.tas.gov.au

Murphy's Flats Wetlands
Location: Derwent River, New Norfolk
W: www.parks.tas.gov.au/indeX.aspX?base=17336  

Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
Location: West Tamar Highway, Riverside
T: 03 6327 3964
W: www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=4124

Westbury Town Common
Location: Cnr Mary St & King St, Westbury Tasmania 7303
W: https://www.meander.tas.gov.au/WestburyTownCommon 

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