Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve

Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, in the NSW Southern Highlands, is a great place for walking, picnicking, birdwatching and enjoying the tranquillity of this wetland area.

A Southern Highlands wetland sounds unlikely, but it does exist. When Bong Bong weir was constructed in the 1920s to supply water to Moss Vale, a lagoon and swamp area formed at that part of Wingecarribee River. Only 12 years later it was declared a wildlife sanctuary. Now, over 90 species of birds, a third of which are waterbirds, have made it their temporary or permanent home.

Whether you’re keen on birdwatching or just looking for a peaceful place to enjoy walking and a quiet picnic, Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve awaits you.

The land was originally part of 1,000ac granted in 1819 to Charles Throsby in recognition of his exploration of a route from the Southern Highlands to the Bathurst district. This area is also where Bong Bong village, the first settlement in the Southern Highlands, once stood. Although the village no longer exists, you can view historic Throsby Park from the reserve, where colonial buildings remain intact.

Nearby events

  1. Wildly Creative with Catriona Pollard

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , Moss Vale

    Gift yourself the time to explore your creativity that’s not about perfection or deadlines, but all about play, reconnecting with nature and the most ancient of all crafts – basketry. You’ll leave with a greater sense of joy and a sculptu…

    29 Sep - 07 Oct
  2. Wildfest - Annual Festival

    Saturday 29 September 2018 to Sunday 13 October 2019 , Moss Vale

    Discover the Wild-er side of the Southern Highlands from Saturday 29 September to Sunday 7 October at Wildfest, Australia’s First Wilderness Festival.   Choose from immersive, hands on foodie experiences like Wilderness Fire Cooking Classes…

    29 Sep - 13 Oct
  3. The Simple Art of Food

    Sunday 30 September 2018 to Saturday 06 October 2018 , Moss Vale

    Ami started her instagram blog about two years ago and has over 155,000 followers worldwide due to her innovative recipes and flair for creating food that is visually incredible. For the first time she is coming to share her secrets with t…

    30 Sep - 06 Oct