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. Wildfest Pop Up Wilderness Retreat

    Saturday 05 October 2019 to Monday 07 October 2019 , Moss Vale

    This three day wilderness event is a rich mixture of remote glamping with concierge, mouth-watering food experiences, up-close nature exploration through hiking and mountain biking for all fitness levels, awe-inspiring views and enough…

    05 Oct - 07 Oct
  2. Wildfest - Annual Festival

    Saturday 05 October 2019 to Sunday 20 October 2019 , Moss Vale

    Australia's only Wild Nature Festival - Wildfest - is back from in October in the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and Canberra.   Choose from immersive, hands on foodie experiences like their signature event Wild Harvest Feast or Wilderness…

    05 Oct - 20 Oct
  3. Wild Harvest Feast

    Saturday 05 October 2019 , Moss Vale

    After the stand out success of Wild Native Feast at their annual festival, Wildfest, they are delighted to confirm that their signature food event is now part of the Highland Feast Series with a new look - Wild Harvest Feast. It's Spring…

    05 Oct