Tumut Wetlands

Overview

Tumut Wetlands provides the opportunity to explore wetland habitats, amazing birdwatching, and to learn about the cultural history of the local area. An area of approximately 20 hectares, the Tumut wetlands comprises a series of lagoons fringed by native reeds, stands of the giant River Red Gum forests and the Tumut River flowing steadily along the east of the site.

These wetlands provide a variety of habitats for over 70 different bird species and are a must see for bird watching. A number of waterbirds such as the Spotless Crake, the Darter, the Royal Spoonbill, the Cattle Egret (which continues to extend its range south), the Curlew Sandpiper, the Rufous Night Heron, the Australian Shoveler and the little Grassbird may be seen at the site. Other birds of interest are the White-bellied Sea-Eagle, the Wedge-tailed Eagle, the Peregrine Falcon and the beautiful Australian King Parrot.

The Tumut wetlands is an area which is important for its environmental, natural and cultural values. Today and in the past, wetlands have been used by human communities for religious, spiritual and historic reasons.

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