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Bunnor bird hide

Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area

Overview

Bunnor bird hide, in Gwydir State Conservation Area, is a must for birdwatchers. See rare birdlife flock to this lagoon, near Moree and Narrabri, when it fills with water.

Where
Gwydir Wetlands State Conservation Area
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Easy
Price
Free
Opening times

From dawn to dusk, only during limited periods in spring and autumn.

What to
bring
Hat, snacks, drinking water, suitable clothing, insect repellent
Please note
  • Access is during dry weather only, so it’s worth checking road conditions with Moree Tourist Information Centre before you set out.
  • Before you visit, check out the Birdcam images on the Gwydir Waterbird Gallery online. You’ll need to enter username Gwydir Waterbirds and password 1234.

Bunnor bird hide gets you close-up to the rich birdlife, frogs and wildlife of one of the most significant wetland systems in NSW.

Up to 75 bird species flock to this Murray-Darling Basin wildlife haven when its semi-permanent waterholes fill with water. Nestled among rushes at the edge of one of the lagoons, the bird hide is the perfect spot to see birds go about their business, undisturbed.

Watch egrets, cormorants, darters, ibis, spoonbills and nankeen night herons step through the shallows. Remember to look up to see majestic white-bellied sea eagles soar overhead. If you’re lucky, you may even spot magpie geese, brolgas and endangered black-necked storks (Jabiru) – Australia’s only stork.

Bring your lunch for a peaceful picnic in the bird hide, or beneath a nearby gum tree. When you’re ready for a different point of view, take the unmarked 1km return stroll around the wetland and open woodland of belah trees. Launch your kayak into the lagoon if the water’s high. Linger till dusk to watch the sky light up in a dramatic sunset as frogs call all around you.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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Aerial view of a bird hide next to flooded water holes alongside with green and brown vegetation. Photo: James Faris/OEH.