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Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve

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All the practical information you need to know about Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform.

Getting there and parking

Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform is in Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve. To get there:

  • From Guyra CBD, drive south along Bradley Street.
  • Turn west onto McKie Drive
  • Proceed approximately 300m along McKie Drive to the signposted carpark located adjacent to the Guyra Golf Course
  • The birdwatching platform is just a 300m walk to the west across the golf course and boardwalk

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available in a small, signposted gravel parking area adjacent to McKie Drive. Access to the bird observation platform is via the golf course – a 300m walk.

RV camping is provided by Guyra Council and located 100m from the parking area on McKie Drive.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve. Here are some of the highlights.


Picnic at the edge of the lagoon and photograph colourful autumn leaves along with aquatic birds.


The reserve comes alive in spring, with plant life at full bloom. It's a great opportunity to go birdwatching and see the local birdlife thriving in their natural habitat.


Combine a birdwatching outing with a visit to Guyra's Lamb and Potato Festival held annually from mid-January. Alternatively, stop in at the reserve en route to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.


Pull out your thermals and be at the reserve for the arrival of the Japanese snipe. These wonderful migratory birds return to the reserve around August each year.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature


10°C and 26°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


-2°C and 12°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month


The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day



Drinking water is not available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own.

Picnic tables


Step-free access

  • The birdwatching platform and surrounding area is flat and step-free, but there are no pathways.
  • You'll need to cross over flat grass to reach the bridge that leads to the bird hide and the picnic tables.
  • There's a small lip to get onto the bridge from the surrounding grass.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.


Disability access level - medium

The birdwatching platform is step-free and mostly flat with some slight slopes in parts.

There are no pathways - you'll need to cross over flat grass to reach the picnic tables and the bridge that leads to the bird hide. There's a slight lip to get from the surrounding grass onto the bridge.



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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