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Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform

Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve

Visitor info

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

Parking is available in a small, signposted 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.

Autumn

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

Spring

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.

Summer

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.

Winter

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

Average

10°C and 26°C

Highest recorded

31.1°C

Winter temperature

Average

-2°C and 12°C

Lowest recorded

-7.8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

April

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

108mm

Facilities

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

Picnic tables

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + 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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Wheelchairs can access the Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform area with some difficulty.

Prohibited

Pets

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.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform

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Lagoon shore, Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve birdwatching platform. Photo: John Spencer