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Turkey Flat picnic area and bird hide

Murrumbidgee Valley National Park

Overview

Set on Murrumbidgee River, Turkey Flat picnic area and bird hide is a great picnic spot. Visiting these NSW wetlands is a top choice for things to do in Leeton.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Murrumbidgee Valley National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Opening times
Turkey Flat picnic area and bird hide is always open, but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
What to
bring
Hat, drinking water, sunscreen
Please note
  • The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • There is limited mobile reception in this park
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go bird watching

Located on the Murrumbidgee River floodplain, Turkey Flat is a site of global bird conservation importance and listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands. Plus, it’s one of only a handful of places where you’ll find a bird hide set amongst an ample forest of protected river red gums.

Why not come along and discover for yourself why this place is so special? Pack your hamper, binoculars and camera and check out the birds’ natural behaviour through the camouflage of the bird hide. From spoonbills to swamphens to sandpipers, there’s a world of birds awaiting you, though visiting after heavy rain offers the best birdwatching experience.

Turkey Flat picnic area and bird hide is a great option when you’re looking for things to do in Leeton. Look out for reptiles and kangaroos, peruse the interpretive panels and remember to use the bird ID sign to confirm which species you’ve spotted. You can also use your smartphone to scan QR codes to hear the calls of birds and frogs in the wetland area.

Why not visit at various times throughout the year to see how the resident bird population and landscape colours change with the seasons?

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Murrumbidgee Valley National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Hay area office
      (02) 6990 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 339A Murray Street, Hay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6990 8250
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    • Yanga National Park
      (03) 5020 1764
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily
    • Sturt Highway, Balranald NSW
    • Fax: (03) 5020 1914
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    • Mid West area office
      (02) 6966 8100
      Contact hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday
    More
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Turkey Flat picnic area and bird hide, Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Photo: Gavin Hansford