Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve
All the practical information you need to know about Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve.
Getting there and parking
Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve is on the south-western edge of the township of Guyra. To get there from Guyra CBD:
- Drive along Bradley Street towards the southern end of the Guyra CBD
- Turn west onto McKie Drive
- Proceed approximately 300m along McKie Drive to the signposted carpark located adjacent to the Guyra Golf Course
- Mother of Ducks Lagoon birdwatching platform See on map
Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.
By public transport
For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website.
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
10°C and 26°C
-2°C and 12°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
Maps and downloads
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.
- in the Country NSW region
Mother of Ducks Lagoon Nature Reserve is always open.
02 6738 9100
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.
- 145 Miller Street, Armidale NSW 2350
- Armidale office
Guyra (2 km)
Fishing in one of Guyra's numerous and beautiful streams is a great way to relax and get back to nature. You might land a big trout, too! If you're looking for more active pursuits, you're within easy reach of a number of scenic national parks, where rock climbing, kayaking horseriding and bushwalking are just some of your options.
Armidale (38 km)
During autumn the parks and gardens around Armidale show their beautiful colours. Enjoy a drive along the Waterfall Way, stopping at waterfalls and craggy gorges in the rugged countryside.
Glen Innes (62 km)
Set in the most prolific sapphire region of Country NSW, Glen Innes hosts the annual Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show and the annual Australian Celtic Festival, and is home to the Australian Standing Stones.