Spring flora and fauna
Birdwatchers and nature lovers will think Christmas has come early. Head to wetlands to spot the eastern great egret, a musk duck, superb wrens, purple swamphens and more at the Gulpa Creek Reed Beds Bird Observatory outside Mathoura.
There’s also a bird hide on the Barham–Moulamein Road, overlooking a 3500-acre salinity pond. Watch out for sharp-tailed sandpipers and white-winged fairy-wrens. And kids will love the easy 1km track and bird hides up at the Yanga Lake walking track, hosting scenic wetland and spectacular bird watching in Yanga National Park.
Down along the river there are many more species to be seen including kingfishers, ducks and many more.
The fish are biting too, although the famed Murray Cod is off limits in spring. Golden perch, silverfish and catfish are all nibbling though.
And then there’s the flora, blooming in the warming spring sun. Wildflowers along roadsides and in our grasslands make a stunning scene, as do the blossoms of the wattle trees throughout this unspoilt landscape.