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The many wetlands across the region are a haven for birdlife, with up to 200 species calling the area home. The Kerang Lakes are recognised as internationally important wetlands under the Ramsar Convention.

The Kerang Ramsar site comprises 23 lakes and swamps on the lower reaches of the Avoca and Loddon Rivers and the Pyramid Creek. It is a very diverse system and the wetlands are large and differ widely in permanence, depth, salinity and vegetation type.

Lake Bael Bael, Waterbird Haven

Lake Bael Bael fills intermittently during significant rain and flood events and springs to life as wetland birds converge to feed and breed. Watch the video and travel across the lake and see the hundreds of birds in their natural environment.

The wetlands of Gunbower Island support 24 reptile species, a variety of fish and approximately 200 plant species. Photographers keen to capture a dynamic natural environment can have it all. All year round you can shoot glorious late-afternoon photos, when the dappled light is just right.

Kangaroos and emus are very common throughout the many forests. There are koalas too, but you’ll need to look carefully. Campers will almost certainly hear calls from mopoke and barking owls, a variety of frogs, and a range of woodland and water birds. A Mallee sunset while camping on the banks of the Avoca River at Quambatook is a free light show!