Birdwatching, South-East South Australia
See brolgas and other wetland birds south of Naracoorte at Bool Lagoon Game Reserve and the adjoining Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park, a Ramsar-listed site that is one of the largest freshwater lagoons in southern Australia. There are boardwalks over the wetlands, and basic camping, but no drinking water provided. The 1.4-kilometre Pat-Om Walk skirts the deepest water, and has some of the most prolific birdlife, and the Gunawar Walk heads across the water to Hacks Island.
In the far south-east of the state, spy reed-warblers and beautiful southern emuwrens at Lake Frome Conservation Park. Walk 1.8 kilometres through tea-trees out to a bird hide on the water’s edge. Not to be confused with Lake Frome Recreation Reserve in the Strzelecki Desert, way to the north, the conservation park is near Southend. Nearby Lake McIntyre at Millicent has bird hides, walking tracks and barbecues.
Up on the Murray, the 4-kilometre Border Cliffs Customs House Wetland Walk in Chowilla Game Reserve, 30 kilometres northeast of Renmark, goes through riparian and wetland zones to a lagoon with large numbers of waterbirds, including white-faced herons. Cadell, east of Morgan, also has a trail through the wetlands and bird hides by the Murray.
DEH Naracoorte: (08) 8762 3412 (Bool and Hacks lagoons)
- Bool Lagoon Game Reserve, Limestone Coast, National park