Gunbower Island

Gunbower Island near Cohuna is bordered by the Murray River in the north and Gunbower Creek in the south. Its natural flood plain of river red gum, black box and grey box forest was once inundated with water every year, but now floods only occasionally with the decreased flow of the Murray. When there is flooding, the area becomes an important feeding, resting and breeding site for 22 waterbird species, including sacred and white ibises, grey teals, darters, egrets, herons and black swans, all of which congregate at the island’s swamps and lagoons. Koondrook and Perricoota state forests over the New South Wales border, and Barmah State Park beyond Echuca are other good spots for birdwatching.

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