Mother of Ducks Lagoon

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Water in open fields of Mother of Ducks Lagoon, a nature reserve at Guyra is a rare breeding place for several freshwater wetland birds, with an overnight free camp area

Mother of Ducks Lagoon is a nature reserve at Guyra, a rare breeding place for several freshwater wetland birds. The lagoon area is quite large and will take time to explore thoroughly. When you first approach the lagoon, there is a parking spot with a parks sign ‘Mother Of Ducks Lagoon’. There is room for a few vehicles but not too many. From here you can walk over to a large undercover area with plenty of tables. The undercover area is a good 100m from the parking. There are tables in the open nearer if you want something a bit closer.

Walk passed the undercover area, there is a bridge across the creek, and you will get closer to the main part of the lagoon. A bird watching platform sits over the water where you can look for some of the birds.

Further on from the parking area is a toilet block, which also has a tap for town water. Just passed the toilet block is a free camp area for an overnight stay (one night only). The camp area is basic, but with the toilets nearby it is handy. You can walk to the shops from the camp, about 500m to where the shops start on the main street, and in the opposite direction, walk to the bowling club about 300m to a meal and cold beverages.

To get there:

From the New England Hwy, turn into Sandon St at the southern end of Guyra at the brown sign ‘Mother of Ducks Lagoon Wildlife Refuge’. Cross the railway and turn left into Lagoon Rd, then first left into McKie Pkwy. The lagoon parking area is about 350m on the left. The toilets are about 400m and the free camp 450m on the left.

From in town, drive south along Bradley St, turn right into Moredun St. The end of Moredun St is opposite the free camp area. Turn left towards the toilets and the parking area for Mother of Ducks Lagoon.

Cost: free

Hours: anytime

Toilets: Yes

Bins: Yes

Tables: Yes, none at the free camp

Seating: Yes, benches at tables

Water: Yes, tap at toilet block

Food: No

Wheelchair accessible: No

Pets: No

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