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Birdwatching at Lake Wollumboola
Vegetation Types - beach, coastal dunes, lake, mudflats
Grade and Distance: - 1-2km (30mins – 2hrs) - easy grade, sandbar and northern shore generally accessible, but access to eastern shore depends on lake conditions
What to look for:
Lake Wollumboola is an internationally recognised Key Biodiversity Area with its huge populations of Black Swans and Chestnut Teal and as a migratory bird habitat. Conditions for observing the lake’s diverse bird life are most favourable during October-March and when lake levels are low. Threatened species include nesting Little Terns and Pied Oystercatchers, as well as migratory Curlew Sandpipers and Bar-tailed Godwits. Other migratory species include Red Knots, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints and there have been rare sightings of a White-rumped Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit and Paradise Shelduck. Other interesting waterbirds may include Royal Spoonbills, Red-necked Avocets and egrets. Keep clear of signed nesting areas during spring and summer.
Proceed through Culburra Beach township via The Lake Circuit to park at Lakeside Park. Follow the gravel path to steps and panoramic views of lake, sandbar and ocean. Walk south along the sandbar and southeast shore or west along north shore, depending on lake water levels and closure to the ocean