Located in the heart of our country's capital and being part of the spectacular Canberra National Park on the Molonglo River, Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is certainly special as well as being a nature lover's haven!
This wetland vista is home to an array of wetland, terrestrial habitats, remnants of the Wetland's agricultural origins as well as being a refuge for migrating birds from the Northern Hemisphere and inland Australia, and at Kelly's Swamp you will also find a wonderful variety of waterbirds.
The Wetland is the perfect attraction to help you learn about the ecology of this precious place as well as discovering the delights of wildlife watching from the many pathway walks and bird hides. There are three main short walking trails (sealed pathways) around Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve.
The Billabong Trail, Woodland Loop and Kelly's Loop are the three walks that can be enjoyed at the Wetlands. The Billabong Trail and Woodland Loop are approximately 30-minute walk each and a 40-minute loop around Kelly's Swamp.
Kelly's Loop takes you in Kelly's Swamp, with its clear water and variety of waterbirds. This child-friendly walk is a great way to discover the many wetland bird species. The walk starts and ends in the Dairy Road Carpark. This is a walking trail only and no bikes are permitted.
On the other side of Kelly's Swamp, you will find the 160 metre-long boardwalk. The boardwalk features signposts explaining the smaller species of waterbirds that hide in the reeds and the Aboriginal history of the area.
This scenic wetland habitat also offers a wide-range of birdwatching walks. There are over 170 species of birds visiting the wetlands throughout the year, making this a unique experience in every season. Be sure to bring along the binoculars!
The Wetlands Reserve is part of the Lake Burley Griffin East Basin Cycling Loop, a 9km route, which joins the Kingston Foreshore with Grevillea Park on the other side of the Lake and has a rich Indigenous and European heritage.
The Wetlands were an important meeting place for the Ngunnawal people with neighbouring clans, including Ngarigo from tablelands to the south, Wolgalu from high country to the south-west, Wiradjuri from the north-west inland, Gundungurra from the north, and Yunin from the coast.
Past archaeological work conducted in the Wetland areas discovered ancient sand dunes to the north of Kelly's Swamp and have been identified as areas of archaeological sensitivity. Jerrabomberra Creek and the Reserve Office also have higher archaeological potential- where Aboriginal people may have used material from Tertiary gravels for stone tool manufacture.
With a variety of wildlife and birdlife to uncover and being so close to the city centre, Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is not just a birdwatching and natures paradise, it is the perfect place to discover natural beauty, work on your fitness, be educated, escape the city and/or simply enjoy a wonderful family-friendly day out in the great outdoors.
During the school holidays, the Wetlands offer activities and entertainment- see website for all details.