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Longneck Lagoon Reserve

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published April 27th 2013
A school child's secret
Hidden down the quiet country roads of Maraylya, there is a lagoon secreted amongst the trees. School children, researchers and the stray bird watcher are the only visitors. Amongst the wider community, this beautiful and thriving wetland is practically unheard of.

Longneck Lagoon Reserve is part of the little known Scheyville National Park, only a short drive from the quaint town of Windsor and home to the Longneck Lagoon Environmental Education Centre - the site of environmental excursions for hundreds of school children every year.

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Longneck Lagoon

The reserve is home to a dynamic wetland habitat. Wetlands such as that created by Longneck Lagoon are vital. They provide a safe home for many species of wildlife, especially during times of drought and are often areas of great natural beauty. Longneck Lagoon is no exception.

And it isn't difficult to find. Park your car along quiet Whitmore Road and make your way down the gravel driveway. Turn left and you will soon pass the simple wooden buildings of the education centre.

The lagoon itself is not far away. Follow the trail down the leafy slope and you will find a handy wooden walk that allows you to stroll over the lagoon - the heart of this wetland habitat.

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Walk on water

From the boardwalk, the scene is breathtaking and immediate.

At the centre of the reserve you will find the widest part of the lagoon. Here, the banks provide a clearing to sit and the scenery is magnificent. Bring your camera or a sketch pad and you will surely find use for them here. Meditation and contemplation come naturally in the tranquility of this setting.

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A stunning freshwater lagoon

You may glimpse some of the birds that live on and around the lagoon. Be on the look out for the Great Egret, Australian Pelican, Purple Swamp Hen and the Black Swan - after which the lagoon was almost certainly named. From here, take a walk along the water and up into the forest above the lagoon, and you will hear other bird species all around you. You may even be lucky enough to see the odd rabbit or fox.

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Discover the charming trails

As you move further into the reserve, you will discover that there is a delightfully magical feel to the pathways. Here, even common plants like blackberries and lantana - that have taken a hold in some areas - look pretty, and add to the diversity of the flora along the trails. And varied habitats emerge as you explore further.

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A walk by water and pines

Marvel at the changes as you move from leafy forest to the lagoon banks dense with aquatic plants, along rows of Swamp Pine and then into the even denser bush, containing species of Iron Bark and Red Forest Gum.

And if you look carefully, up on the hill you will find the mini climbing wall that sits camouflaged against the trees. It's just the right size for the many school children who come here to learn the importance of preserving our wetlands.

The reserve can be an enchanting place, especially in the morning when the leaves are still covered in dew and a mist is on the water. Early evening, when the sun touches the lagoon, is also a lovely time to visit.

Take the opportunity to feel the wonder, and experience the natural splendor of Longneck Lagoon Reserve.

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Why? Explore a wetland wonderland
When: Anytime
Phone: 0245736323
Where: Maraylya
Cost: Free - just bring some closed shoes
Your Comment
My daughter is going there for an excursion next week, looks like a place she will love.
by Mandi (score: 0|4) 3140 days ago
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