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Top Birdwatching Hot Spots in NSW

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Published April 24th 2017
These spots are a must for all birdwatching enthusiasts
Whether you are an amateur, novice or experienced birdwatcher, the top hot spots list below will certainly impress you.

Coastal to inland wetlands, tropical or sub-tropical rainforests, outback lakes, wooded bushlands, islands and coastlines are all home to some of Australia's rarest and largest concentration of bird species.

We spotted these cute and very curious Gang-gang Cockatoos...

Witness local and migratory birdlife across New South Wales with the fascinating list below:

1. Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve
This reserve is known to be the first area in Australia to be a reserve for the protection of caves since 1865. It is not just home to the fascinating caves and some of the best nature experiences, but also home to an abundance of birdlife including the very curious Gang-gang Cockatoos! There are many tracks to discover, giving opportunities to spot out many birdlife. Click here for the website.

2. Menindee Lakes
Situated in the spectacular Outback NSW, this is one of Australia's most iconic wetlands. This inland oasis is home to more than 220 species of birdlife, as well as attracting thousands of birds including large flocks of Black Swans, Budgerigars, Pelicans, Major Mitchell Cockatoos and Emus. Click here for the website.

This tiny adorable Wren was enjoying foraging for food...

3. Lord Howe Island
For a 'once in a lifetime' experience, hop onto a plane for a short flight to this magnificent island, that is home to a Seabird breeding frenzy over summer. Lord Howe Island is the only known breeding ground for the Providence Petrel and the island's breeding program has brought the Woodhen back from the brink of extinction! Click here for the website.

We spotted this Australasian Gannet gliding across the overcast skies...

4. Capertee Valley
Located near Lithgow, this is one of the important breeding grounds for the beautiful and endangered Regent Honeyeater. Birdwatching enthusiasts will be impressed to know that there are more than 235 bird species that have been recorded in the Valley, including 25 threatened species. Click here for the website.

We were in awe witnessing these Kites catch their snack and fly off!

5. Macquarie Marshes

Due to the recent rain in the area, an abundance of birdlife to the Macquarie River Smart Trail can be found here. This birdwatching route takes you along the Macquarie River as you travel through wetlands, keeping an eye out for major waterbirds and the waterbird breeding area, along with other special birds; Brolgas, Magpie Geese, massive colonies of Ibis, Egrets and Australian & Little Bitterns. Click here for the website.

We were surprised to spot out this brave Crimson Rosella at these ocean cliffs...

6. The Hunter Wetlands
Located in the Port Stephens area, these wetlands attract huge numbers of migratory birds during summer. There is a total of 217 bird species that have been recorded at the wetlands, including 18 species of raptors and 72 wetland species, with one of them being the endangered Black-necked Stork. Click here for the website.

We spotted out this Crescent Honeyeater...

7. Jervis Bay
Not only is Jervis Bay home to some of the whitest sands in the world and spectacular beaches, it is also home to an abundance of birdlife including New Holland Honey-eaters, Eastern Spinebills, Eastern & Crimson Rosellas. So be sure to keep an eye out whether you are soaking up the sun rays at the beaches or exploring trails and National Parks. Click here for the website.

8. Narrandera
Not only can you spot the cute koalas in the wild around Narrandera in the Riverina, you can also enjoy spotting out birdlife at the 13 informal birdwatching sites, where you can discover 200 plus bird species found in the region. Some of the birds that can be spotted here include Black Swans, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Great Crested Grebes & Pelicans. Click here for the website.

9. The Murray Valley National Park
This National Park is home to more than 80 hectares of ecosystem of lagoons and billabongs, making it a haven for more than 150 bird species which can be spotted from six bird hides set amongst century old river red gums. Click here for the website.

10. Centennial Parklands
No need to travel far to spot out birdlife, you can find them right here in Sydney! The Sydney Centennial Parklands offer regular birdwatching tours or you can simply enjoy spotting the birdlife here on your own. There have been more than 140 species spotted at these parklands! Click here for the website.

10. Dorrigo National Park

With hundreds of recorded bird species, this is without doubt a bird lovers paradise! Many species can be sighted here including Satin Bower Birds, Superb Lyrebirds and Bassian Thrush. Click here for the website.

11. Eden
This picturesque coastal village makes the perfect place to spot out the ocean's majestic creatures- whales during migration season. It is also home to some of the most magnificent bird species including Azure Kingfisher, Wedge-tailed Eagles and White-bellied Sea Eagles. A visit to the Perch Aviaries Café is an attraction not to miss out on for bird enthusiasts as this aviary is home to 75 bird species across five different exhibits and three large walk-in aviaries. Click here for the website.

Just being under 10cm tall these tiny adorable cuties are difficult to spot out!
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Why? These spots are perfect for bird enthusiasts!
When: All year round
Where: See above for all details
Cost: Free- National Park fees apply for some locations- see above
Your Comment
A good list. There is also a lovely spot at a little north of Moama at Mathoura where they have made a rather extensive bird hide at the reed beds. It is reached by a boardwalk through bushland and is a great place to see both land and water birds.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10456) 2157 days ago
Number 10. Centennial Parklands is located in Sydney (just a few minutes away from Sydney CBD) - Thanks rmil6
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|764) 2145 days ago
Thanks Gayle :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|764) 2145 days ago
Nno Sydney sites?
by Alison Miller (score: 1|42) 2152 days ago
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