The three separate areas that make up Murray River National Park ‐ Katarapko, Lyrup Flats and Bulyong Island cover more than 13,000 hectares and conserve the verdant Murray wetlands that flow through the park.
The overall area is home to around 8 species of native frogs such as southern bell frog and the banjo frog, and several species of native fish including murray cod and golden perch (callop). Up to 23 species of reptiles may be found including the carpet python, broad-shelled tortoise and eastern tiger snake. There are also many species of birds and mammals ‐ regent parrots, emus, kangaroos, black swans, ducks, bats, restless flycatchers and pelicans just to name a few!
The Katarapko area features floodplains and several wetlands. The area is an important breeding area for native wildlife, including waterbirds, and is an ideal place for birdwatching.
Lyrup Flats encompasses 2,000 hectares along the floodplain on the northern side of the river and provides wonderful opportunities for birdwatching and fishing.
Bulyong Island is only accessible by boat. The island is home to a number of wildlife species, such as western grey kangaroos, emus, pelicans, kingfishers and parrots.
If you’ve already spotted a bird on your walk, then congratulations, you’re a birdwatcher! Here are few tips for being a better birdwatcher:
Remove (or turn inside out) any brightly coloured jackets
Move quietly and calmly into a comfortable sitting or standing position
Keep noise and movement to a minimum
Look at different levels – on the ground, in the reeds, on tree trunks and branches, and in the treetops.
Bring binoculars and a field guide for your next visit.