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Riverland Ramsar site

Coordinates: 34°02'S 140°51'E.
Location: adjacent to the Murray River between Renmark and the Victorian and New South Wales borders.

The Riverland Ramsar site is approximately 30,600 hectares in size. It is located in a semi-arid environment which is absolutely dependent on the River Murray, its backwaters and tributaries.

The wetlands are part of the large Murray-Darling Basin and consist of a variety of wetland types, including: channels, anabranches, billabongs, floodplains, swamps and lakes in semi-natural condition.

The lower Murray River system, including the Riverland Ramsar site, is a major centre for breeding waterbirds, including:

  • the state vulnerable regent parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)
  • freckled duck (Stictonetta naevosa)
  • Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus).

The area is also important for its unique large stands of native river red gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) forest, which border the creeks and backwaters, providing excellent wildlife habitat.

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