Wildlife & zoos
Autumn, winter and spring bring forth an abundance of wildlife in the Murray region. See kangaroos, emus, lizards and a whole host of native birds in their natural habitat. Take a walk through the bush where you'll see everything from wedge-tailed eagles, falcons, Major Mitchell cockatoos and parrots to wrens, pelicans and mallee fowls.
In and around Mildura
Stroll along the riverside boardwalk at Red Cliffs Scenic Reserve near Mildura to see the whistling kites, peregrine falcons or pelicans that live on the river year-round. Popular destinations for watching wildlife in the area include Kings Billabong near Mildura, the Hattah Lakes in the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and the Pink Lakes in the Murray Sunset National Park.
Bird watching in Echuca
Around Echuca-Moama there is a wealth of bird watching opportunities. Gunbower Island, west of Echuca, supports protected populations of kangaroos, emus, goannas, possums, snakes and 160 different species of birds. The lagoons and billabongs of Barmah State Park and Forest to the east of Echuca are favoured by birdwatchers for the large native bird rookeries and nearby Ulupna Island is home to populations of koalas and kangaroos, which can be easily seen in their natural setting.
If you're an avid bird watcher, head further east to Albury Wodonga's Wonga Wetlands, which cover about 80 hectares on the Murray River flood plain. Hit the trails to catch a glimpse of some of the 150 different bird species that call the wetlands home.