West Wimmera Shire accounts for an incredible 25% of Victoria’s individual wetlands.
You may catch a glimpse of endangered birds such as Brolgas, Freckled Ducks as well as migratory birds during their travels from far flung parts of the world. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the wetlands for many recreational pursuits, such as camping, water-skiing, bird watching, fishing and yabbying.
A freshwater lake popular for all recreational water sports including fishing, it is well stocked with Redfin and Trout. Home to over 120 bird species including the rare Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo. Lake Wallace is a hub of activities with fantastic amenities and BBQ shelters, it is the perfect spot to relax. Enjoy the 5.5km walk around the lake that includes fitness equipment along the way.
It is also home to the Henley on Lake Wallace festival in February & the Edenhope Annual Fishing competition held in November.
The banks of Lake Wallace hold historical significance as one of the training grounds for Australia’s first international touring cricket team in 1868.
Edenhope Lakeside Tourist Park is located on the banks of Lake Wallace.
Lake Bringalbert is a very popular location for free camping, swimming, skiing, fishing, yabbying & bird watching.
Be sure to visit the Back Swamp, diagonally opposite the Old Court House, habitat of abundant bird life which can be viewed from the bird hide. Many varieties of birds and parrots including the extremely rare Red-tailed Black Cockatoo can be seen around Edenhope and the district.
Lake Ratzcastle is a great little free camping spot and perhaps the best kept secret, just 10kms south of Goroke. When the lake is full, this is a haven for birds and wildlife. Facilities include hot solar showers, flushing toilets, picnic shelter, tables and water tank. Dogs allowed. The site is maintained by the Lions Club and donations can be left at Goroke IGA to help support the maintenance. Please take your rubbish with you.
The picturesque Glenelg River weaves its way through West Wimmera from Dergholm to Harrow, with many ideal spots along the way to enjoy the peace and a spot of fishing.
The Johhny Mullagh Caravan Park in Harrow sits on the banks of the river where you will find a popular swimming hole. Take a walk along the river walking track where you will be delighted as you discover the abundance of bird and water life and the rich tapestry of flora found on the banks of the Glenelg.
The walking track also allows you to discover the relationship between the traditional owners and the river, over thousands of years. This self-guided tour provides an enlightening view of the importance of the river and the different Aboriginal language groups who lived and hunted by the banks.
Lake Charlegrark, a favourite for water sports enthusiasts and famous for its record size Murray Cod. With the caravan park located on the banks with all new facilities makes it the perfect place to camp all year round.
Home to the Annual Lake Charlegrark Country Music Marathon, held each February. Huge crowds travel long distances to enjoy some of our Country’s finest country music musicians.
The Kaniva Wetland and Fauna Park is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike. The newly upgraded park, features a flying fox, nature play space, exercise equipment, walking track, free BBQ and picnic area. It also home to the original pump that was used to provide the electricity to the town from 1925 - 1964.
The Fauna Park contains White Western Grey Kangaroos, Grey Western Greys. Red-necked Wallabies, deer, an emu and a peacock; while in the aviary is a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, King Parrots, Regent Parrots and Western Rosellas.
A 20 minute drive west of Kaniva, on the Western highway is Serviceton Reservoir. A popular, but peaceful spot for fishing, canoeing, swimming and bush camping.
The area features a floating pontoon, walking track, picnic table, camp fire place and shelter. There are no toilets. As always, please take your rubbish home with you.
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