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Paroo River Wetlands

  • Designated September 2007
  • Size  Nocoleche Nature Reserve – 71,133 ha / Peery Component (Lakes Peery and Poloko) - 67,134 ha
  • Ramsar Criteria 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7
  • The Paroo River Wetlands are located in far north-west New South Wales (NSW)
  • The Paroo River is the last remaining free-flowing river in the Murray-Darling Basin. Wetland types within the site include large overflow lakes, tree-lined creeks and waterholes, lignum and canegrass swamps, and artesian mound springs. It is one of the most important wetland systems for waterbirds in eastern Australia and it supports a number of threatened plant and animal species as well as significant native fish communities. The artesian mound springs at Peery Lake represent the largest active complex in New South Wales and one of the rarest landforms in Australia.
  • The Ramsar nominated wetlands include two key wetland areas along the Paroo River: Nocoleche Nature Reserve and Peery and Poloko Lakes within the Paroo-Darling National Park. Nocoleche Nature Reserve protects temporary and permanent floodplain wetlands, and Lakes Peery and Poloko are freshwater lakes of which a significant proportion lies within Paroo-Darling National Park.
  • GPS Co-ordinates:
    Nocoleche Nature Reserve: 144.156°E, 29.902°S (centroid)
    Peery: 143.528°E, 30.764°S (centroid)

Note(s):
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NSW Ramsar Sites

Paroo Wetlands

The Paroo River is the last remaining free-flowing river in the Murray-Darling Basin. Wetland types within the site include large overflow lakes, tree-lined creeks and waterholes, lignum and canegrass swamps, and artesian mound springs. It is one of the most important wetland systems for waterbirds in eastern Australia and it supports a number of threatened plant and animal species as well as significant native fish communities.
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Hunter Estuary Wetlands

The Hunter Estuary Wetlands Ramsar site comprises Kooragang Nature Reserve (designated to the Ramsar list in 1984) and Shortland Wetlands. The boundary of Shortland Wetlands is 2.5 km from Kooragang Nature Reserve and is connected to it by a wildlife corridor consisting of Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island.
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Macquarie Marshes

The Macquarie Marshes comprises a complex of braided swamps, lagoons, channels and gilgaied floodplain inundated by flooding from the lower Macquarie and its distributary streams. The Marshes incorporate extensive areas of reed swamp, river red gum woodland, and water couch grasslands which provide important habitat for many species of flora and fauna, particularly the large numbers of colonial waterbirds which breed here as well as many migratory species.
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Gwydir Wetlands

The Gwydir Wetlands are one of the few terminal wetlands found within inland NSW and contain one of the largest stands of water couch and marsh club-rush remaining in New South Wales.
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Fivebough & Tuckerbil

Fivebough Swamp is a permanent, but fluctuating, fresh-brackish, shallow wetland and Tuckerbil Swamp is a seasonal, shallow, brackish-saline wetland. Both are of national and international importance because of the presence, abundance and diversity of waterbirds that have been recorded there, including migratory shorebirds and threatened species.
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NSW Central Murray Forests

The site plays a substantial role in the functioning of the River Murray, is critically important for the retention of native biodiversity in the Riverina bioregion, and contains significant social, cultural and economic resources.
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Click on one of the above Ramsar sites to read a brief overview of the site, and a link to more information.