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Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Keep an eye out for wildlife as you wander through this man-made habitat.
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 02, 2019
By Jasmine Crittenden
August 02, 2019

On Canberra's southeastern outskirts — just three kilometres from the city centre — are the Jerrambomberra Wetlands, where birds from all over Australia and the world seek refuge on their annual migration. One of the most famous is the Latham's Snipe, which travels 8000 kilometres directly from Japan to spend the summer here.

You'll also meet terrestrial beings of all kinds, including water rats, turtles, water dragons and platypuses. Despite their popularity with natural creatures, the wetlands' 201 hectares are a human creation, formed in 1964 when Molonglo River was dammed to create Lake Burley Griffin. To experience them fully, take the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Walk, a one and a half-hour stroll, which passes by several bird hides, waterways and historically significant Indigenous sites. Don't forget to pack your binoculars. Also, keep an eye on the events program.

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