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Wonga Wetlands is available to visit all year round and matches the natural wetting and drying cycle of a floodplain so your experience will continue to change.

In Winter you'll find the wetlands full to capacity. Pelicans and Swans love this time of year. Over Spring the water starts to recede exposing muddy shorelines which attracts hundreds of wading birds. During Summer the water levels reduce and may dry out completely and as Autumn arrives and temperatures drop the wetlands are again flooded and life begins all over.

Opening hours

The wetlands are open 24/7 with the carpark open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.

If the main gates are closed there is some parking and access to the facility via a pedestrian gate to the right of the main gate.

Cost

Entry to Wonga Wetlands is free

Features and facilities

The wetlands have an extensive range of features and facilities including:

  • Seven lagoons covering approximately 80 hectares (when full)
  • Original 1890s homestead, now the visitors centre
  • Aquatic Environment Education Centre for schools and groups (by appointment)
  • Three walking trails (0.5km, 1.2km and 2.5km), all starting from outside the visitors centre
  • Six bird hides for watching wildlife in a natural setting
  • A scaled-down replica of an Indigenous campsite
  • Ancient river red gums and an Indigenous scar tree
  • Picnic and barbecue facilities
  • Bottled water vending machine
  • Diverse native flora and fauna including 155 identified bird species
  • A site available for weddings for up to 150 guests (by appointment)
  • Links to the Albury CBD via the Wagirra Trail (bike/pedestrian)
  • A map is available from the information booth near the car park for self-guided tours.

Due to the sensitive nature of the wetlands, no dogs or bikes are permitted on the walking trails within the wetlands area.

Getting here

Wonga Wetlands is a five-minute drive from the Albury CBD along the Riverina Highway (the road to Howlong and Corowa).

Albury is easily accessible by road, rail or air, allowing you to choose your own path.

Flights

Albury Airport is conveniently located 5km from the city centre and offers over 160 direct flights weekly to and from Sydney and Melbourne. Regional Express, QantasLink and Virgin Australia service the airport.

Charter services for corporate groups and individuals are also available to and from Albury Airport through Forest Air and Smartair.

On arrival, Albury provides a range of transport options to move around the cities, including: taxis, public buses, chauffeured limousines or rental hire (Thrifty, Avis Car and Truck Rentals).

Rail and coach

Located just one block from the Albury city centre, the Railway Precinct acts as the city’s transport hub. NSW TrainLink and V/Line have a number of daily rail services connecting Albury with Melbourne and Sydney.

Coach services (NSW TrainLink, V/Line, Greyhound and Firefly) connect the cities with an abundance of destinations.

Self drive

Located within the Sydney – Melbourne – Canberra triangle, Albury is an easy drive from major capital cities along the M31 Hume Motorway. For those outside of the capital cities, the Riverina, Olympic and Murray Valley Highways all lead to Albury.

Visitor Responsibilities

To keep the wetlands wildlife safe and undisturbed, we ask visitors to stay on the marked trails and follow the guidelines signposted.

Please remember:

  • Do not bring pets or bicycles onto the wetland walking trails.
  • Be careful and quiet so as not to disturb birds and other wildlife
  • Do not feed the birds or animals
  • Wear suitable footwear at all times, particularly in warmer months
  • Be sun smart
  • Do not bring pets or bicycles onto the wetlands
  • Bring water bottles (there are no drink/water stations on the walking trails)
  • Observe all signage

Before visiting, it's a good idea to consider the weather conditions. A hat/raincoat/sunscreen may be necessary.

Find out more

Learn more one-on-one or as part of a tour.
To arrange a time, contact John Hawkins on

Phone: 02 6043 5820
Mobile: 0418 267 805
Email: jhawkins@alburycity.nsw.gov.au

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