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Macquarie Marshes

The Macquarie Marshes are undoubtedly the most significant wetland complex in the Shire and are of international significance.

They are located 110km North of Warren starting 50km down the Carinda Road at the Marebone Weir, with the downstream end occurring near Carinda a further 120km North.

The Macquarie Marshes is listed on the Ramsar Convention as a wetland area of international importance.

The Macquarie Marshes has also been listed by the National Trust as a Landscape Conservation Area and is on the Australian Heritage Commission's Register of the National Estate.

The Marshes is a sanctuary and breeding ground for many waterbirds (supports over 200 bird species) and has a wide variety of habitat and vegetation including river red gum forest and woodland, mixed grassland and lagoons.

Visiting the Marshes

The Macquarie Marshes Nature Reserve is surrounded by private land and as such, is not generally accessible to the public, however, there are various ways that you can explore the Marshes:

  • Drive along the Gibson Way provides a good introduction to the Macquarie Marshes.
  • There is also an Observation Platfom along Gibson Way near the Terrigal Creek.
  • It is also possible to take part in NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Discovery Walks and tours - enquiries and booking can be made through Coonabarabran NPWS Office on 02 6842 1311.

Find out more information by downloading the Macquarie Marshes information document below.

Contact Details

Warren Shire Council
Phone: 02 6847 6600
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Macquarie Marshes information document (PDF - 1698.49KB)