Macalister Wetlands Reserve, Maffra

Originally used for grazing, the Maffra Wetlands is now a haven for threatened bird species. In 1963 the site was temporarily reserved for a public recreation park managed by the Maffra Shire Council. 

In 1986 the Council gained a Bicentennial Grant to develp the Reserve and a community advisory committee was formed to oversee the project.  By 1989 extensive tree planting had been undertaken by the Committee and community volunteers.  Boardwalks, bird hides and picnic tables were put in place by community groups.

Birds on the Victorian threatened species list which have been recorded at Macalister Wetland Reserve include: Australasian Bittern; Glossy Ibis; Little Egret; Great Egret; Nankeen Night Heron; Royal Spoonbill; White-bellied Sea-Eagle and the Painted Snipe.

Three migratory waders listed under the Japan Australia Migratory Bird Agreement have been recorded at the Reserve.  The area has traditionally been an important refuge and feeding area for Latham's Snipe (pictured), with numbers as high as 200 being recorded. 

The Reserve is located approximately 1km north of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail and is accessed via River Street.

More information is available for the Visitor Information Centre, 96 Johnson Street, Maffra.  


  • Street: Cnr River and Laura Street
  • City: Maffra. 3860
  • State: Victoria

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