Mullawallah Wetlands

Victoria  >  Australia

If conditions are right this ephemeral wetland near Ballarat can be very rich in birds. The area has been revegetated to improve its natural habitat.

Added* by Keith Wellington
Most recent update 6 December 2023


Mullawallah Wetlands (also known as Winter Swamp) is a 30 ha swamp that was grazed as part of Ballarat Common until 1981. Work began to restore the habitat by planting trees and creating islands. The changing water levels over the year attract a wide range of birds. A causeway, leading to a viewing area near the islands, has been planted with a dense screen of tea-tree and paperbark.

As with other well vegetated wetlands, best birding is when water levels are dropping, when Rails and Crakes can appear here in good numbers. Also good for Latham’s Snipe, Black-tailed Nativehen and Blue-billed Duck. Black Swans, Australian Ibis and Silver Gulls nest on the islands. Ducks, Spoonbills, Herons and Cormorants use the open water while Black-fronted and Red-kneed Dotterels use the muddy edges. Superb Fairy Wrens can be found in the causeway thickets and Lowland Copperhead snakes can occur here. Occasionally Brolgas will roost around the perimeter, sometimes flying into Lake Wendouree to feed.



Just out of Ballarat to the west, access via Lucas Lane off Remembrance Drive. A short trail begins from the end of Lucas Lane, where there is limited parking available. Click on the P in the map for directions or coordinates to the parking. Make your way through the tree tunnel and out to the small lookout at the end of the trail.

Terrain and Habitat



Wet , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Winter , Spring , Autumn

Best time to visit



Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by


Birdwatching hide / platform



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