The Gum Swamp is a nesting and breeding area and in drought conditions a refuge for the birds. Even in the midst of a drought the swamp is near full capacity with birdlife just as prolific as in non-drought times.
Always open, the Bird Hide is nestled on the edge of Gum Swamp wetland sanctuary. From here you have wonderful viewing of the many species of birds (at least 158 species) and native fauna which use the area in the course of the year.
Best viewing is at sunrise and sunset.
Reports are that the hide is not actually needed as the birds seem to ignore you anyway.
The sanctuary located 4km south of Forbes is off the Newell Highway, turning right down a well sign-posted gravel road.
Gum Swamp Bird Hide was built in 1992 with the support of..
Dick Smith & Australian Geographic, Lachlan Valley Branch of National Parks Assoc. Forbes Apex Club, Geoff Coles & Associates, The Forbes Shire Council and the Lachlan Total Catchment Managment Committee - for the pleasure of the residents of Forbes and welcome visitors to the Forbes area.
Gum Swamp was featured in the Australian Geographic Magazine.
A related brochure is available from the Forbes tourist information centre.
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