Turkey Flat, Leeton
Turkey Flat trail is the ultimate twitchers’ trail in the Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, taking you through the habitats of countless woodland and wetland birds.
The trail begins at Turkey Flat wetlands, close to Leeton. Start with a little birdwatching at the bird hide and then, when you’re ready to get going, take the flat track over the floodwater regulator, which offers a great vantage point for seeing ducks flying overhead.
Keep your eyes peeled as you’re hiking or mountain biking. You might glimpse threatened superb parrots, white-bellied sea eagles and sacred kingfishers, as well as other varieties too numerous to name. You’ll probably spot the odd kangaroo too, and be serenaded by frogs, particularly after rain.
When you reach the junction, turn left or right – your choice – and follow the track as it meanders through part of the world’s largest river red gum forest protected as national parks.
You’ll end up at Middle Beach, which is a great spot to cool off with a swim or picnic. Alternatively, continue the birdwatching theme and watch pelicans skidding in to land on the water.
Check out the Summer 2015-16 edition of the Inside the Riverina magazine here.