Welcome to the Marrambidya Wetland
Australian Wood Ducks and Black Ducks settling into the Marrambidya Wetland
The Marrambidya Wetland is a stunning 20 hectare reserve located alongside the Murrumbidgee River only a few minutes from the Wagga Wagga city centre. The name 'Marrambidya' was selected as the name of this special place to reflect the importance of this site to the local Wiradjuri people and to acknowledge the traditional name of the Murrumbidgee River. The site is also located between two Aboriginal Place Names, Gobbagumbalin and Wiradjuri Reserve.
Transformed from the disused treatment ponds of the Narrung Street Sewage Treatment Plant, this site now provides habitat for migratory and non-migratory birds, water insects, frogs, fish, reptiles and mammals such as the locally threatened Squirrel Glider. The wetland is designed to replicate the natural water cycle with flooding during the winter months and dryer, low levels during summer.
The site was officially opened on June 3 2016.
The site can be accessed on foot via the Wiradjuri Walking track from either Wiradjuri Reserve to the east or Gobba Beach from the west. Vehicles can enter the site from Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga.
The Marrambidya Wetland will become an important place for the community of Wagga Wagga for passive recreation, education, ecological restoration, and reconciliation.
Things to see and do
- Three ephemeral wetland ponds covering 6ha
- River Red Gum regeneration area
- Field studies area
- Covered outdoor learning area with seating
- Traditional dance ring
- Bush tucker garden
- Demonstration camp site
- Healing Place commemorating Apology Day
- Access to the Murrumbidgee River and Wiradjuri Walking Track
- Elevated viewing platform
- Bird watching
- Walking tracks
- Self guided site tour
Location of the wetland
The Marrambidya Wetland is located at 100 Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga.
The Marrambidya Wetland is open all year round and entry is free. Please take everything you need with you and be sure to take it all back out with you.
Booking a facilitated tour
The Marrambidya Wetland provides an ideal location for school groups from Kindergarten through to Year 12 with opportunities to connect the classroom with the local environment and community. This valuable site will facilitate positive activities that will encourage students to learn about and respond to, natural resource management and the importance of aboriginal heritage and culture.
State schools are encouraged to contact the Riverina Environmental Education Centre to organise field study activities at the Marrambidya Wetland. The Centre can be contacted on 6932 9134.
Wagga Wagga City Council's Environmental Education Officer is available to conduct sessions with school groups. Please contact 1300 292 442 to discuss your needs and arrange your booking.
Areas of study include:
- Bush Ecosystem Investigation
- Mini Beast Study
- Soil Studies
- Water Quality Assessment
- Wiradjuri Culture Study
Clubs and Society Groups
Please contact Wagga Wagga City Council on 1300 292 442 to discuss your needs and arrange your booking.
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