Canberra Bird Routes

COG has published two leaflets for the assistance of bird observers who are new to birds, or to the Canberra area.  Each covers some of the better known bird locations, structured as a round-trip tour that can be completed in half a day.  You will need a vehicle and a street map!

Bird Route 1 covers The Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Kelly Swamp, the Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Works and Campbell Park. Kelly swamp is part of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands and adjacent to the the Sewage Ponds and is Canberra’s best known and most prolific wetland. On the slopes of Mt Ainslie, Campbell Park is one of our best-known and most convenient bushland sites.

Note 1/1/2014: The Fyshwick Sewage Treatment Works are closed to visitors until further notice, so visitors must not follow the instructions for access to the works. It is possible to partly view some of the sewage ponds from alongside Dairy Road (the road to Kelly Swamp).

Bird Route 2 covers four different sites, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, two sites beside Lake Burley Griffin (Acacia Inlet and Warrina Inlet) and Callum Brae Nature Reserve, an area of Yellow Box/Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland. It could be covered in half a day or could occupy a more relaxed full day.


Download Canberra Bird Routes

Bird Route 1

Bird Route 2


More birding location information

The Maps, Forms and Lists page includes maps and guides with more information on locations included in these bird routes,  as well as on other locations.

Some local popular birding spots are listed here.