Macquarie Marshes Environmental Landholders Association

Macquarie Marshes


The Macquarie Marshes are a non terminal wetland system covering over 200,000ha and is one of the largest inland wetlands in Australia.

The Macquarie Marshes form part of the Murray Darling Basin and is located on the lower reaches of the Macquarie River.

It is home to a range of wetland and woodland birds and is an important destination for migitory birds from Japan, China and Korea. There are several threatened and endangered species supported in the Macquarie Marshes.

The Marshes support a variety of wetland types ranging from semi-permanent marshes and lagoons to ephemeral wetlands that are inundated by large floods.
The vegetation of the marshes plays an important role in absorbing, recycling and releasing nutrients and trapping sediment.

The Ngiyampaa Wailwan people are descendants of the traditional owners of Wailwan country which includes the Macquarie Marshes area. The Macquarie Marshes contains significant cultural and traditional ceremonial area and the water, animals and plants are of great importance to the Wailwan people.

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