Overview

Our work in this region of floodplains and wide valleys ranges from helping to protect the waterbirds, fish and water plants that live in the wetlands to managing early colonial heritage sites.

Central West and Orana region map

Water for the environment

Lachlan wetlands Willandra Creek

90,000km2

Lachlan valley area

The Lachlan River experiences highly variable flows. We work with Lachlan Riverine Working Group to manage the delivery of environmental water when and where conditions allow to provide feeding and breeding habitat for a range of wildlife.

Lachlan profile

Birds flying across southern marshes at Macquarie wetlands

75,000km2

Macquarie valley area

The iconic Macquarie Marshes have played host to some of the largest water-bird breeding events in Australia’s recorded history. Environmental water is the lifeblood of the marshes along with several rivers, creeks, lagoons and ephemeral wetlands.

Macquarie profile

Featured threatened species

Common name
Booroolong Frog

Scientific name
Litoria booroolongensis

Status in NSW
Endangered

Commonwealth status
Endangered

The Booroolong Frog is a medium sized tree frog, with adults growing to about 5 cm. Their body-colour may be grey, olive or brown with indistinct black markings. The abdomen is white. The skin usually has a slightly warty appearance. The fingers and toes have well developed discs, and the toes are strongly webbed. The call is a soft, purring ‘craww craww craww’.


Climate change

Mean temperatures are projected to rise by 2.1 ºC by 2070. The increases are occurring across the region with the greatest increase during summer. All models show there are no declines in mean temperatures across the Central West and Orana.


Air quality Last updated at 1:00 pm, 27 January 2020 AEST

Air quality data for NSW is displayed using the Air Quality Index (AQI) scale and is updated hourly.

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THINGS TO DO & SEE

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Bouddi National Park

You'll find several great walks, as well as opportunities for camping and swimming in Bouddi National Park near Gosford. Photo: J.Yurasek

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The Entrance Ocean Pools

Dating from 1938, what was a simple rock pool has grown into an Olympic-size swimming pool. Photo: S.Watters

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Great North walk

Find the Wondabyne to Patonga part of the iconic Great North walk in Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: J.Spencer

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Munmorah State Conservation Area

Pristine beaches and grand views are just a taste of what is on offer at Munmorah State Conservation Area. Photo: J.Spencer

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HMAS Parramatta shipwreck and memorials

Shipwreck site of the World War One warship HMAS Parramatta. Photo: T.Smith

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Mt Penang Parklands

Explore the cascading waterways and unique water features, gardens and cafe. Photo: R.K.Russell

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