Birds are plentiful in NSW. Any reserve or park presents opportunities for bird-watching.
Browse suggested wildlife encounters
A few particularly good places for bird-watching are:
Sydney & surrounds
- Royal Botanic Garden and the Domain and Centennial Parklands
- Royal National Park located 40 minutes south of Sydney.
- Cumberland Bird Observers' Club hosts bird-watching trips all around the Sydney region.
- Hyams Beach Trail also known as the Bird Spotter's walk, this trail is the best place to birdwatch in Jervis Bay National Park.
- Barren Grounds Bird Observatory and Field Study Centre administered by BirdLife Australia, in Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, near Kiama. Call: (02) 4236 0195.
- Reed Beds Bird Hide Boardwalk located in Murray Valley National Park.
- Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve located 2 km north of Moss Vale on the Bowral-Moss Vale Road. Call Fitzroy Falls National Park: (02) 4887 7270.
- Capertee Valley located 3 hours north-west of Sydney, this is the world's second largest canyon and home to more species of birds than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere.
Birdlife Australia offers useful resources for birdwatchers:
- Birdwatching tips (PDF 517KB)
- Birdwatching for beginners (PDF 691KB)
- Ethical birding guidelines (PDF 199KB)
Birds found in NSW
Birdlife Australia also offers listings of birds, searchable by type, location or name.