The Reserve

The Reserve

The Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is 201 hectares created largely by the filling of Lake Burley Griffin on 29 April 1964.

The highly fertile floodplain in the northern part of the Reserve contains significant evidence of past movements of the Molonglo River and these flood channels, scroll bars and paleochannels. The area continues to be grazed to help manage the biomass of exotic pasture but livestock have now been excluded from important habitat and sensitive riparian areas. There has been limited recreational use of this floodplain aside from the shared cycle path around its southern perimeter.

A diversion channel constructed in the 1920s has created a peninsular adjacent to the Lake Burley Griffin. This area has limited access and has been included within a refuge zone to protect important habitat for birds such as the Lathams Snipe.

The southern part of the Reserve is more hilly and popular with visitors. Kellys Swamp is an important area for bird watching and walking and since the 1980s, bird hides, walking paths, refuge islands and screen plantings have been developed in the area. Likewise the Jerrabomberra Creek corridor has been popular for bird watching and walking although significant earthworks have reduced some of its natural values. One area of particular conservation interest is the Billabong which is part of the former Jerrabomberra Creek channel.

More information on the Reserve can be found in:

The 2010 Plan of Management

Resources and Values of Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Brochure 2015


A limited range of facilities are provided for visitors. There are proposals to improve visitor facilities within the Reserve (see planning) but at present there are no toilets available.

Getting There

Jerrabomberra Wetlands is located on the eastern end of Lake Burley Griffin. It lies about 3km from the City Centre and is best accessed from either:

  • Dairy Road, Fyshwick – coming either from Fyshwick or the Monaro Hwy, proceed about 1km north of the Monaro Hwy overpass to enter the Kellys carpark. This location will give access to Kellys Swamp walks and bird hides.
  • Eyre (formerly Newcastle) Street, Kingston – from Wentworth Avenue, enter Dawes Street and proceed to the end (within the Causeway settlement). Turn left and after one block right into Eyre Street. Park along Eyre Street to walk to bird hides along the Jerrabomberra Creek or over to Kellys Swamp.