Note the water level at Bool Lagoon is dependent on climatic conditions. During summer the lagoon may be dry.
Bool Lagoon is an oasis for birds. Set yourself up in the bird hide at the end of the Tea-Tree Boardwalk and you'll be able to spot a host of ibis and spoonbills. Up to one hundred and fifty species of bird have been recorded at Bool Lagoon.
Bool Lagoon is one of the largest and most diverse freshwater lagoon systems in southern Australia: a bird lover’s and photographer’s paradise. Located 21 kilometres south of Naracoorte, this seasonal wetland is home to a wide range of wildlife and provides an essential drought refuge for many rare and endangered bird species.
Take a drive to the top of Big Hill to see just how big these wetlands really are. The extended drive via Bool Lagoon and Moyhall Roads to Little Bool Lagoon is also worth the effort. The open water of Little Bool Lagoon is a popular venue for many waterbirds.
The boardwalk, extending 500 metres over the wetlands, gives the feeling of walking on water. Brolgas, commonly associated with northern Australia, are perhaps the most spectacular of the 150 species of birds that visit this area. Enjoy the magnificent scenery, make use of the comfortable ‘bird hides’ and listen carefully for the creatures of the wetlands, especially the insects and frogs.
A number of walking tracks, including the boardwalk, offer different vantage points of the spectacular lagoon over varying distances to cater for the time requirements and mobility of all visitors.
Spring is usually the best time of year to experience this internationally significant wetland and its prolific birdlife in all their glory. The number of birds at the lagoons is dependent on climatic conditions and during summer months the lagoon may dry up. But be sure to bring your binoculars, you never know how many birds will be seeking refuge at the lagoon.
Camping is available at the Bool Lagoon campground. Entry and camping fees apply. More information is available from National Parks South Australia (http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Home ).
Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park adjoins the main basin of Bool Lagoon Game Reserve. Whether you are a birdwatcher, a lover of open space, or merely wish to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, Hacks Lagoon offers another wetland habitat to explore.