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Queensland

Coopers Creek, Windorah 

Noccundra Waterhole 

Southwest Queensland 



Noccundra Waterhole 

Noccundra Waterhole is a long-lasting waterhole in the Wilson River in south-west Queensland; the Wilson River is part of the Coopers Creek system in the Lake Eyre Catchment. Average annual rainfall is about 25 millimetres but there is significant annual variation; floods and lengthy droughts (some lasting many years) are common. Although the Wilson River stops flowing in the dry season the flow during a normal Wet Season is considerable and the waterhole is surrounded by layers of vegetation deposited by receding floodwaters. Noccundra Waterhole is shaped like the river section it really is, with a long and narrow outline plan. Depth is unknown. Banks are mostly sand, sometimes quite steep where flood deposits have been eroded.

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Coopers Creek, Windorah 

Coopers Creek is in south-west Queensland Channel Country and part of the Lake Eyre Catchment. The Creek begins where the Thomson and the Barcoo Rivers join near Jundah then meanders to Lake Eyre. In most years water in the Creek fills an extensive network of channels or permanent lakes and waterholes or is absorbed by the dry ground, or evaporates. For much of the year Cooper's Creek is a series of scattered waterholes, each slowly evaporating or draining away until the next Wet Season brings more water. One of these waterholes, 19 kilometres long, is near Windorah where the Quilpie-Windorah road crosses via a substantial (but narrow) concrete bridge.

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Southwest Queensland 

The Southwest Queensland bird region extends from Charleville and Cunamulla west past Quilpie, Thargomindah and Eulo to the SA border and south to NSW. The area is increasingly arid towards the west and several bird species are confined to the eastern or western parts by environmental considerations; some species which prefer arid conditions are found at Thargomindah but not around Charleville and vice versa.

This region includes Coopers Creek and Noccundra Waterhole which each have a separate collection of photographs.

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Bird Regions, page 2


 New South Wales

Casino 

NSW Central Coast 

Western NSW 



Casino 

Casino is a small town (population about 10,000) on the Richmond River inland from Ballina and Lismore. The area is predominantly a cattle region with nearby cropping, especially sugar. Many waterholes remain in the area, some in woodland and some in cleared paddocks. South of Casino is mainly forest reserves.

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New South Wales Central Coast 

The Central Coast region lies between Sydney and Newcastle centred on the township of The Entrance and nearby Tuggerah Lake. The Lake has thriving waterbird communities with nearby Wyrrabalong National Park preserving habitats for other birds. Wyrrabalong National Park is in two section north and south of The Entrance and preserves the last section of coastal (littoral) rainforest on the Central Coast. Vehicular access to both section is easy and there are several walking tracks in the park.

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Western New South Wales 

The Western New South Wales region is centred on the Broken Hill/Menindee area, especially on the Darling River and Kinchega National Park. This is a semi-arid region with low rainfall but the Darling River and Menindee Lakes provide a comfortable habitat for waterbirds while they contain water. The Darling River hosts a variety of riverine birds while the edging river red gums/black box hosts a number of species preferring that habitat.

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Northern Territory

Central Australia 

Central Australia region includes Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and the Stuart Highway north and south of Alice Springs. This covers arid country as well as the steep and rocky Macdonnell Ranges and the urban area of Alice Springs.

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Bird Regions, page 3


South Australia

Flinders Region 

The Flinders Region covers the Flinders Ranges and surrounding area including Port Augusta and the northern extremity of Spencer Gulf. This area has a variety of bird habitats from steep, rocky and arid Flinders Ranges to the sheltered water of Spencers Gulf as well as urban parts of Port Augusta and the semi-arid and arid vegetation of the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens and environs just outside Port Augusta. The region can best be summarised as semi-arid to arid.

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Victoria

Around Melbourne 

Around Melbourne is centred on Port Phillip Bay but extends well beyond that body of water, including metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, as well as Phillip Island and Westernport. This region contains a variety of bird habitats.

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Tasmania

Tasmania includes a large variety of bird habitats ranging from the relatively settled Midland and Derwent Valleys to the West Coast and North-west. Some birds in Tasmania are unique to the island, others are widespread throughout Australia and some are found only in the cooler south-east part of the the mainland and Tasmania.

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Western Australia

Kimberley 

The Kimberley is the mountainous region in the north of Western Australia. The town of Broome is not included in this region.

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More regional collections are in preparation