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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rocky Creek Dam, Dunoon, New South Wales.

Rocky Lake: the impounded lake at Rocky Creek Dam.
We decided to have a change from National Parks and wet rainforest and headed off to Rocky Creek Dam for the afternoon. There are excellent facilities and great walks. Walkers can access the dam wall and the spillway or head to the boardwalk and platypus viewing platform.

We combined the Waterdragon Walk (1.2 km) and the Platypus Walk (1.5 km) which overlap and we probably only walked just over 2 km in total.

We walked across the dam wall and continued on to the impressive spillway.

From the spillway we continued on to the boardwalk and wetland area. There were Wompoo Fruit-Doves feeding in the Bangalow Palms and a curious Pale-yellow Robin made an appearance but we didn’t see any platypus.

We made our way back to the carpark where a tour group was cooking up a storm in the large shelter provided. There are also other picnic tables scattered throughout the grounds and an excellent children’s playground.

Bird list:
Noisy Miner, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Black Swan, Laughing Kookaburra, Pacific Black Duck, Pale-yellow Robin, Wompoo Fruit-Dove.

Details for Rocky Creek Dam:
Where: Rocky Creek Dam Road, Dunoon, NSW, 2480.
Getting There: 24 km north of Lismore, via Dunoon. 13 km north-east of The Channon Village Campground.
Facilities: toilets, gas BBQ’s, tables, sheltered picnic area, children’s playground, walks, boardwalk, educational signage.
Prohibitions: No dogs, no swimming, no boating or other water craft.
Cost: Free.

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