The Northern Beaches is fortunate to support many different wetland environments, including the estuarine wetlands of Careel Bay, the freshwater wetlands at Warriewood, those lining our four coastal lagoons and the coastal floodplain wetlands of Manly lagoon.

Caring for our wetlands 

Many wetland habitats are now recognised as endangered in NSW, emphasising the need for ongoing management and conservation. Bush regeneration and aquatic weed control have been our focus since we took control of the wetlands. Dedicated volunteer Bushcare groups also contribute to their management and care.

Warriewood Wetland

At 26 hectares, Warriewood Wetland is the largest remaining sand plain wetland in the northern Sydney area.  It provides a variety of habitats for native animals and also plays a vital role in flood mitigation, nutrient recycling and filtering sediments. The wetlands contain several Endangered Ecological Communities

Warriewood Wetlands boardwalk 

The 2.4km walkway network provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy the natural attributes of the wetlands and gives bird watchers greater access to enjoy their passion. Due to the sensitive nature of this environment, bikes and dogs are prohibited from the boardwalk.

You may also like to check out our Warriewood Wetland Self-Guided Walk, starting at Katoa Reserve.

Warriewood Wetlands wildlife

The wetlands are popular with Sydney's birdwatching community, particularly in autumn when the swamp mahogany trees are in flower. Over 80 bird species have been recorded including the endangered Regent Honeyeater, the Goshawk and Powerful Owl. Several migratory birds are covered by international treaties between Australia, Japan and China.  

Careel Bay

Careel Bay is the most significant area of estuarine wetlands in the Northern Beaches. It contains a combination of natural features, rare in the Sydney region, that provide habitat for a variety of marine life and bird species. Another ‘must see’ for birdwatching enthusiasts. The walking track and boardwalk provide easy access for visitors.

Birds of Careel Bay

A total of 116 bird species have been recorded at Careel Bay and its immediate catchment. The endangered Bush Stone-Curlew is a resident of Careel Bay, along with the regionally significant Mangrove Gerygone and international migratory species such as the Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel and Bar-tailed Godwit.

Many wetland habitats are now recognised as endangered in NSW. Find out more about ongoing management and conservation from the NSW Government.