Munmorah State Conservation Area

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Munmorah State Conservation Area
New South Wales
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Birdie Beach and Lake Munmorah.jpg
Munmorah State Conservation Area is located in New South Wales
Munmorah State Conservation Area
Munmorah State Conservation Area
Nearest town or city Wyong
Coordinates 33°10′55″S 151°36′04″E / 33.182°S 151.601°E / -33.182; 151.601Coordinates: 33°10′55″S 151°36′04″E / 33.182°S 151.601°E / -33.182; 151.601
Established 1 January 1977 (1977-01-01)
Area 15.3 km2 (5.9 sq mi)
Managing authorities NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
See also Protected areas of
New South Wales

Munmorah State Conservation Area is located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The area's coastal setting and panoramic views, perched sand dunes, diverse vegetation communities, protected threatened species and migratory bird habitats and opportunities for nature based recreation and opportunities for educational and scientific study were cited as reasons for the reserve's creation.[1] The reserve is part of the Tuggerah Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for a variety of water and woodland birds.[2]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Birdie Beach (Includeas area for unclad bathing).
  • Tea Tree Picnic Area - Gas barbecues
  • Frazer Beach
  • Palms Picnic Area
  • The Palms Walking Track
  • Wybung Trig Lookout
  • Snapper Point

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History[edit]

The land now occupied by Munmorah State Conservation Area was first inhabited by the Darkinjung people and the Awabakal people, the Indigenous Australians. The Darkinjung occupied the southern section and the Awabakal occupied the northern section. It is believed Europeans first discovered the Tuggerah Lakes in 1796. It was found by Governor of Tasmania, Colonel David Collins, who had arrived on the First Fleet during the search for an escaped convict woman, Mary Morgan, who was said to be living with the Aborigines to the North of the Hawkesbury River.[4]

Large areas of forest in the Conservation Area were burnt out during bushfires in October 2013.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. "Munmorah State Conservation Area and Bird Island Nature Reserve - Plan of Management" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tuggerah. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2011-11-17.
  3. ^ Stralia Web. "Munmorah State Conservation Area Central Coast". Retrieved 2008-09-09. 
  4. ^ "theentrancetcm.com.au". Who Found Tuggerah Lake?. Retrieved 18 July 2006. 
  5. ^ Noone, Richard; Smith, Errol; Collins, Terry (18 October 2013). "Raging bushfires claim first victim as flames continue to rip through Doyalson and Mannering Park". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 

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