Farms were purchased by the government in 1971 and the area was turned into an irrigation supply, Lake Mokoan. In 2004, the lake was then turned into wetlands and is now the largest wetlands restoration project in the Southern Hemisphere.
A very wet day when we arrived, we put on our rain gear and set off on a short walk around the place. We weren't going to let the weather 'dampen our spirits' (see what I did there?)
We parked at the Mokoan Hub and wandered the nearby tracks, suitable for both walking and cycling.
We got drenched, but that's half the fun of an outdoor adventure, right?
The mist had settled over the ground and through the dead trees, creating an eerie background to the area.
Back in the car, we drove down the road a bit to Boggy Bridge Rd, where these colourful pallets were set up either side of the entrance.
I'm not sure if there is actually a bridge, but it certainly looked like the boggy part was possible, so we stopped at the cows on a barge.
You heard me right, cows on a barge. Big, bright and beautiful cows on a barge. Part of a local street art project and a wonderful surprise to come across.
Apart from a few lorikeets, these cows were the only wildlife we saw, but I don't blame the resident fauna for taking shelter somewhere cosy in weather like this.
The wetlands are home to over 180 species of birds, including many birds of prey, so we'll definitely return later in the year to have another look.
Why: wildlife, walks
How Much: FREE to walk around and explore
Nearby: Benalla Street Art