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Lachlan River Passing Nombinnie and Round Hill Nature Reserves, Australia

33.1S 145.7E

January 2nd, 2010 Category: Rivers

Australia - December 18th, 2009

Australia - December 18th, 2009

The Lachlan River, below, flows past the Nombinnie and Round Hill Nature Reserves in central New South Wales, Australia. The two reserves are identifiable as a large brown area just north of the river. They share a boundary towards the center of this brown area, with the Round Hill Nature Reserve to the East and the Nombinnie to the West.

The Lachlan River rises in the central highland of New South Wales, part of the Great Dividing Range, 13 km east of Gunning. Its major headwaters, the Carcoar River, the Belubula River and the Abercrombie River converge near the town of Cowra. Minor tributaries include the Morongla Creek.

The northern parts of Round Hill Nature Reserve are located on the edge of the Cobar peneplain and the remainder is sand hill and plains country. Along with Yathong and Nombinnie nature reserves, Round Hill forms part of one of the largest contiguous blocks of mallee in western NSW.

The reserve includes habitats of malleefowl, shy hylacola, southern scrub robin, pink cockatoo, red lored whistler, chestnut quail thrush, ningaui and western blue tongue lizard. Principal management objectives include the maintenance of habitat diversity, encouragement of regeneration and protection of rare plant and animal species.

The majority of the Nombinnie Nature Reserve is located on the extensive dune fields of the Darling depression. Some areas of riverine plains are present near Willandra Creek. Principal management objectives include the maintenance of habitat diversity, encouragement of regeneration and protection of rare plant and animal species.

Apart from the mallee, the vegetation is made up of stands of white cypress pine woodlands, woodlands of bimble box and red box, black box in depressions, lignum, belah woodlands in association with western rosewood, wilga, leafless cherry and warrior bush. A variety of endangered fauna including malleefowl, red lored whistler, southern scrub robin and pink cockatoo are present in the reserve. Over 90 species of birds are known from the area.

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