Luxton Lagoon and Wetlands (Coolart Historic Area)


Luxton Lagoon and Wetlands (Coolart Historic Area)

Luxton Lagoon and Wetlands is the perfect place to begin your bird watching adventures. Minsmere Hide and the wetland walks allow you to experience local wildlife, in lush habitat created by Tom Luxton in 1939. A wildlife enthusiast, Tom Luxton dammed the shallow, seasonal paperbark swamp to encourage local birdlife. Today, bird enthusiasts will not be disappointed as over 60 species of birds can be seen enjoying all the wetlands have to offer.

A number of woodland birds also frequent the area such as Yellow Robins, Superb Fairy-wrens and Honeyeaters. On warm days Blue-tongue lizards and Longnecked tortoises can be seen basking in the sun. Numerous mammals live around the wetland and nearby woodlands, but most are nocturnal and become active at dusk. However, if you look carefully you may be lucky enough to spot a koala, Swamp rat, echidna or Swamp wallaby. When the water levels drop, you can even spy the elusive Crakes, Buff-banded Rails and Lewins Rails, as these species of birds are attracted out to the muddy edges of the wetlands to feed."

How to get there

Luxton Lagoon and Wetlands (Coolart Historic Area)



Need to know

Luxton Lagoon and Wetlands (Coolart Historic Area)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No fishing
  • No vehicles
  • No drones without a permit
  • No firearms allowed
  • No generators
  • No motorised vehicles, including electric bikes or scooters allowed on management vehicle only paths, tracks or roads
  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs allowed
  • No camping
  • No bicycles
  • Management vehicle only


  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Water hazards
    • Dam

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Coolart BBQs closed until further notice

  • Parks Victoria is carrying out inspections in all of our barbecues in our parks. Following these inspections, some barbecues have been temporarily closed until they can be attended by a licenced contractor. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused.
  • Visitor safety is our top priority and we advise people to please not to use any barbecue facilities that have been closed. We expect the impacted barbecues to reopen in the coming weeks. 

Coolart Homestead closed for renovations

Coolart Homestead will remain closed for renovations until further notice.  The remainder of the park is still open to visitors.  We apologise for any inconvenience

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