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Urban Wetlands

Located just minutes away from Sydney’s CBD, Centennial Parklands is home to the largest freshwater wetlands in inner-metropolitan Sydney.

Urban wetlands play an essential role in improving water quality and provide vital habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species in urban areas.  

Explore the features of our urban wetlands by conducting biological assessments of two different freshwater wetland environments: a stormwater fed pond and a spring water fed swamp. Discover our local to global connection through the story of the freshwater eel. 
Stage 4 Geography  
  • GE4-1 locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments 
  • GE4-2 describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments 
  • GE4-3 explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change 
  • GE4-7 acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry 
  • GE4-8 communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies 
  • Literacy 
  • Numeracy 
  • Information and Communication Technology 
  • Critical and Creative Thinking 
  • Personal and Social Capability 
  • Sustainability 

Wetlands 

Wetlands and Indigenous Values https://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/publications/factsheet-wetlands-indigenous-values#:~:text=Wetland%20values&text=It%20provides%20an%20economic%20base,grounds%20and%20as%20boundary%20markers

Wetlands  
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands 

Wetlands Birds  
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands/plants-and-animals-in-wetlands/birds 

Wetlands Animals 
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands/plants-and-animals-in-wetlands 

Wetlands Plants 
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands/plants-and-animals-in-wetlands/plants#:~:text=They%20are%20dominated%20by%20sedges,as%20water%20primrose%20and%20nardoo.&text=These%20are%20always%20or%20nearly,as%20ribbonweed%20and%20wavy%20marshwort

NSW Waterwatch 
https://www.nswwaterwatch.org.au/ 

The Convention on Wetlands 
https://www.ramsar.org/ 

Centennial Parklands Water Conservation 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/about-us/planning/environmental-management/water-conservation 

Centennial Parklands History 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/our-parks/centennial-park/centennial-park-s-history 

Centennial Parklands Managing Stormwater 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/about-us/planning/environmental-management/managing-stormwater 

Centennial Parklands Geology and Landform 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/environment/geology-and-landform 

Duck Pond 

Duck Pond 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/our-parks/centennial-park/ponds/duck-pond 

Centennial Parklands History and Highlights of our Waterways 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/stories/2019/history-and-highlights-of-our-waterways 

Turtles 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/environment/animals/turtles 

Centennial Parklands How you can help our turtles 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/stories/2018/how-you-can-help-our-turtles 

Centennial Parklands Red-eared Slider Turtles 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/stories/2018/have-you-seen-a-red-eared-slider-turtle 

Frogs 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/environment/animals/frogs 

Lachlan Swamp 

Centennial Parklands  Busy and the Bore 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/stories/2019/busby-and-the-bore 

Centennial Parklands A Water Source for Sydney 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/history-and-heritage/history-of-the-parklands/a-water-source-for-sydney 

Lily Pond 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/stories/2020/is-this-centennial-park-s-most-beautiful-pond 

Flying Foxes 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/stories/2019/seven-things-to-love-about-flying-foxes 

Bats 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/visit/environment/animals/bats 

Local to Global Connections 

Centennial Parklands Environmental Management 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/about-us/planning/environmental-management 

Centennial Parklands Environmental Policy 
https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/about-us/planning/environmental-management/environmental-policy-statement 

Long-finned Eels 
https://australian.museum/learn/animals/fishes/longfin-eel-anguilla-reinhardtii/ 

Fishways 
https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/habitat/rehabilitating/fishways 

Weirs and Fishways 
https://www.waternsw.com.au/supply/Greater-Sydney/weirs/fishways