The Wilkin Flora & Fauna reserve covers a total of 3600 hectares with 4WD and 2WD track access. Mill Swamp is an area of particular interest to bird watchers –(A bird list is available from the Casterton Visitor Information Centre). Along with birds, spring wildflowers are a beautiful attraction from August to October in the Long Lead Swamp, Tower & Carmichael Track areas.
There are five sub-species of Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo. The South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo(Calyptorhynchus banksii graptogyne) is only found in south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria.
With an estimated population of only 800 - 1000 birds, it is in danger of extinction. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos nest from Spring through to Autumn, mostly in dead Red Gums in farmed paddocks. The single egg is incubated by the female. The male spends his day feeding and returns in the evening to feed his mate. Nestlings are fed only by the female, who leaves the nest for longer periods as the chick develops. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are 55-60 cm in length and may live in the wild for more than 30 years.
Meandering gently around town, the Kelpie Walking Trail links 5 unique sculptures revealing the fascinating life and times of the Kelpie.
The statues feature interpretive signage and the walker can chose from three routes.
Route 1 will take you via the main shopping district with its heritage-themed streetscape, while Route 2 is slightly longer and takes in some wonderful River Red-Gums and riverbank.
Route 3 comprises the River Walking Trail, along the beautiful banks of the Glenelg River.
Download the Walking Trail map