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Along the Kidman Way

It's time to escape to see the real Australia.

Travelling along the Kidman Way you will witness changing landscape, meet characters and enjoy a relaxing journey. The Kidman Way touring route takes you through the heart of NSW, taking in Jerilderie in the south to Barringun in the north.

Travel by car, caravan or motorhome, by yourself, with friends or family, there is something for everyone along the road.

Visit the Kidman Way Website for more information.

Lake Brewster

The Brewster Weir Campground contains a toilet, picnic facilities and fireplaces and can be accessed by 2WD in dry weather only.  Directions from Hillston travel along the Kidman Way, after approx 20km turn right onto Lachlan Valley Way, after approx 14km turn left at the Ballyrogan Channel Bridge then over the grid for a further 2.6km.

Lake Brewster at the right time of day and season can be quite spectacular as many different waterbirds return to Lake Brewster after feeding elsewhere (e.g. cormorants, pelicans, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, ducks, herons). 

Fast Fact - Lake Brewster was a shallow ephemeral lake that was developed as a water storage in the mid Lachlan valley in the 1940s and 50s for drought proofing, irrigation development, and water for regional development. A lake that is considered ephemeral is a lake that is usually dry, but that fills with water for brief periods during and after rainfall or other precipitation.

Office of Environment and Heritage - Lake Brewster project is reaping benefits for water users and the environment

Photo 1 – OEH Jo Lenehan monitoring in the western outflow wetland high ground at Lake Brewster – Photo Mal Carnegie, Lake Cowal Foundation and Bland Shire Ambassador

Photo 2 – Aerial view of western outflow wetlands showing extensive vegetation coverage Red Milfoil and Spikerush (Eleocharis sp.) – Photo Mal Carnegie, Lake Cowal Foundation and Bland Shire Ambassador
Photo 3 – Vallisneria australis, Ribbonweed, Eelweed - Photo J Lenehan (OEH) 
Photo 4 – OEH Carmen Amos monitoring Ribbonweed condition in inner eastern outflow wetland – Photo Mal Carnegie, Lake Cowal Foundation and Bland Shire Ambassador