Education, culture and information
The Window on the Wetlands (WOW) Centre is a community-run education, recreation and cultural centre and the gateway to the wetlands of the region, including Tiger Bay Wetlands next door and the Macquarie Marshes/Maliyanga ngurra, 120km north of Warren NSW. The Centre was established by RiverSmart in 2015. We also host Warren Shire Council’s “Warren and Macquarie Marshes Visitor Information Centre” located in the schoolhouse building.
We’re on Ngiyampaa Wayilwan Country, rich in history and culture. The river and wetlands of the area are important to Wayilwan people and their culture.
Warren Shire has a population of 2,745 people—a vibrant community. The picturesque Macquarie River/ Wambuul flows through the heart of the town. The area was incorporated as a municipality in 1895 and the Warren Weir was established in 1896. The 1967 opening of Burrendong Dam, upstream near Wellington, saw agricultural industries flourish and today they are the mainstay of the region’s economy.
Window on the Wetlands (WOW) Centre is open
Every day, 8.15am – 5pm
2 Coonamble Road Warren NSW
0439 452 919 during opening hours
Email us or call in for information or road condition updates
What to do at the WOW Centre
Check out what’s happening at the Window on the Wetlands (WOW) Centre in our events calendar. We have a program of tours, workshops, exhibitions and community events. You can also stay in touch with what’s happening through our Facebook Page.
How to see the Macquarie Marshes
You can see parts of the Marshes from the road if you travel along Gibson Way from either Quambone on the eastern side of the Marshes or the Carinda Road on the western side of the Marshes. You should always check road conditions before heading out, particularly following rain. There is accommodation available on Gibson Way at Willie Retreat (check availability in advance through Facebook Messenger). You can also have a Marshes experience from the elevated position of the Burrima Boardwalk, located on a private property on the western edge of the Northern Nature Reserve, accessed via the Carinda Road. Visitor access to Burrima is via online registration (link below). NOTE: THE BURRIMA IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING
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