Wycheproof wetlands precinct to boost nature based tourism

Published: 6 June 2023

A view of the Wycheproof Wetlands development siteA new wetlands precinct in the Loddon-Mallee region is set to attract more visitors, delivering a major tourism boost and creating more local jobs.

Construction will soon begin on the Wycheproof Wetlands Precinct – which is backed by the Victorian Government.

The project is helping to create a 70,000m2 wetland system, transforming the area into a world-class nature-based tourism experience while offering new recreation opportunities.

Native trees and vegetation plantings will improve the habitat for local wildlife, and a new jetty will be built to allow nature enthusiasts to walk out over the water.

The project also includes a skate park, bike racks and a sensory play area for children, encouraging visitors to enjoy the outdoors. The project will create six jobs during construction and two ongoing full-time roles when complete next year.

The new wetlands precinct will be connected to the Wycheproof Recreation Reserve and Wycheproof Caravan Park, encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more, while exploring nearby towns including Charlton and St Arnaud.

Victoria’s nature-based offerings are a significant attraction for local and international holidaymakers, with 19% of all visitors in 2019 enjoying a nature-based experience. The project is expected to attract an additional 3,000 visitors to Wycheproof in the first 12 months.

The Wycheproof Wetlands Precinct project strongly aligns with the recently launched Experience Victoria 2033 strategic plan, which aims to support and grow experiences in five key pillars including nature, First Peoples-led experiences, wellness, arts and culture, and food and drink.