COVID-19 Measures

Update 21st September: Read about what facilities are open or remaining closed for now at Winton Wetlands.

The safety of our visitors and staff is Winton Wetlands highest priority. When visiting Winton Wetlands, please adhere to Victorian State Government guidelines and restrictions surrounding social distancing, group sizes and hygiene. Full details can be found at

Facilities currently open:

•Winton Wetlands reserve (open for day-use activities)

•Cycling trails and walking trails

•Toilet facilities at Greens Hill, Bill Friday Swamp and the Boat Ramp

•The Mokoan Hub & Café.

•Campsites and campgrounds

•Fire pits


•Picnic tables

•Water drinking fountains

•Project Office

Mokoan Hub & Café

As of Tuesday 22nd September the café will be open for limited indoor and outdoor dining with bookings being essential. Takeaway is also available. To comply with Victorian COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, you’ll notice some changes in the Café, for your health and ours, so we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Bookings are essential ☎️ 0497 939 507 |Open 7 days | 9am – 4pm

For the health and safety of our staff and patrons, the following booking conditions apply:

  • Check in on arrival and check out on departure.
  • Masks must be worn unless seated at table.
  • Table service only.
  • Payments will be processed at your table.
  • Group bookings are limited to 10 people. This includes any children.
  • Please stay seated unless using the facilities.
  • Bookings are limited to 2 hours.
  • Please use hand sanitiser provided.
  • Please adhere to social distancing guidelines.

If you to amend your booking please let us know as soon as possible so we can accommodate any changes.

For more details visit the Mokoan Hub & Café page.

Facilities remaining closed for now:

•Tours and events

•Kayaking/boating (unavailable due to dry conditions)

Our Project Office phone line is operating during our normal business hours, 9am-4pm Monday to Friday, ph. (03) 5766 4462.

Emergency Contacts:

Police, Fire, Ambulance: ph. 000

Ranger: ph. 0400 891 495

The safety of our visitors and staff is Winton Wetlands highest priority. When visiting Winton Wetlands, please adhere to Victorian State Government guidelines and restrictions. #staysafe

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We have taken measures throughout our organisation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Measures within the organisation include, but are not limited to…

• government health guidelines and recommendations have been conveyed to staff

• hygiene and sanitising practices have been reiterated and increased

• all events and tours planned for April-June have been cancelled

• staff and committee meetings are being held online

• staff are working remotely where possible

Please know we are staying in touch with the relevant health and government departments to monitor changes during this time.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Winton Wetlands in the future.

Precious Cargo on Board

If you’re following our story of Rewilding the Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis) at Winton Wetlands, we are proud to say the project is well underway!

An essential aspect of this project has been to determine the presence or absence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis – the fungus that causes the detrimental Chytridiomycosis disease in amphibian populations.

Over the course of 18 months, fifty frogs from six different species have been ethically swabbed at Winton Wetlands in order to collect information on the incidence of this fungus. Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii), Spotted Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis), Eastern Banjo Frog (Limnodynastes dumerili), Eastern Sign-bearing Froglet (Crinia parinsignifera), Common Eastern Froglet (Crinia signifera) and the Sudell’s Frog (Neobatrachus sudellae) were all located in a range of areas across at the reserve.

Our team was excited to see the complete collection of swabs travel to cesar laboratories at Melbourne University today to undergo DNA analysis which will provide a clear picture of the status of the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis fungus.

The next component of the project commencing immediately is habitat assessment, and in combination with the DNA results, will help with selecting an appropriate source population of Growling Grass Frogs suitable to Winton Wetlands.

The team at Winton Wetlands would like to thank the Wettenhall Environmental Trust for their support of the Rewilding the Growling Grass Frog project and all the fantastic volunteers who have assisted so far.

Stay tuned for future updates on this exciting species reintroduction!

Wall to Wall @ Winton Wetlands

Join us for Wall to Wall Festival this year! Jump aboard one of our guided bus tours or help us complete our larger-than-life turtle play sculpture in our fantastic nature playground!

Art Tour | Stories from the Landscape (AM & PM Tour + Lunch Package Available)

Board our bus and navigate the Winton Wetlands Art Trail stopping at our most memorable locations to hear from local presenters along the way. Unravel the history and ecological aspects that are uniquely “Mokoan”.

Interested in our Morning Guided Bus Tour? For more info click here!

Interested in our Afternoon Guided Bus Tour? For more info click here!

Bookings are essential and spaces limited. 

Conservation Creatives | Paint by Numbers (10AM onwards)

Help us complete our larger-than-life turtle play sculpture as part of Wall to Wall Festival 2020!

Situated in it’s native habitat of the nature playground at the Mokoan Hub & Cafe, our larger-than-life concrete turtle play sculpture (crafted by award-winning Yackandandah artist, Benjamin Gilbert) is desperate for decoration!

Join us for a FREE paint by numbers experience.

Have the family get involved and bring the playground to life through completing the sculpture in this creative outlet that also considers the importance of our environment.

All ages welcome. First come, first served. Smocks and all supplies provided.

Where : 652 Lake Mokoan Road | Chesney Vale VIC 3725.

Enquiries, phone: 03 5766 4462

The Mokoan Hub & Cafe’ will be open per normal from 9am – 4pm serving breakfast, lunch and everything delicious in between. For bookings, phone: 0497 939 507 

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

It’s a fact – less than 30% of scientific researchers in the world are women.

According to the United Nations General Assembly (and us!) “women and girls deserve full and equal access to and participation in science”. On February 11th, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we acknowledge our women team members, industry associates and volunteers who are kicking goals in science. Learn a little about our very own woman scientist, Dr Lisa Farnsworth:

Dr Lisa Farnsworth is a widely-published and highly regarded wildlife ecologist, extensively experienced in her field.

A local to the high country of north east Victoria, Lisa is in her sixth year with Winton Wetlands as terrestrial Restoration Ecologist and her story, which brings her to arrive at this point, is one of dedication and passion.

Lisa completed a Bachelor of Science at LaTrobe University and went on to achieve First Class honours at Deakin University in a study of fur seal pup development. She then proudly earned her PhD working with reptiles and fire ecology in the Mallee.

Relocating to the west coast, Lisa’s work at Mt Gibson Wildlife Sanctuary in outback Western Australia allowed her to make her mark in ecological habitat restoration, feral management and species recovery.

As a professional in her field, Lisa says that her role in inspiring younger generations to contribute to the science industry is an inherent and vital responsibility. Encouraging young people to follow their true calling through access to science can mean individuals’ core values are applied to careers that make a real difference in today’s world.


World Wetlands Day Biodiversity Photo Comp

Test out your photography skills at Winton Wetlands and enter our World Wetlands Day Biodiversity Photography Competition, beginning on Wednesday 15th January!

Photographs must be taken at the Winton Wetlands site within the last 12 months. We have three categories; junior (16 and under), smart phone and DSLR and prizes up for grabs for each category.

Entries can be submitted to

Your entry should include:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Photograph (JPEG or JPG formats only – up to 10mb)
  • Address the biodiversity theme
  • Photograph caption explains links to the biodiversity theme

For more information and T&Cs click here.