Surrounded by 57 lakes and swamps draining into the Murray River system, Kerang is certainly one of Australia’s waterbird wonderlands.
More than 350 species of waterfowl nest in the sanctuary, including the magnificent white royal spoonbill and about 250,000 individual ibis representing the native straw neck, the global white ibis and the rarer glossy ibis.
But the birds do leave some yabbies and fish, including the odd Murray cod, for the anglers.
The region was settled and irrigated by Irish emigrant and innkeeper, Woodford Patchett, who also built the first bridge over the local reach of the Loddon River, presumably to make it easier for locals from across the river to frequent his pub.
Patchett's contribution to the development of Kerang and the district is honoured in the local museum, which also displayed some interesting old farm machinery. The clock tower on the corner of Victoria and Wellington streets honors the memory of school-teacher Karlie McDonald who drowned while trying to save one of her students in 1927.