Mareeba Wetlands

The Mareeba Wetlands are an area set aside for conservation, run privately.  There is a fee for visiting the wetlands ($10 in July 2011).  The lakes are great habitat for Green Pygmy-goose as well as a host of other waterbirds and frogs.  The woodlands are a good spot to look for the northern race of Squatter Pigeon, Brown Treecreeper and Black-throated Finch.  A Gouldian Finch recovery project is being run from here, and there is an ongoing search for Buff-breasted Button-quail to try and understand their movements and habitat requirements.

Getting There

From the highway access is along a 2WD dirt road, across a creek.  Access could be problematic in very wet conditions so check with the Mareeba Wetlands Visitor's Centre before heading out there.

GPS Coordinates 16°55.464′S, 145°21.6′E


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Land Birds 49 species
Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta) 30
Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) 2
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) 1
Little Bronze Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx minutillus) 1 race gouldi
White-bellied Cuckooshrike (Coracina papuensis) 1
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) 1
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) 1
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru) 1
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 1
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) 1
Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa) 1
Green Pygmy Goose (Nettapus pulchellus) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) 1
Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus) 1
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) 1
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) 1
Varied Sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera) 1
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) 1
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) 1 race melanotus
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Grey Goshawk (Accipiter novaehollandiae) 1
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) 1
Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) 1
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) 1
Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 1
Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1 race miles
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) 1
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) 1
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus) 1
Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) 1
Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) 1
Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) 1
Seabirds 3 species
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 1
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 1
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1
Dragonflies 2 species
Macrodiplax cora 1
Blue Skimmer (Orthetrum caledonicum) 1
Terrestrial Reptiles 1 species
Tommy Roundhead (Diporiphora australis) 1
Amphibians 2 species
Giant Tree Frog (Litoria infrafrenata) 1
Northern Dwarf Tree Frog (Litoria bicolor) 1