About the Mareeba Wetlands
The Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland was established in 1996, to create and manage the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve for conservation, recreation and education.
Using overflow water exiting the Mareeba-Dimbulah Irrigation Area, the Conservancy has created a valuable wildlife and tourism asset set within a Savanna Reserve of some 5000 acres at the foot of the Hann Tableland to the northwest of Mareeba, just one hour’s drive from Cairns and Port Douglas in the traditional Country of the Muluridji people.
The waterbodies themselves, which total approximately 120 hectares of open water, attract a rich and diverse birdlife and provide a sanctuary for a wide variety of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife.
The Visitor Centre lies in the heart of the Reserve, just a few kilometres north of Mareeba and is easily accessible to conventional vehicles via Pickford Road, Biboohra.
Guided boat tours, canoe hire, and interpretive walks are conducted from the Visitor Centre, along with guided Sunset Safaris. The Conservancy directs any income from sustainable tourism into managing the Reserve, as well as valuable conservation programmes and education.
The Reserve is open April to December (subject to accessibility) 7 days a week (10am to 4pm), however, Sunset Safari guests and those staying in Jabiru Lodge can enjoy the Reserve outside of these hours.