Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetlands Reserve
Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetlands Reserve Review
If you drive 70 km (44 miles) west of Palm Cove you'll encounter another world: giant termite mounds dot savanna scrub, and vast reclaimed wetlands give refuge to hundreds of bird species, including Australia's only stork, the Jabiru. Knowledgable, enthusiastic staff run numerous nature-based excursions on and around the vast, lily-littered lagoons and savanna. A 2½-hour Sunset Reserve Safari combines a bird-watching cruise, a ranger-guided savanna drive on which you'll spot wallabies and kangaroos, a "billy" tea and bird-hide stop, and fine Aussie wine and cheese. Consider signing up for the Wetlands' fantastic four-day package for A$820; it includes rain forest, reef, and outback trips, along with deluxe safari-tent accommodation and some meals. Daily transfers to and from Cairns are available for around A$50 one-way. All proceeds feed back into the Wetlands' environmental work.
- Address: Clancy's Lagoon Visitor Centre, 142 Pickford Rd., Biboohra, QLD, 4880 | Map It
- Phone: 07/4093–2514; 1800/788–755
- Website: www.mareebawetlands.org and www.jabirusafarilodge.com
- Location: Palm Cove
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