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“Nice but no wildlife”
Review of Cattana Wetlands

Cattana Wetlands
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We went for a walk around the boardwalk. It was very nice but it was swarming with mozzies (to be expected in a wetlands) so we couldn't really stop in one spot for too long.
We didn't spot any wildlife or hardly any birdlife either. Maybe it just wasn't the right time of the day.
It had nice bbq areas throughout as well.

Thank Beckinoz
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Cattana Wetlands is a area in Smithfield, Cairns literally opposite the Smithfield dump. It was originally a 80 hectare site used for sugar cane farming and gravel mining which was purchased by the Cairns regional council and converted into 30 hectares of forest with large freshwater and saltwater lakes. Governments placed 3 million dollars into the redevelopment of the site to place boardwalks, walking tracks, bird hides, viewing platforms, picnic areas (4x with BBQ's) and a large (40x) car park with toilet facilties. The whole area is open to the public free of charge. I found this all very surprising as I had never heard of this place despite living here for nearly 20 years.

The boardwalk is fairly decent, crossing through rainforest, small streams, fish etc and the large lake appears to have lots of flora and fauna. The picnic areas are high impressive with undercover tables and BBQs (4x). There are similar things around (ie lake placid, lake barina/eacham) and this area definately pales in comparison to these but it is free and has been well crafted. Following heavy rain the area can become quite boggy and mosquitoes do take over. Would definately recommend visitors bring mosquito repellent and sunscreen while visiting this place.

2  Thank Rowan H
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We have friends at Kewarra beach so they recommended for us to visit the wetlands which was just around the corner.
It is open from the early morning and there is a nice boardwalk through a palm forest.
Apparently, it used to be a sand quarry in the past and a great place for bird watchers as there are bird hides along the way.
Download a PDF map at;
http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/7380/MapCattana.pdf

3  Thank 1TraveltheWorld
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We visited this wetlands in the late afternoon (purposely to spot birds). We were the only people there and it was so peaceful. The place has a big swampy area as well as boardwalk into the forest. We saw many birds including ibis, darter, masked lapwing, egret, comb crested jacana, frairbird, figbird, lorikeets, grebes and a few others. We spent about 1.5 hours there. Bring some insect repellent if you plan to visit. The paths are wheelcahir accessable and bathrooms are clean.

It was a lovely visit and would love to go back.

3  Thank Bluebear_11
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

This nature reserve is an easy ride north of Cairns, signposted from the Captain Cook Highway near Yorkey's Knob. It has good paths, a rainforest boardwalk, BBQ and picnic areas. The paths are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, there is a good parking area and toilets. Today, not at the best time, I saw yellow-footed scrub fowl, jacanas, various ducks, geese and egrets, a kookaburra and sunbird . It' s great place for some peace and quiet.

1  Thank AnneSufolk_
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