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Address: Dunne Road, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
Phone Number: 07 4044 3044
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Cattana Watlands - a taste of the wild

If you like to see nature but don't want/can't go to far off the beaten track this is a great place to visit. If you have young kids there are toilets in the large car park... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Bendigo, Australia
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This wetland area north of Cairns really is a hidden gem. We had the whole reserve to ourselves. Excellent tracks around the various sized lakes, also a board walk. Excellent facilities including toilets and barbecues and information boards. It is free, absolutely no entrance charge. Well worth a visit. We saw a few bird species, but really we visited at... More 

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Bendigo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If you like to see nature but don't want/can't go to far off the beaten track this is a great place to visit. If you have young kids there are toilets in the large car park. If you have someone that needs to be able to rest often there are benches and seats regularly around the paths. The paths vary... More 

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Queensland
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5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Have lived here for many years and wasn't aware how beautiful these wetlands are. First visit and was very impressed. Excellent walking tracks and beautiful boardwalk ( much nicer than Cairns Botanical boardwalk). Two very nice BBQ areas overlooking one of the lakes. Good toilet facilities. Lots of birdlife and interesting signs telling about wildlife that can be found here... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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60 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I'm unsure what the problem was on the day we were there but there wasn't a single water bird in any of the dams and lakes. We saw some Rainbow Bee-eaters and other land based birds, although only about half a dozen species, but not a single water bird. Very strange. It is flat, well laid out with good signage... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

An easy walk around the wetland area. Lots of Birdlife to observe. Bird hides, BBQ areas and a boardwalk. Bring your anti mosquito kit

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Kuranda, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

A fantastic place for bird watchers. We spent hours but wished we'd taken insect repellent as we were covered in mossies.

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Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Good for a relaxing walk. A bird lookout and a board walk through the rain forest. Toilet Facilities available.

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Lovely place to take a quiet walk and see nature at its best. Take your camera, a hat and some water.

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Tain, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Visited here on 5 November 2014. As a keen Birdwatcher I was looking forward to visiting this, relatively new and still evolving wetland reserve. I was not disappointed. Large car park with clean toilet facilities and a good 'Interpretive Board' for the reserve. Before getting out of the car I'd seen a pair of Pheasant Coucal and also heard a... More 

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HCMC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Almost silent, can just hear highway murmurings; so worth a visit to escape our noise filled world. No shaded parking and little shade in most of the park. Trees are immature and scrubby. Saw only magpie geese water fowl and butcherbird No dogs allowed so no nasty surprises underfoot or on wheels. Bring your bike for helmet free riding. Breakfast... More 

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