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Cattana Wetlands

Dunne Road, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
07 4044 3044
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Ranked #5 of 5 attractions in Smithfield
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Melbourne, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Whether you're into spotting birds or simply want to enjoy a peaceful walk away from traffic and surrounded by greenery You'll get it here. We went towards the end of the day twice and both times clocked up a few new bird species, which made our day. based on reading others accounts suspect you'd do even better early in the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 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... More

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 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... More

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Alice Springs, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 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... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 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... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 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,... More

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Fantastic place to take a bike ride, picnic, read a book , observe birds appreciate flora and fauna, or just appreciate nature. Situated just out from Yorkeys Knob this wetlands has been transformed replanted and looked recovered from old farming land. Sheltered Bird hides , sheltered barbecue tables and chairs, barbecues , toilet facilities this just has it all for... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

It was about 2:30pm when I got here, so was pretty hot. Not a lot of wildlife around, would visit either early morning or late afternoon. Didn't get to walk around the whole area, but was nice to take pics of flowers, water and birds. This area was originally farmland, it has been turned into a lovely natural habitat for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013 via mobile

My husband,myself and 2 year old daughter went for a stroll for around 1 hour. It was about 3-3.30pm and it was lovely not to hot, no mossies, bird life was a little scares but understandably it was not the best bird watching time. We will be back again

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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Visited at the end of the dry season so obviously was going to be dry but the boardwalk track was still interesting and it would be good to go again after the wet season. The lake was lovely but we were disappointed at the lack of bird life.

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