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Cattana Wetlands

Dunne Road, Smithfield, Queensland, Australia
07 4044 3044
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Ranked #4 of 4 Attractions in Smithfield
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Hervey Bay
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Cattana Wetlands covers about 30 hectares of land, very well laid out and well cared for. We went about 9.30am on a Tuesday morning and there were only a few other people there. The weather was perfect for a nice stroll around taking in the sights of the birds, the varied vegetation and the lovely lakes. Plenty of seats if... More

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Cairns, Australia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
39 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Thank goodness for the vision of a previous council, this degraded sugarcane land was purchased, rehabilitated and resourced to become the wonderful little "hidden" wetland that it is today! We live in Yorkey's Knob and Cattanna Wetland is high on our list of attractions whenever we want to impress visitors with our numerous assets or whenever we simply wish to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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119 reviews 119 reviews
60 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
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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160 attraction reviews
359 helpful votes 359 helpful votes
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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686 reviews 686 reviews
359 attraction reviews
1,191 helpful votes 1,191 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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65 reviews 65 reviews
47 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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