Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Last updated:
  • 02 Sep 2021

The Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary is part of indigenous cultural heritage stretching back over 60,000 years. It is a wild place on the banks of the Maroochy River on the outer fringe of the urban footprint of Bli Bli. Life thrives here in some of the most extreme conditions on land inundated by seasonal freshwater floods and salty tides. In the one-kilometre walk, you can see a dynamic and diverse array of wildlife with over 200 species of birds, as well as crabs, butterflies, reptiles, fish and other wildlife species. These species all live within four distinctive forest types:

  • rainforest
  • melaleuca
  • casuarina woodland
  • mangroves.

Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group is a non-profit, voluntary, community organisation. Its mission is to care for the unique 102 hectares that make up the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary. Members work with council to engage, educate and inspire visitors to connect with the local, natural environment and are actively involved in:

  • welcoming and guiding visitors through the Information Centre
  • providing guided educational tours to enhance visitor and student experiences including participation in our ClimateWatch Trail
  • on-ground learning and research to understand the significant biodiversity values of the wetlands
  • development of community education and engagement programs
  • BushCare, for those who prefer a 'hands-on' role in protecting the diverse ecosystems within the reserve.

How to volunteer

Register online to volunteer.

For more information on volunteering at this reserve please contact council.