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Maroochy wetlands sanctuary

Biodiversity thrives here on the edge of the Maroochy River. The Maroochy wetlands sanctuary is a haven for birds, crabs, insects and small mammals such as the highly endangered and secretive water mouse (Xeromys myoides).

Maroochy wetlands sanctuary

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.

Volunteer opportunities

Maroochy wetlands sanctuary is supported by a team of passionate volunteers. They work alongside council staff to provide a welcoming and informative experience for visitors, as well as assisting in the development and maintenance of the wetlands.

Typical duties include:

  • visitor Information: welcoming and guiding visitors through the information centre, as well as along the boardwalk
  • visitor guide: providing guided educational tours to enhance visitor and student experiences
  • scientific research: on-ground learning and research to understand the significant biodiversity values of the wetlands, including participation in our ClimateWatch trail
  • community education: assist with development of community education and engagement programs.

How to apply

Register online to volunteer.

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