The Wet Tropics bioregion is home to a range of wetlands, from towering paperbark (melaleuca) swamps and scrubby whipstick melaleuca swamps to wet sedgelands and grasslands.
Wetlands habitats—including this region’s ubiquitous mangrove swamps—play an important role in the natural environment, protecting coastal areas from wave action, reducing flood impacts and supporting a wide diversity of plant and animal life.
Each year on 2 February, World Wetlands Day is celebrated by governments, non-government groups and community groups to raise awareness of wetland values and the importance of their conservation.
Many wetlands are easily accessible within the Wet Tropics bioregion, providing tourists and locals alike to enjoy and learn more about these important habitats.
Cattanna Wetlands, Smithield
This 80ha nature conservation park features a 420-metre boardwalk through feather palm forest, freshwater and salt water lakes and abundant plant and bird life.
Jack Barnes Mangrove Boardwalk (Cairns Airport)
Located off Airport Avenue on the way to Cairns Airport, Jack Barnes Mangrove Boardwalk showcases 11 of the 29 mangrove species found in Cairns.
Hasties Swamp National Park (Atherton)
Hasties Swamp, 4km south of Atherton, is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds.
Tyto Wetlands (Ingham)
TYTO Wetlands is a 110 hectare rehabilitated wetland area, home to unique flora and fauna including over 240 species of birds and many Agile Wallabies.