Bird Watching Across The Region
Our region is home to a truly wonderful variety of birds, with over 300 species inhabiting the area. Each year tens of thousands migratory shorebirds, waders and sea birds visit the Great Sandy Strait – a Ramsar Wetland of International importance. Stroll along the Foreshore Bird Walk at Tin Can Bay that stretches four kilometers to view some of 137 species of coastal birds that have been identified along the foreshore.Other popular spots for bird watching include Inskip Point. More than 120 bird species live in the riverine rainforests, hoop and bunya pine plantations of the Amamoor State Forest. Visit the Bellbird habitat on the Brooloo-Imbil Road in the Mary Valley to hear the melodies of these tiny birds. Stirlings Crossing on the way to Borumba Dam is also a known birdwatching site. For a comprehensive website visit Birding Cooloola here or Bird Trails of Cooloola.
The Cooloola and Fraser Coast are world renowned for whale watching and getting up close and personal with these amazing mammals. Multiple tours operate from Harvey Bay or you could chance an up close and personal experience off Rainbow beach whilst ocean kayaking. You may also encounter loggerhead turtles in the waters of Rainbow Beach.
Feed The Dolphins At Tin Can Bay
Tin Can Bay is one of the few places where you can feed the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in Queensland. Feeding the dolphins is controlled by Queensland Government EPA requirements with the set feeding time being 8.00am Phone 07 5486 4899 to confirm current feeding arrangements and times.
Endangered Species In The Mary Valley
The Mary River flows into the Sandy Straits, a Ramsar listed wetland and provides necessary nutrients for these wetlands. The river is 255km long and has a catchment area of 9700km2 and is bounded by the Kandanga, Amamoor and Coast Ranges. The river supports more than 150 rare and threatened plant and animal species. Some of the animals that are under threat include the following species which are listed under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1994: Queensland Lungfish. Visit Imbil and canoe in Yabba Creek, at the right time of year you are guaranteed to see the endangered Lungfish that the Mary Valley fought so hard to protect. The Queensland Lungfish is a living fossil. They lived alongside the dinosaurs and members of this group have been around for 300 million years. This incredible fish can breathe air with a lung and tell us fantastic stories about our own ancestry. The Mary River Turtle, Elusormacrurus, is an endangered short necked turtle that inhabits the Mary River in South-East Queensland, Australia The Mary River Cod, Maccullochellapeeliimariensis (Rowland) (Percichthyidae) is an endangered freshwater fish that occurs only in the Mary River system in southeast Queensland. Despite high public interest in the species throughout the 1900s for its eating and sporting qualities, the cod has only recently been recognised as unique to the Mary River system.
Watch a video or visit the Save the Mary Museum and River Education Centre in Kandanga.