Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Last updated:
  • 24 Oct 2022

In the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary at Bli Bli, you can explore wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves. You can watch over 200 different types of birds, as well as crabs, butterflies and other animals and organisms that make the wetlands their home. Within this wetland, life thrives in land on the edge of the sea, flooded by freshwater and salty tides. One of south east Queensland's largest groups of Mangrove Ferns grow in these wetlands.

The fiddler crab, with its distinct large orange pincer claw, is the logo for the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary support group.

Take a stroll along the 2 metre-wide boardwalk, suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The 900m long boardwalk meanders through different vegetation communities until it reaches the Maroochy River. Grab a self-guided walking brochure from the Environmental Visitor Centre that points our key highlights along the way. Or for a little more engaging experience, download the free ClimateWatch app and contribute your sightings, or follow the poetry trail and listen to poems inspired by the Sanctuary.


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  • Walking track
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Dog free zone (no dogs)


Take the Dunethin Rock (Willis Road) turnoff from Bli Bli Road which links Nambour and Maroochydore. Take Lefoes Road, the second right turn, and then turn right again into Sports Road. The Wetlands Sanctuary is at the end of the bitumen road on the right.

You can also access the sanctuary from the jetty by doing a Maroochy River boat cruise with a guided walk in the wetlands.