Activity Time: 30+ minutes

The Yandina Wetlands is a hidden gem located on the Sunshine Coast and a beautiful area to walk through, especially in autumn. This trail is a birdwatcher’s dream and follows the creek into Coolum Conservation Park. The wetlands cover an area of approximately 125 hectares and are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by a stunning landscape of swamps, lagoons, and channels. The wetlands are teeming with life, with over 200 species of birds, as well as kangaroos, wallabies, and other wildlife. One of the highlights is the rare and endangered Black-necked Stork, the largest species of stork in Australia.

The wetlands are also a great place to learn about the important role wetlands play in the ecosystem. You can visit the onsite interpretive centre, which features exhibits and displays about the area’s flora, fauna, and cultural significance. Birdwatchers should be on the lookout for shining bronze-cuckoos, kookaburras, forest kingfishers, white-cheeked honeyeaters, and spotted pardalotes.

The trail is an easy 1.6-km out-and-back route, great for birding, hiking, and walking. It’s unlikely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring. Just remember to slip, slop, slap as there’s limited shade and mozzies love this area. Also, it’s forbidden to bring domestic animals, so leave your furry friends at home.

If you’re looking for a unique and rewarding experience on the Sunshine Coast, a visit to the Yandina Wetlands is a must. Whether you’re a nature lover, a birdwatcher, or just looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, the Yandina Wetlands offer a peaceful and inspiring retreat into the heart of the natural world.

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