Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Sep 2016

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 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.

New boardwalk

A new two metre wide boardwalk is now open, suitable for prams and wheelchairs, providing a 900m journey of discovery through this environmental haven.

How to get there

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.

Note: Council is currently undertaking an upgrade to the cane cutters room and installing new educational resources for visitors, this should be completed by June 2016 (weather dependent). Renovation works are also being undertaken at the crab hide enclosure on the boardwalk.

Visiting the sanctuary

The wetlands are accessed by a boardwalk that leads from the Bilai Environmental Education Centre down to the landing jetty on the Maroochy River.

Wetlands Sanctuary Reserve[534KB] information sheet and map.

What to bring

Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary is home to many mosquitos. Wear clothing that covers you and bring insect repellent.

What to do

Help maintain this important plant and animal sanctuary by staying on the paths and boardwalks. All plants and animals are protected. Enjoy a walk to the Maroochy River along the extensive boardwalk. To help protect this area no pets or domestic animals are allowed at any time.

Visit the Bilai Environmental Education Centre to find out more about wetlands and estuary studies. (An estuary is coastal water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it.)


The Wetlands Sanctuary is managed by council, Education Queensland and the Maroochy Wetlands Support Group Inc., a community volunteer group. The historic canecutter's barracks features wetland displays. It is open and staffed by the support group each Sunday and by Education Queensland on weekdays. The Maroochy Wetlands Support Group also conducts educational walks and activities on request.

How to Volunteer

Council partners with the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group Inc. in supporting visitor management services and revegetation works. To become a volunteer contact the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group or for more information, please contact council's customer service centre.

 To organise activities or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group Inc. on (07) 5448 6723.

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