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Eubenangee Swamp National Park

What's special?

One of the wettest areas in Queensland is the coastal lowlands east of the Bellenden Ker Range. Eubenangee Swamp National Park protects seasonal coastal wetlands here around the Alice River, an important habitat for waterbirds.

Eubenangee Swamp is one of the most important wetlands between Ingham and Cairns. Lowland rainforest fringes Canal Creek’s levee banks. This is the last remnant of this type of rainforest. Melaleucas and sedges grow around the edges of the swamp and rare plants grow in the park.

Exploring Eubenangee Swamp

Go birdwatching. You might see jabiru, herons, egrets, spoonbills and ducks feeding in the swamp. Finches flock around the sedgelands and honeyeaters feed on melaleuca blossoms at the swamp edges. Rainforest birds can also be seen.

Beware of estuarine crocodiles in the waterways. Never swim or wade through the water and stay on the boardwalks. Camping is not allowed.

Walking

Walk through the rainforest along the Alice River to the swamp. See Mt Bellenden Ker from the end of the track. Wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent, especially in summer.

Accessibility

The walking track is suitable for wheelchairs with assistance.

Getting there

Take the Bruce Highway south from Cairns to Miriwinni. Drive east along the Bramston Beach Road then turn south onto Cartwright Road and follow this road to the park entrance.

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