Australia: The Land Where Time Began

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Keatings Lagoon (Mulbabidgee) Conservation Park

What's special?

Freshwater wetlands in Keatings Lagoon (Mulbabidgee) Conservation Park are a refuge for thousands of waterbirds, especially in the dry season.

For thousands of years, this area was an important hunting and gathering place for the local Gungarde people who hunted and collected food and medicine at this special place they called “Mulbabidgee”.

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Exploring Keatings Lagoon

Learn about Aboriginal culture on the self-guiding trail through this small park. Obtain the brochure from the QPWS office in Cooktown or Cairns before you visit.

Go birdwatching. A bird hide is located on the lagoon foreshore.

Camping is not allowed.


Walk along the edge of the lagoon to a bird hide and picnic area.


The walking track and bird hide are wheelchair-accessible, with care.

Getting there

Keatings Lagoon is 5km south of Cooktown off the Cooktown Developmental Road. Access is via a concrete causeway. Take care. The causeway may flood during the wet season. Sources & Further reading
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