Before you arrive…
What should I bring?
We strongly recommend that you bring a wide brimmed hat, as the sun is intense in Queensland, and if you are out on the trails during the day from time to time there may be very little shade to stand in. Similarly, sun cream and insect repellent are advisable.
A sturdy pair of walking boots, shoes or proper walking sandals is also recommended, particularly if you intend to follow some of the walking trails, as these paths are not paved and may be uneven under foot.
Water is essential. We do sell bottled water at the Visitor Centre café; however always make sure you have plenty of water with you. Out here the major threat is not snakes, spiders, or marauding ‘roos; it is the sun. During the middle of the day the sun can be relentless, and you should be drinking plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
Can I buy food/important items at Jabiru Safari Lodge?
Food and drinks are available at the Jabiru Safari Lodge cafe, items such as sun cream and insect repellant are not available, so please bring these with you.
How much money should I bring?
At today’s (2015) prices, a cup of coffee and piece of cake will cost around $8, a light meal will cost around $13, a bottled drink will cost around $3-4. We recommend day visitors bring around $30 to cover food and drinks during your visit. You can find the cost of other activities at our activities page.
Can I bring my dog?
No, unfortunately is a condition of a Fauna Refuge that dogs are not permitted.
Getting here and accommodation…
Where can I stay?
We have two choices of tents available; see the accommodation section for details.
Can I extend my stay when I’m there?
You are welcome to extend your stay depending on availability, however the lodge is often fully booked during the winter months, and therefore extensions are not always possible, but we will always do our utmost to satisfy any requests.
Can I get there if I don’t have a car?
There is no public transport to the Mareeba Wetlands and Jabiru Safari Lodge; however transfers can be arranged through Tablelands Tours and Transfers – contact details below
Phone: 07 42250133
Is there disabled access?
There is disabled access to the visitor centre, although the bushwalking tracks are generally unsuitable for wheelchairs, and accommodation does not have disabled facilities. Please call us before you book to prevent disappointment.
When you’re here….
Is there internet access?
No, unfortunately at this time we do not provide internet access (it is the middle of the bush after all).
Will I see Kangaroos, Cockatoos, or Crocodiles while I’m there?
Although you are unlikely to see crocodiles, we have a vast array of wildlife on the reserve, all of the animals are wild, and therefore we cannot guarantee seeing any specific species.
Can I go fishing?
No, at present there is no fishing allowed on any of the lagoons or streams, although we may be able to arrange guided fly fishing if timing allows.
Can I hire boats/cars/bikes/horses to travel around the reserve?
Canoes are available for hire on Clancy’s lagoon, however unfortunately cars, bikes, and horses are not available for hire, nor can you drive your own vehicle anywhere on the Reserve, apart from on the main road to the Visitor Centre, and to your accommodation if you are staying with us.
Can I freely walk around the reserve?
After purchasing a Conservation Pass for the day at the Visitor Centre and signing the Safety Sheet day visitors can follow four walking trails on the reserve, ranging in length from 2km up to 6km. These are subtly marked using tape tied around trees to give as close a feeling of true bushwalking as possible. Visitors should not stray from these trails, as it is easy to get lost in the bush.
What can I do if it’s too hot/wet to be outdoors?
Usually it is not wet, so this isn’t a problem. If it gets too warm (peak temperature is usually between 1 and 3 in the afternoon) you could stop in at the visitor centre, where there is a café for refreshments, and you can watch the wildlife on Clancy’s lagoon including a wide array of birds as well as many dragonflies and other insects. You can also check out our Gouldian Finch rehabilitation programme, and see the finches up close.
Other useful questions….
What is the weather like through the year?
From April to August it is generally warm and fine, with cooler nights. Occasionally there may be some wet weather during this period, but the climate here is much drier than that of the nearby Coastal area and upper Atherton Tablelands. From mid-August it becomes increasingly warmer, with September onwards usually quite hot, particularly during the middle of the day. During this latter period any rainfall is usually in the form of thunderstorms.
Are there snakes/spiders? Do they bite? Can they get into the accommodation?
Yes, there are spiders and snakes on the reserve, including pythons, taipans, and tree snakes. They are a crucial aspect of the ecology of the lagoons and bush, and they help to restrict rodent numbers. They will bite if provoked, but if you leave them to do their own thing they will generally avoid human contact. Whilst they could get into the accommodation, we rarely find this to be an issue, the bush is their home and they prefer it out there to being inside a building.
Can I volunteer on the Reserve or in the Lodge?
There are volunteering opportunities available through our relationship with the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland (www.mareebawetlands.org), depending on your skills and abilities. Please either visit the Conservancy’s website or contact us for more information and if required we can refer your request to the Conservancy.
If any of your questions have not been answered here, please feel free to contact us, and we will answer any additional questions.