Sandfly Creek Reserve
East Mackay, QLD

East Mackay, QLD
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Departs from:
Pick up point 1: Alfred Street gravel carpark opposite the MECC Centre. Pickup point 2: Mt Pleasant KFC carpark
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Sandfly Creek Reserve is an important place – both for people and for birds. This well-loved recreational area also has international significance as a haven for migratory waders.
After journeys of thousands of kilometres from as far as Siberia, they fly in to roost and feed during the northern hemisphere winter.

Encompassing mangroves, coastal scrub and remnants of gum-tree woodland, the area has high conservation value in a prime location near the mouth of Mackay’s Pioneer River.
It has been encroached on by housing and industry, and the local council wants to strike a balance between human use, the need to avoid disturbing the visiting bird population, and the aim of improving biodiversity in general.

Activities include planting native trees and shrubs, fencing, erecting signs and removing exotic plants.

The walking and cycling track through the reserve is part of the Bluewater Trail, which will eventually run in a circle around Mackay, following the river and the coast.

Volunteers need to bring and wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, boots or sturdy shoes, and a broad-brimmed hat. It is also recommended that volunteers bring and use sun-screen (30+) and tropical-strength insect repellent.

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For more information, or for help with your booking, please contact the Mackay office on +617 4951 0933 or email