Leave the crowds and bitumen roads behind and discover the rare and beautiful wildlife of the Australian outback. The Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve is located only an hour’s drive from Cairns or Port Douglas, yet offers visitors an authentic Australian experience in the heart of the outback.

Set within the savannas of North Queensland, it is a gateway to Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Savannah, and provides an excellent base from which to visit the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics Rainforests and Great Barrier Reef, as well as the Cairns Highlands and Atherton Tablelands.

The Reserve, which is a designated Nature Refuge recognised by the QP&WS, is known locally as the Mareeba Wetlands and lies within the traditional Country of the Muluridji people; protecting over 5000 acres of savannas and wetlands and providing a sanctuary for much of tropical Australia's savanna and wetland flora and fauna, as well as its cultural heritage.

The Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve is a unique community conservation project combining valuable conservation work with environmental education and nature based tourism.

David-Bellamy---March-2000.jpgWith the assistance of volunteers it is run by a not-for-profit environmental organisation, the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland, and all income realised from sustainable tourism is reinvested into managing the wetlands as well as valuable research work, such as current research on Brolgas and Sarus cranes; and its education and conservation programmes.

By visiting the Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve you are ensuring that this important work is continued and a sanctuary for Australian wildlife is preserved.

“This is Australia… it should be!” - Prof David Bellamy.

Guide and Housekeeper opportunity Jabiru Safari Lodge
Jabiru Safari Lodge At Mareeba Wetlands