From wasteland to nature conservation park, the Cattana Wetlands are a hidden gem, often overlooked by those looking for things to do in Cairns.
Situated off Dunne Road in Smithfield, the Cattana Wetlands consists of over 80 hectares of wetlands, providing BBQ facilities, bird hides, plenty of open grass areas, walking tracks and massive board walks.
These board walk goes for ages. Seriously. You begin to fathom the actual size of the wetlands when you start the walk along the board walks. Not only it it a good distance, but it can be either a nice scenic leisurely stroll or even a perfect location for that early morning jog.
The beauty about Cattana Wetlands is also that it is not a common tourist location, so there are very few crowds and you can easily get a little spot of your own (very often with no one around) to spend some nice time soaking in the serenity.
Feel like taking in some visually stimulating scenery? Overlook the beauty from the viewing platform, take a stroll along the board walk or find a nice place to have a quiet lunch or picnic. Lay down, watch the birds and the occasional vibrant butterfly as it flies past.
After nature? Cattana Wetlands have an abundance of local bird life, reptiles, mammals and insects. There are some great opportunities to get a nice picture of some of the local fauna that reside in the area, so be sure to pack that camera. Basically, if you’re after nature, a romantic day out or looking for things to do in Cairns with kids that won’t break the bank, the Cattana Wetlands will be sure to impress!