Halifax Bay Wetlands National Park Townsville

Photo credit: Photo: Briony Masters © Qld Govt

About Halifax Bay Wetlands

    Park features

    Halifax Bay Wetlands National Park protects rare and threatened ecosystems, plants and animals. The wetland aggregation is habitat for the endangered mahogany glider (Petaurus gracilis) and several threatened species including the beach stone-curlew (Esacus magnirostris), eastern curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) and the Western Alaskan bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica baueri). Halifax Bay wetlands are recognised as nursery grounds for a wide range of estuary fish such as barramundi, mangrove jack, grunter and salmon.

    Looking after the park

    • Wash at least 50m from the creek. Use gritty sand and a scourer instead of soap to clean dishes. Scatter water so that it filters through the soil before returning to the creek.
    • Toilet facilities are not provided. When toileting, dig a hole, at least 15cm deep, well away from camp sites, watercourses and drainage lines. Failure to do this leads to unsightliness, unpleasant odours, pollution of creeks and potentially dangerous hygiene problems. Sanitary pads, tampons and condoms should not be buried.
    • Rubbish facilities are not provided—take your rubbish home with you.
    • Check your clothing and shoes regularly for seeds and dispose of them in your rubbish to avoid the spread of weeds.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in national parks.
    • Camp only in designated camp sites.
    • To avoid trampling vegetation, disturbing wildlife and causing erosion, please keep your four-wheel-drive vehicle on marked tracks. Failure to stay on the track may incur a penalty.
    • Remember, this area is a national park—everything is protected.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Halifax Bay Wetlands National Park is managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for the purposes of nature conservation and nature-based recreation.

    Tourism information links

    Tyto Wetlands Information Centre
    www.tyto.com.au
    Bruce Highway
    Ingham QLD 4850
    ph (07) 4776 4792
    email council@hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au

    Rainforest and Reef Information Centre
    www.greatgreenwaytourism.com/rainforestreef/
    142 Victoria Street
    Cardwell QLD 4849
    ph (07) 4066 8601
    email info@greatgreenwaytourism.com
    Managed by Great Green Way Tourism Incorporated.

    Townsville Bulletin Square Visitor Information Centre
    www.townsvillenorthqueensland.com.au
    334A Flinders Street
    Townsville QLD 4810
    ph (07) 4726 2700
    email flinders@tel.com.au