Keatings Lagoon Conservation Park Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: © Qld Govt

About Keatings Lagoon

    Park features

    Keatings Lagoon, known as Mulbabidgee to the Waymbuurr people—the Traditional Owners of this park—has been used for thousands of years for the collection of a variety of animals and plants for food, medicines and raw materials. In more recent times, this place became known as Keatings Lagoon, after a family who built and lived in the area.

    Waterlilies, sedges and algae grow in and around the lagoon which is fringed with paperbarks and shrubby wrinkle pod mangroves. Tropical woodland and small thickets of vine forest surround the wetland.

    The wetland is a refuge for thousands of waterbirds, especially in the dry season (May to October) when they congregate to feast on the rich aquatic life. Birds include the magpie goose, the black-necked stork, the strikingly-marked Radjah shelduck and the comb-crested jacana—slender agile bird with large feet that is able to walk across the surface of water lilies. Aquatic wildlife in the lagoon includes rainbow fish, snakehead gudgeon cod and freshwater shrimp. The wetland is also an important nursery area for juvenile barramundi which instinctively swim upstream into the lagoon during flood periods. To help protect these fish, fishing is not permitted within the park.

    Looking after the park

    • Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
    • Feeding wildlife is prohibited—it can affect their health and alter the natural population.
    • Domestic animals are prohibited in conservation parks.
    • Please take rubbish with you when you leave the park.

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

    Park management

    • Everything in the park is protected. Please leave everything as you found it.
    • Feeding wildlife is prohibited—it can affect their health and alter the natural population.
    • Domestic animals are prohibited in conservation parks.
    • Please take rubbish with you when you leave the park.

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

    Tourism information links

    Nature's Powerhouse Visitor Information Centre
    www.cooktownandcapeyork.com
    Cooktown Botanic Gardens, Cooktown QLD 4895
    phone (07) 4069 5444
    email info@cooktowns.com

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.