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About Mouth of Kolan River
Mouth of Kolan River Conservation Park features diverse coastal vegetation and wildlife. Plants in the park range from casuarina trees along the beach and mangroves along the creek edges to fragile saltpan plants on the river banks. The river mouth is dynamic—ever-changing due to wind and tidal effects.
The park is an important site for nesting shorebirds, with many migratory waders travelling to this area annually—as part of their annual 25,000km round trip! Avoid approaching resting flocks of birds. Noise, speed and movement easily disturb shorebirds. Each time shorebirds fly needlessly they waste hard-earned energy reserves, reducing their ability to survive. Always go slow and go around flocks of birds.
You can help protect the park and forest so it can be enjoyed now and in the future by observing these guidelines:
- Everything in the park (living or dead) is protected. Do not take or interfere with plants, animals, soil or rocks.
- Keep your vehicle on established roads or tracks to protect fragile vegetation, critical nesting zones and to prevent erosion and soil compaction.
- Use toilets if available or bring a portable toilet. If bush toileting, ensure all faecal matter and toilet paper is properly buried—at least 15cm deep and 100m from all watercourses. Bag and carry out disposable nappies and sanitary products.
- Do not put sanitary products, disposable nappies and cigarette butts in the toilet facilities.
- Take your rubbish home for appropriate disposal. Do not hang rubbish bags from trees or tents. Never bury or leave rubbish in the park.
- When bathing or washing cooking equipment or clothes, always wash at least 100m from streams and lakes. Waterways and the ocean should be kept free of all pollutants including soap, detergents, shampoo, sunscreens and food scraps.
- All refuse from fish cleaning, including offal, scales and unused bait, should be buried at least 30cm deep, below the high tide line.
- Do not feed or leave food for animals. Human food can harm wildlife and cause some animals to become aggressive. Store food in lockable boxes.
- Contact the Queensland Government Wildlife Hotline to report: wildlife incidents, marine animal strike, marine stranding or an injured, sick or dead turtle, dolphin or whale.
See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.
The park was first gazetted as an environmental park in 1985, and was later changed to a conservation park in 1994. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages Mouth of Kolan River Conservation Park under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
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