7 Animal Spotting Habitats in Moreton Bay Region

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Posted 23 January

Luckily for those of us living in Moreton Bay Region, we share our home with an array of spectacular, yet often elusive, fauna species.

However, knowing where to look for our native animals Brisbane north of the city can be tricky. To make things easier for animal spotting enthusiasts, we’ve compiled a list of a few locations worth checking out.

7 Animal Spotting Habitats to Visit in our Region

Connect to nature – these are the 6 best nature hotspots animal lovers should visit in the hopes of encountering our local furry, feathered, winged, prickly and water-dwelling residents:

#1. Mungarra Reserve, Petrie

Fancy the chance of spotting a koala in the wild? Mungarra Reserve, adjacent to Sweeney Reserve, is part of a koala reserve which runs along the banks of the North Pine River. It’s not unusual for a koala to be seen when out on your morning jog, during a Sunday bike ride.

#2. Esplanade Parklands, Toorbul

As the sun begins to set, the Toorbul esplanade parklands come alive with the local kangaroo population. They congregate in family groups, grooming, playing and resting. It’s a great photographic opportunity, but don’t be fooled by their utter adorableness, be mindful these are wild animals.

The Toorbul Bird Roost is also a must for avid bird watchers.

#3. Pumicestone Passage

The picturesque setting of Pumicestone Passage is a nature lover’s paradise. Grab your kayak, boat or book a tour with Ferryman Cruises to enjoy the diversity of bird and marine life that call this channel home. You might even spot a dugong!

#4. Moreton Bay

Having Moreton Bay Marine Park on our region’s doorstep really does offer some amazing opportunities to connect with nature. From whale watching tours to scuba diving experiences, you’re guaranteed to see some stunning marine life out on our bay.

#5. Osprey House Environmental Centre

Nestled along the North Pine River, the boardwalks of the Osprey House lead visitors to mudflats, mangroves and eucalyptus forests where species of sea life and bird life are in abundance. There are plenty of educational activities on offer for the little ones, and yourself!

#6. Caboolture River

Caboolture River is a fascinating waterway that feeds from a multitude of smaller creeks, winding its way down to the Moreton Bay at Deception Bay. The main river system is tidal and home to a diversity of marine life, including turtles. 

#7. North Pine River

Sightings may be rare, but on occasion, platypus have been spotted in the waters of North Pine River. Pack a picnic and head off for a looksee. Make sure you submit your sightings to the Moreton Bay Animal Atlas.

Are you Keen for more Playtpus Encounters?

The platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal that usually resides in slow-moving rivers, creeks, lakes and dams. These billed mammals build burrows along the water’s edge, often among the tree roots. Luckily for us, the Moreton Bay Region is home to a plethora of waterways platypus call home, so you can play I Spy Platypi at your leisure in these platypus habitats:

  • Centenary Lakes
  • Burpengary Creek
  • Cedar Creek
  • Lagoon Creek in Caboolture – a very active platypus location, with sightings recorded within the last 12 months. 

What to look out for when Platypus Spotting

Platypus have a large sensitive bill, flat tail, short legs and webbed front feet. They are often referred to as a combination of a duck, beaver and an otter. They often float low in the water, with their head and rump visible above the water line.

You should look out for circular ripples as these are created when a platypus dives. The best times to spot these animals Brisbane north of the city is at dawn and dusk when they are out and about in the water. Platypus are shy animals so try and keep quiet!

What do Platypus Eat?

Platypus tend to eat crayfish, freshwater shrimps and a variety of insects. There’s plenty of those in our waterways — keeping the platypus full and content. They eat up to a third of their body weight per day — that’s a lot of insects!

How can you help Protect our local Platypus Population?

Unfortunately, platypus are in danger due to visitors being unaware these billed water-dwelling mammals make their home in our waterways.

To help our platypus population thrive do not use traps or nets, such as yabby nets, or crab pots, do not litter, avoid soil erosion and keep pets secure around the waterways.

Injured Wildlife Rescue Hotlines

If you encounter any injured wildlife on your animal spotting adventures in our region please call the appropriate hotline, and ensure you understand how to handle, care and perform first aid on injured wildlife.

  • A volunteer-run wildlife rescue service: 5441 6200 (24hr service)
  • Pine Rivers Koala Care: 0401 350 799 (24hr service)
  • Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc: 0401 080 333 (24hr service)
  • Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital: 1300 369 652 (24hr service)
  • If a dog is harassing a koala, contact Council: 3205 0555
  • Marine strandings and wildlife emergencies (including alive, or dead turtles, whales & dugongs): 1300 130 372

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