An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Sunshine Coast Council - Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary

June 2020

Eastern Yellow Robin

Eastern Yellow Robin, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary | Paul Balfe, Flickr CC BY 2.0


Our natural environment needs your eyes and ears!

Few studies tell us how Australia’s plants and animals are responding to climate change in our local parks and reserves. As part of a unique citizen science initiative, Earthwatch Australia have worked together with Sunshine Coast Council and the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Support Group to create this ClimateWatch trail along the Maroochy Wetlands Boardwalk in Bli Bli, Queensland. The timber and composite fibre boardwalk makes it easy and more accessible to explore this environmental haven at the edge of the Maroochy River. For more information about the site itself, visit the Sunshine Coast Council website at:

Contribute to citizen science while experiencing these wetlands habitats, home to many native plants and animals. The ClimateWatch app can be used to submit sightings of ClimateWatch species anywhere in Australia. Users at the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary ClimateWatch trail can experience wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves along the Boardwalk. 

Access is from the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Visitor Information Centre where an array of interactive interpretive displays showcase the hidden treasures of the wetlands. The Sanctuary is at the end of Sports Road (which is currently unsealed).


Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Become an observer and help monitor local biodiversity.
  • Use the ClimateWatch app, field guide and recording sheet to observe species that are indicators of climate change and record your observations.
  • Make a real difference in your local community.


How to get involved?

Download the Maroochy Wetlands ClimateWatch species field guide and recording sheet to mark your observations. If using recording sheets, remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer.

Alternatively, you can record your sightings immediately through the ClimateWatch smartphone app.

This is a public ClimateWatch trail that you can do whenever you like. If your school is interested in visiting the site, please notify Council prior to your visit:


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Sunshine Coast Council and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership brings visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, and the general public together with climate change scientists through Earthwatch’s national phenology program ClimateWatch.