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About Hasties Swamp

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Getting there and getting around

Hasties Swamp National Park is 4 km south of Atherton on the Atherton–Herberton Road. Turn left into Hastie Road and then right into Koci Road. The bird hide is 1.3 km along this well-formed, gravel road.

Wheelchair accessibility

The toilets and lower floor of the bird hide are wheelchair accessible.

Park features

Over 220 bird species have been identified. Photo: Queensland Government.

Over 220 bird species have been identified. Photo: Queensland Government.

Hasties Swamp is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds. Over 220 species have been identified and a large bird hide, with informative identification signs, offers excellent waterbird viewing opportunities.

Aquatic environments of open water, reeds, muddy edges and sedge land vary with the cycle of wet and dry seasons. The open eucalypt forest surrounding the swamp is a striking contrast to the lush rainforests found elsewhere on the tableland.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Camping is not permitted in Hasties Swamp National Park.

Other accommodation

There is a range of holiday accommodation on the Atherton Tableland. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Things to do

Up to 1,500 magpie geese may be seen at one time. Photo: Queensland Government.

Up to 1,500 magpie geese may be seen at one time. Photo: Queensland Government.

Viewing wildlife

More than 220 bird species have been recorded here, mostly from the aquatic and woodland environments. The best time for birdwatching is during 'the dry' (April to October) as the swamp dries out and the area becomes an important refuge for waterbirds. Up to 1500 magpie geese may be seen at one time.

From the comfort of the two-storey bird hide, you can enjoy uninterrupted views across the swamp. Informative signs provide species identification and other information.

Things to know before you go

Bring binoculars and field guides to use in the hide. Photo: Tourism Queensland.

Bring binoculars and field guides to use in the hide. Photo: Tourism Queensland.

Essentials to bring

To enjoy your time at Hasties Swamp National Park remember to bring:

  • drinking water
  • binoculars
  • bird field guide.

Opening hours

Hasties Swamp National Park is open 24 hours a day. Parts of the park are occasionally closed for seasonal, planned burns. See park alerts for up-to-date information.

Permits and fees

Special permits are required for commercial or organised group activities. Contact us for further information.

Pets

Domestic animals are not permitted in Hasties Swamp National Park.

Climate and weather

The lower humidity and daytime temperatures at Hasties Swamp National Park are a pleasant escape from the coastal extremes. Maximum summer temperatures for Atherton are around 29 °C while winter temperatures can fall below 10 °C at night. Most of the rain falls during the wet season, between November and March. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available from Atherton. For more information, see the tourism information links.

Staying safe

  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
  • Take care on the steps of the bird hide, especially in wet weather.

For more information, read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

Looking after the park

  • Do not feed the wildlife—it can affect their health and alter the natural population balance.
  • Please take rubbish with you when you leave the park and help by picking up rubbish left by others.

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

Park management

QPWS protects the park's natural condition. Photo: Queensland Government.

QPWS protects the park's natural condition. Photo: Queensland Government.

Hasties Swamp National Park encompasses 56.6 ha. The first 47.8 ha was gazetted on 5 April 1980 with the remaining being added on 21 June 1986. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages the park to:

  • protect the park's natural condition
  • ensure threatened species are protected
  • provide facilities for minimal impact and nature-based recreation
  • protect the park from overuse
  • concentrate human activity in less sensitive areas
  • help visitors enjoy the park's special attractions.

Tourism information links

Atherton Visitor Information Centre
www.itablelands.com.au
Corner Silo Road and Main Street, Atherton QLD 4883
ph (07) 4091 4222
email

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

Further information

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Last reviewed
26 April 2017
Last updated
7 October 2016