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Keating's Lagoon

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Convenient Birding near Cooktown

Visited twice and was rewarded with some good birding - strangely enough - in the mud pool on the... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Melbourne, Australia
Wildlife Reserve well worth Preserving

A tranquil little reserve just out of town that has a nice walk around the Lagoon - I imagine at... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Townsville, Australia
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Cooktown, Cook Shire, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Just a few km out of Cooktown down Mulligan Highway, I would call this a hidden gem despite its close proximity to the highway. A lovely walk of 700-800m along a well marked trail takes you along the lagoon and provides access to the viewing...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bobjanh
Reviewed 24 August 2018

This iconic lagoon has a bird hide and depending on the season many different water birds are available to be seen. I particularly like the geese that frequent this area and also the fabulous water lilies. Just don’t touch the foliage or the green ants...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank William D
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Visited twice and was rewarded with some good birding - strangely enough - in the mud pool on the way in. Great place for aquatic birds like Jacanas and ducks - but also drongoes, fantails etc on the walk along the periphery. Quite quiet -...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank John_M25500
Reviewed 15 August 2018

A tranquil little reserve just out of town that has a nice walk around the Lagoon - I imagine at certain times of year it would be teaming with wildlife and plentiful water supple - a bit dry in August I should say.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve-70
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Starting the day with a refreshing walk after breakfast sets up the day. A pleasant walk to the viewing platform, unfortunately there wasn't a lot of action on the lagoon, just the ducks feeding and the water lilies.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Roger T
Reviewed 24 July 2018

This lagoon was a great spot to see waterbirds at Cooktown. The short walk along the lagoon edge to the bird hide (< 1 km) was very well maintained. We were the only ones at the hide and saw quite a few waterbirds as well...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Joe Sue S
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Keating lagoon is a pretty spot.....although I personally did not enjoy the 700metre walk to the Bird hide....the pathway is close to the water in many places and all I could think about was how many crocodiles were lurking ! At least it made me...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 9 June 2018

We were lucky to speak to a local birdwatcher who spends much of his time at the lagoon. This is a beautiful spot to soak up the best nature has to offer.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank islandc2014
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Stacks of birdlife, even though much of the lagoon had dried up. Plenty of mossies too but they go with the territory.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Best visited at dusk to see plenty of birds. The lagoon is just off the highway, very easy to get to with ample parking. Remarkably tranquil for so close to the main road, the lagoon is a sea of white lilies. There are plenty of...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank ian2005wine
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