Nelly Bay Habitat Reserve
Aim of the Habitat Reserve
The reserve is a coastal nature conservation project that was developed to protect and manage the remnant native vegetation communities and the Native Pigeon and Stone Curlew’s which inhabit the area.
A Nelly Bay Habitat Reserve Management Plan has been developed to ensure the Reserve’s aims are met. The management philosophy for the reserve includes:
Location and Facilities of the Habitat Reserve
The Habitat Reserve is located at Nelly Bay Road, providing easy access for the community to utilise the facilities the reserve offers. Within the reserve an interpretative artwork display about the wildlife, habitats and landscapes of Magnetic Island, including the Nelly Bay habitat reserve is provided. A Melaleuca forest Viewing platform and area for natural contemplation are linked by wheelchair accessible paved trails. Woodlands, Littoral rainforest, freshwater pools and an ephemeral creek run through the habitat. The freshwater pools provides dry season refuge for the native animals as well as a scenic position for nature based picnics and bird watching activities.
Lowland woodland in Nelly Bay
The Nelly Bay Habitat Reserve contains 9 habitat types producing an array of native vegetation species and providing homes to many native fauna.
...and several native mammals.