Explore our biodiversity rich coastal wetlands

Coastal wetlands, the frontier between land and sea, are one of the most valuable ecosystems on our planet. Often referred to as the 'kidneys' of Earth, they play a significant role in improving water quality, which in north east Australia, means they are intrinsically linked to the health of the Great Barrier Reef. They also play a critical role in climate change mitigation, absorbing more carbon dioxide from our atmosphere than terrestrial forests.

But they are under threat. Coastal development and land clearing, increasing temperatures and sea level rise are all contributing to the decline of these systems.

Become part of the solution and join researchers amidst the most diverse mangrove system on the planet along the Daintree River, or join a team in the tropical beachside town of Mackay, to gather information on the health of these wetlands. Take a boat cruise along the river and adventure by foot through mangrove forests, all the while experiencing the diverse fauna that inhabit these ecosystems.

The data you collect will provide critical information to wetland management strategies and enhance their conservation and preservation along the Great Barrier Reef and beyond.

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Read the Earthwatch briefing document to find out more about the research, daily life in the field, accommodations and food, and travel planning and tips.



The Daintree and Mackay, QLD


$600 (Daintree) | $500 (Mackay)

Includes accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities


7 days


11 - 17 September 2020 (Daintree)

23 - 29 October 2020 (Mackay)

Activity Level

Very Active

Lead Scientist

Jock Mackenzie, Earthwatch Australia and MangroveWatch