"Ride on Mary Kayak & Bike Bush Adventures" Along the "Bird Trails of Cooloola"
About "Ride on Mary Kayak & Bike Bush Adventures" “Ride On Mary” offers over a 100 kms of waterways to explore. From flat water to grade 1-2 rapids, your Host Ian will find you a stretch of water to suit, with safety gear supplied. Benefit from Ian's extensive local knowledge of the river systems, including updates on river flows and heights.
Guided Kayak Tours are also available with a Qualified Instructor on hand. This offer includes Basic Kayak & Safety Instruction, with an Ecological Tour of Beautiful Yabba Creek.
For your comfort, an accommodation & Kayak Package is also offered.
(Your Hosts, Ian & Hayley Harling)
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Enjoy the magical, invigorating experience of a Dawn Chorus on the water accompanied by the tinkling call of the Bell Miner, or the peace of an evenings’ Sunset.
Marvel at the orange and blue flash of the Azure Kingfisher skimming fast and low over the waters’ surface giving its’ shrill whistle, or perching, bobbing its’ head, before diving for prey of small fish, crustaceans and insects.
Photography – Bell Miner - Kev Bowring Azure Kingfisher - B & V O’Leary ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Mountain Biking Whether your preference be road, forest, downhill, single track or cross country, you'll find the Mary Valley has it all! “Ride On Marys” bike hire includes mountain bikes, comprehensive maps of tracks for all levels and styles, and safety gear, with a Drop Off and Pick up Service for hired kayaks and bikes. This service is also available for those with their own kayaks and bikes. Photography - Paradise Riflebird (Male) - R.Monks (Birds Queensland) Wompoo Fruit Dove - A. Nielsen White-eared Monarch - A. Nielsen Noisy Pitta - B & V O'Leary ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
While enjoying your “Ride on Mary” Experience, consider the vegetation lining the banks of the Waterway as you do.
This vegetation is “Riparian”, a term applied to any vegetation lining a dam, river, stream, lake, or shoreline
In fact, any Wetland!
(The Great Barrier Reef is a Wetland!)
Yes, the Waterway you are travelling along is a Wetland! Wetlands are habitats that are temporarily or permanently covered by water, being natural or artificial.
Wetlands slow water flowing from higher ground (Photo Courtesy of Julie Fauser)
Wetlands act as settling ponds, trapping sediment They are filters for pollutants Wetlands are rich in a great variety of lifeforms!
Paddle quietly, and watch for Mary River Icons
Mary River Cod - (Image Courtesy of J. McDonald) Mary River Turtle - (Image Courtesy of MRCCC)
You may even see a Platypus!
The Importance of Riparian Zones - A Well Established Riparian Zone will -
Stabilise the Waterway Bank, minimising Erosion. Act as a filter preventing Pollutants & Sediment from entering the Waterway. Regulate Water Temperature through shade created from overhanging vegetation. (Image Courtesy of MRCCC)
Bank Undercuts develop in a well established Riparian Zone, providing shelter & breeding Sites for Fish & Frog Species.
Left - Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus); (Endangered)
Provide food for Fish & other Aquatic Fauna through fallen insects, fruit, & plant matter, eg pollen & flower parts. Fallen leaves, twigs, branches, bark etc sink & decompose through the action of Aquatic Worms & other Benthic Fauna, providing food & nutrients for further Aquatic Fauna; & Flora too such as Algae & other Aquatic Plants. (Image Courtesy of Neil Armstrong ANGFA Queensland)
Fallen branches, limbs & trunks create “Snags”, so important for shelter & breeding of Fish, Shrimp, Yabbies etc; (Including the Mary River Cod!), & roosting Sites for turtles and birds such as Cormorants & Kingfishers. (Image Courtesy of MRCCC)
Mary River Cod - (Image Courtesy of J. McDonald)
Azure Kingfisher - (Image Courtesy of B & V O'Leary)
Well established Riparian Zones provide essential Corridors for Birds & other Terrestrial Fauna! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
(Please Note - More is to Come)
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