Meadowvale Nature Park,Bundaberg
Meadowvale Nature Park was declared in 1988 to help celebrate Australia's Bicentenary. It encompasses 63 hectares of relatively untouched vegetation, comprising open eucalypt forest, riparian vegetation along Splitter's Creek, small areas of rainforest, and heath known as "Wallum". Rare plants species include Melaleuca cheelii and the vulnerable Acacia attenuata. The Park is a botanist's dream, with over 125 species recorded, including herbs, creepers, shrubs, sedges, native grasses and orchids. At certain time of the year, masses of wildflowers bloom, providing a burst of colour throughout the understory.
Splitters Creek runs along the southern boundary of the Park and is one of the few tributaries of the Burnett River where salt and freshwater mix naturally. This is essential for the life cycle of many native fish species, including popular recreational species such as Bass and Mullett. The distinctive Queensland Lung Fish (Neoceratodus forsteri) has been seen in this creek. The area is also considered to be a potential nesting environment for the vulnerable southern snapping turtle (Elseya albagula).
Visitors to Meadowvale can sometimes see the famously shy Platypus (Omithorhynchus anatinus) in Splitters Creek. Platypus love the deep water in this part of the Creek and the banks are perfect for their burrows.