Wildlife & Conservation
Native Animals found around Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach
All native animals are protected by law.
Magnums is renowned for its tropical surroundings and its commitment to the local flora and fauna. Conservation of our native species depends on us maintaining a suitable habitat and providing education to staff and guests.
Australian Bush Turkeys
Bush turkeys eat insects and larvae pests. These are also called brush turkeys and scrub turkeys.
The Australian brush turkey is known as “mound” builders. They build mounds to incubate their eggs.
You may notice these mounds and leaf litter around the resort and pathways, much to the horror of our maintenance and housekeeping staff who are continually trying to keep the pathways clear and clean!
Magnums tropical surrounds provide the perfect habitat for these turkeys! Bush turkeys are generally nervous and will keep out of your way. They scratch among leaves looking for food and run fast when disturbed. They can sometimes be heard making soft grunts and the males have a deep three-noted booming call. Brush turkeys are protected by law. They are regarded as common by government environment agencies.
Bats & Flying Foxes
Bats are invaluable mosquito controllers.
You will probably not see bats or flying foxes within the grounds of Magnums, however you will see them in the twilight sky and on the foreshore. Flying foxes pollinate and disperse the seeds of many native plants and rainforest trees.
Never touch a flying fox, only a registered bat carer should deal with any live animal.
Bats and flying foxes are protected by law. They are regarded as common by government environment agencies.
Frogs & Cane Toads
Frogs eat insects and their larvae.
Frogs aren’t poisonous and do no damage. They will most likely settle in the toilets or bathrooms. You will often hear them singing…
These little guys are considered a nuisance throughout Australia. There is an public eradication program in many states, however we strongly advise that you leave this to our fauna team as they are trained to identify frogs and cane toads and humanely eradicate toads, if necessary.
Thanks to our team at Magnums, we haven’t seen any for a while now! Some native frogs (like these ones above) look a lot like cane toads.
Geckoes are natural pest controllers. They eat cockroaches, moths, mosquitos and midges, we love them!
As a recycling machine, geckoes droppings are much cleaner than those of the pests they control.
He is our icon – go the Gecko!
Lizards are great pest controllers and eat cockroaches and snails. There are no poisonous lizards in Queensland.
Lizards are often mistaken for snakes. If you are concerned, please ask our reception team to arrange for identification and removal if necessary.
Goannas are large lizards that are great pest and snake controllers, eating insects, smaller lizards and snakes.
Goannas are rather wary of human intrusions into their habitat, and will most likely run away into the scrub, up a tree, or into the water. Some of our goannas have lived at Magnums for many, many years and are part of the family!
Snakes – if you’re lucky you will see one!
It’s rare that you will see a snake around Magnums accommodation grounds but if you do, get your camera out, but do not try to catch or provoke.
You may spot a carpet python or a green tree snake, which are common to North Queensland. Non-venomous, but capable of giving a serious bite if provoked.
They assist in eliminating rats and mice and deterring possums and most households in Australia choose to co-exist with non-venomous snakes as home pets.
If you hear a man walking on your roof in the evening – it’s bound to be a possum! Possums carry their babies in their pouches and both mum and baby are very cute, but we would ask you not to feed or encourage them to be dependent on humans. If you leave food on your balcony, it will be stolen. Possums are not dangerous – they are generally shy creatures.
Commonly found in the Whitsunday region, lorikeets are one of the more vocal birds. Rainbow lorikeets are well known for the array of colours seemingly splashed over their bodies. The Rainbow lorikeet enjoys the Magnums gardens and you will find them in many places throughout the Whitsundays.
Galahs are a pink and grey coloured cockatoo found in most areas of Australia. Galahs have the reputation of being somewhat one of the cheekier Australian birds. Galahs are actually intelligent, social and highly adaptable birds. Galahs can be messy and very noisy, so we prefer that guests do not feed or encourage them to habitat the BBQ and living areas.
The name “Laughing Kookaburra” refers to the bird’s “laugh”, which it uses to establish territory amongst family groups. It can be heard at any time of day, but most frequently shortly after dawn and after sunset to dusk.
One bird starts with a low, hiccuping chuckle, then throws its head back in raucous laughter: often several others join in. If a rival tribe is within earshot and replies, the whole family soon gathers to fill the bush with ringing laughter. Hearing kookaburras in full voice is one of the more extraordinary experiences of the Australian bush, something even locals cannot ignore; some visitors, unless forewarned, may find their call startling.
Magnums guests sometimes can’t help themselves but laugh along with our kookaburras.
Ants are primarily a nuisance, but cause little damage. They feed on food including starch, meat, fats and sweets. Guests play the major role in the control of ants by ensuring proper food storage and waste management, reducing the food that often attracts ants indoors. Magnums actively discourages ants from becoming a nuisance by adhering to strict housekeeping procedures.
Magnums provides a spray solution of mild vinegar and water to disrupt the ant trails and encourages guests to actively assist in the control process.
Moths and butterflies are very similar insects, however moths look rather drab and are generally nocturnal. Moths are attracted to light, so you will see them hovering around the Magnums accommodation areas in the evenings.
Moths are harmless; however we’d suggest you don’t invite them into your wardrobe as they just love to nibble on clothes.
Mosquitos | Midges
You’ll hear most visitors to North Queensland talk about our lovely “mozzies” and “midges”, an inherent part of your travels to North Queensland. Very itchy!!
Magnums has extensively planted out natural repellent plants to assist in the control of these insects. This has proven to be extremely successful to date.
Note: Magnums strongly advises all guests to wear repellent, especially when touring islands and beaches. This can be purchased at most local shops or pharmacies.
Midges are so small you can only see a black spot, mosquitoes are generally large enough to spot and splat!