A diversity of life
Mt Quincan supports a large diversity of plant life – 101 species recorded – some vulnerable, rare and threatened. The nature reserve crater basin is an endangered wetland type.
The Mt Quincan Crater is the only ecosystem of its type to support the endangered wetland described as The Regional Ecosystem 7.3.2 Grasslands and sedgelands. This very restricted vegetation type is home to a vast variety of insects, birds and frogs.
Following the guidelines in the Mt Quincan Crater Retreat Wildlife Habitat Management Plan approx 9,500 trees – mostly mabi species have been planted to further enhance the wildlife habitat and to improve the water quality in Leslie Creek, the southern boundary of the property. 5814 mabi species were planted in 2009/10 in the crater nature reserve. Pollen analysis suggest that about 7,500 years ago Mt Quincan had eucalypt forest and this was replaced by warm temperate rainforest within a period of 1000 years – probably as a result of an increase of temperature and precipitation.
Sits within the bounds of Luxury and Nature
Mount Quincan is an outstanding example of a scoria cone that characterises the volcanic influences on the Atherton Tableland landscape.
- The Mount Quincan Crater is listed on the Register of the National Estate
- The property is also registered with Land for Wildlife
- The crater basin and surrounds form The Mt Quincan Crater Nature Refuge
The continued implementation of the Mt Quincan Crater Wildlife Habitat Management Plan ensures the protection and conservation of existing habitat as well as its expansion by ongoing tree planting. Mt Quincan Crater Retreat is proudly associated with a number of groups which include:
- Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tableland (TREAT)
- Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group (TKMG)
- Friends of Leslie Creek
- Barron Catchment Care (BCC)