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Published February 26th 2010
Over 190 species of birds, including Spangled Drongos, flock to Boondall Wetlands to enjoy the mangroves, marshes and melaleuca woodlands; why not join them and take a stroll, ride or paddle through the magnificent surroundings.
Located 15km north of Brisbane, this internationally recognised environmental gem is also home to frogs, flying foxes, squirrel gliders and reptiles.
Pack a picnic, sunscreen, insect repellent and comfy shoes and get hiking. From a short 15 minute stroll around the Tulla-yugaipa dhagun Track which showcases plants that have bush tucker or medicinal properties though to the intensive 3.5 hour Boondall Wetlands Bikeway 13 kilometre walk, Boondall Wetlands has an option for all ages and all fitness levels.
As you walk or ride the Bikeway, you will come across the Anne Beasley Lookout which has views of the wetlands and out to Moreton Bay. If you don't want to tackle the wetlands alone, free guided walks are available starting at 9:30am.
For water fun, the Nundah Creek Canoe Trail meanders into the wetlands from the Sinbad Street boat ramp at Shorncliffe. It's best to canoe in the daylight with a partner and within 2 hours of high tide.
The natural environment has always been an important aspect of indigenous culture and the Nurri Millen Totem Trail, is a collection of 18 aluminium totems highlighting the relationship between Indigenous Australians and the wetlands environment. A guide to the trail is available from the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre.
Indoor display and learning activities are available the Environment Centre; upcoming events include sessions on migratory water birds and a bike hike.
Boondall Wetlands is accessible by public transport or if driving take the Boondall Exit off the Gateway Motorway and follow the signs. The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre is open daily between 8.30am – 4pm.