We set off on our annual pilgrimage to these wetlands. They are ever changing and ever revealing and that is one of the reasons we return. At approximately 20 minutes from the central CBD, this particular area of Nudgee is just perfect for the early morning walk followed by a brunch or a late evening walk followed by a drink. But I can leave the finer details to you, while I entice you into the wetlands.
Why are they called wetlands? This is the area which hugs the edge of Moreton Bay around Nudgee, the mouth of Nudgee Creek, the sandy tidal flats and the mangroves by the beaches. It is tidal so the area is alternately wet and dry. The Mangroves, of course, thrive beautifully and are a haven for marine life.
They are called Boondall a name derived from an Aboriginal word meaning crooked creek or referring to the bulb of the cunjevoi lily, an Aboriginal food.
On our visit today, we saw a brightly coloured kingfisher, whimbrels, lots of ibises, sandpipers, the elegant black-winged stilts, plovers and ducks, egrets and cormorants though we were not able to spot any ospreys or bee-eaters - they will have to be for another visit.
There is a lovely little hide that you can walk up to - about half a kilometre down a boardwalk, and you can just sit or stand there, undetected by the birds and enjoy watching them. Walking back to the start there is the other boardwalk which is circular and takes you along the mudflats and then into the mangroves and along the creek. There are seats where you can rest and have a drink or take in the scenery and just enjoy the serenity of it all. The scenery is constantly changing.
On this visit, I noticed something else which made me quite excited. A little notice about salt and how it is excreted by the plants through the leaves, so I had a closer look at some and sure enough, there were salt crystals on some of them. I took a lick of one just to make sure.