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Boondall Wetlands Nature Walks

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
http://www.mezzemoments.blogspot.com
Published January 4th 2019
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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.

Boondall with Redcliffe in the distance
Boondall with Redcliffe in the distance


But it is not just the sea life, the crustaceans and the fish that enjoy these areas. In the sandy flats, you will see so many birds which come to feed. They are migratory and shorebirds.

Ibises up a tree
Ibises up a tree


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.

Birdwatching
Birdwatching


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.

The Map
The Map


Looking at the ground you see evidence of small crabs burying in the mud. They can be bright blue, orange, white or green.

Life in the mud flats
Life in the mud flats




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.

How to deal with Salt
How to deal with Salt


See the salt crystals on the leaves
See the salt crystals on the leaves


And off the boardwalk, if there is no mud and mangroves there is fiery grass which is a picture of vibrancy. It looks like a painting with fine details of colour calling out to you.

The undergrowth
The undergrowth


For more information on the Boondall Wetlands go to
[LINK=https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/environment-waste/natural-environment/bushland-reserves/boondall-wetlands]Boondall Wetlands/LINK]

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Why? Rich and varied wetlands
When: Any time of year.
Where: Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, 31 Paperbark Dr, Boondall QLD 4034
Cost: Free.
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