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Published March 10th 2010
Escaping the rat race for a day just got easier – an oasis of natural delight the internationally recognized Boondall Wetlands is a short drive up the Gateway Motorway and contains over a 1,000 hectares of mangroves, melaleuca wetlands, woodlands and saltmarshes.
Boondall Wetlands offers a variety of activities including canoeing and kayaking, bushwalking and cycling. The Boondall Wetlands Environmental Centre is a good starting point for any visit to the Boondall Wetlands. At 9am on weekends, you can enjoy a guided walk throughout the Boondall Wetlands and obtain an understanding of the environmental and cultural significance of the region to Brisbane. The Nurri Millen Totem Trail explains the significance of wetlands environments to the indigenous culture.
As part of the Get Wild program, Brisbane City Council offers a range of guided programs in the Boondall Wetlands including kayaking tours, bike tours and seminars and screenings in the Boondall Wetland Environmental Centre.
If you'd prefer to get back to nature by yourself, there are guided walking and cycling trails in the Boondall Wetlands or you can borrow guides from the environmental centre. Canoe trails also launch from the environmental centre. The Tulla-yugaipa dhagun Track showcases plants that have bush tucker or medicinal properties is a 15 minute stroll. For the adventurous the Boondall Wetlands Bikeway is a 13 kilometre or 3.5 hour walk through the vast variety of environmental landscapes that make up the site.
Don't forget to take sunscreen, water, hat, food and insect repellent. Track maps can be downloaded from council's website so that you can plan your journey before you go. For safety, remember to let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back. If canoeing or kayaking the wetlands, it is recommended that you do so in daylight with a partner and within 2 hours of high tide.
For bird lovers, binoculars and cameras are a must at the Boondall Wetlands, as the area is home to migratory shorebirds who visit between September and March every year. Australian kestrels, ospreys, kingfishers, wedge tailed eagles, herons, owls, honeyeaters and grey tailed tattlers are some of the 190 species of birds that can be seen at the Boondall Wetlands. Other fauna that can be seen include snakes, skinks and lizards, possums, bandicoots, bats and gliders, frogs and turtles.
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. Picnic facilities are available.