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Nudgee Waterhole Reserve

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Published February 12th 2021
A strange parkland can be the most unique
Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Sign at the main entrance to Nudgee Waterhole Reserve.

Nestled in the middle of the Gateway Motorway, Banyo Rugby League Club, Australian Catholic University and Nudgee Golf Club where Nudgee Road meets Childs Road in Nudgee, is the Nudgee Waterhole Reserve. It's a small reserve with a massive lagoon and having visited and hiked around it in both summer and winter can appreciate the contrasts, the niceties yet see the downside. That is of course mosquitos, but for an impromptu or a less structured visit is surprisingly interesting.

When I say mosquitos, well, it's tolerable in parts, yet one got trapped in the car, and it was a hassle to get rid of it. So I suppose in that sense, and the fact it had great history, some lush ferns and little turtle-like creatures, great birdlifef, and a bit of charm, well, maybe mosquitos versus the benefits are acceptable. However it's an interesting point because often walking in summer around the vast Nudgee-Boondall wetlands mosquitos do become a problem, so winter is probably better for exploring the surprisingly lengthy circuit and finding the historical sites (some indigenous Australian) along the way, such as the Bora Ring and shell middens.

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
The signs around the lagoon are making a statement.

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Large boulder with plaque to commemorate some sort of official opening.

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Sign about shifting geology, flora, fauna and lagoon.

The reserve's website is here and that details the work done by the city council to upgrade it, so keep a lookout for some exciting changes as the project is nearing completion. Yet for today, the parklands seemed as per usual, except compared to my winter visit, quite a lot more greenery, I mentioned odd or strange, well, the plant life or combination of, seems very unique and I think that gives the park a bit of extra likeability. Pity about the mosquitos though.

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Nudgee Waterhole lagoon, a vast sprawling lake, on a summer weekend afternoon.

The Bora Ring turned out to be very ancient and significant to the area's indigenous peoples and their vital history in the region, but I didn't get to it, yet I added some information here about it, related to supernatural activity - published by Brisbane Times. The reason being that I walked past a lot of marshland surely derived from the lagoon's presence, and knew it was a long hike to the Bora Ring, so, the marsh being a really shocking place for mosquitos made me think I could turn back and use my recollection of my winter visit there several years back to review the rest of the walk. I think I circumambulated the lake that day - and that shows to me the silver lining to Nudgee-Boondall, that these wetlands parks are absolutely delightful in winter, when mosquitos are nullified by the cooler weather.

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Forest, seen from walking track at Nudgee Waterhole Reserve

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Shell middens, signed here, are possibly seen on the grounds at the Waterhole Reserve.

Links related to this visit are: (Boondall Wetlands are located nearby)


a history of Nudgee here:

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Marshlands near lagoon in the forest at Nudgee Waterhole Reserve.

It was in fact a fairly strange, odd little park. There seemed to be an old barbeque there, as opposed to a modern steel one, and, only two small pieces of playground equipment such as swings on the Nudgee Road side. I can fill in the blanks and guess it's a great little stop off as it is near a roadhouse on the Gateway Motorway. There is a sheltered seat and table bench typical of such a park, next to the swings, next to the old barbeque. Access to Banyo Leagues Club is possible from the path, but I am not sure if ACU is accessible from it. I think this unlikely park is very nice for the area and is still worth a visit and can show you something a little unique and different about the area, even just for the mass of little lush ferns in summer, or walking through the sparser offering in winter. Can be accessed by the 306 bus as well, but only when it extends to Nudgee Beach which is not very frequent, has search facilities for accessing by bus. Walking from Nudgee or Banyo train stations is possible, but it's a long hike, for bikes, yes, there were people riding bikes there, so you can access it from the nearby Kedron Brook Bikeway or from Nudgee. It's an interesting little spot, the ferns look a bit unusual, as seen in the above photos.

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve
Sign for Gravel Pit historical location at Nudgee Waterhole Reserve.

All photos taken on the Saturday 13 February 2021 by author.
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Why? Outdoors and Recreation.
When: All year round.
Where: 1186 Nudgee Road, Nudgee 4014.
Cost: Ideally free.
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