Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think 'well, I would love to get out and about, but am not really in the mood to do a summit or two' - only ever, sometimes - but rather something a bit more tranquil and gentle, but still giving us the opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature at her best.
And then, I stumbled upon the Obi Obi Boardwalk, running alongside the Obi Obi Creek, in Maleny. The Obi Obi Boardwalk is one of the self-guided walks that form part of the Maleny Trails. See below for Maleny Trail map, courtesy of Trip Tick Tourism.
Maleny is a picturesque little Hinterland town on the southern edge of the Blackall Range, with views over the coast and the Glass House Mountains. This charming little town is brimfull with galleries, art studios and speciality shops and is only a ninety-kilometre drive north of Brisbane.
This Boardwalk is a very pleasant nine hundred metre walk one way and is an assortment of timber boardwalk, concrete and gravel paths. The Obi Obi Boardwalk is fairly level, making it suitable for wheelchair and pram/stroller users and is absolutely ideal for toddlers too, with handrails in most areas. Walkers can get to sit and enjoy benches throughout the walk, strategically placed for walkers' viewing pleasure - sit back and enjoy the sounds of the creek and the miniature waterfall.
Strategically placed benches for walkers' viewing pleasure
A seasonal word of caution here. The Obi Obi Boardwalk is one of those walks that would be absolutely perfect for the heat of summer, as the lushness of the trees' canopy overhead, make it a very cool walk (temperature wise) to do in Spring. In other words, guys, if you are planning on walking it in Spring, Autumn or Winter, a cardigan would be suitable attire.
There is plenty of birdlife in this area, including willie wagtails and spangled drongos, azure kingfishers and fidgety flycatchers. The other huge attraction is the …..platypus. Of course, in order to spot the elusive platypus, a walk early in the morning or at dusk is the preferred time to enjoy watching them frolicking in the water. There's even a platypus viewing platform. And yes, you've guessed it, we walked mid-morning, so missed the opportunity to see these cute little mammals. Did you know that the platypus falls into the same category of mammal as echidnas, namely, monotremes - the reason for this is their ability to lay eggs, distinguishing them from other mammals.
Regenerating the area with thriving native trees, planted by local volunteers
Walkers will notice a huge amount of thriving native trees along the Obi Obi Boardwalk, all planted by local volunteers, which will hopefully become a rainforest next to the creek, in a few hundred years time.
The endangered Mary River cod - make sure they're not on your fishing line
The Obi Obi Boardwalk is also in Mary River cod territory. Did you know that Mary River cod are totally protected in the Mary River catchment, and targeting or possessing these fish can incur penalties of up to $75,000. Luckily, I'm not a fisher-wo-man, so there won't be too much chance of me crossing the legal 'line' here.
Allow forty-five minutes to an hour for this walk - this will give you time to read all the interesting information boards en route, or to look for a little spot of sunshine and to bask like a lizard, until all frozen appendages have warmed through.
A cup of coffee after walking the Obi Obi Boardwalk will certainly not go amiss, so treat yourself to something to drink and eat at Maleny Lane, a rustic little foodie hub in the main street of Maleny. Maleny Lane used to be known as Artisan Food Market.
Have a coffee or something to eat at the quirky Maleny Lane
The Obi Obi Boardwalk is a fabulously tranquil, easy walk to be enjoyed by everybody, from toddlers though to bigger kids; for wheelchair users and prams too. Just remember the obligatory cardigan or jacket as it is really very cool under the canopy of trees.