Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published July 29th 2020
Stunning trail through the natural beauty of Redlands Coast
Point Halloran Conservation Area is one of Redlands Coast's best kept secrets. Skirting along Moreton Bay at Victoria Point, Point Halloran Conservation Area is a haven for wildlife and a bushwalkers paradise.
The newly upgraded boardwalks at Point Halloran Conservation Area
Point Halloran Conservation Area is home to a section of the Moreton Bay Cycleway that has recently been upgraded to run along elevated boardwalks and paved pathways that include inbuilt solar lights for walking or cycling at any hour of the day.
This newly upgraded section of the Moreton Bay Cycleway has solar lights installed
Point Halloran Conservation Area includes a surprisingly wide variety of fauna and flora. Habitats range from the inter-tidal zone of Moreton Bay, through open eucalypt forest (with koala trees), to areas of swamp and mangroves, as well as forested areas with thick vines and tree ferns. The newly elevated sections of the boardwalk give an especially good view of the conservation area's variation.
This section of track takes visitors past beautiful wetlands
Similarly, there are a surprising range of birds and wildlife across the conservation area. Swamp wallabies and red-necked wallabies can often be seen here in the early mornings or evenings, and of course, a number of snake species call Point Halloran Conservation Area home.
Red-necked wallabies can be seen around sunrise and sunset
Birds include a range of honeyeaters, white-bellied sea eagles, ospreys, laughing kookaburras, and even eastern whipbirds! The upgrades to this section of pathway, and in particular the raised areas of boardwalk that provide a bird's eye view of the varied habitat, are a great addition to the already lovely Point Halloran Conservation Area.
Laughing kookaburras appreciate the views from the raised boardwalks as well
The landscape and design mean there is minimal elevation, making this section of trail accessible to most hikers, bike riders, wheelchairs, and prams. Dogs are also welcome, providing they are kept on the leash throughout the conservation area. However, visitors should be aware that there are no facilities here, and the nearest public toilets and water fountains are at Cascade Gardens about 2Km from here on Colburn Avenue, Victoria Point.
The fantastic design of this section of the Moreton Bay Cycleway mean it is accessble to most people