What better way to clear your head than an enchanting walk by the Bayside? Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk is a magical walkway, winding for 530 metres through mangrove forest along Wynnum foreshore. The boardwalk reaches to the edge of the mangroves with viewing platforms stretching into Moreton Bay. Each visit feels different, as the mood and smells change depending on the tides and weather - it's well worth coming back on different days. The mangroves provide shade and cover, so it's an excellent walk, rain or shine.
An ideal family outing, the Boardwalk is suitable for strollers and for toddlers on foot or on bikes. The Mangrove forest provides a unique environment for wading birds, some migrating from as far as Mongolia and Siberia. Children will enjoy spotting ibis and pelicans and listening for crabs crackling in the mud.
Access is easy with plenty of car park spaces at the start point in Eleanora Park. There is also a dog park here. For an extended family outing, options include continuing to Pandanus Beach and the excellent playpark at Wynnum Pier (1.75 km along the foreshore) or enjoying freshly cooked fish and chips in Wynnum or Manly.
This was my favourite thing to do when I was a child! My brother and I could spend hours running along the boardwalk, and I think our parents were pretty happy that we were so easily (and cheaply) amused.
January 2013...Thought this looked like a brilliant holiday outing for the kids and drove all the way from the northside to find the boardwalk closed off due to structural problems. We walked along the walking path beside the mangroves anyway, but it was mostly full sun, hot and boring, certainly not the shady-mangrove-nature-spotting outing I was hoping for. We decided to cut our losses and headed back to Pandanus beach for a picnic and to check out the play park. We were completely disappointed to find the area so packed with people that there wasn't a single car park available...and it was standing area only in the picnic grounds and play area - there were literally hundreds and hundreds of people swarming over the place. We drove for quite some time further up the foreshore to find an uncrowded shady spot under a tree for our meal and then headed home. So disappointing considering there are many spots on the northside where we could have had a much nicer time.