The Wynnum mangrove boardwalk extends over half a kilometre through the grey and red mangroves from Elanora park and rejoins the path out to the Lytton bird hide, from the car park it’s about 2.5km return. If you keep your eyes open you’re almost certain to see a good variety of fish, birds and reptiles as you walk through this important habitat of grey and red mangrove.
Collared Kingfishers and mangrove gerygone are common in the trees close to the path. The migratory waders, herons, spoonbills and other birds can be seen on the mudflats and in the water. Last weekend there were over a dozen black swans float on the calm waters out from one of the lookouts, probably part of the flock commonly seen on Fishermans Island. Beyond them, you could see clearly out over the sparkling bay to Green and St Helena islands.
Walking through the mangroves is a great option for some fresh air on a sunny day. There is a lot to see, the relaxing sound of birdsong and the mangroves provide a great natural sun umbrella keeping you cool and avoiding the burn.
If you want to see more of the wildlife then an early morning or late afternoon walk is better. A word of warning though, any time of day wear insect repellent as the environment is also ideal for mossies and midges which can leave an itchy uncomfortable bite for days if you don’t.
The mangrove Boardwalk in Wynnum isn’t new to Brisbane but was closed to public access for well over a year waiting on funding to repair the rotting and unsafe boards. The Port of Brisbane and Queensland Government came to its rescue and in August the walkway was re-opened and is now better than ever. It’s definitely worth a visit if you live or visit in the Brisbane Bayside area.
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