Monday, November 24, 2008

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk meanders it's way through the mangroves at Wynnum North, giving walkers a wonderful experience right near the sea.

It is well away from traffic and human noises and the only sounds are the birds and sea life. Sometimes the little waves can be heard, but often it is quiet and at low tide there is little water on the sea floor. Sometimes there are noisy birds, strange clicking noises in the pools of water.

It is not easy to see the sky from along the boardwalk, but it is not uncommon to see pelicans flying overhead, along with sea eagles, seagulls and other birds.

It is a good idea not to walk here alone if you can - if you need help it is unlikely to be close by as often you will be the only person in the area.

Mangroves on the foreshore

Mangroves grow along the waterfront from Tingalpa Creek right along to the Brisbane River. Around Tingalpa Creek and Lota there is a forest of them. They form an important part of the ecology of the area but are not always popular, particularly with many who live close by.

The trees trap debris and it is often stinky. As well it is a haven for mosquitoes.

At Wynnum North there is a boardwalk through the mangroves, which is usually a pleasant walk despite the mosquitoes and the occasional odd odour from the area. It is a good idea to cover up and use some insect repellent, especially in summer, but it is a pleasant walk.

There are several approaches to the area, but a good walker can walk along the walking path right on the water's edge from anywhere along the foreshore and keep walking past the sports fields, up over a rise near the dog off leash park. There are several maps in shelters along the foreshore with information.