Monday, November 24, 2008

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.

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