Mangroves surrounding the old Botanic Gardens form the largest stand of mangroves along the city reach of Brisbane River. This mangrove boardwalk forms part of an extensive riverside walkway from New Farm to Toowong. Ideally located adjacent to the Central Business District of Brisbane, this mangrove boardwalk provides access to a rare natural respite in the middle of the city. The dense shade of dominant Avicennia forests are also a refuge for many kinds of wildlife including birds, crabs, mudskippers and small fish which can be viewed along the walk.
The boardwalk is well maintained and easily accessible, with informative interpretive signage and multiple seating stops to view the river and the spectacular Kangaroo Point cliffs. There are essentially two boardwalks forming three loops connected by wide paved paths along this leafy section of the riverbank.
It is a great place to take the kids for a weekend stroll, take a lunchtime break, or just pass on through on the way to work. There are also guided walks that include the terrestrial gardens adjacent to boardwalk where you can learn about the Dirrabel people, and other stories about early settlement with this site being the original market gardens for the young city, and the remains of a convict built wall.
- Distance/length: 380 meter
- Location: Old Botanic Gardens, QUT reach of the Brisbane River.
- Walking Time: 20-30 mins.
- Address: Albert Street, Brisbane City.
- Directions: Follow the river walk around from under the riverside expressway, Goodwill Bridge or the QUT city cat stop or enter through the Old Botanic Gardens off Albert Street. Conveniently located 10 minutes from Gardens Point Ferry Terminal.
- Contact: For more information phone the Brisbane City Council (+617 3404 8888), or visit the City information booth at the George street entrance to the Queen St Mall.
- Visitor Centre open 7 days a week. Brochures available.
PLANTS AND ANIMALS YOU MIGHT SEE
MangrovesGrey Mangrove (Avicennia marina)
River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum)
General VegetationShe or Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca)
Honeyeaters, Silver Eyes, Wagtail, Grey Heron, Teal Duck, Grey Fantail, Egrets
Invertebrates in the mudCrabs (Uca sp., plus others), Whelks and other molluscs,
Mudskippers, Snapping Shrimp
Invertebrates in the vegetationButterflies (sp to be identified)
The odd spider
Rare & Endangered Biota
Dawn Couchman, Queensland Department Primary Industry & Fisheries, Marine Fish Habitat Unit (9 Jan. 2006)
Jock Mackenzie, The University of Queensland, Centre for Marine Studies (9 Jan. 2006)