The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk is a special place to learn about tropical Australian mangroves and saltmarsh. Visitors can learn about a broad range of species, and some of the key functional attributes of these tidal wetland systems. The walk has two distinct parts, heading either north or south into closed mangrove forests from the carpark situated adjacent to a small saltmarsh and saltpan area.
The northern boardwalk extends to Little Barron Creek where viewing platforms are provided at the creekside. About half way along the walk, a canopy tower offers a view across the tree tops. This section of the walk returns in a circuit to the carpark. Signs are placed along the boardwalk to provide information on the many ways that plants and animals have adapted to this interesting environment. The southern boardwalk offers a slightly different experience and explores a number of different types of mangrove forests. This section terminates at a canopy tower near the mouth of Swampy Creek. Signs along this section provide information on the productivity of mangrove forests.
The boardwalk was opened on the 27 February 1988 by Dr JT Baker, OBE, PhD, FRACI, Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. It was constructed by the Cairns City Council on land made available by the Cairns Port Authority. Construction was supported by the Cairns Bicentennial Community Committee, with the assistance of dedicated employees who constructed the boardwalk, working closely with the Cairns Port Authority, the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
- Distance/length: Two sections: north 0.8 km, and south 1.2 km
- Location: Just off the road to the Cairns Airport.
- Walking Time: 30 and 40 mins, respectively.
- Address: Airport Avenue, Cairns.
- Directions: Directions as if going to the Cairns International Airport, look for signs to Mangrove Boardwalk when nearing the airport.
- Contact: For more information: Cairns City Council, Cairns.
PLANTS AND ANIMALS YOU MIGHT SEE
MangrovesAegialitis annulata, Avicennia marina, Bruguiera gymnorhiza, Ceriops australis, Ceriops decandra, Lumnitzera racemosa, Rhizophora apiculata, Rhizophora lamarckii, Rhizophora stylosa, Xylocarpus moluccensis Mangrove epiphytes: Mymercodia antonii (Ant Plant), Staghorns & Cymbidium orchids
SaltmarshSuaeda, Halosarcia, Sarcocornia
General VegetationPrimary Rainforest. Austromuellera, Haplostchanthus sp, Lepiderema hirsura, Fan palm forest.
Invertebrates in the mudGrapsid crabs, whelks (Telescopium), Fiddler crabs (Uca)
Invertebrates in the vegetationLittorinid snails, butterflies, spiders
Rare/ Endangered Biota
Waterlifetoadfish, juvenile fish and fry, bream
Norm Duke (15 November 2003)