The Beree Badalla area was made a conservation area in 1980 by the ‘Friends of Currumbin’ group. The boardwalk is situated within the Currumbin Creek declared Fish Habitat Area (FHA). Originally declared in 1983, this FHA is significance because it is:
- an important recreational fishing area of southern Gold Coast and utilised for both education and research; and,
- the most southerly estuary in Queensland with the last remaining example of the natural marine vegetation of this area.
The boardwalk forms part of a well maintained, 2m wide walk along the banks of Currumbin Creek, passing through healthy mangrove communities growing mostly in sand that typifies local estuaries with their sand ridges and bars. The extensive tidal flats are covered at high tide by beautiful turquoise waters flooding through the mangroves dominated by Avicennia. At the south western end (near the boat ramp), there are tall stands of the mangrove fern (Acrostichum). There are also dense understory stands at higher elevations of Ruby Saltbush. There is some vehicular damage on the saltmarsh.
The boardwalk offers great views of Currumbin Creek, Currumbin Hill, Gold Coast hinterland. Closer at hand you can easily see fish and crabs amongst the mangroves at high tide. The area is great for swimming and fishing. Locals say that trevally, whiting, flathead, small bream and mud crabs can be caught from the boardwalk.
The area also has excellent amenties for fishing and viewing with two shaded platforms – the north eastern platform with a seat. There are also considerable educational opportunities. Palm Beach Currumbin High School adjoins the creek. The school uses special launching ramps that are part of the boardwalk for launching boats and canoes. The boardwalk is adjacent to sandy swimming beaches in the creek.
- Distance/length: 1000m
- Location: along northern bank of Currumbin Creek, approx. 1km from mouth.
- Walking Time: 20-30 mins.
- Address: Thrower Ave, Currumbin.
- Directions: Take Pacific Motorway Exit 92 from the south, exit 93 from the north. Access via either end of Thrower Ave. Access north eastern end: turn into access road at the park near where Thrower Ave meets highway (southern side of Thrower Ave). Continue down access road that runs parallel to Highway. Access south western end: park at the boat ramp car park on Thrower Ave.
PLANTS AND ANIMALS YOU MIGHT SEE
MangrovesGrey Mangrove - dominant (Avicennia marina)
River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum)
Mangrove Fern (Acrostichum speciosum)
Stilt Mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa)
SaltmarshRuby Saltbush - sedges at south western end (Enchylaena tomentose)
Marine Couch (Sporobolus virginicus)
Thatch Reed (Phragmites australis)
Beaded Samphire (Sarcocornia quinqueflora)
General VegetationShe Oak (Casuarina glauca)
Weeds include: broadleaf pepper tree, easter cassia, umbrella tree.
Invertebrates in the mudCrabs (Uca sp., plus others) oysters
Invertebrates in the vegetationButterflies (sp to be identified)
The odd spider
Rare/ Endangered Biota
juvenile fish and fry
Kurt Derbyshire, Rebecca Batton (Fowler), Queensland Department Primary Industry & Fisheries, Marine Fish Habitat Unit (11 Dec 2006)