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Currumbin

Boardwalks - QLD, Currumbin, Beree Badalla ‘Mangrove Tree haven‘ Wetland Reserve

Google Earth: 28°08’10.64 S; 153°28’40.10 E

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.

Location Details

  • 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.
  • Facilities

  • parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilet amenities
  • Pets
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ facilities
  • Shelter
  • Bikes
  • Playground
  • Water
  • Fishing
  • Boatramp
  • Information sign
  • No information centre
  • No guided walk
  • No cafe
  • No lighting

PLANTS AND ANIMALS YOU MIGHT SEE

  • Mangroves

    Grey Mangrove - dominant (Avicennia marina)
    River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum)
    Mangrove Fern (Acrostichum speciosum)
    Stilt Mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa)
  • Saltmarsh

    Ruby Saltbush - sedges at south western end (Enchylaena tomentose)
    Marine Couch (Sporobolus virginicus)
    Thatch Reed (Phragmites australis)
    Beaded Samphire (Sarcocornia quinqueflora)
  • General Vegetation

    She Oak (Casuarina glauca)
    Weeds include: broadleaf pepper tree, easter cassia, umbrella tree.
  • Birds

    Cormorant
    ibis
    pelican
    seagulls
  • Invertebrates in the mud

    Crabs (Uca sp., plus others) oysters
  • Invertebrates in the vegetation

    Butterflies (sp to be identified)
    The odd spider
  • Rare/ Endangered Biota

  • Waterlife

    toadfish
    juvenile fish and fry
    bream

Contributors

Kurt Derbyshire, Rebecca Batton (Fowler), Queensland Department Primary Industry & Fisheries, Marine Fish Habitat Unit (11 Dec 2006)

Community Volunteers

A key feature of MangroveWatch is its close partnership between community volunteers and scientists from the James Cook University’s Mangrove Hub. Together they are systematically recording basic data as video and still imagery for assessments of estuarine habitat health.

Armed with expert support, training and advice, MangroveWatch volunteers in key regions are actively contributing to the monitoring of local estuaries and shorelines. An important goal in this phase of the program is to develop a network of like minded groups with the aim of producing public documents that describe important issues affecting local estuaries and mangroves, and their overall health.

Getting Involved

If you would like to find out more about us or if you like to initiate your own MangroveWatch group within your area, please contact someone at the Mangrove Hub. We will be happy to help.

  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
  • Mangrove Hub Email

Mangrove Watch Brochure

You can download our fact and information sheet (see link below) to get more information about the MangroveWatch programs.

Mangrove Watch Brochure