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Paradise Point

Boardwalks - QLD, Paradise Point, Phil Hill Environmental Park

Google Earth: 27°52’34.17 S; 153°22’49.30 E

Situated adjacent to canal developments and vessel moorings off the northern side of Broadwater Ave., is the mangrove boardwalk in Phil Hill Environmental Park. Built in 1997 by the Gold Coast City Council and the Runaway Bay Lions Club, the boardwalk took 1200 man hours to construct. The walk maybe joined either via a paved footpath from the park under the bridge, or from a footpath on northern side of Broadwater Ave. The boardwalk is well maintained, around 1.5 m wide, and offers good access for wheel chairs. The walk follows the exposed edge of the mangrove community where adjacent to the southern end there is a fore dune with associated vegetation. At the northern end there are views of the Coomera River and Coomera Island with the DPI&F Coomera Fish Habitat Area. Two or three small creeks flow from the creek (canal) under the boardwalk at high tide.

There appears to be revetment works (dumping of rocks), weed invasion and erosion causing mangrove felling and dieback in places – particularly along the southern end.

Location Details

  • Distance/length: 330 m.
  • Location: Confluence of Coombabah Creek and Coomera River, Paradise Point.
  • Walking Time: 5- 10 mins.
  • Address: 2a Oxley Drive, Paradise Point.
  • Directions: From north - take Oxenford–Southport Rd exit off Pacific Mwy (Exit 57), go straight ahead through roundabouts until you are on Broadwater Ave, then turn right at boat ramp sign at Jabiru island. From south: take Gold Coast Hwy exit off pacific Mwy (Exit 62), turn left on to Oxley Drive, turn left at boat ramp sign at Jabiru Island. UBD Ref: GC Map 8, K13.
  • Contact: For more information contact the Gold Coast City Council or Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group.
  • Facilities

  • parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilet amenities
  • Dogs
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ facilities
  • Shelter
  • Bikes
  • Playground
  • No drinking water
  • Fishing
  • Boatramp
  • Information sign
  • No information centre
  • No guided walk
  • No cafe
  • No Lighting

- Boat ramp is the southern side of Broadwater Ave.
- Plaque at boardwalk with info on history of boardwalk.

PLANTS AND ANIMALS YOU MIGHT SEE

  • Mangroves

    Many mangrove species are present close to the boardwalk.
    Grey Mangrove (Avicennia marina)
    Stilt Mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa)
    River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum)
    Milky Mangrove - uncommon (Excoecaria agallocha)
  • Saltmarsh

    Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa )
    Marine Couch (Sporobolus virginicus)
    Sea Purslane - one plant growing in a mangrove tree! (Sesuvium portulacastrum)
  • General Vegetation

    Saltcouch, sedges, samphires
    Coastal She Oak (Casuarina equisetifolia)
    She or Swamp Oak (Casuarina glauca)
    Sea Hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus)
  • Birds

    Pale faced herons
    Pied oystercatchers
  • Invertebrates in the mud

    There are lots of crab holes in the sandy substrate.
    Crabs (Uca, grapsids, soldier, sand)
    Whelks and other molluscs
    Mudskippers
  • Invertebrates in the vegetation

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

  • Waterlife

    Very clear water makes it easy to spot fish and other fauna.
    Toadfish

Contributors

Kurt Derbyshire and 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