The Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk goes through the mangroves foreshore of Moreton Bay at Wynnum. The walk starts from Elanora Park and links to a bird hide overlooking tidal saltmarshes, then loops back through a forest to return to Elanora Park.
The walk commences near a parking area next to an off-leash dog park. The dog park has two areas, one for larger dogs and another smaller area for smaller or less confident dogs.
The walk starts with the boardwalk a short way from the parking area at a junction leading off the path. Depending on the tides, the water comes up to be under the boardwalk in the middle of the mangroves. The boardwalk is wide with railing on the sides.
Along the boardwalk are seats and inset spaces to stop and observe the environment along the way. Information boards provide details about the wildlife and the mangrove forests. For example, explaining the lifecycle of mangroves, and the ‘rotten egg’ smell is a sign of a healthy mangrove forest.
Towards the end of the boardwalk, it heads out of the mangroves to give views across the water towards the islands on the other side of Moreton Bay.
After the boardwalk, you can either return along the boardwalk or continue to the bird hide and the loop circuit. The walk heads left along a gravel section, then turn right to head to the bird hide.
The bird hide is set between tidal saltmarshes. There are information boards inside the bird hide showing what birds to look out for. We saw a couple of ducks and the much loved ibis (my boys only use them by their more common name, bin chickens).
A treat was spotting a wedge-tailed eagle flying over, which we would not have seen had we returned on the boardwalk without going to the bird hide.
The walk continues around to an alternate parking area closer to the bird hide, at the end of Wynnym North Rd. From here, the walk goes through bushland near the edge of the mangroves and returns to the junction where the boardwalk starts.
To get there:
From the Gateway Mwy, take the Wynnum Rd exit (Exit 100) and turn (right if heading north or left if heading south) to head to Wynnum. After 1.1km, veer left to continue on Wynnum Rd, then follow for another 4.8km to a roundabout. Take the 2nd exit continuing on Wynnum Rd for 1.7km, crossing the railway where the road becomes Glenora St and going straight through the next roundabout. Turn left at Granada St with the brown sign for Wynumm Mangrove Boardwalk. Follow Granada St for 650m and turn right into the Elanora Park entry. The parking area near the start of the mangrove boardwalk at the dog park is 600m from the entry.
From Norfolk Point entry on Esplanade, head north and follow for 2.5km, which becomes Waterloo Esplanade. Turn left onto Agnes St, then right into Cusack Pde after 100m. Follow Cusack, which becomes Fox St, for 350m and turn left onto Glenora St, then turn right into Granada St after 50m with the brown sign for Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk. Follow Granada St for 650m and turn right into the Elanora Park entry. The parking area near the start of the mangrove boardwalk at the dog park is 600m from the entry.
Hours: Mon-Sun 5am-7pm
Toilets: Yes, at Elanora Park
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, there are some sloped paths to reach the boardwalk. To continue passed the boardwalk has gravel sections and some steeper sections.
Pets: Yes, on leash