The peaceful Boondall Wetlands lie on the edge of Moreton Bay, just north of Brisbane and includes over 1,000 hectares of mangroves, wetlands, tidal flats, salt-marshes and open forest. Visiting the wetlands can incorporate many activities including exercise, education and art and craft and is a wonderful place to spend some time appreciating the great outdoors.
Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre
Start your visit at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, where you learn and discover all there is to know about the wetlands environment. Fly like a bird in the animation area and engage your senses as you touch, feel and smell the many interactive displays dotted around the centre.
There is a portion of the centre which contains large glass windows and comfortable window seating which overlooks the wetlands. This is a great spot to sit and relax (you almost feel as though you are sitting among the trees).
Friendly staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have and are a great resource for the surrounding wetlands. Once you have finished inside the centre, grab a map and explore the wetlands on foot, following the well-signposted paths.
Bicycle and Walking Tracks
The Billai Dha-gun circuit starts and finishes at the Environment Centre and is an easy, flat 2km track perfect for little ones, prams and wheelchairs. The track is a combination of compacted gravel and boardwalks and weaves through the wetlands, forest and marshlands. There is a bird hide partway through the walk which gives you views across to Shorncliffe and depending on the tide, viewing of an abundance of birds and other wildlife.
If you are keen for some further exercise and you brought the bikes and scooters with you, head out for a leisurely ride on the designated Boondall Wetlands Bikeway. The bikeway, which also doubles as a walkway, starts at the carpark and continues all the way to Nudgee Beach, where you can grab an ice cream before returning to the Wetlands.
A visit to the Boondall Wetlands will have your Brisbane Kids engrossed in nature and all that it has to offer.
When you pass by the Environment Centre collect a ‘Hide ‘n’ Seek Children’s Trail’ brochure, which lists a range of facts and things to keep an eye out for as you walk around the Billai dhagun circuit. It is a great resource to encourage conversations about nature and the environment. It also invites visitors to be present and engage with the surroundings, taking in all the sights and sounds, rather than just getting from Point A to Point B.
Have you little ones come dressed as an explorer or ranger (making sure to pack the binoculars and magnifying glass) and explore the flora and fauna that call the wetlands home. Engage the senses and smell the scents wafting from the native trees, listen to the birds chirping, look at the variety of shrubbery and keep an eye out for wildlife that may pop their heads up to greet you.
For those who love capturing nature and wildlife through a lens, bring the camera and your zoom lens, you just never know what you will find – a tawny frogmouth, kingfishers, perhaps even a snake!
A number of activities are held at the Wetlands throughout the year, many which are held on a regular basis and are free. Activities include guided walks, Pilates, workshops and bird watching. Visit the Brisbane City Council website for details.
Special Needs Consideration
The Boondall Wetlands, including the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, is easily accessible with wide paths and boardwalks leading from the carpark to the centre and beyond. Automatic sliding doors makes accessing the Environment Centre easy, especially if you are pushing a pram or wheelchair. The newly upgraded carpark includes accessible parking and a designated bus drop-off and turnaround area. There are also accessible toilets available at the Environment Centre.
As you make your way around the wetlands you will be well shaded by the established trees, though there are sections where there is no shade (on the boardwalk to the bird hide), so make sure you pack a hat and sunscreen. At times mosquitoes can be troublesome in the area, so protect yourselves adequately.
Just near the carpark and Environment Centre, there is a picnic area, complete with picnic shelters and tables and some grassy spaces for a picnic blanket. You will, however, need to bring your own water and food to enjoy.
Boondall Wetlands – The Facts
- Picnic tables
- Wheelchair/pram accessible
- Permanent public art installations (Indigenous Totem Trail)
- Walking tracks
- Boondall Wetlands Bikeway
- Public toilets (including an accessible toilet)
- Free, off-street parking
- Dedicated bus drop-off and turnaround area
- The Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre is open 9am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays).
The Boondall Wetlands are conveniently located just off the Gateway Motorway (exit 117037) at 31 Paperbark Drive, Boondall.
Phone: (07) 3403 1490