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Walking the Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk with Kids

What is the Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk?

The Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk is one of the best kept secrets in Brisbane. It is a 500m meandering, winding section of mangrove forest that all the way from Fisherman Islands to the Brisbane River. The boardwalk is wheelchair and pram friendy.

A story-book trail leads wanderers through the hushed, eerie quiet of the beautiful old trees and their roots filled with all manner of lifeforms. Crabs, sea creatures, birds and lizards use this area as an untouched playground which makes it perfect for your kids to really appreciate what nature can offer in the great outdoors.

If you want to find more wetland walks around Brisbane, check out our article

What’s is there to see and do at Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk?

Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk

Walking the entirety of the boardwalk will probably take between 30 minutes and a full hour. You’ll find platforms giving you an uninterrupted view of the beautiful bay as well as a bird hide which is the place to be for the wide variety of local birdlife.

Views extend across the bay to the busy Port of Brisbane and all the islands – big and small! From your vantage point nestled in the ancient mangroves you’ll see lots of fishing and trade boats as well as pleasure crafts. The incredible Dugong, Green and Loggerhead Turtles are threatened species that like to hide and play in the waters around the Wynnum Mangroves – keep your eyes peeled!

When should we go to Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk?

You can go at high or low tide (check local tide information here) for very different experiences. High tide means that the roots will be covered so you won’t see as much crab and animal life but it offers a peace, beauty and stillness that can be very lovely. Low tide will show you all of the animals so might be a better time to take younger children.

Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk is open 24 hours a day but it gets very dark quite quickly in the evening. Depending on the time of year mosquitoes and bugs can be an issue so ensure you wear adequate skin coverage and bring repellent. Take the obvious sun and safety precautions as well!

How do we get there and what else is around?

Go to Elanora Park off Granada Street in Wynnum. Wynnum train station is 1.3 km away from the boardwalk if you’d like to catch public transport. There are also local buses that service the area.
You’ll also find one of Brisbane’s best dog parks at Elanora Park! This huge area is split into an area with activities for bigger or more confident dogs and a calmer area reserved for more petite pooches.

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Wynnum has great café and shopping options to offer as well as the iconic Wynnum Wading Pool and Wynnum Waterpark on the Esplanade. There is so much to do for kids in Wynnum!

Visit Brisbane’s Bayside!

The Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk is a real hidden treasure inside the Bayside Parklands. It is a sprawling natural treasure that will help your children appreciate the true beauty of Queensland’s environment and help them understand why we must work together to conserve it.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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