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Maroochy Wetlands Boardwalk

Bli Bli
1.0km
Trail type
Skill Level
One-way Length
One-way

An out and back 2 km boardwalk through the marvellous Maroochy River wetlands.

SUITABLILITY
Suitable for walkers, prams and wheelchairs and is an easy grade.

HIGHLIGHTS
The sealed boardwalk is two-metres wide and approx. 1 km long, making it easy to explore wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves.

The walk is part of the Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary, home to to 200 species of native birds, as well as crabs, butterflies and other animals that make the wetlands their home.
Within this wetland, life thrives in land on the edge of the sea, flooded by freshwater and salty tides. One of south-east Queensland's largest groups of Mangrove Ferns grow in these wetlands. There are also four other types of mangrove and five different crab species to discover including the fiddler crab, with its distinct large orange pincer claw.

The path leads you out to the banks of the Maroochy River and a landing jetty. Once there you turn around and head back.

You can also access the sanctuary from the jetty by doing a Maroochy River boat cruise with a guided walk in the wetlands. To get the most out of this walk, download the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Reserve information brochure.

Because of the birdlife, this is a great place to come at beginning and end of the day, however, it’s advisable to cover up or bring mossie repellent.

AFTERWARDS
Mudjimba Esplanade is only 10 mins drive away refreshments and a dip in the ocean. Alternatively you can head to Nambour, which is 13 mins away.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: The walk is roughly located halfway along Sports Road, Bli Bli .Take the Dunethin Rock (Willis Road) turnoff from Bli Bli Road which links Nambour and Maroochydore. Take Lefoes Road, the second right turn, and then turn right again into Sports Road. The Wetlands Sanctuary is at the end of the bitumen road on the right.

Look for signs for Bilai Environmental Education Centre and Bli Bli Education where there is plenty of off street parking including disabled car parking spots.
The wetlands are accessed via walking tracks and boardwalks leading from the Bilai Environmental Education Centre.

To the end point: The end point is the same as the starting point.

An out and back 2 km boardwalk through the marvellous Maroochy River wetlands.

SUITABLILITY
Suitable for walkers, prams and wheelchairs and is an easy grade.

HIGHLIGHTS
The sealed boardwalk is two-metres wide and approx. 1 km long, making it easy to explore wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves.

The walk is part of the Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary, home to to 200 species of native birds, as well as crabs, butterflies and other animals that make the wetlands their home.
Within this wetland, life thrives in land on the edge of the sea, flooded by freshwater and salty tides. One of south-east Queensland's largest groups of Mangrove Ferns grow in these wetlands. There are also four other types of mangrove and five different crab species to discover including the fiddler crab, with its distinct large orange pincer claw.

The path leads you out to the banks of the Maroochy River and a landing jetty. Once there you turn around and head back.

You can also access the sanctuary from the jetty by doing a Maroochy River boat cruise with a guided walk in the wetlands. To get the most out of this walk, download the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Reserve information brochure.

Because of the birdlife, this is a great place to come at beginning and end of the day, however, it’s advisable to cover up or bring mossie repellent.

AFTERWARDS
Mudjimba Esplanade is only 10 mins drive away refreshments and a dip in the ocean. Alternatively you can head to Nambour, which is 13 mins away.

HOW TO GET THERE
To the starting point: The walk is roughly located halfway along Sports Road, Bli Bli .Take the Dunethin Rock (Willis Road) turnoff from Bli Bli Road which links Nambour and Maroochydore. Take Lefoes Road, the second right turn, and then turn right again into Sports Road. The Wetlands Sanctuary is at the end of the bitumen road on the right.

Look for signs for Bilai Environmental Education Centre and Bli Bli Education where there is plenty of off street parking including disabled car parking spots.
The wetlands are accessed via walking tracks and boardwalks leading from the Bilai Environmental Education Centre.

To the end point: The end point is the same as the starting point.

Activities and facilities
Glossary
  • Suitable for wheelchairs
  • Suitable for walking
  • Suitable for recreational cycling
  • Suitable for mountain biking
  • Suitable for horse riding
  • Suitable for kayaking
  • Drinking water available
  • No drinking water available
  • Barbeque on site
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires permitted
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping permitted
  • Camping prohibited
  • Suitable for walking
  • No drinking water available
  • Picnic table on site
  • Toilets on site
  • Fires prohibited
  • Camping prohibited
Map
Reviews

Review Date: 08/10/2019

This walk is lovely as it gives you a different perspective of mangroves and the wildlife/birdlife that inhabits them as well as the creeks and creekbanks. There is an information sign at the beginning and some information signs at the birdhide but I would loved to have seen more information along the walk itself. I believe that there may have been a brochure or even perhaps audio but because we came on a Sunday afternoon we didnt go up to the education centre. Very easy access for wheelchairs or prams. Short walk that is mostly in shade. We walked mid afternoon and had no problems with mozzies at all but early or late would be very different!

Reviewed By: Kate

Review Date: 28/11/2018

Fantastic boardwalk that makes it's way through the lush mangroves. Best time to experience the wetland is in winter, the mosquitos are not as friendly!

Reviewed By: Raeleen

Review Date: 26/11/2018

A wonderful walk for families and a fantastic place to get kids interested in the natural environment around them. My boys spotted some birds and saw crab holes and a snake skin; they had a ball. The track is flat and readily accessible for all and provides a wonderful sense of calm, leaving the hustle and bustle of modern lift behind. The Education Centre was great too; definitely worth a visit. Mozzie repellent was even provided!

Reviewed By: Emily

Review Date: 12/11/2018

Five minutes into this walk and it felt like being on a different planet as the environment abruptly transformed from wooded bushland to a salt marsh with contorted mangroves. The path is almost totally flat and 100% wheelchair accessible. I had the track to myself and was able stay still long enough for the crabs that I had startled, to re-emerge from their mud-holes and go about whatever it is that crabs do … eat mud by the looks. Tip: Take Mosquito repellent as suggested.

Reviewed By: John

Safety

IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL '000'.

Always Adventure Safely!

  • Always follow any local signage, it contains key information and conditions can change at any time.
  • Use the trails with consideration for your abilities, be prepared for the adventure ahead:
    • Be aware of the weather conditions, found here: http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/.
    • Always wear appropriate clothing, focus on good footwear.
    • Always bring more water than you think you will need.
    • Be Sun Safe!
    • Always let someone know where you are going that isn’t going with you.
  • Just getting started try this site for good useful information: https://www.trailhiking.com.au/hike-safety/
  • Sunshine Coast Council does it’s best to maintain current information but things can change so always be aware that a trail may not be as listed in this guide, and report and issues via our feedback link.

Maintenance and Enquiries

Sunshine Coast Council

For any issues with this experience please contact:

Sunshine Coast Council via 07 5475 7272 or via e-mail: adventure@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

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