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Boardwalks - Qld, Elanora Wetlands Habitat

Google Earth: 28°07’00.09 S; 153°26’33.13 E

Elanora Wetlands Habitat is a Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) reserve in the upstream estuarine reaches of Tallebudgera Creek. Adjacent to tidal wetlands, a scenic walking track follows the perimeter of the Water Quality Control Centre (WQCC). There are excellent views of mangroves and saltmarsh vegetation along the track where they form a thin fringe along the creek. There are useful interpretive signs with information on flora and fauna along the walk. Although the site does not have a boardwalk through mangroves, it does offer comparable, valuable opportunities for education, monitoring and recreation. The possible addition of selected boardwalk sections in the future would further enrich the experience while better protecting vulnerable parts of this wetland reserve. The creek has high habitat complexity in the form of snags, roots and rock ledges / overhangs off the bank. Lots of small fish use the rock overhang habitat. The reserve and surrounds are home to many species of birds, native furry animals, and reptiles. A number of animals depend also on hollow tree braches and fallen logs.

The reserve offers a place for swimming and recreation with a rope swing suspended from a large eucalypt tree on the bank. It is a bit stinky at times due to close proximity of the WQCC, but this doesn’t seem to deter the locals. The site was also an important cultural site for the local Kombumerri / Bunjalung people who left in the sand, the remains of ancient meals– as middens of oyster shell deposits found while revegetation and weed eradication projects were being undertaken by Greening Australia, Coastcare, GCCC and Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group. From the walk, there are views of Tallebudgera Creek framed by areas of bushland regeneration. Restoration began in 2000.

Location Details

  • Distance/length: 400 m one way.
  • Location: Elanora Water Quality Control Centre (WQCC),Tallebudgera Creek, Gold Coast.
  • Walking Time: 30-40 min. stroll.
  • Address: Tallebudgera Drive, Elanora.
  • Directions: Follow Tallebudgera Drive to the end of the road and follow the small access road under the Pacific Motorway to the Elanora Water Quality Control Centre.
  • Contact: For more information contact the Gold Coast City Council or Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group.
  • Facilities

  • parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Toilet amenities
  • Pets
  • Picnic tables
  • BBQ facilities
  • Shelter
  • Bikes
  • Playground
  • Water
  • Fishing
  • No boatramp
  • Information sign
  • No information centre
  • Guided walk
  • dining
  • Lighting


  • Mangroves

    Grey Mangrove (Avicennia marina)
    Long Style Stilt Mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa)
    River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum)
    Large Leafed Orange Mangrove (Bruguiera gymnorhiza)
  • Saltmarsh

    Saltcouch (Sporobolus virginicus)
  • General Vegetation

    Queensland Blue Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis)
    She Oak (Casuarina glauca)
    terrestrial vegetation to edge of high bank
  • Birds

  • Invertebrates in the mud

  • Invertebrates in the vegetation

  • Mammals & Reptiles

    Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps)
    Common Tree Snakes (Dendrelaphis punctulata)
  • Waterlife

    Shrimps, prawns, small bream and other juvenile fish


Kurt Derbyshire and Rebecca Batton (Fowler), Queensland Department Primary Industry & Fisheries, Marine Fish Habitat Unit (11/12/2006)

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
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