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The coastal paperbark forest walk

Published 21 Sep 2014 

On the Queensland coastline near Agnes Waters a new attraction is getting plenty of use at our Reedy Creek Reserve.

On land adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and just north of the Deepwater National Park this spectacular reserve protects dense wetlands and threatened vine forests – habitat for wildlife such as the threatened Dunmall’s snake, beach stone-curlew and rare grey goshawk.

A short interpretive walk through the coastal paperbark forest has been constructed by Reserve Manager Matt McLean, opening up access to this difficult terrain for the first time.

This specially designed circular track (a mix of boardwalk and stepping platforms) will allow you to penetrate the thick, lush undergrowth and tiptoe through the wetlands without getting your feet wet.

Many frogs are resident on Reedy Creek Reserve. Photo by Matt McLean.Many frogs are resident on Reedy Creek Reserve. Photo by Matt McLean.

To cover around 400 metres allow about 45-minutes and keep an eye out for butterflies and coloured fungi while keeping your ears open for frog calls as you pass through their habitat.

The trail is suitable for most ages but mobility is needed as you’ll face obstacles, stepping stones, fallen debris, water crossings, steps and rough surfaces that require good balance.

A picnic table at the start/finish of the walk makes a great spot for a cuppa and the walk is open to the public all year round (safety permitting).

To make a day of it The Red Rocks Walking Trail – a 6km or 2.5 hour walk (if you don’t stop for a swim) – begins next to our reserve and hugs the headlands and beaches south along the coastline on beach esplanade. While Bush Heritage doesn’t own this land we do help with some of the management.

Thanks to Michael Myer and Dellarose Rubi-Baevski for generously donating this property, and to the residents of Sunrise for supporting the management of Reedy Creek Reserve.

Other access opportunities

You can visit some more of our smaller, less-remote reserves on self-guided trips: 

Several of our reserves are open for camping between April and October, but have now closed for the warmer months. We also run a number of guided tours throughout the year in the cooler weather. As we prepare our trip schedule for 2015 we’ll post updates on our website and social media.