1. Chelsea Street Environmental Reserve, Kippa-Ring.
|Resident Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) become active in the reserve shortly after sunset.|
Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), Squirrel Gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis) and Frill-necked Lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii) found here retain healthy populations for future generations to acquaint themselves with also. The Moreton Bay railway line currently undergoing construction through the centre of the reserve means that this wonderful place needs to be carefully monitored and managed. A humble network of rudimentary tracks is all the infrastructure that exists for recreation here, but strolling along them at night with a flashlight offers plenty of rewards!
|The exposed location of Buckley's Hole can make it prone |
to severe weather; in April 2014, several
tornadic waterspouts made landfall on its shores.
Buckley's Hole has been a favourite place of mine ever since I was introduced to it at age 15 by the Sandgate IBIS Bird Observers Club. This year I have been fortunate enough to spend plenty of time here and each occasion has offered up new perspectives on its superb environmental value. Located on the southern tip of Bribie Island, the merging of a variety of habitats within the Conservation Park allows for a range of interesting species to be sighted with ease. Buckley's Hole itself is a freshwater lagoon where birds like Nankeen Night-Herons (Nycticorax caledonicus) and Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea) can be viewed from the well-placed birdhide, while the tidal sandflats on the western edge of the park are home to vast Soldier Crab (Mictyris longicarpus) armies. The park also encompasses Red Beach and the dune woodland behind it, where huge Coastal Banksia (Banksia integrifolia) trees thrive.
3. Lake Somerset.
|Lake Somerset has a catchment area of over a thousand square kilometers.|
4. Raysource Road, Haigslea.
|Native Cherry (Exocarpos cupressiformis) and Prickly Pine (Bursaria spinosa) bushes line the trackways in the area.|
5. Policeman Spur Road, Harper Creek.
|Dense fog can blanket the valley before dawn, leaving the landscape with a dewy finish as the sun rises.|
6. Denmark Hill Conservation Park, Ipswich.
|The water tower on Deebing Street offers fantastic views over the reserve and the Ipswich region.|
7. Tingalpa Creek Reserve, Chandler.
|The still waters of Tingalpa Creek offer excellent kayaking opportunities.|
|A clearing in the centre of Melaleuca Environmental Park can be used|
for sporting pursuits or for watching the superb sunsets there.
This bayside reserve is small and bordered on all sides by suburbia and busy roads, but don't underestimate its capacity for wildlife sightings. Besides containing one of Brisbane's friendliest Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) flocks, Melaleuca Environmental Park is an excellent place to see intriguing animals like Goliath Stick-Insects (Eurycnema goliath) and Yellow-faced Whip-Snakes (Demansia psammophis).
9. Buhot Creek Reserve, Burbank/Sheldon.
Right out on the very edge of the Brisbane city limits lies a network of bush reserves designed to protect Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) habitat and offer horse-riding trails. I particularly enjoyed the peace and solitude found in this part of the reserve chain, entered at Longton Court.
10. Karragarra Island, Moreton Bay.
|Excellent views of North Stradbroke and other islands can be had from the shores of Karragarra.|