Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Jumping for joy: Springbrook's frogs thrill onlookers

Red-eyed tree frog, Springbrook.

Last Sunday evening, I headed up into the Gold Coast hinterland to attend a frog-spotting walk organised by Ceris Ash of the Springbrook Wildlife Appreciation Group.

Meeting at the Springbrook Community Hall at 7:15pm, I joined a lovely group of people led by Adam Maund, a local wildlife expert and talented photographer, who found a great selection of stunning frogs for us to admire.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Suburb Guide: Boondall

The swamp oak forest in the Boondall Wetlands is a place of great beauty and peace.

Featured areas: (1) Brisbane Entertainment Centre, (2) Boondall
Wetlands Reserve, (3) Suburban Boondall, and (4) Frank
Sleeman Park; Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Home to Brisbane’s largest wetlands, Boondall is a suburb that should be familiar to any South-east Queensland nature enthusiast. Located 15 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, the suburb is positioned on a flat coastal floodplain bound by a number of estuarine waterways, including the lower reaches of Cabbage Tree Creek in the north, and Nundah Creek in the east. Over the years, Boondall has grown from a quiet little community into a busy residential area that is home to almost 10,000 people. Sandgate Road and the Gateway Motorway cut through the suburb, each coming to a standstill during peak hour as traffic flows in and out of the city. This urban pressure has had a noticeable effect on the wildlife of the area, and roadkill is a common sight along the edges of the Gateway Motorway (M1) where it adjoins the Boondall Wetlands. 

Prior to urbanisation, much of the area was farmed or was owned and left as unused land by the Catholic Church. Before this, however, the land belonged to the Turrbal people for many thousands of years. The landscape would have likely been quite similar to what exists in the Boondall Wetlands today, with food aplenty found in the coastal forests and estuaries.

Alongside the wetlands themselves, a number of interesting natural areas still exist in Boondall, explored further below.