An inviting wetlands park – which even many locals may not be aware of, running right in between Sippy Downs and Brightwater – provides the perfect place to view coastal plants and animals.
Suitable for walkers and runners, especially bird and nature lovers. Dogs are not permitted.
There are four trails through the park, though note – none take you to the Mooloolah River.
The mapped 5 km route follows three trails: Boronia, Aemula (banksia) and Littoralis (she-oak) Trails. This is a half out and back and half circuit loop with interesting glimpses toward the coast and the river wetlands.
This trail is an excellent example of the wet heath coastal habitat. During flower season it is a walk not to be missed. You’ll get to see yellow banksia flowers and bush peas and if you are super observant well-camouflaged rainbow bee-eaters with intense green orange and black features. You should also get to see and smell the fragrant boronia shrub.
There is a fifth trail (Trail 5) (accessible close to the Motorway) that is a sealed path suitable for recreational cyclists, wheelchairs and prams that follows the northern boundary. This sealed trail is the only one of the trails that provides cycle access in this national park.
This park is best visited early morning or late afternoon when wildlife is most active.
Head to Brightwater where there is a great hotel plus wonderful parks (BBQ areas) and pathways around the canals.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the Sunshine Coast University exit off the Sunshine Coast motorway. Coming from the M1, the overpass (Dixon Road) will take you directly onto Claymore Road. Coming from the Coast after you exit, turn left into Sippy Downs Drive and left again at the roundabout and at the T Junction turn right into Claymore Road. Follow this road until after the parkland on your left, take the first turn on your left, which is a continuation of Claymore Road. The walk starts at the end of the bitumen road where there is park signage.
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