28 Feb, 2018

Discover hidden gems in Redlands reserves


The wondrous diversity of the Redlands is ripe for exploration. Whether you’re out for a short walk in nature, or a more adventurous day trip, the region boasts large tracts of bushland and islands with distinctive places that are relatively unknown. In this article, we share some of the Redland region’s diverse, unique and rewarding reserves.

Point Halloran Reserve A little-known coastal gem of Victoria Point. A lovely, easy loop track will take you through woodland often hiding koalas and a diversity of birds. The walk’s reward is a fantastic view of mud flats and mangroves which can feature some interesting birds around high tide. There is also a good playground and footpath in the adjacent parkland for the kids.

Days Road Conservation Area This Redland Bay reserve has it all. This large tract of bushland offers longer bush walks through the site, including some challenging hill sections if you choose.

As part of the track network, you can challenge yourself further and enjoy a ride through one of the many mountain bike tracks.

Extraordinary wildflowers grow among the tall gum trees, particularly in spring. Many rare animals also call this area home, so keep your eyes and ears open.

Whistling Kite Wetlands This great unvisited reserve is a little-known natural secret on Russell Island. At the heart of the reserve is a magical lake, surrounded by beautiful plants and wildflowers.

Don’t forget to take your camera and keep your ears open too, as you may hear the call of the rare wallum froglet. The tracks have some areas overlooking the water and even educational signage, pointing out some unique features.

Black Swamp Wetlands An urban reserve that’s well-known for its colony of flying-foxes. Centrally located in Cleveland, the best time to visit this reserve is in the late afternoon.

Walk the boardwalk, read the educational signage and observe the variety of birds frolicking amongst the plants right before watching the spectacular fly-out of the flying-foxes as they venture out to feed for the night. You may even see a koala in the gum trees around the edges.

Happy exploring!

Adapted from an article by Boyd Essex in the IndigiScapes newsletter, with permission.

If you happen to live on the Sunshine Coast (or are visiting), check out Pathways, Tracks and Trails on the Sunshine Coast Council website for a comprehensive guide to Coastal Pathways, recreation trails and reserves. Here, you can also download a Guide to walking tracks on the Sunshine Coast.

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