Bayside Parklands

The Bayside Parklands is made up of a 16 kilometre stretch of parks located at Wynnum North, the foreshores at Wynnum, Manly and Lota, and bushlands along Tingalpa and Lota Creeks. The parklands consists of over 500 hectares of bushland, waterways and wetlands.

The parklands include mangroves, mudflats, tidal creeks, melaleuca wetlands, salt marshes and wallum and open eucalypt forest. The foreshores of the parklands adjoin Moreton Bay Marine Park which is listed as a Wetland of International Importance.

Visitors to the parklands can enjoy walks through the mangroves along the boardwalks, bushwalking, cycling and picnicking.

Things to do

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Special features

Mangrove boardwalks

Two boardwalks provide opportunities for ideal viewing of mangrove habitat. The Wynnum Mangrove Boardwalk links to a birdhide overlooking tidal saltmarshes and the Lota Creek Boardwalk links to bushwalking tracks in the reserves on the southern side of the creek.

Diverse recreational opportunities

Bayside’s many parks have something for everyone including bushwalking, birdwatching, swimming, fishing, cycling, boating and open spaces for sport and games. Whyte Island Boat Ramp and the boat ramps at Wynnum Creek, Manly and Lota are great for water-based activities such as boating and fishing. There are plenty of great locations to picnic along the Wynnum, Manly and Lota Foreshores.

Track map

Read information about walks along the Bayside Parklands track or download a copy of the map.

Flora and fauna

Bayside Parklands includes tidal wetlands, intertidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrass areas. The major natural values in the area are the mangrove areas and the paperbark-eucalypt woodland remnants in the Tingalpa Creek corridor. The southern area of Bayside Parklands contains open dry eucalypt forest. Melaleuca wetlands and freshwater lagoons lie behind the creeks.

Bayside Parklands includes tidal wetlands, intertidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes and seagrass areas. The major natural values in the area are the mangrove areas and the paperbark-eucalypt woodland remnants in the Tingalpa Creek corridor. The southern area of Bayside Parklands contains open dry eucalypt forest. Melaleuca wetlands and freshwater lagoons lie behind the creeks.

Migratory shorebirds feed on the food-rich mud flats and roost in the saltmarshes and mangroves along the shore. Each spring they fly to Moreton Bay from countries such as Siberia, China, Japan, Mongolia and Alaska. The bay is also an important refuge for the vulnerable dugong and green and loggerhead turtles that are threatened species worldwide.

Other animals you can see include:

  • birds of prey such as ospreys and brahminy kites
  • yellow robins and rufous whistlers
  • pelicans at Wynnum Creek and Manly Boat Harbour
  • kingfishers and many other birds in the mangroves at Elanora Park and Lota Creek
  • lace monitors

Photo gallery

View the Bayside Parklands photo gallery as a slideshow, or view the photos individually as part of Council's Flickr account.

History

Before European settlement, the Winnam Aboriginal people hunted and fished along this part of the coast. Their name, and the name of the suburb Wynnum, is derived from winnam, the pandanus palm that grew along the foreshore. The first European settlers in the area were timber cutters, sugar cane farmers and pastoralists. A fishing industry was based at Wynnum. In the 1930s, the mudflats along the foreshore were reclaimed for parkland and the Wynnum Wading Pool was built.

The tidal wetlands of Moreton Bay have vital local and international conservation significance. Moreton Bay is a marine park and is listed as a Wetland of International Importance.