Boondall Wetlands

""Boondall Wetlands are located on the edge of Moreton Bay between Nudgee Beach, Boondall and Shorncliffe. They:

  • include more than 1,000 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes, melaleuca wetlands, grasslands, open forests and woodlands
  • have a diversity of wildlife, including flying foxes, possums, squirrel gliders, frogs, reptiles and butterflies
  • have an amazing variety of birdlife, including black-shouldered and brahminy kites, Australian kestrels, whimbrels, sandpipers, kingfishers and rainbow bee-eaters

History and environmental significance

Indigenous Australians used to have campsites and ceremonial grounds at Boondall Wetlands and still have strong links to this land.

In 1863, the Catholic Church:

  • acquired 3,000 acres of 'Nudgee lands'
  • cut timber, grew small crops and grazed cattle

Brisbane City Council:

  • acquired the land in the 1960s
  • planned for wetlands to be developed in the 1970s and 1980s
  • created the Boondall Wetlands Reserve in 1990 after public concern

The Boondall Wetlands have ties with the Yatsu-Higata Tidelands of Japan as part of the Narashino Agreement. Large numbers of international migratory shorebirds travel between the City of Narashino, Japan and Moreton Bay each year. They reside in Boondall Wetlands between September and March each year.

Threats to wetlands

Wetlands across the world are under threat from human activities including:

  • increasing human population pressure
  • increased demand for resources and land, particularly in coastal areas
  • pollution and illegal dumping of waste

Since European arrival approximately 50% of Australia's original wetlands have been cleared.

The healthy and natural balance of the wetlands are disturbed by:

  • exotic weeds and feral animals in the area
  • frequent fires that rarely burn naturally, providing favourable growing conditions for many weeds
  • unsustainable recreational activities such as over-fishing 

More information

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