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Airport Mangrove Boardwalk
Two easy walks over boardwalk though the mangroves just near the airport. Perfect activity for biding your time waiting to pick up people from the airport - or anytime you want to learn more about the mangroves surrounding Cairns. The Jack Barnes Bicentennial Mangrove Boardwalk was the Cairns Bicentennial Community Committee's official project for 1988.
Walks each take about 35 minutes and have been signposted with relevant information to alert people to the unique characteristics of the mangrove ecosystem. The walks are extremely easy and suitable for kids although you may need to keep a close eye on kids tempted to jump off the boardwalk. A casual mention of crocodiles in the area may or may not dissuade them! The information signs are great for kids interested in plants, my 4 year old found it quite interesting. The main thing to be aware of here is the mosquitos! With mangroves come mozzies, so bring repellant or suffer the consequences. Despite potential mosquitoes, well worth a visit.
Named after a past expert on the region's Box Jelly Fish, Dr Jack Barnes, the boardwalk is a lasting contribution to Australia's Bicentenary and is a fine education resource for the city of Cairns.
Location: Situated off Airport Avenue, Aeroglen - adjacent to Swampy Creek
Mangrove Walks: Weaving through 11 easily identifiable mangrove species, the boardwalk follows two routes:
Northern Route - to Middle Creek is a 700m loop.
Southern Route - to Swampy Creek covers a distance of 600m.
Wheelchair access has been provided.
Vehicle parking available on site.
No bicycles or dogs allowed on boardwalk.
No fishing from boardwalk.
Where: Airport Ave (view map)
When: Open 365 days a year
Website: (visit website)
Author: From Website and SK
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