Council uncovers a hidden gem in Bli Bli
  • Monday 11 August 2014
Maroochy Wetlands boardwalk

There’s a secret in Bli Bli—a place where life thrives in the most extreme conditions, a sanctuary of forests and woodland where birdsong fills the air and now it’s easier to explore for everybody.

On Saturday, (August 9) Council officially opened a refurbished boardwalk, suitable for prams and wheelchairs, which marks the final stage in the million dollar, Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary access upgrade project.

The three year project includes new car parking, retaining walls, landscaping, signage, seating, revegetation works, 180m of concrete paths and more than 550m of boardwalk.

Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson said this significant project recognised the recreational and educational potential of this Sanctuary.

“The Wetland’s Sanctuary at Bli Bli is an environmental haven providing over 900m of discovery through forests, woodlands, marshes and mangroves which are only accessible via a network of paths and boardwalks,” Cr Robinson said.

“The new two metre wide boardwalk is suitable for wheelchairs, prams, school groups and features a unique pier system and composite fibre decking and sub-frame that will last longer and cost less to maintain.

“This replaces the old, narrow timber boardwalk, which has been progressively upgraded since 2011.

"But while we’ve upgraded the materials and increased the size, the ‘feel’ of the old boardwalk is still there, with the new boardwalk meandering through the trees.”

The Wetlands Sanctuary is managed by Council in partnership with Education Queensland and the Maroochy Wetlands Support Group Inc., a community volunteer group.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of signed walks through the Sanctuary from 40m – 950m, a crab viewing platform and birdhide, plus the historic canecutter's barracks that features wetland displays, open Monday to Friday and Sundays. The Maroochy Wetlands Support Group also conducts educational walks and activities on request.

The best time to visit is May to October as the Wetlands Sanctuary is a mosquito habitat.

The wetlands are accessed by the new boardwalk that leads from the Bilai Environmental Education Centre or from the landing jetty on the Maroochy River.

You’ll find the Sanctuary on Sports Road, Bli Bli, at the end of the gravel section on the right. No domestic animals are permitted in the Sanctuary.