Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
The esplanade at Golden Beach is perfect for walking. On one side of the street, private homes look out over the calm waters of Pumicestone Passage while on the other, the path follows the contours of the sandy beach…
until you come to the mangrove boardwalk.
As the boardwalk winds into the mangrove the houses disappear from view, hidden by a dense forest of trees, vines and undergrowth. Along the way two paths leading to viewing platforms over the channel branch off the main walkway.
The word mangrove refers both to an area of coastal vegetation and also to the particular types of trees which grow there.
Other native plants flourish in the forest too.
The mangrove is home to animals as well as plants. Golden Orb spiders build large communal webs, filling in the gaps between the trees.
When they feel the vibrations of footsteps on the boardwalk, small crabs suddenly stop their sideways scuttling. Once still, they’re hard to distinguish from the pebbles embedded in the sand.
At high tide the ocean reaches almost to the road, covering much of the vegetation on the ground. But when the tide is low and the water has receded, the true beauty of the mangrove is revealed.
Joining Jo for Monday Walks