Jun 11, 2011

Bicentennial Park

    Badu Mangrove Board-walk and Coastal Saltmarsh

Sydney's Bicentennial Park is just west of Concord West station (about 15Kms from Central station) and is adjacent to Sydney Olympic Park. The Badu Mangrove boardwalk enables people to walk through the largest remaining mangrove ecosystem along the Parramatta River.

A coastal saltmarsh is a salt-tolerant plant community that lives between high and low tide, often behind mangroves.

On our visit, the air had a smoky haze from hazard reduction burning in the Blue Mountains the previous day.

The parklands contain diverse habitats for many plants and animals that are significant locally, nationally and internationally. These include rare saltmarsh communities, breeding populations of insectivorous bats and endangered Green and Gold Bell frogs. Species of migratory birds protected under international treaties also often roost and feed in saltmarsh during their stay in Australia.

Further information about Coastal saltmarshes: pdf download from NSW Dept of Enviroment

Homebush Bay

   The Brickpit Ring Walk

The Ring Walk is within Sydney Olympic Park,  was opened in 2006. It is an elevated circular walkway which allows visitors access to view the former brickpit area without disturbing the habitat of the endangered Green and Golden Bell frogs.

The Ring Walk, is 550 metres in circumference and is 18.5 metres above the floor of the Brickpit.
The original audio has packed it in, but the informative panels around the side are in good condition. They give a history and geology of  the Brickpit and information on the frogs.

My thanks to Jean B. for leading us on this interesting walk


  1. Looks like an amazing place and the Ring Walk -a fabulous way to see the wild-life without being invasive plus learn a lot in the process.
    "Adelaide and Beyond"

  2. I have not done this walk but have done a mangrove walk up in Brisbane and was surprised by the beauty of it.

  3. Marvellous mangroves.