Discovery Centre closed 4 Dec

Closed from 12.30pm on Monday 4 December to allow the installation of a new exhibition. Viewing deck, cafe & picnic grounds open regular hours.

Mangrove forest
Tough mudders 

Mangrove forest

Life in the mangrove forest is governed by the regular salty tides flowing up and down the Maroochy River.

The tides, in turn cover and expose the muddy forest floor. Five species of mangrove are found here. Each has special features to help it survive in the salty and waterlogged soil. Look under the mangroves and you’ll see unusual roots growing out of the mud. The roots help the mangroves to breath. Few plants other than mangroves can live in the tough conditions, but the mangrove forest is full of animal life. Watch quietly and you’ll see many types of crab, bird, snail and fish that feed, breed, grow and rest in the mangrove forest.