Darwin Mangrove Ecosystem

The Darwin Mangrove Ecosystem supports varieties of mangrove trees, birds and crabs and is an important fish breeding habitat. The mangrove boardwalk at East Point provides easy walking access into this special habitat.

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The Darwin Mangrove Ecosystem is made accessable by this walkway.

wooden boardwalks wind over shallow water courses
Wooden boardwalks wind over
shallow water courses...

Mangroves cover a narrow band around much of the Northern Territory coastline.

They are a fascinating, unique ecosystem supporting highly specialised fauna, including many distinctive mangrove birds such as the yellow white-eye, chestnut rail, black butcherbird, mangrove gerygone, mangrove robin, white-breasted whistler, and mangrove golden whistler.

wooden boardwalks wind over shallow water courses
To the aluminium walkway
into the mangroves.

The walk from Lake Alexander takes about 20 minutes, the last section along a raised metal walkway above the muddy mangrove floor.

With tides of up to 8 metres, this walk can be very different at different times.

A short walk along a gravel path which follows the high water beach brings you to the beginning of the metal mangrove boardwalk.

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The metal walkway works its
way through mangroves

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Just above the high tide

This metal bordwalk heads straight out towards the sea through the dense canopy of mangrove trees.

When the tides is high it is only inches above the water for most of it's length. This a crocodile territory, so stick to the safety of the walkway.

High Tide covers the last section of the walkway
High Tide covers the last
section of the walkway..

High Tide covers the last section of the walkway
Low tide presents a very different view.

The walkway slopes gently down out from the shore, so a rising tide will cover the end section first, allowing visitors to return without getting cut off by water.

Information boards along the walk describe the flora and fauna of the area.

The Larrakiah people used the recourses of the mangroves in their traditional lifestyle and were known as 'the water people'.

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Mangroves and madflats viewed from the walkway.

Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park and another elevated walkway at Channel Island all provide access to different parts of Darwins Mangroves.

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