Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park
Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park
Baldwin Swamp is an awesome place for kids of all ages to explore. The park consists of a network of bush and concrete walking tracks, boardwalks and bridges in a lush picturesque setting. You will find lots of water birds and other wildlife as you weave your way through the freshwater wetlands and rain forest.
I took 3 reluctant Wide Bay Kids aged 10, 11 and 12 this morning and they had an absolute ball. Before we left home I gave them each a list of 4 things they had to photograph whilst in the park, as well as a secret photo mission they had to achieve.
Each child had to take of photo of:
- a bird
- a flower
- a butterfly
- some litter
I then wrote their secret mission on the bottom of each page and folded it over so it was not visible. They jumped at this challenge and left me for dead in the car park! Here is what we thought of Baldwin Swamp Environment Park:
The Park boasts a range of walking tracks from concrete paths, boardwalks, bush tracks to lush green grassy areas. There are so many tracks to choose from with most interconnecting and crossing the wetlands. All are suitable for bikes and prams with pump up tyres, although there maybe some parts that are a little tough going.
Closed in shoes are a really good idea as well as having some insect repellent on hand. There are 4 main entrances to the Park gained from Princess, George, Totten, Steindl and Scotland Streets. You can view a map of the park and it’s walking tracks here.
The wetland areas within the park intertwine and connect through the use of bridges and boardwalks with the walking tracks. My Wide Bay Kids loved the adventure of seeing where each bridge and boardwalk would lead to next.
The wetlands are filled with bird life. Today we saw, swans, ducks, bats, lots of different birds, butterflies and snap dragons. Out of all the environment parks we have visited in the Bundaberg area this park most definitely has the most visible wildlife.
Shelter Shed and Bush Chapel
The main shelter shed for the park is located at short walk from the Scotland Street entrance. This is a large covered area with picnic tables. The toilets and bbq facilities in this area are not open to the public.
A Bush Chapel is located in a quaint setting not far from the Princess and George Street entrances. We had a great time in this area trying to get photographs of butterflies.
The George and Scotland Street entrances of Baldwin Swamp are shared with Lake Ellen Playground. This large park has equipment catering for children of all ages and abilities and is one of our favourite playgrounds to visit. We especially love going here in the cooler months with friends. This park has 2 main areas, the playgrounds, and bike and scooter tracks. You will find the toilet facilities for Baldwin Swamp Environment Park located here.
Great environment park for kids of all ages. Contains the most visible wildlife of all the parks we have reviewed in the Bundaberg area. Prefect for picnics or just a day of exploring with so many tracks to keep everyone busy. Make sure you pack insect repellent.
Name: Baldwin Swamp Environmental Park
Address: various entrances at Princess, George, Totten, Steindl and Scotland Streets, Bundaberg.
Read our favourite Walking Tracks for kids in the Bundaberg area blog here
To find inspiration for other things to do with kids in Bundaberg head to our Things to do page or check out our What’s on calendar to see a range of local events, festivals and activities that are on right now across our region.