North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

North Coast
Regional Botanic

Paperbark Boardwalk

Members of the melaleuca genus of plants can grow under a range of conditions, and many tolerate wet or saline conditions. Several are known as 'paperbarks' due to the very thin layers of paper-like bark.

In June 1984 the Coffs Harbour Rotary Club constructed a boardwalk through a forest of paperbarks near the rainforest, a beautiful quiet section of the Garden.

The broad-leaved paperbarks (Melaleuca quinquenervia) are salt tolerant, and also occur along the creek bank where fresh water seeps into the creek. They were important trees for Indigenous Australians. Lizards and birds abound, and there is plenty to see for the visitor who stays quietly on the boardwalk, including the occasional red-bellied black snake or even a carpet python.