What are Mangroves?

Mangroves are plants that live between the low tide and high tide mark (intertidal zone) of sheltered coastline estuaries. Many different kinds of plants, including trees, shrubs, palms and ferns are called mangroves. Thirty-four species of Mangrove occur along the Queensland coast.

The term 'mangroves' is also used to describe an intertidal forest of plants and the community of animals that live there.

This exhibition allows adults and children of all ages to learn all about these incredibly diverse ecosystems that make up such an important part of the North Queensland landscape.

Things to see and do:

  • Explore the large diorama and find the creatures that inhabit the intertidal zone.
  • Understand why mangrove communities are as 'busy as a city'
  • Find out about how mangroves survive just in mud and saltwater 
  • Watch a video about the different types of animals that live in the mangroves
  • Learn about the different species and colours of mangroves
  • Read how the Red Mangrove is a food provider and essential to maintaining life both on land and at sea

Mangroves is located on Level 2 in the Discover Tropical Queensland gallery.