- Access to Schuster Park can be made via the foot bridge on Nineteenth Ave and Saffron Street, Elanora (near the roundabout) .
- Heather Street, Tallebudgera, Tallebudgera Creek Road.
It’s a wonderful location for walking and running.
Check this link out for an interactive map.
Children will love the pathways; you can wear them out by bringing along their bikes and scooters, although the cooler months would be best for the little ones.
This is how I would describe this park?
Think of sweeping green lawns, stately gums, wide open spaces where your dog can run like the wind. Boat access to the upper reaches of Tallebudgera Creek with secluded fishing spots and prolific birdlife, where you can observe and photograph knowing that you are unlikely to be disturbed.
Massive dead tree trunks dot the park some rising high up into the blue sky; others are boxed in by healthy majestic gums.
These remaining trees are testament to what this area resembled before the ‘timber getters’ arrived over 150 years ago.
This best describes Schuster Park.
There are two distinct wetland areas, one away from the creek that seems to be land locked which is alive with insects and fogs and wild ducks.
A small bridge crossing, fords two sections of the park; this is part of the off leash dog exercise area.
During the warmer months you will definitely need to wear insect repellent here, or you will get eaten alive.
For those that like taking photos of birds this is without doubt a location to be put on your list.
It’s got a rustic rawness that will appeal to some, although the appearance of the natural waterhole or swamp will change with the season.
There are lifeless blue grey trees, sitting in the murky waters that give it an eerie feel, but it all adds to the uniqueness of this Gold Coast Park.
Sadly some will only see a mosquito ridden swamp.
If you follow the pathway from the bridge on Nineteenth Avenue you will eventually reached Tallebudgera Creek again for the second time, in Rotary Park where there are barbeques and a picnic area next to the creek, along with a little sandy beach.
If you have a small canoe or boat you could spend a lovely day exploring the estuaries of Tallebudgera Creek. Access is also available via Heather Street, Tallebudgera Creek Road.
This is the best option if you a going to enjoy a picnic in the park, otherwise you will have to carry all your paraphernalia on foot.
Bush walking trail
It’s now time to go bush…
The course of the creek forms an island with only a small strip of land which is dry on the southern corner allowing access; through a steel gate.
Not everyone will like this walk, during the warmer months you will have to wear insect repellent. On the right are the clear pristine waters of Tallebudgera Creek with homes on Nineteenth Avenue, Elanora and on your left are the Mangroves, bubbling with life and did I mention be cautious of snakes.
This is definitely one of those areas to watch for snakes.
The walking track is more like a dirt road, and skirts the perimeter of this land mass.
Every now and then are views of the creek, the southern side is fringed by She Oaks with centimetres of leaves crunching under foot.
From the northern side you are looking straight at Elanora Wetlands, another walking track through the mangroves.
Don’t try it all you will end up in the mangroves, like I did and may encounter a snake a Diamond Back Python wrapped around a tree.
What should you do if bitten by a snake?
This is what happened when I wandered off the trail.
The trail ends abruptly so turnaround and go back and follow the track around and retrace your steps back to the steel gate stay safe.
First aid for snake bites (This is taken from the Department of Environment website)
If you are unlucky enough to be bitten, here is what you should and should not do.
Assume ALL snakes are venomous, and take the following action:
- Do not panic. Try to remain calm, lie down and immobilise the bitten area. It is unlikely that the bite will be life-threatening.
- Apply a bandage but do not block circulation. Take a broad bandage and bind along the limb starting at the bite area, at the same pressure as for a sprain.
- Then bandage down the limb and continue back up the entire limb over and above the bite area. This will help prevent the spread of the venom through the body. Do not remove the bandage. It is often easier to go over the top of clothing such as jeans rather than remove clothing. In an emergency, strips of clothing or pantyhose can be used instead of a bandage.
- Immobilise the limb with a splint. Lie down and keep the limb completely still until help arrives. Do not elevate the limb or attempt to walk or run. Movement will encourage the spread of the venom through the body.
- Do not attempt to catch the snake. All too often, the snake will bite again if an attempt is made to catch it. Identification of the snake species can be obtained through samples of the patient’s blood or urine, and from venom around the bite area. If the species of snake still remains uncertain, a poly-antivenene may be used, which is suitable for treatment of all venomous snake bites.
- Do not wash the wound. Venom left on the skin will help doctors identify the snake and administer the appropriate antivenene .
- Do not cut the wound. This will spread the venom into the bloodstream and can cause more serious injuries than the snake bite itself.
Seek medical help. An antivenene may be required… read more at this link
Take care on your next walk….