Posted Feb 21, 2017
There is also native Australian wildlife & numerous tropical plant species....
Make this your lunch stop if travelling through, or stop over a night or two and check out some amazing Sugar Cane Country.
Paying homage through its name to the locally found Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto capensis) TYTO Wetlands is a 110 hectare rehabilitated wetland area, home to unique flora and fauna including over 240 species of birds and many Agile Wallabies. With extensive walking tracks, bird hides and viewing platforms, it is a great way to get up close and personal to wildlife with the most rewarding experiences found in the early morning or late afternoon.
Explore on your own or take a tour with our expert guides. Maps, bird lists and local tips are available from the Information and Wetlands Centre to enhance your experience. The fully accredited visitor information centre boasts fun, interpretive and interactive displays. It is your gateway to Hinchinbrook. The TYTO Wetlands are open daily and free to explore. Don’t forget to take water, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and your camera.
Meander along modern architectural walkways that represent the bins vital to the regions mainstay industry sugar cane or connect via casual pathways, bridges over lagoons and through wooded parklands to scale the 11m observation tower for a birds eye view. Watch the many species that inhabit the TYTO main lagoon or view the lay of the land.A great photo opportunity!
Picnic tables are available on the Cooper Street entrance next to the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge. Or take a picnic blanket and utilise the shade of one of the wonderful eucalypt trees throughout the Parklands.
WHAT BIRD IS THAT?
Home to over 240 bird species, TYTO is a bird watchers paradise. Especially for those who have restricted time but wish to observe a wide array of avian fauna. The Jabiru, Golden-headed Cisticola, Crimson Finch and the Comb Crested Jacana are just some of the birds regularly sighted in the TYTO Parklands and the surrounding lagoons. Venture further afield, along one of the walking tracks, into the heart of TYTO Wetlands and discover the Eastern Grass Owl or capture a Darter, perched, drying it’s wings. Nearby bushland, vegetated banks and shallow wetlands provide the perfect habitat for the wide array of birdlife found at TYTO. For a full list of the birds that inhabit the Parklands and the Wetlands please see below.
The most rewarding experiences for wildlife are found in the early morning or late afternoon. Explore on your own or take a tour with our expert guides. Maps, bird lists and local tips are available from the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Lounge to enhance your experience.