I will start by stating that Tyto Wetlands are in the township of Ingham, some 110 km's north of Townsville on the Bruce Highway. The attraction is located in a large architectially impressive building just off Townsville Road, the main highway going into the Ingham CBD and on north towards Cairns.
The building contains a visitor information centre, and an interpretive display of the wetlands to which the centre relates. The wetlands consists of some 4.5 km's of walking trails through restored degraded tropical wetlands. The restoration of this environmentally sensitive area is most impressive, and will appeal to the greenie in all of us.
The outside infrastructure consists of raised walkways, paths, boardwalks, small bridges over ponds, a bird hide for the serious ornithologists amongst us, and a high viewing platform. There are also lovely shaded picnic areas with tables and benchs.
From the moment you enter and are greeted by a magnificent large owl (made of copper), the centre is engaging and the content of the displays is quite interesting. Some of the displays are interactive, including my favourite which allows you to press large keys on a piano keyboard, and each seperate key highlights the bird species and sound made by the bird you are looking at. Allow up to 2 hours to take it all in and have a short stroll outside. You do not have to be a bird lover to enjoy a visit to Tyto.
However, if you are a budding bird watcher, you will love the fact that Tyto is part of the East Asian - Australian flyway and hosts 230 species of birds, including the migratory winged travellers that come from as far afield as the Artic on their annual migrations across the globe and stop over at Tyto to recover before the next leg of their journey in each direction annually.
The centre is predominantly staffed by very friendly and knowledgable volunteers, and being an official visitor information centre, you can also obtain information for your onward travel in far north Queensland.
A final note, there was a very nice cafe on a raised deck at the rear of the centre overlooking the wetlands, with pleasant views and cooling breeze, however it has shut. This is a shame as it was a very pleasant venue to have a coffee break before your onward journey. The centre would most definitely benefit from such a facility re-opening and providing quality refreshments.
Overall assessment - most definitely worth the stop on your travels in the FNQ.
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September 14, 2012
Wow sounds like you really loved our piece of paradise. Thanks so much for your compliments. Will pass on your comments to our fantastic bunch of volunteers
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