Explore TYTO Precinct!
Posted on 30th March 2021
Let us take you on a journey of the TYTO Precinct, where there is an offering for the birdwatcher, art lover, history buff, fitness fanatic or a family looking to reconnect with nature.
Start your journey at the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre. The imposing copper sculpture of the Tyto Owl at the entrance catches your eye immediately. This fully accredited Information Centre is your one stop shop for travel information, brochures and maps. Staffed by friendly and knowledgeable locals, pop in and let the team help you to experience the stunning Hinchinbrook region. Enjoy the unique, fun and educational displays promoting the TYTO Wetlands.
A short walk from the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre are sheltered picnic tables, where you can take in the beauty of the TYTO Parklands. This delightful spot is the perfect place to take time out from your hectic schedule, catch up with friends or just relax in the natural surrounds.
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 TYTO Parklands to scale the 11-metre observation tower for a birds eye view. For the young or young at heart, grab some turtle feed from the TYTO Regional Art Gallery Gift Shop or the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre. The ever-hungry turtles will see you coming and rush in from all directions for a feed.
For the history buff, old farming implements which form the self-guided sugar track tour are located below the elevated walkway. Alternatively, you can take a step back in time and visit the Kennedy Regiment Collection, the collection is a display of World War I memorabilia located in the Hinchinbrook Shire Library.
On your way out of the Library, head across to the TYTO Regional Art Gallery, where you take in the creative talent of the locals. Make a point to get onto the mailing list to be invited to upcoming exhibition openings, where you can enjoy a beverage and mingle with the Hinchinbrook community.
The TYTO Wetlands is a 110 hectare rehabilitated wetland area, home to unique flora and fauna including over 240 species of birds. In the early hours of the day, many Agile Wallabies’ faces peer above the grasslands – a great photo opportunity for our visitors.
This self-guided walk commences at the end of Cooper St, past the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre. It is recommended that you collect birdwatching maps and brochures at the Hinchinbrook Visitor Information Centre before embarking on your birdwatching adventure. Don’t forget to bring insect repellent, hat, sunscreen, and a camera!
Do beware of the resident crocodile, he can often be spotted sunbaking in the early hours on a small island bank. Don’t be alarmed, there is a bridge to cross the cool waters. The walking tracks are well maintained with signage to guide you on your journey.
For those on a time budget, a quick stroll to the first lagoon lookout captures the essence of the TYTO Wetlands and an almost guaranteed sighting of select sample of birds including Jacana, Darter, Crimson Finch and Kingfisher on the way. If time permits, continue to the second bird hide and beyond where there is a good chance to spot the Rainbow Bee-eater and maybe a Fairy Wren and Jabiru.
If you are a fitness fanatic, a parkrun is scheduled every Saturday morning at 7.00am (weather permitting) around the TYTO Wetlands. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with nature along the way.
For more information on the TYTO Parklands or TYTO Wetlands please visit www.hinchinbrookway/tyto-wetlands-and-parklands