I’ve driven passed this tourist sign so many times and never gone in to have a look, so we decided to go check it out to occupy our Sunday morning.
The park is catered well with tables and seating, electric BBQs, and a toilet block. New covered tables were ready to be built, with some already done.
A partially covered platform is on the edge of the river where you can fish from, and fish cleaning tables are along there for when you get your big catch. There are plenty of spots to fish from along the river. We didn’t fish ourselves, but others fishing caught a couple while we watched.
If you prefer to fish from a boat, a boat ramp is further along the river. Canoeing or kayaking is catered for with canoe trails along North Pine River, starting from the boat ramp, a 4km Island Trail, and a 9km Eagle Trail. There is additional parking area near the boat ramp.
Trail walks starting next to the boat ramp, take you through the mangroves, tidal wetlands and bushland with eucalypt and paperbark trees. The Island Circuit Track is a 3km loop, some parts are walking along the ground and other parts on elevated wooden boardwalks. Information panels along the way give hints on what plants and wildlife to look out for.
Daniel (8-year-old son) spotted an osprey, hunting along the shores of the North Pine River, and later hovering in the wind above us. The last time we went to Osprey House we didn’t see ospreys, and here we saw one twice. Jack and Daniel stopped to look at the crabs crawling around the mangrove mud in the low tide.
The second walk is 1km return walk, called the Birdhide Track. At the end of the track? Yep, a bird hide, for viewing wading birds across the river. The bird hide has information panels showing the types of birds to look for.
As usual, it is best to carry water for the walks, and wear sunscreen. We didn’t have a problem with mozzies, but I can imagine they could be bad, especially early morning or late afternoon, so insect spray may be handy as well.
The parkland caters for wheelchair accessibility. The walks may be more challenging, depending on experience. Some of the boardwalk is easy going, though some of the ground has spaced outboards directly on the ground (presumably to help with muddy areas when it is wet), and these were at times annoying to walk on.
To get there:
Heading north along the Gateway Motorway, get into the left of the two lanes towards Redcliffe, and take the first exit immediately at the start of the Deagon Deviation onto Bracken Ridge Rd. Go straight through the roundabout, and continue for 2.1kms. Turn right at the lights into Bracken Ridge Rd with the brown sign ‘Tinchi Tamba Wetlands’. Follow Bracken Ridge Rd to the end, and turn right into Kluver St. Kluber St turns into Wyampa Rd on a bend to the right. From the bend, it is 1.8kms to the entry of Tinchi Tamba Wetlands on the left.
Heading north along Gympie Arterial Rd, take the Strathpine Rd exit, and turn right, which becomes Hoyland St. If heading south, take the Strathpine Rd exit, and turn left into Hoyland St. Once on Hoyland St, continue 1.4kms then turn left into Bracken Ridge Rd. Follow Bracken Ridge Rd to the end, and turn right into Kluver St. Kluber St turns into Wyampa Rd on a bend to the right. From the bend, it is 1.8kms to the entry of Tinchi Tamba Wetlands on the left.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes, see notes above
Pets: Yes, dogs on leash