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Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published August 29th 2020
Stunning walk highlighting Tin Can Bay's birds and wildlife
Stunning Tin Can Bay in South East Queensland sits surrounded by tidal estuaries that are protected by the southern tip of World Heritage K'Gari / Fraser Island.

Stunning Tin Can Bay is home to this fabulous Foreshore Bird Walk
Stunning Tin Can Bay is home to this fabulous Foreshore Bird Walk


With its reputation for excellent bird watching, Tin Can Bay's foreshore hosts the 4Km "Foreshore Bird Walk" that includes signs indicating the species you are likely to see at particular points along the way. A checklist is also available online here for anyone who would like to tick off the species they see.


Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk's species list and map provided by Birding Cooloola
Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk's species list and map provided by Birding Cooloola


Running from Norman Point to the end of Toolara Rd, the Foreshore Bird Walk runs between lawns and beneath shade trees just above the intertidal zone, making it a pleasure for keen and casual bird watchers, as well as for families out for a leisurely stroll or bike ride.

The Foreshore Bird Walk is flat, paved, and a pleasure to explore
The Foreshore Bird Walk is flat, paved, and a pleasure to explore


There are public toilet facilities at each end, and Norman Point has a superb park with a playground, picnic, and BBQ facilities. There are also numerous picnic shelters with water fountains installed along the way.

Excellent facilities are installed along the entire walk, as well as at either end
Excellent facilities are installed along the entire walk, as well as at either end


At high tide, the water comes right up close to the lawn running along the pathway, while at low tide the extensive mudflats become home to many feeding waders and sea birds. This area is a Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance site that is a crucial feeding site for many Arctic breeding waders before they begin their return flight home.

The mudflats, so important to many migratory birds, are exposed at low tide
The mudflats, so important to many migratory birds, are exposed at low tide


Looking up, visitors are likely to see white bellied sea eagles, brahminy kites, whistling kites, and ospreys as they soar along the thermals in search of their next meal.

Don't forget to look up!
Don't forget to look up! Brahminy kite scouring the estuary for its next meal


Other wildlife that can be viewed around the estuary includes koalas and rare Australian humpback dolphins.

Rare Australian humpback dolphins play along estuary at high tide
Rare Australian humpback dolphins can be seen playing along the edge of the estuary at high tide


The Tin Can Bay Foreshore Walk, with its stunning wildlife and excellent facilities, is well-signposted and free. Visitors are asked to please keep their dogs on the leash to protect the resident birds and wildlife.

Look out for the excellent interpretive signs along the way
Look out for the excellent interpretive signs installed along the way


Things to bring to the Foreshore Bird Walk include:

A pair of binoculars and / or a camera with a telephoto lens
Sunscreen and SunSmart clothing and hat
Insect repellent, especially in summer and at low tide

Make sure to add the Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk to any holiday in this area
Be sure to add the superb Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk to any holiday in this area
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Why? A beautiful walkway that highlights the bird and wildlife of beautiful Tin Can Bay
When: Anytime
Phone: 0478 039 322
Where: Tin Can Bay
Cost: Free
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I love this fishing village.
by May Cross (score: 3|7151) 26 days ago
I've never heard of a humpback dolphin before - would be great to see one in the wild.
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