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Tinchi Tamba Wetlands on the Pine River

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan www.dihill.com.au
Published December 29th 2015
A Great Place for School Holiday Activities
It was over 30 years since my last visit to the Tinchi Tamba Wetlands on the Pine River and so much has changed. I recall rocks along the edge of the river and very few facilities, but now it is a special place just north of Bracken Ridge with great facilities for visitors.
Tinchi Tampa Wetlands, History
History Board at Tinchi Tampa


It does seem to be a secret destination, as I could see no sign posts, though there may be on Bracken Ridge Road. I came from the M1, took the Bracken Ridge turnoff at Hoyland St and turned left into Kluver St. Kluver Rd takes you parallel to the M1 for a while and then one turns right and continues over the motorway and through wetlands to the Tinchi Tamba Wetlands park.

Boat Ramp, Pine River
Boat Ramp on Pine River


There are plenty of parking spots and large areas of lawn adjacent to the river, and plenty of spots to throw a fishing line, or drop a crab pot or two.

bushland, wetlands
Bush at Tinchi Tamba


There are huge lawned areas with several covered picnic table areas, BBQs, children's playground equipment and handy to toilet facilities. There were many families fishing, and further along at the boat ramp there were boats and jetboats coming and going and folk trying their hand at fishing nearby. It looks to be a great place for family outings.

Tinchi Tampa, Pine River, fishing
Fishing Platform


There are several walking tracks and a bird hide which are listed on the map of the Wetlands, that you can download here.

Tinchi Tampa, Picnic
Lawns, picnic areas, BBQ's


There are several walking tracks and all details are on the map. One of the walks is a 3 kilometre walk which passes through mangroves and saltmarshes. There is plenty to see and if you are lucky you might see shorebirds. There is a warning to check the tides before you go so possibly low tide is the best to travel safely on the tracks, however, the map suggests walking at high tide to see the waders roosting. Check the maps to see which walking tracks are safe for wheelchairs. The map also suggests that you do not do the walks alone.

M1, Pine River
M1 Traffic over Pine River


Next time I go, I will be prepared to do the longer walks. It's free and is a great place to take a picnic lunch or BBQ to keep the family busy during the school holidays.
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