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Tingalpa Creek Reserve

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by Jane Wong (subscribe)
My dogs and I are kind of a package deal. www.instagram.com/eddyandsam
Published October 18th 2016
One of the best places for a bushwalk in Brisbane
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Entrance to Tingalpa Creek Reserve.


Located in Capalaba West, just 17km east of the CBD, Tingalpa Creek Reserve is a haven for nature lovers, especially those who enjoy bushwalking or horse riding. It is also a haven for animal lovers, with the opportunity for the extra lucky to see Australia's native wildlife including koalas and wallabies! Best of all, this reserve allows dogs to accompany their owners, provided that they remain on a leash at all times. It's hard to believe such an untouched area is located so close to the city.

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Beautiful bushwalk.


There are two main areas in which to park, with the first being Sunnydene Road (which is where we parked), or Chadwell Street (where we walked to). It doesn't necessarily matter which one you park at, because the walk from Sunnydene Road to Chadwell Street through bushland only takes approximately 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. Things to consider when deciding which one you want to park at - Sunnydene Road does not have an actual car park, but there are plenty of grassy areas to park, whereas Chadwell Street has multiple parking spots, including disability spots.

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Not sure what this is, but we found this at the entrance to the bushwalk at Sunnydene Street.


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Eddy leaping over the logs!


Regardless of where you park, remember when bushwalking the importance of checking out the map, figuring out which route you are going to take, and be on the lookout for signposts during the walk - there's nothing worse than getting lost when you're here for a leisurely stroll! The walk between Sunnydene Road and Chadwell Street is only 950m, which is very manageable for the average person. The Creek Circuit, starting from near Chadwell Street, is also manageable, at a 2km return hike.

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950m to Chadwell Street Picnic Area.


As with all places, there are some rules that need to be followed, including:
Dogs on leash at all times
Horse riding only on permitted trails
No cycling
No motor vehicles
No camping or fires

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Eddy checking out the rules.


The path from Sunnydene Road takes you through beautiful bushland areas - it is nice and shady, and there are lots of sights you can admire along the way. The paths are generally quite wide, but do be mindful of nature's obstacles that one might expect to find while bushwalking, such as fallen trees and/or branches, spiderwebs, and horse excretion (as there is a horse riding trail here).

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Shame about the graffiti.


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Such a massive tree on the ground!


En route to Chadwell Street Picnic Area, you will pass by a fishing platform that grants amazing scenic views of Tingalpa Creek. For the fishing enthusiasts out there, good news - you can fish here! There's even a fish cleaning station on site, along with a TAngler Bin (where you place unwanted fishing lines) courtesy of Oceanwatch Australia. This is a great idea, as it takes us one step closer to saving our wildlife.

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Amazing views.


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Fish cleaning station, and seats in the shade for you to sit while you wait for the fish to bite!


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Oceanwatch Australia's TAngler Bin.


Continue in the direction of Chadwell Street, and you will soon reach the Chadwell Street Picnic Area. There are plenty of shady gazebos with picnic tables for a rest or a bite to eat, along with an electrical barbecue - being relatively quiet, it's a great place to host a family outing or a children's birthday party. There is also a massive information board containing information on the Bayside Parklands - a green ribbon of parks protecting a variety of connected land and marine habitats.

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Plenty of seating options in the shade.


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Electric barbecue.


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Large information board.


Once you've had a rest and/or a bite to eat, continue ahead to find a ramp, and a resting area that like the fishing platform, provides great views of Tingalpa Creek. In fact, from here, you can see the fishing platform itself!

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Checking out the ramp.


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Can you see the fishing platform in the background?


Eddy and I had such a fun bushwalk - because there weren't many photos published online that we could find, we were unsure of what to expect. Tingalpa Creek Reserve has everything we could have asked for - a viewing platform (that doubles as a fishing platform), water and barbecue facilities, shady areas for a rest, and amazing views. I still can't believe all this could be found so close to the CBD!

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Documenting the lovely time we had.
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Why? Bushwalking with a great view of Tingalpa Creek.
When: Daylight hours
Where: 91 Sunnydene Rd, Chandler QLD 4155
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Very informative & comprehensive article. Thank you.
by Therese B (score: 2|287) 756 days ago
Another nice place for bush walk.
by ycwong (score: 2|512) 755 days ago
Does Eddy keep a diary of all the places he visits? He certainly gets around! Great to see.
by ineke (score: 0|9) 756 days ago
The wooden logs are so horses can enter, but cars/motorbikes etc cannot.
by nerid (score: 0|2) 755 days ago
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