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by Cris (subscribe)
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Published April 20th 2021
Urban wetlands with native flora and fauna
The TYTO Wetlands is one of Australia's largest urban wetlands rehabilitation project and residents of Ingham have it situated right at their doorstep.

In 1996, Hinchinbrook Council engaged renowned local wildlife specialist John Young to conduct a wildlife study of the TYTO Wetlands area. Results from the study indicated that the wetlands had a healthy bird population including nine pairs of Eastern Grass Owls.

In August 1997, the TYTO Restoration Project was launched in order to restore and conserve the natural values of this once degraded wetlands.

TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
A bridge over the lagoon. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands is now a protected sanctuary for around 240 species of bird, including far-flung guests from Siberia and Japan, in almost 120 hectares of rehabilitated wetlands.

TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Lagoon with lily pads. Photo by Author.

TYTO wetlands it's also a special community space where artists and educators come together in various forums. There's a library, an amphitheatre and a gallery.

TYTO Wetlands is a carefully preserved natural environment that integrates lagoons, walking tracks and native flora and fauna.

TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Eastern Great Egret. Photo fromhttps://leeshotelingham.com.au/tyto-wetlands/


It is great to walk around the lagoons of the wetlands spotting the wildlife. The best time to spot birds and Agile Wallabies is in the morning and late afternoon.

TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Comb crested jacana. Photo fromhttps://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g499658-d1549001-i48031927-TYTO_Wetlands-Ingham_Queensland.html


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Crimsons finch. Photo fromhttps://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/14349018


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Agile wallabies in TYTO Wetlands. Photo fro tytotony.blogspot.com/2010/01/agile-wallabies-bound-and-abound.html


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
You can choose a short walk or a long walk in the wetlands. The trails are signposted. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
TYTO Wetlands in Ingham. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
A sign with a map of the wetlands. Photo by Author.

"The elusive Grass Owl (Tyto Longimembris) is the only Australian Owl to build its nest on the ground under dense tussocks of long grasses. All other owls nest in the tree hollows or caves. These shy owls may be spotted all year round however they are more commonly seen between February and June at dawn and dusk.

This owl is sometimes confused with the Barn Owl. The main difference between them is the Grass Owl's extremely long legs, hence its common nickname of Daddy Long Legs. " - from the informative sign.

TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
TYTO Wetlands in Ingham. Photo by Author.


The trails in the wetlands range from a casual stroll to a serious nature lover's walk. The wetlands offer the opportunity to get close to nature and spotting wildlife. Along the trails, there are bridges, viewing platforms and picnic spots.

TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
A picnic spot in the wetlands. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Bridge on the trail. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Map of TYTO Wetlands. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Lots of lily pads in the lagoons. Be careful because under the murky waters could be hiding a crocodile. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
Signs warning of crocodiles are everywhere in the wetlands. Photo by Author.


TYTO Wetlands, Ingham, John Young, Conservation, Birds, Eastern Grass Owl, Agile Wallabies, Crocodiles, North Queensland
The entry of the TYTO Wetlands at the end of Cooper Street, Ingham. Photo by Author.


If you are walking on a warm day, make sure to have long sleeves, long trousers and sunscreen. Bring a hat, sunglasses and a bottle of cool water. Stay on the trails all time and stay away from the water edges.

After the walk, you can have refreshments at JK's Deli & Cafe at 78 Lannercost St, Ingham QLD 4850. Or you can have a beer at the Lees Hotel - the Pub with No Beer. These days, the pub is doing anything to have beer all the time. Lees Hotel is at 58 Lannercost St, Ingham QLD 4850.


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Reference

www.queensland.com/sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/p-56b25fbbaeeeaaf773cf2487-tyto-wetlands

www.hinchinbrookway.com.au/experiences/tyto-wetlands-walk

www.hinchinbrookway.com.au/tyto-wetlands-eastern-grass-owl-tyto-longimembris

www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attraction_Review-g499658-d1549001-Reviews-or15-TYTO_Wetlands-Ingham_Queensland.html

www.projectnoah.org/spottings/14349018
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Where: End of Cooper Street, Ingham 4850 Qld
Your Comment
This place looks wonderful. We are so lucky in Australia to have these urban wetlands.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8093) 18 days ago
A very informative and interesting article Cris. The bird life is exceptional. It would be a great place to visit and linger.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2300) 20 days ago
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