Tinchi Tamba Wetlands

Deepwater BendThis wetland lies between Pine River and Bald Hills Creek and is home to more than 200 species of birds. It is an important resting and feeding ground for migratory birds. The park covers roughly 380 hectares and is part of a chain of coastal wetlands.

The vegetation includes mangroves, saltmarshes, tidal wetlands, eucalypt woodlands, grasslands and casuarina forests. The woodlands grow high above the salty marshes and rely on rain and occasional flooding for water. These trees attract many nectar, insect and fruit eating animals.

The estuary is also an important nursery for marine species. The tides flood the mangroves twice daily and create perfect habitats for fish, crabs, molluscs and birds.

Deepwater Bend is incorporated into this park and is still a much loved fishing spot. There are picnic tables, a playground, parking, toilets and barbecue facilities available at Deepwater Bend, as well as a boat ramp, launching pontoon and fishing platforms.

Follow the boardwalk and clear indicators to the Bald Hills Creek bird hide. Large numbers of waders can be seen during the peak migration times from October to March. Chestnut teal, egrets, ibis and herons are seen all year round. A 2.5km track runs through the area. You can also explore the wetlands from your own boat or canoe. Just don’t forget to take the insect repellent along!  More photos.

The beautiful name is derived from the Aboriginal words for mangrove (tinchi) and ibis (tamba).

Location: 19kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD via Wyampa Road, Bald Hills.