Tyto Wetlands Centre
The Tyto Wetlands information centre is a great place to look at displays of not only the magnificent Tyto wetlands but also the Hinchinbrook Shire. The displays in the information centre are mostly interactive and whether you are a novice or an expert birdwatcher, they're sure to be helpful and entertaining.
One of the grandest displays in the centre is Tyto Towers which is a tall apartment like structure which showcases the diversity of bird nests in individual compartments. These compartments are all displayed at a level where they are usually found in their natural habitat and they are all made up with genuine nests of the birds they describe. The compartments contain a photo of the bird as well as images of its eggs and statistics on the species.
To get children involved with learning about the Tyto Wetlands and birdwatching in general the centre contains an exciting fun, interactive display called 'The Rat Chase.' The game is a race between a cut out rat and owl which are on tracks and individually controlled by wheels.
The animal cut outs move on their tracks through a creative mural as the independent wheels are turned - The faster the wheels are turned the faster the animals move through the field. If the owl moves faster and passes the rat the rat drops down and the owl player wins. If on the other hand the rat wins it escapes the owl behind the grass.
The centre also houses an extensive brochure display and a retail section to help get the wetlands the funds needed to keep maintained.
The brochure display is often the first point of interest for visitors and offers an informative selection of brochures and booklets that provide valuable information about the birds that are commonly seen in the wetlands. For all enquiries call the Hinchinbrook Shire on (07) 4776 4600