Album 3. Along the Foreshore Walkway.

One of Tin Can Bay's many attributes, is that it is reasonably flat and excellent for those seeking a quiet stroll, cycle ride or a "slow" jog; and what better place to do this than along the pristine foreshore, only interrupted now and then by peaceful views across Tin Can Inlet.
The Kate Kelly (concrete) Walkway meanders its way along the foreshore between the Norman Point area to Crab Creek - about 4 klms and is part of the entire walkway circuit that skirts the township. it's great to see locals and visitors making good use of it. We only ask, that if you are walking your dog, please, for obvious reasons, keep it on the leash and pick up after it, thank you; as it is an area well used by, not only birds and wildlife, but also families picnicking and children playing in the area.

This sign can be found within the area of the children's playground, public barbecues and amenities block, by the foreshore walkway.

The foreshore walkway begins close to the Norman Point area, opposite the Ace Caravan Park. It's a great spot for having a daydream or simply sitting and contemplating the view over a lovely snack of hot fish and chips; bought from the take away shop across the road.

Just a little diversion....
The following two shots are of the SE end of Norman Point.
Looking NW toward the Yacht Club and boat ramp.

Looking South toward Crab Creek.

So, as we head off on our walk and progress in a southerly direction, for a different perspective, some of the views may include looking back along the way we came. As you stroll, you will pass many parks and areas named after prominent past members of the community. I will try to add a short story or two about these early Tin Can Bay people and what it was they were so well known for. Let's enjoy the stroll....

Looking back....

Tin Can Bay is a beautiful spot and the entire coastal region is part of the vast Coastal Wallum area of SE Queensland Characterised by flora-rich shrubland and heathland and there is much evidence of this as you venture away from the town proper or as you drive along the road to Rainbow Beach. Along our foreshore walkway you may even notice some evidence of this in the remaining vegetation; in particular, Coastal Banksia, Melaleuca, Wallum Bottlebrush, tall Eucalypts, etc., as well as many various indigenous wildflowers. 

Looking back....great views from up here. One of the few high spots of TCB

In the words of local historian, Shirley Wilson, "In those days, Kate Kelly gained her notoriety mainly from the fact that she was the wife of the then local councillor, whose name just happened to be "Ned". But she was indeed a lady first and foremost and always dressed with style (Victorian of course) and performed her duties as councillor's wife with absolute dignity. 
Ned was an inspiration who believed in a strong future for our Coastal area but had to fight with the bureaucracy for everything, while representing the Widgee Shire Council. He was also the instigator of Cooloola Village (now Cooloola Cove). But Kate was The Woman behind the Man.
The Cooloola Community Complex was also one of the many Coastal projects Ned was responsible for bringing to fruition".

Just before we reach the Skate Park, opposite the town Library, you will come across a little adult playground for some serious or gentle workouts.

The Skate Park

Playground and public Barbecues. Beyond the playground and public barbecue area there is also an amenities block and information area. 
In the background of this photo is the RSL Hall and Public Library.

 The bridge you see here we will call bridge number 1.

A little further on past bridge number 1 is the William Dodt Park. William and his wife Dinah were pioneering settlers of the area in the early 1920s. He ran a butchery in Mary Street, Gympie and the slaughter yards at Jones Hill.
Along with other businessmen in Gympie, he held a meeting to build a better road from Coondoo Creek into the Bay, which was inaccessible for most people at the time.

Between 1918 and 1920 William and Dinah purchased a block of land on Snapper Creek at a time when land costs ranged from 5 to 10 pounds.
They retired to the Bay in the late 1920s and had great visions for the little fishing village. He welcomed day-trippers and fishermen alike who called on him for a good fishing spot and other local knowledge. Some would ask for a billycan of boiling water to make a cuppa on the beach in front of his house.
Mr Dodt also built a shelter shed for day-trippers near where the swimming baths are today. The shed, commonly known as Norman Point, has now been re-built and if William only knew the number of people who visit the Bay today and enjoy the view from this shelter.

Bridge number 2.

From here there is another 8 bridges to Crab Creek

Looking back

Looking back again....

We are now entering the area known as the Foreshore Bird Walk, where Council has erected little notices with photos and a description of the birds you are likely to see along the way. There are also notices to some of the Flora in the area.

Bridge number 3 in the distance...

Bridge 3....

Looking back....

Looking back....

The tree lined view is interrupted only by the equally pleasant scenes of the shoreline. Here's a nice little picnic spot and a safe beach for the kids.

Look around you at this point and see if you can find the laughing Cypress.

Bridge number 4. Nola Bale bridge was named after a very well known local identity who did much for her community. One of her claims to fame is the building of Cathy House for the local Lions Club, it was built in honour of her daughter who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and sadly passed away at age 17. Cathy House is an accommodation and conference centre visible from the walkway in Toolara Road, just past bridge number 3. 

As we walk on....

....Looking back

We pass tall Gums....

and Cabbage Tree Palms

A good picnic spot

Looking back....

Flowering Cabbage Tree Palm

The Twin bridges. During peak tides these bridges flood over.

Looking back

Looking back...This very old Eucalypt could tell some stories. There are even orchids growing from its upper limbs.

 Bridge number 7. 

Can you locate this tree after bridge number 7 ?

Bridge number 8

Looking back....Note that the Cabbage Tree Palms are flowering? Must be early Spring!

Bridge number 9

 Crab Creek - End of the line. There is also a cafe here for a coffee break; also sheltered picnic areas as well as more public barbecues

From whence you started near Norman Point, if you were to follow the walkway around the western side of town, it would take you via the Wild-flower Walk. This is an area that has been deliberately and purposely left, where Naturalists and other interested groups can view and photograph many of the indigenous flowering shrubs and plant species that naturally occur in the area. Please see "ALBUM 7" for local wild-flower images. 

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