New Year's Day Lunch was spent as a family at Swinging Bridge Park, Cooyar. We enjoyed a picnic lunch at the shaded tables and a walk across the swaying suspension bridge, along with a little bit of birding. Swinging Bridge Park is located in-between Back Creek and Cooyar Creek and is a picturesque little camping and picnic ground. The long suspension bridge is fairly new, being erected in December 1988 after the previous one washed away in the famous Cooyar floods of the same year. Many turtles were seen from the suspension bridge and we are told that there is a good chance of seeing a platypus if one visits at the right time of the day.
The Swinging Bridge Park is part of the Crows Nest Bird Trail and although we only visited for a short time over lunch we saw a good range of birds. The park is also home to some historic farm machinery on the northern side of the bridge and the very sad grave of a little girl named Ethel Tebb who drowned in Back Creek three days after Christmas in 1904 and was then buried at her death site. The grave has been cared for and fenced nicely with information about her tragic drowning displayed. It was a very sad and I found myself saying a prayer for this poor little girl and her grieving family.
Swinging Bridge Park is a hidden gem of Cooyar and could be easily overlooked when driving through. It is definitely worth a stop over to brave the suspension bridge and take in the views of the beautiful creek below.
Bird list from Swinging Bridge Park today:
- Laughing Kookaburra
- Sacred Kingfisher
- Pee Wee
- Australian Magpie
- Toresian Crow
- Willie Wagtail
- Rainbow Lorikeet
- Scaley-breasted Lorikeet
- King Parrot
- Little Friarbird
- Red-browed Finch
- Superb Blue Fairy Wren
- Red Backed Fairy Wren
- Australian Wood Duck
and a few large turtles.
|Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Entrance to Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Views to Cooyar Creek from Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Cooyar Creek, Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Walking across Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Memorial Plaque at Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Superb Blue Fairy Wren at Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Laughing Kookaburra at Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Massive tree hollow (with Dollar birds to the left of the hollow) at Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Lonely grave of little Ethel Tebb at Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Sad little grave of Ethel Tebb at Swinging Bridge Park at Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Toowoomba Chronicle excerpt on the drowning of Ethel Tebb at Back Creek, displayed at Swinging Bridge Park, Cooyar 01/01/2015|
|Some of the historic farming machinery on the Northern Side of Swinging Bridge Park, Cooyar. 01/01/15|