Information for those considering visiting Bowra

AWC has advised that, subject to the controls around Covid19, Bowra will be partially opened in 2021 - however conditions may be subject to change later. Please refer to the Birds Queensland or the AWC Bowra website for further updates prior to visiting.

Bowra Wildlife Sanctuary, just West of Cunnamulla, is a former pastoral property that is owned and managed by Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC). Volunteers from Birds Queensland assist with the visitor accommodation and coordinate the bird-related activities on the site.

Bowra has a long reputation as a reliable birding site with a bird list of over two hundred species, although some of those are very infrequent visitors. Bourke’s Parrot and Hall’s Babbler are resident species. A bird list is available at the property.

Bowra Sanctuary is open to bird-watching visitors from May to October during 2021.

Directions: It is about sixteen kilometres from Cunnamulla. Head west from town across the Warrego River and after about two hundred metres turn right at the sign (Humeburn Rd, Golf Course, Bowra etc.). Head north about nine kilometres to the Bowra gate on the left. (Sign on the fence saying Bowra Sanctuary). The house and campground are six kilometres along the dirt road. Stop at the Check In & Out Shack (see map). If it is wet then don’t drive this road without first ringing to inquire if the road is passable.

Visiting Bowra: a number of documents have been prepared to help you prepare for your visit. You should download and read each of them before booking. Each has been prepared or updated for the many changes in 2021.

Accommodation: only camping is offered at Bowra during 2021. Part of the camping area has facilities for a few caravans or camper trailers to access 240v power. This power is quite limited and not suitable for air conditioning, heating, cooking or other power-hungry uses. All visitors who are not fully self-contained will be allocated a specific toilet and shower per site.

Bookings are essential whether for day visits or overnight stays. They can be made only from the booking web site and require payment at time of booking.

Cunnamulla has almost everything you could need (food, refreshments, vehicle repairs etc) and is only 25 minutes away.

Maps and other information on getting about the property and suggested places to look for birds are supplied to all visitors.

All roads on the property are dirt and can be dusty in dry conditions and muddy and at times impassable when wet. 4WD vehicles have no difficulties getting about in dry times and most roads are accessible to normal vehicles although a few stony spots may cause problems. Take advice from the volunteers on site.

A Bird Call is held each evening and all are asked to contribute. The data collected at bird call is added to the ten years of records of bird populations there.

Bowra now has a reliable UHF radio service. A UHF radio would be helpful if you can bring one. Channel 13.

Remember BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL for all visitors.

Commercial Tour Operators are required to supply additional information prior to the confirmation of their booking. The details will be supplied at the time of your enquiry.

Key Contacts

Hours of Operation


  • Check in / arrivals: between 2pm and 5pm
  • Check out / departures: by 10am

Day Visitors

  • Check in: between 7am and 9 am
  • Depart: by 5pm

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