June 8-10: Girraween National Park
July 13-15: Running Creek Parklands, 820 Bellthorpe Range Road/Nonmus Road, STANMORE

Future Camps

General information

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Little Friarbird © V. Jones

Birds Queensland also runs a number of camps during the year, mainly at rural locations requiring over-night camping, bunkhouses, caravans or like accommodation. This is particularly necessary since they tend to be located some hours of driving distance from Brisbane and often with fairly "rustic" living conditions. If required, Camp leaders should be contacted to determine whether part of the planned activities could be attended by other members prepared to do the necessary night or early morning driving to attend.

To cover the costs of running camps, and to finance the occasional gift to those who invite us to use their properties for camps, all members attending each camp are asked to donate a fee of $2 per camp. This is run on an honour system where we rely on people to place their $2 in the donation box. Thank you for supporting this scheme.

The details of some of the camps listed are yet to be confirmed, and additional camps may be added as the year progresses, so keep checking here each month. If the details of the meeting place, etc. given are insufficient, please call the Leader for more precise directions. It is important to notify the leader to confirm your attendance, prior to the camp. We encourage car-pooling wherever possible.

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Beach Stone-curlew
© J. Sneddon

June 8-10: Girraween National Park

Leaders: Kevin Delahoy Mobile: 0408 983 633

It's been a while since most of us have camped there, but let's head to Girraween National Park - one of everybody's favourites, especially in chilly June! There are around 150 bird species there. Some we are hoping to see will include: Chestnut Rumped Heathwren; Scarlet Robin; Red-browed Treecreeper - and this is just a taster!

Regarding accommodation, Castle Rock campground at Girraween will take caravans, camper trailers, and tents. There is also Bald Rock campground on the other side of the road, but BQ will be at Castle Rock. All permits need to be pre-booked online: OR ring 13 74 68 and bring along the printed camping tag. Campsite fee is $6.35 per person/day.

Facilities at Castle Rock include: free hot showers (with 3 minute timer), toilets, picnic tables, water tap (treat before drinking) and wood barbecues (BYO wood). Rubbish bins are not provided and there is no power or powered site. Fires are permitted in barbecues only (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply). Mobile phone coverage not available in camping area but on some uphill tracks you may have some reception. For those not wishing to camp, accommodation is available at Sommerville Valley Tourist Park - this park has cabins ($70/night for two people - sleeps up to 4 people); and also caravan sites - powered $32/night; unpowered $30/night. Ph: 07 4681 4200.

Directions: Girraween National Park is about 260KM (3.30 - 4 hrs) south-west of Brisbane and can be reached by conventional 2wd vehicles. From Ipswich take Cunningham Highway up to Warwick. And then take New England Highway and after passing Stanthorpe, travel about 27km and turn left on Pyramid Road ( there is a sign board) and travel 8km to reach Castle Rock Camping Area (it is on the RIGHT hand side, look for the signboard after crossing Ranger's office).

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July 13-15: Running Creek Parklands, 820 Bellthorpe Range Road/Nonmus Road, STANMORE

Leaders: Anne Nichols & Pat Falcongreen. Mobile: 0409 644 122 Ann. 0407 021 785 Pat.

Running Creek Parklands is a relatively new camping park abutting Bellthorpe State Forest and walks lead directly from the park into the forest. We will also be exploring nearby Cove Road and Bellthorpe. It will be cold but there are fire pits. Wood is available to purchase or BYO. The showers and toilets are Portaloo type but very adequate. Cost is only $10 pp per night. (Cash only)and departure is by 6pm so no need to hurry on Sunday.

Directions: Drive through Woodford towards Kilcoy 3.7 kms and turn right onto Kilcoy-Beerwah Road. Drive 6-7 km and turn left on sweeping bend at sign Bellthorpe Range/Nonmus Road. Drive along Bellthorpe Road, over the bridge and the entrance will be on your left. We will have a designated area. The office is open for payments (CASH) 4-5pm daily. Arrive any time between 6am and 10pm.

Contact Details: Phone: 07 54 961 715 Office. Mobile: 0405 930 702

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2018
Month Location Leader Date
August Grandchester (to be confirmed) Margaret Clark TBA (early August)
September Karara, West of Warwick Lorraine Welsh 29 Sept-1 Oct
October Sundown NP Ross & Thea Monks 19-21 Oct
November Kinbombi / Kilkivan region Kelvin & Amelia Nielsen 9-11 Nov

Note: Public holidays / long weekends 2018:
Easter - 30 March-2 April
Labour Day - 7 May
Queen's Birthday - 1 October

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