June 14-16: Border Range Camp
July 5-7: Sundown National Park Camp

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 14-16: Border Range Camp

Organisers: Burney Starkey Mobile: 0490 955 682

This camp will be held at Sheepstation Creek National Park campground in the Border Ranges, northern NSW.

You are required to book online at

Car permits required (not included in camping fee) and are purchased at campground.

Other accommodation possibilities: B&Bs (Ripples on the Creek, 602 Grady Ck Rd Grady Creek 0400331264 – fancy - looks the most expensive 21 km; Feathers Home Stay 1203 West Wiangaree Road, West Wiangaree 02 6636 2189 21km; and The Dollhouse Cottage 169 Horseshoe Ck Rd Horseshoe Ck 02 6633 1440 30km).

Other than those there is always more accommodation in Kyogle which maybe cheaper but that’s quite a drive – 40 km or so.

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July 5-7: Sundown National Park Camp

Organisers: Neil Strode Mobile: 0435 392 578

Sundown National Park is situated about 300km to the south-west of Brisbane CBD. Stanthorpe is the nearest town.

More than 150 species of birds have been identified in Sundown, including the iconic Turquoise Parrot, and Red-capped and Hooded Robins. There are several walks we can do, including the Western Circuit, along Permanents Rd, and to the Permanent Waterhole. Also the area around the campsites is always worth exploring.

Facilities include small barbecues, pit toilets, bush showers with donkey heater (boil your own water), water at headquarters. Rubbish bins are not provided—remove all your rubbish. There are no powered sites. Open fires are permitted in QPWS barbecues only (except when fire bans or prohibitions apply). Fuel stoves are recommended. Bring your own cleaned, milled firewood if you want to use the barbecues.

What to bring: plenty of warm clothes for the cold nights, drinking water, insect repellent and firewood if possible (for hot showers from the donkey boiler, and BBQ fireplace). Nibbles to share for Happy Hour always welcome!

Directions: from Brisbane follow New England Highway 15 towards Stanthorpe. Go past the turnoff for Stanthorpe, stay on Highway 15, then turn left into Pancor Rd. At the T-junction turn right onto Texas Rd (that will take you back underneath Highway 15). Follow Texas Rd for approximately 62km then Glenlyon Dam Rd for approximately 14km. Turn left into Permanents Rd and follow gravel road for approximately 4km to the campsite. Conventional vehicles can access the campsite. Vehicles over 5 tonnes will be unable to traverse the bridge near the campsite.

We will be camping at The Broadwater camping area at the southern end of Sundown, adjacent to the Severn River. A group booking has been made for group campsite number 16, and I will collect campers’ fees during our stay. I’ll be camped nearby on campsite number 15 because my camper-trailer takes up quite a lot of space!

Campsite Bookings: Those wishing to camp at the large group site 16 must send the following details through to by 1st July: confirmation for the 5th & 6th , number of people and car rego. Fees will be paid to Neil at Sundown ($6.55/person/night) on arrival. If you do not wish to stay at site 16 you will need to make your own bookings via National Parks at

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2019
Month Location Leader Date
August Lake MacDonald Denise & Raymond Downham 16-18 August
September Lanikai Margaret Clark 20-22 September
October Karara Lorri Welsh 5-7 October - Queen's Birthday
November Jandowae Kevin Delahoy 1-3 November
December Bunya Mountains Brian Tynan 13-15 December

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