February 23-25: Cullendore High Country Campground

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
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February 23-25: Cullendore High Country Campground
248 Cullendore Creek Road.
Cullendore NSW 2372
Owners. Stuart and Wendy Bell.

Leader: Wendy Dunn Mobile: 0427 021 977

Cullendore High Country Campground is located on a 4000-acre working cattle property. 2000 acres of this property has been set aside for campground experiences. Explore the property on well signed tracks and thousands of acres of old growth forest for walking in the adjoining Maryland National Park accessed from the property’s own private entrance. The forests are alive with birds and animals. Cullendore has one of the largest populations of the rare and elusive Spotted Quoll in Australia. Wallabies, wallaroos, kangaroos and birdlife abound. We have booked our group into the Valley Camp site which is suitable for tents, trailers and caravans. This camp ground borders a water course. Fire pits are provided – bring your own wood or purchase on site. Flushing toilets, and one roomy hot outdoor shower is available 500mts from the camp ground. There is a larger amenities block 1 km away. The Valley site has been chosen as this is the largest and flattest ground for a larger group. There is a non-drinking water tap near each amenity block. The water is suitable for washing, & cleaning up. Bring your own drinking water.

Directions: Make your own way to Warwick. IMPORTANT People who are towing a caravan and using a Sat Nav DO NOT TURN INTO PERCY STREET at Warwick as there is a very low railway bridge and an awful right hand turn beyond. Best to follow these instructions please. - Just pass McDonalds ((hwy 15) turn left into Wood street and drive to end. Turn Right into Lyons. then bear left into Pratten street- crossing the railway line - then second on the right into McEvoy street. Driving on McEvoy about 2km will bring you to a large round-a-bout. First turn left onto the Warwick Killarney rd. Drive 10km then turn right onto the Cullendore road, drive 21 km (you will be crossing the NSW border gate on this road-different time zone) THEN BEAR RIGHT ONTO THe Maryland/Cullendore road, blue camping signs mark this spot. Then after approx. 1km turn left onto the Cullendore Creek road. At this turn you will see another blue camping sign and the Cullendore High Country sign. Go through the gate and proceed 2.5 kms and at the top of the hill turn right onto a track and follow the signs to the offce to book in and pay your fees. Say you are with Birds Qld and you will be given maps and information sheets. Our camp is approx. another 2 kms from the offce. At this point you are approx. 39 kms from Warwick. Nearest accommodation will be at Warwick.

Cost: $15 per adult per night, Children 4-16 $10, Families $45. All camping fees must be paid with CASH on arrival. No EFTPOS facilities are available. We have booked the site from Thursday 22nd through to the following Monday 26th in case there are early birds and for anyone wanting to stay longer.

Bring: Bring your own Drinking water. Cameras, binocs, torches, spotlights, chairs, insect repellant, protective and warm clothing, it can be cold at night even in February in the High Country. Because we do not know when each participant is arriving at the Campsite, please set up your camp and then check the BQ notice board for info as to where we have gone and approx. time of return. Meanwhile there will be plenty of birding around the camp site and nearby. There is little, or spasmodic Telstra Mobile coverage. We will most likely use Qld time.

Any further queries, please contact Wendy Dunn (details above)

I would appreciate people letting me know if they are coming and what day please. See the Cullendore web site for more details

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Future Camps

Birds Queensland future campouts for 2018
Month Location Leader Date
March Emmaville John & Sue Allison Easter
30 March-2 April
May Myall Park Botanical Gardens Helen Proctor-Brown, Penny Ackland TBA (5-7 May is a long weekend)
June Girraween NP Kevin Delahoy TBA
July Running Creek Stanmore Ann Nichols 13-15 July
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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